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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The deal of a lifetime

slipped through our fingers:

The base of this auction consists of 4 millions comics, all checked for condition (VF 8.0 to NM) and 5-bagged. The selection consists of 30-40% Marvel and DC with the rest comprising of Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Crossgen, Valiant + other Indy titles. The titles cover the years 1988-1995 with a smaller selection from 1996-2005.




How long would it take to sort, bag & board 4 million comics? I don't think we've sold four million comics total in 22 years...

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At 3/13/2010 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had won this auction, I believe I may have had to have cleared off some shelf space where I keep my current comic collection. Either that, or buy an entire warehouse for these. Whichever would be more ideal.

 
At 3/14/2010 1:26 AM, Blogger SavageMouse said...

I would build a giant 'Scrooge McDuck' style Comic book bin and seal myself inside for years.

 
At 3/14/2010 12:03 PM, Blogger rodney said...

It would be fantastic if someone could calculate the time it would take to read 4 million comics. I know they vary in length and text portions but is there an average we could apply to it?

Please someone do this. I would but I don't think I could give a valid time per comic... :/

 
At 3/14/2010 1:00 PM, Blogger SavageMouse said...

Well, I remember timing myself once and it averaged about 20 minutes a comic. So...

20 x 4,000,000 = 80,000,000 minutes.
Which is 1,333,333 hours (approx).
Or 55,555.5 days.
Or 152.2 years.

If I did the math right.

Also take into account I was timing myself during Claremont's UNCANNY X-MEN run, so that might be a little high.

 
At 3/14/2010 3:46 PM, Blogger rodney said...

Yeah your math is right, double checked with that read time.

Wow... that's pretty insane to think about. But again, that's with non-stop reading. Almost two lifetimes worth of reading I guess.

A bit daunting.

 
At 3/15/2010 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just hate to be re-bagging all those comics so that they would meet with Bill's stringent requirements. I rememeber weeks of comic re-bagging in the old "Store down the long long hallway" after he had aquired some large collection that was all in old bags.

-Timmysmith

 
At 3/15/2010 7:07 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Timmy - That was the 118-longbox purchase we made the first year or so after we opened. It took us a day to stack everything in piles alphabetically in Ned's basement, then I'd bring in a box or so every day or so. Then we'd rebag everything and price it and blend it in to the back issue run. It took about six months or so just to do those. It seemed to take FOREVER.

 
At 3/15/2010 4:56 PM, Blogger SavageMouse said...

Bill- You just described one of my top three dream jobs right there. :)

 
At 3/15/2010 5:02 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

It seemed to take FOREVER.

 
At 3/15/2010 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary thought... If only 10% was Valiant comics, that would mean that you have 400,000 comics you could NEVER get rid of!!! You certainly wouldn't want to read them and they're too toxic to use as a heating source. The EPA would be all over you like flies on a pile of poo...

 
At 3/16/2010 12:26 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Especially if all 400,000 were TUROK #1s!

*shudder*

 
At 3/17/2010 12:23 AM, Blogger Steve said...

They're probably mostly CrossGen books.

Did some quick research... the guy that owns Torpedo Comics is the drummer for System of a Down.

He'd be better off breaking them up into single pallets and selling them that way. I also think he's overestimated the number of comics he has by about a million, based on his 285 pallets and 40 boxes per pallet. 4,000,000 divided by 11,400 total boxes equals about 350 in a long box, which is a generous estimate. 250-300 a box is more realistic.

 

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