Let's Start over...
Hi, I'm Tnerb, and I'm a comic book collector. Marvel still seems to capture my heart (and my wallet), but I have dabbled into other companies. In fact when I first heard about a third party grading company, I thought the idea was ludicrous. Why would anyone want to purchase a comic book they could never read?
It was years later that i found out Steve Borock made sure the comic book could be "cracked out" of its shell if the buyer/collector wanted to read it.
In 2007 (approximately) I purchased my first two CGC graded comic books. This was originally for me to have something akin to a seashell from the Jersey Shore. But it was finally at a comic book convention, albeit a small one, that I saw a copy of New Mutants #1 in a 9.8. I realized, CGC wasn't about not reading comic books, but having the best comic possible. For me, this was a 9.8, for Bagofleas it was the impeccable Gem Mint ten.
When I first started to collect this series, my favorite series, I was in awe at what Bagofleas had put together, and I followed in his footsteps. I wanted a set full of 9.8 with white pages or better. Even though the white pages didn't bother me as much as it does him, I just wanted to have them all be direct market editions.
It took a few years but my diligence in collecting this set catapulted me into first place. I even took the award for best Copper set. This was for 2012. In 2013 Bagofleas, who I have come to know as my little brother took over his rightful throne. The irony of it is, I helped him, and continue to help him.
Now I have decided, since I believe I will never catch him again to change my parameters. I have a few sets under the New Mutants banner. That is currently 3 out of the 220 of the most underpointed (made up word) set there is. I will still have three sets, but now I will have a signed set, an unsigned set, and my original copies, the latter being filled with both signed and unsigned copies.
This will take time. It is mid May and I will take my time and leave my set obscured until I get to the finish line. I am not worried about the grade as much as I am the signature. For instance, this first set was my first foray into completing a set will change. It will now have a 9.6 here or there, or be completely empty until I attain a SS copy.
So for now I will blaze my own trail and even though I am way behind Bagofleas in first place, when he looks behind, he will know that I am there.
Thanks for Reading