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.

GeminiII Comic Book Mailers
12x12x1 Boxes
14x14x4 Boxes
Styrofoam 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.

Thank you!

Stan Lee. Rose City Comicon. PHOTOS are UP! 9/10/2016



You may ZOOM IN on any photos as I am hosting them on my site, www.kaptainmyke.com. (shameless plug) I went to Rose City Comicon in Portland, Oregon just for the day on Saturday, 9/10/2016…

I purchased a Stan Lee VIP Package and a 2-Day Ticket.  I also purchased 10 Stan Lee Autograph Tickets as well. I drove for 3 hours from Seattle at 5am and got  there by 8am. What started off fine became sketchy at 10a when VIP holders like  myself lined up and nobody who worked for the con knew where to go or what to do.

I received my VIP package and this is what was inside:






Have to be stamps. That 93 yr old man did NOT sign that perfect signature imo. Or the table full of 2016 collectibles ammassing 500 items signed by him, such as POP Funko figures, posters, prints, and the like.  Not when you down below further.

Also in the package was these 2 exclusive Stan Lee Collectibles variants:




Limited copies each worldwide?

I have no idea as of yet.

Regarding the autograph tickets.  The scanners would not work either. I was told my 10 autograph tickets would be scanned by Stan’s handlers. I get to the front of the line. They tell me and the others we have to go back and get the printed out autograph tickets by the counter where the VIP packages are. (Where we WERE)

We walk back there to the VIP table. The scanner isn’t working. Says the tickets are all already scanned.

It’s now 11am.

Stan Lee has to leave and go do the photo op at 11am. Bye! Come back at 1:30 after Stan has lunch. SMH  I even got into a minor altercation with a stranger who wanted to butt into a conversation I was having with an event staff “henchman”.  I squashed it and moved on.

 

I went to hunt down Stan Sakai. I didn’t have a map or a program.  Nobody game me one when I passed 3 doorways. I found him finally. He signed my mint on card Peter Laird signed Space Usagi Yojimbo action figures and original release figures, a set of 2 of them! 4 total! And he signed all his Ninja Turtle appearances in any of the comics (4 total) and Groo the Wanderer that was also signed by Sergio Aregonnes. Stan did pencils or inks I think if I remember correctly. It was a pleasure to meet him. CONFIRMED: Stan Sakai himself told me Usagi Yojimbo is coming back to the new TMNT cartoon and the new TMNT toy line. Just as I said!

He we go:

Stan Sakai signed comics:

1987 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special TURTLE SOUP, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1986 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special DONATELLO micro-series, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1992 Mirage Studios TMNT #44, the first appearance of Usagi in a Ninja Turtle comic book – signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1985 Epic Comics, GROO the WANDERER #2, signed by creator Sergio Aragones and now signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


2 sets of Stan Sakai influenced action figures (one set is for sale): 1991 TMNT Space Usagi Yojimbo MOC UNPUNCHED Signed by Peter Laird and now signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


This one is FOR SALE for $110 shipped with plastic case  Click to buy now!

1989 TMNT Usagi Yojimbo MOC UNPUNCHED with ruby headband signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


This one is FOR SALE for $125 shipped with plastic case Click to buy now!

 

 

I linger around 12:30 and ask a lady to scan my autograph tickets at the VIP table.

They. all. work.

It’s now 1pm. I cut in front of everyone and say, “It’s okay. I know what I’m doing.”

I get my books signed. I ask the handler (who looks A LOT Like ROMITA SR LOL) to be extra careful with my 1963 original FIRST PRINTING Amazing Spider-man #1.  Both covers completely detached from one another and the book.  There is one piece loose from the upper left corner of back cover but it’s all there.  He asks where I’d like it signed. I tell him, “In the middle”. He leans over and gets in Stan’s face and shows him directly within inches where to sign the very precious and very fragile book. He signs it just fine. I sigh a major relief. This book is like glass.

The next 10 are in a pile.

Starting with New Mutants #1 est. 9.4 with a very vain Rob Liefeld’s signature in the center (lol).  Stan smears his signature with his sleeve when he lifts the book and hands it off.  (Sigh)






 

Next? Amazing Spider-man #300. THE 300. He signs it at a weird janky 45 slant starting 90 degrees then it’s like they turned the book for him in mid sign or something. It’s not bad. But it looks…odd.

 

Then I had him sign 2012 The Defenders #1 Volume 4. Terry and Rachel Dodson signed it, and Matt Fraction (while Stan was off doing photo ops). He signed it a little crooked and janky but it’s there.  The “S” looks weird though.  I sighed a little relief on that one. There you go! 4 signatures!


Then I proceeded to put my books away as others are getting signed and passed off. Amazing Spider-man #129 1st Punisher, signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway


Amazing Spider-man #122 Death of Green Goblin , signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway

and Amazing Spider-man #121 Death of Gwen Stacy , signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway

 

 

Again, he signed them okay but the signatures are… janky. The rest of the books he signed okay but they are just…off.

 

1966 Amazing Spider-man #1 Golden Record Reprint WITH record, VF


1966 Amazing Spider-man #1 Golden Record Reprint WITHOUT record, FN


1979 Marvel Premiere 47 1st and origin of ANTMAN now signed by Stan Lee.



a better closeup:


1981 Avengers Annual #10 First ROGUE, First Madelyne Pryor. Signed by Gerry Conway inside front page, and now Stan Lee on the cover:




Honestly, If I wasn’t there in person I’m not so sure I’d be able to verify them. Reminds me of other posts on this very forum as I’m sipping coffee in the morning
I was like, “nah, I’m not so sure that’s a real Stan Lee, brah”. Now I get it. To whoever that was: Yep, it probably was his signature.  I told Stan Lee it was “a pleasure to meet him again” and his handler leaned over to him and spoken in his ear what I just said to him.   He really did look frail.  Poor Stan.

 

It’s now about 2pm – 2:30pm.

Next I met Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. This was my first time meeting both of those 2. That was a pleasure and they double
signed my Gamestop Exclusive Harley Quinn #29 comic. Jimmy Palmiotti in gold, and Amanda Conner in Red:

 

She signed her Before Watchmen books for me too.

 

2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 Variant signed by Amanda Conner


2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 signed by Amanda Conner


2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #2 signed by Amanda Conner



2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #3 signed by Amanda Conner

 

 

 

2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #4 signed by Amanda Conner


I bought a 2016 IDW TMNT Batman Art Germ variant



and 2 blank sketch cover 2016 Image Comics Walking Dead #100.


I am going to do my own versions of zombie Ninja Turtle core character themed sketches on the covers of these 2 2016 Image Comics Walking Dead #100 blank sketch editions…

 

 

I bought some SWEET and very rare apparently FRENCH bootleg Ninja Fighter Turtles



and a loose Lee Falk Phantom action figure too! I can’t find him anywhere online or ebay because of the unpainted shorts




 

 

I’m super tired driving straight back home from Portland back to Seattle same day.  I had fun but never Stan Lee again. Ever. Probably a bad idea I went against those  who warned me and I didn’t take the advice about Stan Lee signing your books.  You should take the advice. I’m actually worried that CBCS won’t verify my signatures.  What will they do with the partially smeared Stan Lee signature? I’m sure that  effects grade but then you start splitting hairs on whether or not an autograph  vandalizes or degrades a comic book, right? Only time will tell after I receive  them back with red labels. In the meantime all the books have or will be sent  off to CBCS.

 

I enjoyed meeting Stan Sakai and Amanda Conner x100 times more. I  think I’m just going to go back to my turtles now.  Rose City Comicon henchmen
and other staff need to step up their game with VIP customers.  I had a great  time and I’m not bitter I promise!  Stan just looks frail and I know he loves
doing the conventions but we all must know when it’s time to end it on a high note.

That is all for now!