The Secret to Obtaining Expensive “Low Print Run” Comic Book Variants for CHEAP

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The Secret to Obtaining Low Print Run Expensive Comic Book Variants for CHEAP

by KaptainMyke

This discussion popped up on the CBCS discussion forums today.  Many have asked how to obtain the newest Mattina Metal Virgin Variants and not pay the ridiculous $300 price tag on ebay.

Welcome to the new form of ticketmaster and stubhub!  Instead of concert tickets it’s comic books.  The real secret is to have “liked” their facebook page, and sign up for accounts with:

www.asseenonadultswim.com
The Aspen Store
braintrustcomics.com
The Nerd Store
kevineastmanstudios
Golden Apple Comics

Scorpion Comics
thecomicmint
ComicsExposure
www.7ate9comics.com
Sad Lemon Comics (UK)
Frankie’s Comics

unknowncomics.com
krscomics.com
Jetpack Comics
Midtown Comics
jscottcampbell.com
Marc Ellerby, (UK) (Rick and Morty)
and Tony Moore  websites, etc and so on.

This is just a fraction of what’s out there.  Google your favorite artist or comic book store online.  Sign up for an account and be sure to subscribe to their newsletters or emails.  When you get an email that a pre-sale is happening, hypothetically say, Saturday at 9am EST time zone, you should set your calendar 10 MINUTES EARLY and log into your account.  Go to the page you want to buy the book from, and be sure to sort at the top of results “New to old” and be one of those people hitting refresh every 2 seconds buying that store exclusive 3 pack featuring a B&W Variant, Trade Dress Variant, and Virgin Variant all for just a mere $75 while everyone else is stuck paying $300 for the Virgin variant art and $100 for the trade dress version.

With today’s modern variant trend continuing, it’s also smarter to go ahead and buy the CGC 9.8 prescreened and guaranteed graded slabbed pre-orders.  Any variant over $50 is worth the extra $25 to get a 9.8 guarantee.

 

Tips for Selling Items on Ebay Auctions

 

1. Schedule to end on a Sunday night
2. Schedule to end at 6pm PST or 9pm EST
3. Schedule to end around the 1st of the month for maximum payday profit
4. Space multiple auctions end times out over 3-5 minute intervals apart
5. Start at 99 cents
6. Use a reserve but only if the item is too rare or hard to find that people don’t know of its existence
7. Free shipping inside US, global shipping program outside US
8. Clear concise well lit photos, not blurry or cropped out
9. No reflections of faces, naked body parts, or evidence of a crime
10. Use sensationalism words like: “WOW!”, “RARE”, “HTF”, “LOOK!”, “SEXY”, “AMAZING” in your description and titles (it works for fruit and vegetables)

Selling on ebay can be fun and rewarding as a buyer and a seller.  Want to sell comic books or toys on ebay?  First of all, buy all shipping supplies on ebay:

You will also need boxes and cardboard gemini media mailers. For comics you can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

You should know that from January to March it is a buyers market and not a good time to sell.  From April through the summertime, it is a great time to be a seller and not so much as a buyer.  Keep this in mind when selling collectibles or luxury purchase items on ebay.

Learn how to properly mail your ebay packages through the US Postal Service System at this link.

And, if you sell comic books on ebay, it should be required by law to purchase this book:

There are far too many sellers on ebay who overgrade their books on auction items. This causes people to overbid or bid aggressively on a FINE copy of a golden age horror book but ends up being a VERY GOOD condition comic book due to a tear or piece of tape. The Overstreet Guide to Grading Comic Books is written by Robert M. Overstreet. This book will greatly detail and cite examples with images on each grade of the ten point comic book grading system. This book is incredibly valuable to any buyer or seller on ebay of comics. You also can use this book to argue with a seller on why you justify that a book is graded less than advertised by a seller.

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

Greetings! I’m here today to help prevent your beloved comic books from getting damaged in the mail. This will also help you to be a better ebay seller, too if you are one of “those” people. These are strict recommendations if you are submitting books to me directly.

This is the exact way I submit books to CBCS or CGC or my convention facilitator.

I will provide links to everything I have purchased on ebay. Always buy your shipping supplies on ebay. It’s the cheapeast and quickest way to ship your books. Trust me.

You will need:

5lb. Weighmax Mail Scale
Clear Shipping Tape Rolls
Shipping Tape Gun
BCW Comic Book Backer Boards
BCW Silver Age Bags
1″ Blue Painter’s tape (skinny roll)
Fragile Shipping Tape
Knife
Sharpie Marker
Computer with a Printer for Printing a USPS Label

You will also need boxes and jiffy mailers. For comics you can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

Gemini II Comic Book Mailers
12x12x1 Boxes
14x14x4 Boxes
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

 

Now that you have your supplies and for super cheap on ebay…you’re on your way to buying and selling comic books through the mail. Let’s begin, shall we?

Today we are going to mail SPAWN #9 to myself. The first appearance of Angela, Thor’s sister! Place your comic book carefully inside a mylite2 with fullback (preferred) or use BCW silver age bag and boards.

Fold up the Gemini II comic mailer along the perforated edges for the comic book. You can safely ship up to 10 books this way, alternating spines along the staple line. Be sure to use a yard stick or ruler to pre-fold out your lines or you will damage your spines.

Place the comic book(s) face down. You are going to place strips of blue painters tape along the sides. Do not be a “Jerry Smith” and put blue tape over the scotch tape on top flap.

Place 1 strip of tape on each side as pictured below:

If you are super worried about sharp corners and razor sharp sides (attempting to obtain a 9.8 or higher grade) you should definitely tape the corners at a diagonal was well. See below:

Carefully fold over your flaps, checking slowly that there is no bend to the comic book. See method below as pictured:

3 (Three) peices of tape when it’s all closed up carefully. 2 along the top and bottom flap edges and one for good measure in the centerline. See pictured:

Back of Gemini II Mailer. You can see the top and bottom tape flaps over side.

Print your name clearly in black sharpie. Write your email address. Write your phone number too in case there is a problem. Also you should write out the name of the comic book title(s) and issue #. Write clearly and legibly. You are not a doctor.

Okay now set that aside somewhere. Somewhere safe from children, coffee, mountain dew, or anything else might sprinkle on it. We are going to build a box! Get ready. It’s hard. Let’s make sure that box survives the USPS. Use 3-4 pieces on the bottom outer flaps. Use tape to tape in inside bottom flap too.

On the sides, I’ve seen boxes get blown out from stress or other boxes on top. Use tape on that corner seam that’s merely glued. Tape the inside too. Don’t be lazy. Go beyond what’s necessary. After all, you just bought like 25 rolls of clear packing tape, right? Okay then, tape away!

So now I’m going to show you the inside of the box to re-iterate what I was stressing about the corner seam of these boxes. Tape away with all that extra tape, brah.

Sprinkle some magical fairy dust otherwise known as styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of the box, only enough to where you can’t see the bottom. Shipping peanuts is fun to give, but never to receive. So you have that going for you, right?

Place your books with the writing side up and place some remaining packing peanuts on top of the comic. Only enough to which you still have a half inch to an inch of space between the top of the box and the top of the layer of peanuts. You do not want to crush your books with the box flaps because you overstuffed the box with peanuts!

Now you are ready to seal the box up. Place fragile stickers/tape on the corners and bottom of the box. Print out your USPS shipping label from the USPS website and affix it to the top of the box.

Bottom of box:

You have now packaged a box of comics inside a box to be shipped out. Congrats! See? Wasn’t that easy? I hope this guide helps you as it has helped me over the years. I have been selling on ebay since 2010 and I learned slowly over time all of these tips. I’m here to share them all with you on this page.  I’ve had 2 boxes damaged in 10 years.  Pretty good odds!

Thank you!

How to Window Bag/Prep Comic Books for Comic Conventions! A Step by Step Guide.

Greetings!

I’m here to tell you how to prep your comic books for comicons like San Diego Comicon or MegaCon or even the big New York Comicon as well!  Here we go:

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter's tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter’s tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

First you need a few tools:

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. Ultro Pro works, but I suggest otherwise.

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. BCW works, but I suggest otherwise. Do not use Ultro Pro.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. No ultra pro. No way.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. I do not personally like Ultra Pro because they bubble and wrinkle a lot.  This can cause problems possibly during the handling of your book.  This is only a personal preference however, do not let me scare you away from Ultra Pro.

 

Now you will need to place the fullback inside the mylite2 and slide the cutting board inside the bag/board:

Cut a hole where you want the signature to go:

Slide the cutting board out of the bag/board. Place skinny blue painter’s tape around the window you cut.

Double wrap the corners with 1″ pieces of skinny blue painter’s tape:

When placing blue painter’s tape at the top corners, be sure to place the tape below the flap line so it doesn’t get stuck when the grader is trying to remove the comic!

Write on the window box who you want to sign the comic book. In this example, Stan “The man” Lee:

When you slide the comic book in the bag/board, be sure to watch the bottom of the window against the bottom edge of your comic book:

On the opposite side, type or write on the backer board your name, address, phone number, email address. Seal the bag/board with only 1 peice of skinny blue painters tape for easy removal for the grader.  Tape or write your details sheet to the backer board that is slid inside the mylite2.

In the space provided below, write the year, title, publisher, and name of the comic book along with issue number. Write who you want to sign the book, and instruct what services you want provide. This includes any additional instructions, and fast pass, yellow label authorized signature witness, pressing, etc.

You have now finished prepping your book.
Good luck!

Of course, there are other artists, and other creators. Sometimes I feel the placement is just as important. This is how I prep all my J Scott Campbell books for his sweet Amazing Spider-man variants:

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

Stan Lee is getting older, and I’ve been told by some he needs more room to see where he signs. I frequently have asked for Stan Lee’s signature right on top of the THOR or SPIDER-MAN logos here:

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

One thing to mind is if you have tape overlapping the sides, protect the book behind it! It might not even be your book!

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

So use an extra piece of tape and wrap that bad boy all the way around the sides so there is NO TAPE STICKINESS on the opposite site of your book:

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Sketch covers. What if you want a sketch? Or, better yet: What if you have like 5 people you want to sign your book? Make a BIG WINDOW!

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don't care where your signatures go.

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don’t care where your signatures go.

There are drawbacks, however. If you make the window too big it can bend outwards and defeat the purpose of protecting the edges of your book. Try not to make it too big. If so, double tape it with overlapping strips:

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

 

I’ve been given some sneak peeks at some books from my convention facilitator, Matt Saltzman from Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services. Check them out, look! This gives you an idea what they look like before getting sent off for grading with CBCS and CGC:

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 High Grade Newsstand Edition Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Ultrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Utrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn't always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn’t always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

 

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Vincent D'Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Back to the Future - Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Back to the Future – Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Mark Hamill

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Mark Hamill

That should cover it! If you have any questions email me and I can refine the guide!

Thank you

KaptainMyke

 

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT FOR SALE ON EBAY

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Complete

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo. This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.
This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.  This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter
Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)
4″ Yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker
Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390
Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art
22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna
original packet mailing envelope with original owner address
label

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

It was anecdotally decided it was random which color bandanna you would receive in the mail, and not based off which fan club form turtle you sent in. The most common colors found to this date are red and orange. Blue is considered more rare. You could even send in an additional $3 for each additional bandana for a friend with your fan club form!

I have digitally blurred out the address and name on the address label on front of envelope for this listing due to privacy of the original owner.

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