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Gregory Hecht

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  1. The title Tails of the Super Pets! should be changed to Tails of the Super Pets [note the lack of the exclamation point] to match the book's indicia.
  2. Which is one of the reasons why I posted here, wanted to give @Mark J. Castaneda a heads up.
  3. John Tyler Christopher recently sold direct to customers two different "negative space" Boba Fett variants of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #4. These haven't shown up in the database, so I did my best to submit the data. The details for these variants are a little complicated, so here is what I did: • One of these variants has blue & gold armor for Boba Fett (his "Holiday Special" armor). I entered this one as issue 4-G. The original printing of these were mostly all damaged, so JTC did a second printing (so I made entries for 4-G and 4-G-2). The only way to tell the two printings apart is to look at the printing date in the indicia (the 2nd print is NOT marked "second printing"), so I made a note of this in "Item Description." I have a copy of the second printing, so I was able to provide a scan and UPC for that one. I do not know if the UPC for the first print is the same as for the second print, so I left the UPC field blank for the first print. • The other variant has green armor for Boba Fett (his "Empire Strikes Back" armor). I entered this one as issue 4-H. The original printing of these were also mostly all damaged, so JTC did a second printing (so I made entries for 4-H and 4-H-2). The only way to tell the two printings apart is to look at the printing date in the indicia (the 2nd print is NOT marked "second printing"), so I made a note of this in "Item Description." I have a copy of the first printing for this issue, so I was able to provide a scan and UPC for that one. I do not know if the UPC for the second print is the same as for the first print, so I left the UPC field blank for the second print. • For the selling prices, I simply went with the original price listed on the JTC website (although I think that asking prices on eBay are much higher right now, especially for the first printings).
  4. This week's update info is listed here (the link was broken earlier this week, but works now). I don't think that there is an unusual number of deletions in this week's update, but it does have a not of newspaper issues to add: Daily Mirror (too many to list) Daily Star #1 (too many to list) Dallas Morning News, The (too many to list) Washington Post, The (too many to list) Washington Times, The (too many to list)
  5. In ComicBase, the original periodicals are filed under Batman: The Dark Knight. I would have to dig out my floppies to check, but I assume that is a match to the indicia. EDITED TO ADD: I went into my collection and I was able to verify that the indicia for these periodicals is indeed Batman: The Dark Knight. Everybody refers to it as "The Dark Knight Returns" (partly b/c that is the cover title on the first issue and partly b/c that is how DC has been titling various collected edition reprints), but that doesn't actually match the indicia.
  6. Are the contents of this comics? Or is it more along the lines of Who's Who from DC or Marvel's Official Handbook? If the latter, then it goes into magazines (which is where Who's Who and OHOTMU have been categorized). Based on the couple of interior photos shown at this link, it looks to me like this belongs in magazines.
  7. Have you tried rebuilding lists? File --> File Tools --> Rebuild Lists
  8. If you have inventory in a Comic title and that title gets moved to another category (such as Books), then the content update will create the title under Books *and* leave your original Comic title (and its inventory) in place. I agree with Steven that content updates shouldn't normally delete your inventory, even in cases where the Media category for a particular title has changed. So in your case, it sounds like you should have both a Comic title (with inventory) and a Magazine title (with no inventory) for Batman: Cover to Cover (for example). Similarly, if you did have comic book Who's Who inventory in your database, then you should have both a Who's Who title in Comics and another Who's Who title in Magazines. You can leave things that way if you want to, but it will result in at least two potentially negative consequences: (1) the version of the title under the incorrect Media type will never get updated, including valuation data; and (2) you won't be able to sell your inventory that is listed under the incorrect Media type on Atomic Avenue. To avoid these problems, you'll want to get your inventory under the correct Book title and delete the old, obsolete Comic title. There are two ways to do this. Method 1: Method 2 (assuming that you have inventory only in the old title entry and no inventory the new title entry): • Go to the new title entry (the one where you have no inventory). Use cntrl-T to get a pop-up window that will allow you to modify that title. On the screen for modifying that particular title, you should see a button that allows you to delete that title. • After deleting that title, go to the old title entry (the one that has your inventory in it). Use Menu item Edit --> Change Media Type to change your old title to the new, correct media category. (Note that if you are changing a Comic title to a Book title, you might need to edit things so that the individual items are not part of a numbered series [depending on whether or not that Book title is a numbered series, of course]). • The next time you run a content update, the update should update the title that has your inventory (which is now listed under the correct Media type) with the most recent information.
  9. Behemoth Comics has apparently made a last minute cancellation of their FCBD comic Kult Cable #1 (listed by Diamond as Kult Cable ft. Jack Black). I'm not seeing it in the database b/c I assume that most FCBD comics are entered after they arrive at the HC offices (instead of shortly after solicit as is the case for most comics).
  10. This week's update added Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings: The Art of the Movie as a Comic Book. That title should be moved to Books.
  11. The scanner does seem to scan into a text editor correctly. I think that the issue may be how the cntrl-I and cntrl-J functions handle the data from the scanner. If I scan the UPC from a comic with supplementals (for my experiment I randomly picked Marauders Annual #1) into a text editor, the UPC shows up as 759606202188 00111 [note the space just before the supplemental digits]. If I copy and paste that into the cntrl-I pop-up screen and include the space, ComicBase recognizes the comic. If I copy and paste into the Find box after hitting cntrl-J the comic is not recognized and I get the incorrect behavior that I described above. If I manually delete the space in the pasted UPC, then ComicBase recognizes the comic. So my conclusion is that the cntrl-I and cntrl-J functions in ComicBase handle the data from the scanner a little bit differently. I never had an issue with my old Manhattan scanner which I have been using all along up until the new scanner arrived today.
  12. Just received my wireless barcode scanner in the mail today! Looks slick! I seem to be misunderstanding something in the set-up process. I scanned the following codes in succession: Enter setup mode (from the manufacturer's pamphlet) all three codes (in order) listed under the "Easy Setup" portion of the sheet from Human Computing that came with the scanner Exit setup mode (from the manufacturer's pamphlet) When using CNTRL-J to jump to specific issues, the scanner has no trouble recognizing comic book barcodes without supplementals. The scanner is unable to properly read any barcodes with supplementals... I get the proper beep when I scan, but the result in ComicBase is that it takes me to the next alphabetized title in the database. What am I doing incorrectly in my setup? EDITED TO ADD: The scanner appears to read the barcodes just fine when using CNTRL-I to add inventory. It seems to be only CNTRL-J that isn't working properly.
  13. I think that the issue is that you have two titles in your database that differ only by punctuation. It's been a longstanding rule that titles in CB have to differ by at least one non-punctuation character or some database functions will get a little glitchy (as you have observed). If you delete the incorrect title, this problem won't be observed.
  14. I have the tpb. It is definitely a prose novel. The tpb came out in 1997, was published by Dark Horse, and had a cover price of $14.95. That is the book that matches the scan that Douglas posted in this thread. The MMPB edition came out in 2004. The cover had the same illustration as the 1997 tpb, but with different trade dress (as Steven described). The cover price was $6.99 (I think... I don't own the MMPB so I am not positive) and was definitely published by Pocket Star.
  15. The original TPB was published by Dark Horse Comics.
  16. New scanners are here, folks! See today's Livestream for details.
  17. This week's update added the title Marvel Novel Series. This is a duplication of the Marvel Comics Novel (Pocket) title that has been in the database for a very long time. Note also that the pre-existing title has some additional entries (later printings, Canadian printings) that are not included in the new title. I suggest deleting the new title.
  18. DC has cancelled all orders for Danger Street. They say that it will be solicited again in the future, but for now the title should be removed from the database.
  19. This week's update added the title Aaron Lopresti Sketches to the Comic Book category. Based on the title, I assume that this is an art book and should therefore be moved to the Books category.
  20. I think that your example here is a good one. However, I suspect that the market may be working a little bit differently for slabbed high grade issues vs. slabbed low grade issues. If you were to graph out the raw copy price of what would be a 9.8 comic vs. the slabbed price of a 9.8 comic, you would get a curve of a particular shape based on the % premiums that you list in your example. But I think that a complicating factor is that the % premiums may be different for lower grade comics (e.g, a 3.0 raw comic vs. the same 3.0 comic in a slab). In other words, the unslabbed price might not be sufficient information to know what the slab premium should be. I suspect that you need to know both the condition *and* the value of the unslabbed comic. If you were to graph out the raw copy price of what would be a 3.0 comic vs. the slabbed price of a 3.0 comic, I don't know that the curve would necessarily have the same shape as for your condition 9.8 example. In other words, would the slabbing premium for a $5,000.00 to $9,999.00 comic in 3.0 be twice that of a $50,000.00 to $99,999.99 comic in 3.0? My prediction* is that slabbing low value comics in low grade gives a lot less "% juice" than slabbing a more valuable comic in exactly the same low grade. *(from a gut sense only... I have no data to back up my prediction, I admit that I could be completely wrong)
  21. Yes, I agree with you on this point. The slabbing premium doesn't get multiplied more than once because an issue is a key issue *and* valuable in its raw form. The fact that it is valuable in its raw state is already reflective of the fact that it is a key issue.
  22. The premium for slabbing is probably not a linear relationship. CGC 9.8 books from one price range in their "raw" state won't necessarily get the same % bump as CGC 9.8 books from a different price range for their raw state. And, of course, the slabbing premium also depends on the grade. So the "premium curve" for CGC 5.0 books might not have the same slope and/or shape as the premium curve for CGC 9.0 books. That means you may be looking at two variables when trying to determine the CGC premium: what is the expected price for the corresponding raw copy and what is the graded condition for that copy.
  23. I will likely not make it to Livestream today (family member doing surgery today) but I did alert Pete to this thread on Slack a day or so ago.
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