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A Lucky Find

As published in July 2011 Comics Buyer’s Guide (issue #1679)
Steve Mortensen, columnist since 2004

I recently attended a local flea market and picked up a small run of Uncle Scrooge comics, including the 15¢ variant editions released in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1957 of #17-19 and #21-22. Dell was testing the market to see if it could raise its comics prices from 10¢ to 15¢. My copies look to be in mid-grade condition. Recent CGC sales for those variant issues: #17 with no recorded sales; #18 in CGC 7.0 (Fine/Very Fine) sold for $167 in 2007; #19 with no recorded sales; #21 with no recorded sales; and #22 in CGC 6.0 (Fine+) sold for $81 in 2007. It’s fun to come across a flea market find like that. At the time, I had no idea about the existence of price variants — I just bought them because I like Uncle Scrooge. (Many collectors are familiar with Marvel’s price variant issues in the late 1970s; they sell for high prices in nice grades.)

I have also been assembling a collection of the Batman Lego mini-figures, picking them up at flea markets and shows. If you’re not a Lego collector, you might be surprised to learn that they go for about $25 each. The last one I’m missing is Bane. The first appearance of Bane was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (93). CGC 9.8s of the issue have climbed up to $183 as of March 2011, and a 9.9 sold in 2009 for $305.

Here are this month’s picks:

FF #1 (Jun 11). I mentioned this comic last month and was bitterly disappointed in the copies I received from Diamond. In my case, there was water damage, but the copies I reviewed at this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco also showed significant spine wear. Rather than calling this issue the debut of the new FF, dealers were noting it as the debut of Spider-Man’s white costume. They were selling ungraded copies for $4 and $5 each, but I couldn’t find any gradable copies.

Deadpool #38 and #39 (Sep and Oct 11). These issues feature a Deadpool vs. Hulk battle, which looks to be pretty cool. Traditional Hulk vs. “Somebody” battles — such as Wolverine vs. Hulk battles, Thor vs. Hulk battles, and Thing vs. Hulk battles — have proven to be worthy issues to pick up. Prices for an example of each: Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov 74, vs. Wolverine, admittedly in his first full appearance — which accounts for the price) CGC 9.8 now sells for about $13,000; Defenders #10 (Nov 73, vs. Thor) CGC 9.8 sold for $540 in December 2010; Fantastic Four #112 (Jul 71, vs. Thing) CGC 9.8 sold for $5,100 in January 2011.

Space Warped #1 and #2 (Aug and Sep 11). This is a parody mini-series coming out from Boom! Publishing. It’s in the flavor of Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and other great humor series of recent years. The art is hip and modern and worth a look.

Dark Horse Presents #1 (May 2011). Dark Horse has restarted its anthology series, and the big name in this book is Frank Miller’s Xerxes, the prequel to his 300. Maybe a movie in the future? It might be worth picking up a couple of copies, although the cover price is $8 because it’s an 80-page giant.

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Steve Mortensen owns Miracle Comics and, a free online community for sharing all your collectibles. When not selling comics, Steve works as art director for Santa Clara, CA based biotech firm Affymetrix. He can be reached at

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Pin Trading at Disneyland

by Dawn Mortensen, Director of Marketing for Online Collectibles Community

Last week my kids experienced their first trip to Disneyland. In-between getting the kids’ pics with their favorite characters, I looked around for what was going on in the world of Disneyland collecting. The most obvious collecting fad in the Disneyland Resort today is Pin Trading. It’s not that pins or pin trading are a new thing, but the promotion of this hobby by Disney merchandising and the wearing of a lanyard are new to my last Disneyland experience 13 years ago.

Disneyland vendors sell Pin Trading “Starter Packs” that contain a lanyard with 4 or 5 of the same pin, with the idea that you’ll have extras of that pin to trade for new ones. I wonder whether this works…what if too many people buy the same Starter Pack and already have the pin that you want to trade?

I saw a lot of people wearing lanyards covered with pins, and some with wristbands or buttons that specifically called out that they were a “Pin Trader.” I hear that there are special Disney Pin Trader events and meet-ups. I even got my own lanyard and collectible Tinkerbell pin as part of the vacation package I purchased from AAA Vacations. But I have to admit that I didn’t actually get any offers to trade for my pin or see anyone around me trading pins. It left me wondering whether much trading really goes on, or if it’s just Disney’s hook to get people buying more pins.

Either way, as marketing gal for Micurio, I love anything that promotes collecting. Most of the Disneyland and California Adventure shops have a wide variety of pins showing every favorite character from Disney’s classic Mickey, Goofy and Donald, to Pixar characters like Woody, Sully and Boo. Seeing that I could even get a pin of the giant mushroom from the Electrical Parade (but I restrained myself), I realized there were pins for every Disney interest.

Averaging about $8, Disney pins are are a relatively affordable souvenir. But if you’re one of the fans that has a lanyard full of them, you’ve spent quite a bundle. I saw both kid and adult pin traders at Disneyland, but after my experience of how often my six year old almost lost her AAA Tinkerbell pin when the special Mickey-shaped plastic backing fell off, I’m less likely to bankroll the hobby for anyone in my family. The fact that you can buy an extra little bag full of Mickey-shaped backings at Disney vendor stands in the park should be a clue that hanging your collectible pins from a lanyard is not the safest way to protect them–especially if you’re going on rides.

It’s easy to find online resources for those who really want to get into Disney Pin Trading, including an article by’s Collectibles Guide Barbara Crews and of course the official Disney Pin Trading web site where you can also buy pins online (but what’s the fun of that?!). Catch a couple other blogs on Disney Pin Trading at, or

You can share your own Disney pins or any type of collectible at, the free online community for sharing all your collections. See other Disney collections on Micurio or visit one of my own personal collections: mini buttons (more akin to my budget at $0-$2 each).

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