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Defective Copy - selected rambings of a book junkie

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7.08.18. More than 30,000 comic books are being auctioned off in Surrey next month. "This is all from one collection. The gentleman collected from the late 60s to the mid- to late-90s. He recently passed away so his family has decided to let everything go by auction," said Jeremy Dodd of Able Auctions, which is holding the event.
    "He doesn't have the massive golden age books that are very, very rare. He's mostly mid-70s and up," he added. "But what you really look for in comic books are key issues, and this guy had pretty much every key issue of comics from early-70s to mid-90s, and onward." ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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