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Douglas W. McCratic

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  1. I'm able to sit here typing this because I have had redundancy at critical times in my life. Things fail, they get used incorrectly, they get misplaced but redundancy allows us to move forward when it happens. That's very different from a database, I get that. Having seen redundancy in action, I will take it any day of the week.
  2. Sure enough, it narrowed down to between 505 and 506 and only brought up #1-A. I dropped the Item Number from the search, used 505 and 506 again and came up with #1-A and #3. #3 doesn't appear to be Preliminary Artwork.
  3. It came up under: I.[PictureWidth] > 0 AND I.Title = 'Plunge' The books came up in this order: 1 1-A 2 2-A 3 3-A 4 4-A 1-B 1-C
  4. I shudder to think about how much data I thought was safely entered and then lost before I figured this out.
  5. Ok, I am going to need some help on this one. I gave up trying to use the Advanced Find way back around 2008. Do I run each individually? One in each field? All together? Use Load Search? Save Search? Or Find?
  6. In looking at Captain Marvel (11th Series), aren't #1-W-2 and #1-Z the same book?
  7. Just watched it and I came away with the same interpretation. Something along the lines of "Carlos Pacheco cover with woman holding sword on mountain top" with the idea being to make it as easy as possible to identify which book you're holding.
  8. I did, yes. I unchecked it and the change finally stuck! I'm sure I've submitted new and larger pics before and never had this happen. Weird. Re-checked the "Automatically download" box and the old pic is back again.
  9. But wait, there's more! I went out and found me gigantic file to replace the Preliminary Artwork. It's 1988 x 3056 and 763kb. CB pulls the Preliminary Artwork in again.
  10. Just noticed another tidbit. The file I have been trying to replace the Preliminary Artwork with was a jpeg file, not a jpg. I converted it, kept the same size on all of it, and had the same result. No matter what I do, CB pulls the Preliminary Artwork back in.
  11. This thread got me to looking at X-Force #1. As it is, most of the second prints at there solely to indicate that the Captain America in the UPC box is a negative image. Not bad, but are they actually second prints? I don't have any to check, so I genuinely don't know. I can say that comics.org indicates that only the gold cover is a second print. Additionally, what is #1-F? The only indication is that a Deadpool card might be included, otherwise it looks just like #1-2. As I recall, the second print came unbagged and with no cards. I remember simply because I liked the metallic ink covers and would always pick them up just because.
  12. Again, we're in agreement, you're just more eloquent in stating it.
  13. Yes, that's what I was getting at. The sketch variant for Antoine Sharp: The Atheist was only released signed and graded. The problem arises when somehow, books marketed through DF and Midtown wind up in here when there is no actual variation. They take a standard issue or variant, grade it, and charge a premium for it. I don't have a problem with the business model but it has never met what I would consider to be a threshold for a "variant" in and of itself. My understanding that this label was a one-off for CGC strictly for this book, so no, we can't send one in and get that one. And yes, we're on the same page here, these are the only two exceptions that I am aware of in CGC actually making a book a "variant," although one could argue that it didn't really happen with the Atheist book since there was no special label. Once cracked out, unless it's with a CGC Witness, it's just a signed book at that point. Nothing on the book or label mentions the limitation.
  14. Tragically, they are still around and still producing books. For the most part, they either do signings with creators or jump in on variant-mania for books like DK III, Detective Comics #1000, and anything Dynamite produces. As an added bonus they have been referred to as "DF" on some books as well.
  15. Ok, it's done. The rebuild alone didn't work. I put delete the old file, put the new file in and then try to look at the pic and mysteriously the old pic returned. I moved the pictures file to my desktop, downloaded the pic again and went back into the file and replaced it. I went to another title and cam back. My new pic remained in place until I selected the book then it gave me the preliminary art again. The only way I have been able to keep the correct pic is to disconnect from wi-fi. No matter what I do, CB goes back to the Preliminary Art.
  16. #1-E should be 76194137376800191 #1-F should be 76194137376800122 It looks like you have a new variant though!
  17. So if removing a bag makes a book a variant, does a CGC slab also make a variant? I've argued against it many times but they keep coming up in CB. I am aware of only two books where CGC was actually what made a book a variant. Antoine Sharp: The Atheist #1-A was only released as a CGC Signature Series book and was limited to 23 copies signed by Phil Hester. It was marketed in Previews like any other book but the sketch cover was only available signed and graded. Unfortunately, CB knocked my note about that part out. The other one is All-Star Batman #1. All-Star Batman is slightly different in that the book was available ungraded but the publisher, DC Comics, had some graded and they received a special CGC label with Batman on it and a note about "D.C. Certified." They were done as a "thank you" to retailers for supporting the release of the book.
  18. Up to 68%! I'm hoping to play around long enough to let it finish tonight.
  19. More often than not, the "Cover Artist" field is blank or incorrect. Not sure why, but it seems that the "Notes" field would get all of the information and the "Cover Artist" field was empty. Having the info in the "Item Description" is redundant but redundancy is a good thing.
  20. I completely missed the "Power Records" logo, my eyes went straight to the big blue banner across the top. I think I remember that Peter Pan took over but I don't know why. I think I had a couple of these too but I can't elaborate more as I honestly don't remember. I like the "Book and Record" designation more now, we can keep them all together under both Power Records and Peter Pan.
  21. 😈 I'm hoping to manipulate the market and dump my copies! Go big or go home! 😈
  22. I'm lost too. My computer is set to not sleep and only go to a screen saver so that any process running can continue. It's never been an issue before, but as I sit here surfing around, it's now up to 32%. Again, never an issue before but clearly some energy/screen saving function is at work here.
  23. I like the idea of CB automatically changing the category. I may be over (or under) thinking it, but changing categories is a bit of a headache. I typically have to rename the original category's entry to keep track of which is moving. It seems like they move when I look them up, with the most recent usually being higher on the list.
  24. Not sure how to handle the pics, but I feel like "issued in/with polybag" and then list any additional contents works fine. The grading notes idea works in my mind, so that we can each list the stated of the bag and/or presence of contents would be up to the individual user.
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