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    tracerusaf | Male | 41 years old | Colorado

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over & expecting different results ..."

Loved comics since i was a kid, but it has only been until now that i could really pursue collecting as a hobby. I call myself a cover art collector. If i love the art of a cover i will buy it. Greg Horn, AH, and Campbell are my faves right now.

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Goodwill is not a comic book store!

14803 views • Sep 12, '10 • (5) Comments

So maybe i am writing this out of sheer frustration but i do not care.  At least here in my hometown, Goodwill has gotten overpriced for their second hand .  Every now and then they get a donation of comic books.  I can only think of one time where i found something remotely valuable however.  Suddenly everyone there can tell you how  much they are worth, when they do not have a clue.  The so called lady in charge says that the comics are from '63 and are usually priced at 7-14 dollars for packs full of duplicate copies of comics.  I have been collecting long enough to tell a comic from '63 just by looking at the cover.  I couldnt help but want to laugh when she disagreed that the comics i saw should not have been priced at 50 cents a piece.  [as someone there had already saw fit to do.]  I didnt even put up a fight for the small pack i was attempting to buy.  Goodwill is not a comic store and it makes me laugh when someone who has no clue on comics, tries to tell me what something is and its worth.  Goodwill has become ridiculous in this aspect towards comics.  I think the sudden recent awareness towards comics leads the layman to believe that just because it looks old that it is worth something.  No way.  I will stick to the markets for my hunting from here on out.  

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We Need A Welcoming Committee

1555 views • Aug 14, '10 • (8) Comments

We have alot of newcomers and no one to say hello.  I think i will do that duty.  I plan on making buttons and t-shirts.  Hmmmm....wait.  That would be illogical since i this community is so huge.  Its gotten so fascinatingly huge now even more since i have been here.  Well i can't do buttons, t-shirts and cake, but let me just give a big WELCOME to all newcomers!  Whatever your thoughts i know you will love this site! If you have any questions then please hit me up, i just like Dough Boy would be happy to answer.  Welcome to CBR!

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LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

1434 views • Jul 25, '10 • (4) Comments

So today i did it.  I donated to this awesome site and became a lifetime member!  I know that once upon a time i made statements that would have made you believe otherwise.  This is true.  It was not oo long ago that i did say i probably would not donate.  Yet over time i have come to see this site as hopefully everyone does.  You feel like you have a piece of something great.  You will always have a way to track your collection, contribute and share about all that bothers you or intrigues you.  What makes it that much better is that you find people that feel the same way you do about a topic you thought you were alone on.  This is only the tip of the iceburg.  To those of you that are on the fence about donating, i was too.  After putting so much work towards contributing to this site and archiving my personal collection, i would hate to ever lose that.  This site has tons to offer to the hardcore and softcore collectors. (HAHAHA)

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PROPS TO YOU HARDCORE COLLECTORS

1543 views • Jul 23, '10 • (2) Comments

So here is the way i see it.  Since i was a kid i have loved comics.  Not just superheroes mind you, but all kinds.  I wish i had kept this mickey mouse that i had way back then, it would be something now.  However, living in this small apartment, i feel 'unworthy' when i call myself a collector.  I cannot sacrifice the space i share with my family for the room i would need for a grand collection.  I can appreciate the collectors i see on this site, who have rooms that i would love to have full of comics.  Heck, one day i want a fireproof room that i saw on White Collar!  To all you that have put passion, imagination, and pride into your collection....awesome job.  One day maybe i can get that house with my own space, but until then i will hold my head up high and be proud to say i am part of one of America's greatest nostalgic past times and it's a hobby that i love.

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Price Gouging on Variants

4191 views • Jul 1, '10 • (12) Comments

Okay so i know this is going to go both ways by point of view but i think this is ridiculous.  I have tried in the past to buy variants and after today i remember why i stopped.  Lets use an example.  Wonder Woman 600 was released today and i attempted to buy the variant.  The cover price says 4.99 and the shop wants to charge me twenty dollars!  They claim its because of how many they have to order.  So if they are buying it for 5 dollars and charging me 20 then isnt that price gouging?  Are the stores being charged higher for the variants by the distributor?  This is idiotic!  I am not paying 15 more dollars for a cover that has the same comic inside it.  If this a nationwide practice then all the comic publishers need to print 20 dollars on these variants and not the 4.99 that was on the comic i saw today.  

Our economy is never going to recover because we have a habit towards idiocracy.  The consumer has an easy choice to choose what comic to buy.  Half the reason i feel that the prices on comics gets higher and higher is because of the extra cost to print these variants alongside the other thousands and then only a fraction of us have the pockets or desire to buy at that outrageous price.

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Selling

976 views • Jun 29, '10 • (0) Comments

Well this week i am putting more and more of the comics i was going to sell off on this sell list.  Please if you see something you want or see something i want and you have, then hit me up.  We can do a straight trade if you like. Reallly dont want to do my alternative which would have me dragging to entire box somewhere to cash out

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gonna try and trade

1019 views • Jun 24, '10 • (3) Comments

Well in an effort to get my hands on some older comics i am trading in half my collection for trade to the local store.  These are all my less valuable ones.  I range them from 1-4 dollars.  I just hope i will be treated well, some of these i got when i was a kid, but they hold no value otherwise.  Ive only been told i would get 50 cents a comic on certain ones but would get additional cred for in store trade.  What should i do?

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what is too much

1028 views • Jun 11, '10 • (2) Comments

What is too much when paying for a comic book?  10 dollars for a book that is potentially worth maybe 30 dollars?  Sometimes you find a good deal, but with how everyone rates comics how do you know you did great or have a "fine" book.  I know for a very old comic, even very fine is a good thing.  It seems its impossible to know why a comic worth 50 dollars is sold for ten. Obviously the factors of writing, tearing, and water damage play into true worth.  I guess in the end its up to those CCG raters.

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Secrets

931 views • Jun 4, '10 • (2) Comments

My secret to finding old comics has been the flea market.  Yeah not a big secret. i am sure thats a common one.  However, I find guys there that had comics shops that went down that are just unloading their prop or just people who just had them from way back and are just selling.  I bought X-factor 1 and 6 for just a buck a piece from some joe blo who didnt know what he had.  Any other secrets out there?

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How much higher will comics get?

881 views • May 29, '10 • (3) Comments

I think the prices of comics are like gas.  It seems like very year it gets higher and higher.  I miss the 2 dollar comics.  Me and my cousin were thinking back to when gas was a buck. That was the life.  Same for comics,  i could by a slew of them and enjoy them.  Now it feels like you need to take out a line of credit to get more than a few.  I will always love comics.  Thats why i think no matter how high it gets i will still support it.

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