Mississippi Mudcats

Total Comic Registry Points: 8,756,903 Rank: 1
 


Mississippi Mudcats's Bio
We (my son and I) are primarily collectors of Marvel and DC Silver-Age superhero titles, which were the books I read as a kid. We, well really I at the time, started this collection roughly 20 years ago focusing on nine Marvel titles (ASM, Avengers, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish, and X-Men) and three DC titles (Flash, Green Lantern and JLA). Through the years, we have added more Marvel and DC titles, including at least a sampling of all the original JLA members. We currently have competed sets in a dozen titles: Atom (#1-#45), Avengers (#1-#100), Daredevil (#1-#157), Fantastic Four (#1-#102), Flash (#105-#350), Forever People, Green Lantern (#1-#89), Journey Into Mystery (#83-#125), Justice League of America (#1-#100), Spectre (1967), Tales of Suspense (#39-#99) and Tales To Astonish (#27 and #35-#101).

If asked as to our favorite titles, I guess we would both say Spidey, although it’s not a set where we have ever topped the registry. Fantastic Four would probably be a close second, followed by Journey Into Mystery (Thor) in third. We also are big fans of three DC titles, Flash, GL and JLA. All of those collections are complete through issue #100 or the end of the titles, except for ASM where we still lack a few books.

As far as our best set, in terms of points it’s easily the Jack Kirby cover set, but there are so many books and titles in it that it’s really silly to consider it a set, at least one that can be reasonably completed. As far as single titles, our ASM #1-100 takes the cake in terms of registry points, but it’s not only incomplete, but nowhere close to the potential maximum points based on the current census. In terms of completeness, rarity, and as close to perfection as possible, I think it’s probably between our Flash (#105-350) and JLA (#1-100) sets. Both sets are complete with over 90% of the books highest graded in the census and no low grade or restored examples. Both collections also feature numerous single highest graded copies. The Flash set has only one book that’s not at least second highest graded in the census (Showcase #4), while the JLA set has none. It’s perhaps an unfair comparison since the Flash set contains 155 more books and, if you compared it to the much longer JLA set with the Brave and the Bolds, Flash would win easily. But within the parameters of a SA set with at least 100 books looking at the maximum points achievable, the JLA (#1-100) is probably our best.

To date, we have primarily been buyers and have never sold a completed set, although that could change soon, as we are currently running out of space in our library. We have, however, sold many books, primarily to finance new purchases, as we are always juggling finances. We have also from time to time traded books to acquire books from other collectors.

Our primary collecting focus currently is to finish sets of Amazing Spider-Man (#1-#100), Aquaman (1962), DC 80-Page Giants, Doom Patrol (1964), Hawkman (1964), and Metal Men, all of which are somewhere between 75%-99% complete. We also sometimes chase upgrades to our favorite titles when available and are always selling second copies.

Generally speaking, we try to focus on books that rank first or second in the census. While the number is constantly moving up or down, as of September 2022, we own 326 unrestored books that are single highest graded in the census. Although we much prefer unrestored books, we do own a few restored examples when the unrestored copies of a particular issue are prohibitively expensive. And while the Marvels are our first love, we are also big fans of many of the DC covers, which is really what CGC collecting is about-after all, you can’t read a book encased in plastic. We have tended to focus more on DC titles over the last five years, not because of a change in preference, but due to affordability.

Our sets are currently obscured, as we are in the process of doing a major rework of our registry this year, including a name change. For over 20 years, our registry handle was Wallstreetrebel, as I was a Southerner practicing law in NYC when I took the name. But since I no longer live in NYC, it had become rather dated. Mississippi Mudcats, often shortened to Mudcats, was both a softball team on which I once played and the long-time name of a fantasy baseball and basketball team in NYC which I owned with a good friend, Rich Catalano, in the Shearman & Sterling lawyers league. My friend recently died of a heart attack and our fantasy league broke up after over two decades of heated competition. So I decided to change our handle in memory of my friend; using the longer version since both my son and I were born in Mississippi, I currently live primarily in Mississippi, and I am a fifth generation grad of Ole Miss, which recently won the 2022 CWS in Omaha, Hotty Toddy!

Another problem was that our bio and set descriptions had become short books, as each year I just added a yearly update, rather than editing info that was no longer correct. After awhile, even I had a hard time reading through all that stuff year after year. So we have now updated the bio and, if we can complete similar updates to each set description, including purging any books we no longer own, we will probably make our registry public again. But it’s a significant project and, while we are undertaking it, we decided to keep our sets obscured and just make it a long-term project. So I guess you can just consider our site under construction.

We much prefer private deals to auction buys or sales because of predictability. When one is operating on any semblance of a budget, it’s much easier when you know what you are paying or receiving upfront. I have especially soured on sending books to auction, for reasons I am happy to discuss if you have a couple of days LOL.

We have done numerous deals with other registry members through the years and never encountered a problem. If you are interested in selling any high grade examples of books we collect, drop us a line. Similarly, if you are looking for any books we collect, we may have duplicates available, particularly with DCs.

Both my son and I are Tom Avents, but he generally goes by Trey. It’s best to contact me if you want to do a deal, since the collection is in my house and I still supply most of the money LOL. You can reach me at tomavent123@gmail.com or by sending a message in the registry. We do a fair amount of networking with other registry members and have found it to be a good resource for both buying and selling. So if you drop us a line, we will try to get back quickly. Even if there is no current match, we always enjoy talking comics with other passionate collectors.

Happy collecting to all!



    

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A

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Adventure Comics #431-#440 Spectre Later Spectres Just noticed this subset of ou (...) 101004080
Amazing Adventures #1-#10 (1970) Unnamed set - 123571 3301640
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#100 A few dups 9587311019
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#100 Mary Jane's a 9.8 Synopsis: This is a complete s (...) 106981592134
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#100 Spidey Dups A few duplicates we have upgra (...) 444072608
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#100 Unnamed set - 146623 7611273
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#25 The First Spideys November 2021: We have owned m (...) 2596623617
Aquaman (1962) DC’s Namor Synopsis: We currently own 60 (...) 609557160
Aquaman (1962) More Underwater Adventures 162510970
Aquaman (1962) & Showcase #30-#33 Silver Age Aquamans Synopsis: I wonder if anyone h (...) 649575435
Aquaman (1962) & Showcase #30-#33 Unnamed set - 130409 192816671
Atom #1-#45 More Tiny Titans 357233960
Atom #1-#45 The Ultimate Atom Collection Synopsis: I think we may be ab (...) 4810074065
Avengers #1-#100 Avengers Outcasts 595994077
Avengers #1-#100 Not Emma Peel's Gang Synopsis: This is a complete s (...) 100100279519
Avengers #1-#100 Unnamed set - 61737 662618
Avengers #1-#250 Silver and Bronze Avengers We have started adding the boo (...) 14955285120
Avengers #1-#250 Unnamed set - 155410 6624125812
Avengers #1-#503 A Very Incomplete Set Just decided to register my bo (...) 14125282635
Avengers (Complete Legacy Run) Hardly A Complete Set Again, just the early issues f (...) 14013282275

B

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Batman #101-#200 A Smattering of Caped Crusaders Synopsis: This is a starter se (...) 474674796
Batman (Complete) Batman Silvers We've never seriously coll (...) 40454732
Brave and the Bold #1-#200 Just the Superheroes We have started buying a few o (...) 562782715
Brave and the Bold #1-#200 Unnamed set - 146625 14617188

C

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Captain America #100-#200 Silver Caps 222113563
Captain America #100-#454 WSR’s Cap Starter Set Synopsis: This set is a contin (...) 26722806
Challengers of the Unknown Unnamed set - 155150 11300

D

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Daredevil #1-#157 A Not So Courageous Set 5835119068
Daredevil #1-#157 DD Dups 261622064
Daredevil #1-#157 I Wear My Sunglasses At Night Synopsis: This is a complete s (...) 162100226826
Daredevil #1-#157 Unnamed set - 146526 745915
Daredevil #1-#310 More Blind Man Adventures For the most start, our collec (...) 16752230157
Daredevil #1-#380 A Blind Man Shall Lead Them Again, our set is really just (...) 16241226161
Daredevil #1-#80 The First Daredevils Synopsis: In terms of the CGC (...) 81100207358
Daredevil (Complete) Really just the early issues for now With all the COVID down time, (...) 16227184370
DC 100 Page Books Unnamed set - 143060 12106180
DC 52-Page Comics Unnamed set - 143061 491529135
DC 80 Page Giant DC Squarebounds Synopsis: This set is currentl (...) 748282742
DC 80 Page Giant More DC Giants 242621700
DC Comics Presents Unnamed set - 143139 65615
DC Silver Age Annuals Unnamed set - 143081 143500
DC Silver Age 1st Appearances - Oct-Nov 1956 Just Two Books Perhaps books should receive d (...) 2381452
DC Silver Age 1st Issues (1956-1969) DC Keys I just noticed this set and re (...) 1260186840
Demon (1972) Unnamed set - 147566 4251168
Detective Comics #201-#300 Early SA Detectives It’s always a question where t (...) 323240029
Detective Comics #301-#400 Silver Age Detectives Synopsis: This is a set we hav (...) 575648700
Detective Comics #1-#500 Unnamed set - 151618 911890479
Doom Patrol (1964) Before the X-Men there was the Doom Patrol Synopsis: This collection is a (...) 368018090
Doom Patrol (1964) Unnamed set - 155109 13284660

F

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Fantastic Four (Complete) Captain Tripps' Outcasts Synopsis: We have only recentl (...) 21130963310
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