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Everything I ever wanted to say to a customer while I was working in comics. We had several customers boast to us that they had the first issue of Superman, one proclaiming that it was "still in the plastic!" The utter absurdity of this--that they could have something so incredibly rare in their possession, let alone that something from that era would come wrapped in plastic--was completely lost on them. It makes the news every time one of these comics auctions, but what the news fails to report is that there are only about 100 known copies of Action Comics #1, and that no, you probably don't have one. No, they leave that to comic shops to explain to disappointed customers who thought they'd suddenly found a way to pay off their mortgage.

It's difficult to explain that without sounding like a jerk.

For the MLP collectors in the audience, I have a new round of auctions!



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Apr. 7th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
I notice you used Dream Drifter, the hippity-dippity Pony. Mayhap he was partaking before walking into the store?
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
When I was 12 or 13, one of my friends swore up and down that he found a copy of Action Comics #1 in Mint condition in his garage. I was dumb enough to believe him, and remember I always got upset because he'd never show it to me.

Anyway, I also find it funny that the pony selling the comic (who may or may not have a name) isn't actually smart enough to know you'd almost certainly want to auction off a copy of Action Comics #1 rather than sell it... or that a store just happens to keep a million dollars around in case someone shows up with AC#1.
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
or that a store just happens to keep a million dollars around in case someone shows up with AC#1

Exactly, LOL! The shop I worked at had a larger shop in Austin, which is one of the biggest in the U.S. When someone walked in with a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, they didn't buy it. They agreed to sell it and then give a cut to the owner. Because who the heck has that much cash on hand? o_O

It's entirely possible your friend had one of those reprints. Those are hard-to-find, too, but I've bagged a couple copies of those. Or he could have just been a big fat liar. XD
Apr. 7th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Sparkleworks is the best. I need more Sparkleworks!!

So, she likes to play My Little Pony Dungeons & Dragons, a little cosplay and hanging around comic shops. I think she should be a web designer who gives Minty CSS tips :D
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, she's even more fun than that. She's a pyrotechnician! :D
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Haha, awesome! My friend at uni speicalised in Pyrotechnics - way cooler than specialising in internet marketing, like me!!
Apr. 7th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
There are pony sellers out there like that too...you know, those Uber Rare Peachys! Only 100 bucks what a steal!!!
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hahahaaaaaaa!!!! XDDDDDDDDD

This reminds me of that show "Pawn Stars", have you seen it? Some of the people that show up in there are SO delusional. Those guys have absolutely no problem laughing the dumbasses out of the store, though. It's awesome. >:}
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I've seen a few episodes. So interesting! I remember seeing one where a guy came in with a big box of 80's comics, and they had to inform him that his books weren't worth a crap. XD
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
And the boss I mentioned in the comment below was on Pawn Stars when he went to Vegas to get married a month ago. The episode is called Fortune in Flames, and he was the one at the end selling the pistol.
Apr. 7th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Some 80's comics are! I had an 80'a X-Men that (when I sold it a few years ago) was hovering around $30 in NM. (I forget the issue number, but it's one with Wolverine, Captain America and Black Widow on the cover. Oddly enough, you can see the same issue for a few seconds in Weird Al's White & Nerdy video.)

... Actually, now that I think about it, that issue may be from '90 or '91...
Apr. 7th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, there are exceptions. TMNT #1 comes to mind. But most of those 80's comics are just pulp. Stuff from the 90's, too.

Then again, it's very relative. When you spend your days handling Golden Age books, $30 isn't much at all.
Apr. 7th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
The only golden age books I have are only worth about $8 each, but they also aren't anything spectacular. They're actually golden age/silver age borderline books ('59 and '60), so maybe that explains it.

Though I was a dumb as a kid and sold a huge carton of my father's comics (mostly from '58 through '61) for about $300. I figured that, by that time, comics would stop going up in price because everyone knew they were valuable and stop throwing them out. So I decided to unload them figuring they'd never be worth more. This was 1992. I was very, very wrong. As a reference, Action Comics #1 was listed in Overstreet around $21,000. (I remember discussing that with the kid who bought the comics from me, it's the only reason I remember the price. He said $21,000 was unrealistic for a comic book and it was 'impossible' to stay that high, and would eventually drop by at least 60%. He was really, really wrong too.)

Boy, I talk a lot, don't I?
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well this one speaks to me!

I work in a collectible store that also carries comics, and people constantly do this to me. On top of having to explain most of what was explained above (especially how we can't pay full retail for something), I have to explain that only the owner buys anything, and he only works 10-2 every day. It doesn't matter that those hours are written in the newspaper, heard on the radio, and written 20 times around the store. People miss it, and they get ticked.
Apr. 7th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Oy. Now I'm imagining her stomping out in a huff and putting the comic up on eBay with a million dollar BIN. XD
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Plus another million for shipping! XD
Apr. 7th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* So nice of Shenanigans to give her the option of 'laugh now or after you leave'. ;)
Apr. 7th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
maybe she thought the comic was up for a reward... you know "Looking for this comic, 1mill reward"


It seems so wierd that a comic book can be worth so much, especially since parents generally don't like thier kids reading them, but maybe thats just because the parents want to keep them in mint condition, travel to the future and sell them for a fortune!!
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Apr. 8th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
"Absolutely no spoiler wars! I mean it!!!"
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