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    exgi20 | Male | 58 years old | Michigan

""Old soldiers never die. They just fade away"."

Retired soldier, having the time of his life ressurrecting a childhood hobby.

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813 views • Jul 13, '10 • (2) Comments

 Organization. I've lived with it for 20 years on a daily basis, and right now I'm acting as if I never heard the word before.  I'm in day 4 of resurrecting my old hobby of comic book collecting.  I started at age 14 and stopped at 18. I went to work for Uncle Sam in his Army at 18 and retired 20 years later.  No complaints, I loved each and every minute of it.  But as I have transitioned to being a civilian, and rejoined the work force. I need something to occupy my time. Well, the time my girlfriend allows me to have.

 So still having a love of comic books, I decided to jump back in.  When I was 14-18 I had the time of my life hunting down bargains and going to conventions.  The thrill of building my xmen collection was my obsession at the time. For you youngsters out there, I bought uncanny xmen 115- 148 for cover price. So the back issues were easy to get. My daughter has my books now , and has for awhile.  I got tired of lugging them around the world when i moved.  And sweated waiting on my personal effects to arrive to me. No regrets though here kids will enjoy Grandpa's old obbsession.  Well, that Obssesion is rekindled which brings me back to my first word. Organization.

 I need to buckle down and get a strategy of which direction I'm going to go. I know this time I'm going to pursue quite a bit more Golden Age books, along with my favorite Silver's. I've always been a Marvel fan, but need to open up and get some of those D.C's out there.  But I need to sit down and see which way I really want to go first. Now that I am financially better off than that 14 year old scrapper, I can pursue alot more than that young man thought was possible.

 Well, that's about it I need to put my thoughts to  paper and  pen and map out a strategy, an organized route to obtain what i want. And good Lord i haven't even mentioned CGC's yet. Oh well, I just have to adapt and get a good collecting, buying, hunting strategy.

One good thing though, my first ebay auctions came to the house, and I can discover the joy of reading them once again. I'll catalog them and post them here later, for anyone interested in this Old man's journey. Any advice and tips are welcome.

  • Jul 13, '10 by dough boy's avatar dough boy
  • Welcome back...and I don't think you are too old. Smile

    A strategy is a good thing. When I got back into comics I collected anything and everything. I must have had some thought of owning one of every comic out there. I have now whittled it down to a handful of series that I am going to collect.

    I have cut back on comic purchases though unless it is a sweet deal.
  • Jul 14, '10 by donuil23's avatar donuil23
  • Notes!

    notes, notes, notes. I know exactly where I got every comic I've bought for the last 18 months, how much I paid and if I paid in CAD or USD. I don't know why... maybe I've watched to much Antiques Roadshow. I know comics aren't really the same, but I keep track of all those things.

    Best advice I can give.
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