Tattooz, Records and Eye Inserts

 

The longer I collect, the more I learn about random stuff I don’t know or care about with collecting. I have become a man of routines.

On Sunday and Monday I read up on the latest comic news (CBSI plug), I might follow a few eBay auctions, Tuesday afternoon I drop by the LCS and choose my books for tomorrow, I can’t get any ratio variants, but I can rarely be a Wednesday warrior.

Thursday I hit my favorite shops and hope to find a few gems. Friday and Saturday I watch for sales and opportunities to widen my circle of shops. I share my routines because I have gotten to know a few people who share similar routines.

We have become friends and competitors, but because of our time together I realize how different collectors can be.

There are the quick flippers, looking for any book that can make a few dollars, the sexy ladies cover collectors, the completionists with a notebook, and the completionist all versions no matter how obscure.

The latter guy has turned me on to some great information (the months of the 35 cent variants) but also he shares his ridiculous collecting goals. His latest obsession has become the tatoo insert comics.

Most experienced collectors know about Amazing Spider-man 238 (first Hobgoblin), because those tattoos make a difference in the grade.

A few might know about New Mutants 1, but Marvel released many comics during this time with tattoos, but not every comic had them.

I heard the same story three times that week of some random Hulk comic he found for $3 at a show which came with the tattoos.

Maybe he is on to something for years no one cared about the 35 cent variant, but now they bring a higher dollar than the regular 30 cent issues.

The tricky Golden Record comic is an elusive comic to find, because they can demand a high dollar for a reprint.

The first time I saw a GR Fantastic Four 1, I thought I had found a gem. At just $400, I was going to get FF 1, but I knew this shop wouldn’t misprice a book like this so I researched and noticed there was no 10 cent price.

I did not buy the book, because who wants a reprint for $400. A few years later I happened to be watching a facebook auction and was the beneficiary of a low turnout.

I grabbed a GR FF 1 for $40. What I realized is I will never own a FF 1, but I could own a Silver Age reprint.

I have set a goal of collecting all the GR reprints, because the keys they represent are out of my price range. I grabbed a GR Avengers 4 for $50 in a lot and will continue to look for more.

One of the strangest comics I own as a Amazing Spider-man collector is an insert that came with Eye Magazine. It is ASM 42 abridged version (they left off all the Mary Jane story).

I was selling at show and an old seller brought it to me. He was one of those sellers who have tons of boxes, but not sure what’s in them.

I had never seen or heard of this insert before.

We made a deal and now I have MJ’s first appearance minus MJ. 

 

Till next dig,

A Fisherman’s Tale 

 

6 comments

  • A. J. Diesel

    Fantastic Four #252 has the same tattooz as the ASM #238. Great article man!

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    I’ve had that Eye Magazine insert for at least 15 years and I had no idea where it came from until now. Thank you so much! I don’t even remember how I picked it up, only that it was Spider-man and so I had to have it. Heck, I didn’t even realize it was a partial reprint of ASM #42 until a couple of years ago when I went through and read all my Spider-mans.

    Also, I always forget that my copy of ASM #238 has the tattoos and so it’s super satisfying when I go back and check to find them in there.

    “…I realize how different collectors can be. There are the quick flippers, looking for any book that can make a few dollars, the sexy ladies cover collectors, the completionists with a notebook, and the completionist all versions no matter how obscure.”

    This comment really hit home because I realized I am ALL of those collectors. I’ll always pick up a comic for a buck or two that I know I can flip for $10. I have a wall of J. Scott Campbell Spider-man (meaning Mary Jane/Black Cat) covers. I always bring a copy of my list full list wherever I go just in case there’s an opportunity to buy comics, and I’m always on the lookout for any Transformers cover that I don’t have, even if it’s store or con exclusives.

    Great read, keep it up!

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      Thanks for the thoughtful comments.
      I started off being a completionist, but have become a key issue/ speculator. I have few series I want to complete with ASM being the main one. But I have completed a few series and then traded them in once completed because I just like the hunt. I’m allowed one closet and once it’s full I’m done so I can’t collect too much.
      This article cover a few of my favorite unusual issues I own, so I am glad someone else enjoyed it.

  • Mike Morello

    I wonder who those people are in real life… hmmm. Surely none of them are me. Lol

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