1958 TOPPS #418 MICKEY MANTLE & HANK AARON WORLD SERIES BATTING FOES + MANY MORE PSA GRADED HOF CARDS IN STOCK NOW

The 1958 Topps #418 Mickey Mantle & Hank Aaron World Series Batting Foes is undoubtedly the most prestigious card among those Sandstorm Comix recently acquired, but it is far from the only notable one.

All but two of these baseball trading cards are PSA Graded (13 graded 9 or 10). Phil Rizzuto, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Paul Molitor, and many others join fellow Hall of Fame members Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron. After viewing these gems, check out our eBay store for our current listings of sports & non-sports cards, comic books, action figures, and more.

seanhuze's BASEBALL album on Photobucket

Thank you for letting me share these with you and Happy Holidays!

CGC Comic Book Auctions w/1¢ Opening Bids Closing Tonight: Green Lantern #1 CGC 3.5, #2 CGC 5.0, Journey Into Mystery #90 CGC 3.5, Thor #180 CGC 9.2 & More!

Several CGC Comic Book eBay Auctions, including major Silver Age keys, listed last week in the Sandstorm Comix eBay Shop with just 1¢ opening bids end tonight. Amazing deals for well under guide value are still available, but you better bid soon, because when the hammer falls, they are gone for good!

Some of the auctions ending in the next few hours include these major Silver Age Key Comics:

GREEN LANTERN #1 (AUG 1960, DC COMICS) CGC 3.5 – GREEN LANTERN ORIGIN STORY, 1ST APPEARANCE OF THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & THE PLANET OA (CBR GUIDE VALUE: $1820.00 USD)

GREEN LANTERN VOL 2 #1 (AUG 1960, DC COMICS) | CGC 3.5
GREEN LANTERN  #1 (AUG 1960)

GREEN LANTERN #2 (OCT 1960, DC COMICS) CGC 5.0 – 1ST APPEARANCE OF TOM “PIE FACE” KALMAKU & THE QWARDIANS (CBR GUIDE VALUE: $380.00 USD)

GREEN LANTERN VOL 2 #2 (OCT 1960, DC COMICS) | CGC 5.0
GREEN LANTERN #2 (OCT 1960)
    JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #90 (MARCH 1963, MARVEL) – 1ST APPEARANCE OF THE XARTANS (CBR GUIDE VALUE: $182.00)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY VOL 1 #90 (MAR 1963, MARVEL) CGC 3.5
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #90 (MAR 1963)

BATMAN #497 (JUL 1993, DC) CGC 9.8 |

KNIGHTFALL: THE BREAKING OF THE BAT (Key Notes: BANE BREAKS BATMAN’S BACK, 1ST PRINT)

BATMAN VOL 1 #497 (JULY 1993, DC COMICS) CGC 9.8, "KNIGHTFALL: THE BREAKING OF THE BATMAN"
BATMAN VOL 1 #497 (JULY 1993, DC COMICS) CGC 9.8, “KNIGHTFALL: THE BREAKING OF THE BATMAN”

#22 (FEB 1953, ATLAS/MARVEL IMPRINT) CGC 3.5 – HARD TO FIND, SCARCE, GOLDEN AGE, PRE-CODE HORROR COMIC

ASTONISHING VOL 1 #22 (FEB 1953, ATLAS COMICS/EARLY MARVEL IMPRINT) CGC 3.5, HARD TO FIND, SCARCE, PRE-CODE HORROR COMIC BOOK
ASTONISHING VOL 1 #22 (FEB 1953, ATLAS COMICS/EARLY MARVEL IMPRINT) CGC 3.5
    Several other CGC Graded comics ending tonight include high grade Bronze Age issues of Amazing Spider-Man #258, #275 and Annual #14, Sabretooth’s (Victor Creed) 2nd appearance in Power Man #66, the second appearance of John Constantine in Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing #38 (CGC 9.8), and many more!
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL 1 #62 (CGC 8.5)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL 1 #62 CGC 8.5
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #258 (NOV 1984, MARVEL) CGC 9.4
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #258 (NOV 1984, MARVEL) CGC 9.4
STAR WARS VOL 1 #42 (DEC 1980, MARVEL) CGC 8.0 | 1ST APPEARANCE OF BOBA FETT & 1ST FULL APPEARANCE OF YODA
STAR WARS VOL 1 #42 (DEC 1980, MARVEL) CGC 8.0 | 1ST APPEARANCE OF BOBA FETT & 1ST FULL APPEARANCE OF YODA
UNCANNY X-MEN #148 (AUG 1981, MARVEL) CGC 8.0 | 1ST APPEARANCE OF CALIBAN
UNCANNY X-MEN #148 (AUG 1981, MARVEL) CGC 8.0 | 1ST APPEARANCE OF CALIBAN
POWER MAN VOL 1 #66 CGC 8.5 | 2ND APPEARANCE OF SABERTOOTH (VICTOR CREED)
POWER MAN VOL 1 #66 CGC 8.5 | 2ND APPEARANCE OF SABRETOOTH (VICTOR CREED)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL 1 #48 (NOV 1966, DC) CGC 8.0 BETHLEHEM PEDIGREE
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL 1 #48 (NOV 1966, DC) CGC 8.0 BETHLEHEM PEDIGREE

Comic Book Writers & Artists Spotlight: Mark Waid

MARK-WAID
Comic Book writer, Mark Waid.

Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962) is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on titles for DC Comics such as The Flash, Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and for his work on Captain America for Marvel Comics. From August 2007 to December 2010, Waid served as Editor-in-Chief, and later, Chief Creative Officer of Boom! Studios, where he wrote titles such as Irredeemable, Incorruptible, and The Traveler.


Mark Waid’s “Irredeemable” avail now in our eBay store!

In 2015 Archie Comics relaunched their flagship series, Archie, and announced Mark Waid as the writer for the series with Fiona Staples as the artist. Archie #1 hit the newsstands in September 2015. The reception from both fans and critics has been overwhelmingly positive and demand was so high for this issue that a second printing was necessary. It also featured cover art by Fiona Staples.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Mark Waid”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Comic Book Writers & Artists Spotlight: Gaylord DuBois

Gaylord DuBois

Gaylord Du Bois (sometimes written “Dubois”) (August 24, 1899 – October 20, 1993) was a prolific American writer of comic book stories and comic strips, as well as Big Little Books and juvenile adventure novels. Du Bois wrote Tarzan for Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics from 1946 until 1971, and wrote well over 3,000 comics stories over his long career.

An avid outdoorsman, Du Bois had a true affinity for writing stories with natural settings. His forte was in Westerns, as well as jungle comics and animal reality comics. He created many original second features for Western Publishing (e.g., “Captain Venture: Beneath the Sea”, “Leopard Girl”, “Two Against the Jungle”, etc.), but most of his work for the company was in writing stories with licensed characters.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Gaylord Du Bois”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

How To Leave Feedback For Your Trading Partner On eBay (Walk-through)

For those who buy and sell on eBay regularly, this may seem basic and remedial, but I think that is likely because we cannot remember what it was like when we were newer to eBay’s marketplace.  I recently had a customer who wanted to leave feedback for me, but couldn’t figure out how to do it, so he/she messaged me through eBay’s message center asking for guidance.  Considering how important feedback is to a seller, I hated that one of my customers had such a great experience that he/she wanted to share that with others, but was not able to do navigate eBay’s increasingly less intuitive website.  Rather than just replying to him/her with this information, it occurred to me that there were likely several other “eBayers” out there who had a similar question so I decided to write an easy to use walk-through on how to leave feedback for your trading partner on eBay using your computer’s browser (I use Safari, but the basic information provided applies to other browsers):

HOW TO LEAVE FEEDBACK FOR MY eBAY TRADING PARTNER USING MY COMPUTER’S BROWSER “WALK-THROUGH”

STEP ONE

Start at your user home page. I’ll use mine as an example. The url for my user home page is  http://www.ebay.com/usr/seanhuze and your follows the same address structure, but obviously you would replace “seanhuze” with your eBay username. In the top right corner of your browser you will see “My eBay”, an icon of a bell (notifications), and an icon of a shopping cart (for when you are ready to check out and pay for your items).  Hover over the “My eBay” text and a drop menu appears.

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STEP TWO:

Click on “Purchase History” and after the page loads, you will see a list of all your purchases.  To the right of each item you purchased is a large, blue button with the text, “Leave Feedback”.  Click on that button.

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STEP THREE:

That will bring you to the page where you can leave feedback for your transactions on eBay. Be sure to not only leave a comment, but if your seller did a great job, give him/her 5 stars for Item As Described, Communication, Shipping Speed, and Shipping Charges.  Screenshot 2015-06-01 15.21.46In the example above the buyer cannot enter a rating for shipping charges.  This is because the seller automatically receives 5 Stars by offering free shipping .  It’s hard to argue that he/she deserves less from a buyer’s perspective (impossible), so it’s automatic.

Please keep in mind that eBay considers 4 out of 5 Stars a negative reflection on the seller (we’re expected to average 4.8/5 or higher) and a score of 3, which most buyers perceive as neutral or average, is actually counted as a defect against the seller and may result in any of several negative consequences including account suspension, loss of discounted seller fees, loss of Top Rated Seller benefits, etc.  So please take a moment and consider carefully before you leave less than five stars on a transaction, especially if it was an honest mistake, an eBay site glitch, or the carrier.

Now, if it was an actual scammer or a seller who is rude, belligerent, unresponsive and/or refuses to make things right, then not only should you leave negative feedback warning others to stay away, but you need to report them to eBay. Do this by opening a case in the resolution center and filing a buyer protection case no later than 30 days after the date of sale! The overwhelming majority of buyers and sellers on eBay are awesome.  I have several regular customers and I enjoy messaging with them back and forth and helping them fill holes in their collections genuinely gives me joy.  Unfortunately you have a minuscule number of people who lack integrity and they can make something that is supposed to be fun, rather hellish.  That’s why leaving feedback is so important.  It’s how we police our own community and look out for one another.  Leaving positive feedback let’s your fellow eBayers know that they are in good hands with that seller and is just as important, if not more so, than warning them about the small number of less-than-stellar sellers.  To all of my customers who took the time to share their experience shopping at Sandstorm Comix on eBay, thank you all very much and I look forward to meeting or exceeding your expectations again soon! – Sean @ Sandstorm Comix

Marvel Knights 4 Vol 1, #3 (May 2004) CGC 9.8, White Pages Only $39.95!

Until our online comic shop launches on January 1, 2016, Sandstorm Comix utilizes several marketplaces so we can reach as many fan boys & girls in need of quality, accurately graded, and fairly priced comic books and vintage action figures as possible! Even though our eBay Store accounts for the majority of our business, that’s no reason to ignore other great marketplaces which is why over the next couple of weeks several of our comics become available  through mycomicshop.com (both on consignment and auction).  The first comic available of those we consigned is this MINT- copy of Marvel Knights 4, Volume One #3 (May 2004), Wolf At the Door Part III.  It is graded and slabbed by CGC at 9.8 out of a possible 10 with white pages.  This is the highest grade received for this issue  to date! Reasonably priced at $39.95 which is the comic’s current FMV + CGC’s Economy Tier Grading Fee. If no one beats you to it, this comic is available by clicking the provided link (opens a pop-up window to the listing for this comic at mycomicshop.com where you can add it to your cart and check out):

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4, VOL 1 #3
MAY 2004, MARVEL COMICS
CGC 9.8, WHITE PAGES, SERIAL #0079516022

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 VOL 1 #3 (MAY 2004, MARVEL COMICS) CGC 9.8
MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 VOL 1 #3 (MAY 2004, MARVEL COMICS) CGC 9.8 | This is a photo of the comic the buyer receives, not a generic stock image. Click scan to enlarge.

 

Teen Titans Vol. 5, #1 Covers (DC | New 52)

There were four different covers released for this issue. My personal favorite is the 1:25 variant by Cliff Chiang, but in spite of the “controversy” (manufactured outrage over nothing in my opinion), the original cover released is pretty cool too. Not a huge fan of the 75th Batman Anniversary cover variant. The theme is too campy/silly in my opinion.  What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments section below!

TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 COVER - FIRST PRINTING (ARTIST: KENNETH ROCAFORT) | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 COVER – FIRST PRINTING (ARTIST: KENNETH ROCAFORT) | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 COVER - SECOND PRINTING (ARTIST: KENNETH ROCAFORT) | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 COVER – SECOND PRINTING (ARTIST: KENNETH ROCAFORT) | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 - 75TH BATMAN ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 – 75TH BATMAN ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 - 1:25 CLIFF CHIANG VARIANT COVER | NEW 52 DC COMICS
TEEN TITANS VOL. 5, #1 – 1:25 CLIFF CHIANG VARIANT COVER | NEW 52 DC COMICS

ANT-MAN #2 Second Printing Variant Cover

I really like the second printing variants for both Ant-Man #1 & 2 with the original cover image shrunken and centered. It mirrors one of Ant-Man’s powers, looks cool, and is easily distinguishable from the first printing.  The “secANT Printing” pun is kind of lame though!

ANT-MAN #2 2ND PRINTING VARIANT COVER
ANT-MAN #2 2ND PRINTING VARIANT COVER

80+ SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN & INCREDIBLE HULK BRONZE & COPPER AGE COMIC BOOK EBAY AUCTIONS ENDING NOW THROUGH 10 PST!

Some of these listings have opening bids of only 29¢ (other opening bid prices are 99¢ – $9.99 USD) and they are ending soon!  This could be your best chance ever to snag one of these comics at an affordable price! Considering that both Comic Book Realm and Overstreet Price Guide value several of these issues between $20-60.00, picking them up on a slow Easter Sunday may be your ONLY chance to get some of these for under a buck!  Check them out before the auctions end so you don’t miss out!

CLICK ON YOUR FAVORITE HERO OR TEAM FROM THE LINKS BELOW AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN SNIPE AT THE LAST SECOND! THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE COMICS ENDING SOON THAT ARE VALUED OVER $60.00 WITH A CURRENT MINIMUM BID AMOUNT OF ONLY $1.99 WITH LESS THAN TWO HOURS AWAY FROM CLOSING! HAPPY HUNTING!

MARVEL COMICS

DC COMICS

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Series Spotlight: John Riley and Garrett Berner’s Lost Stories (1997-98, Creative Frontiers)

John Riley and Garrett Berner’s Lost Stories consisted of an ashcan preview and seven issues.  The run lasted about one year.  Issue #1 hit newsstands and comic book stores in May 1997 and the seventh and final issue was July 1998.  Though brief, this seven-issue run (excluding preview) garnered a nomination for the comic industry’s most prestigious award, the  Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best New Series.

Series Information:

 

  • Publisher: CREATIVE FRONTIERS
  • Series Title: John Riley and Garrett Berner’s Lost Stories (per the indicia, but the cover title is just “Lost Stories” and the majority (but not all) of the comic book stores and database websites refer to the series by the cover title) instead of the indicia title.
  • Issue(s): Ashcan, #s 1-7
  • Cover Date: #1 May 1997, #2 July 1997, #3 Sep 1997, #4 Nov 1997, #5 Jan 1998, #6 Mar 1998, #7 July 1998
  • Cover Price: $2.95 (all 7 issues)
  • Writer: John Riley (all 7 issues)
  • Artist: Garret Berner (all 7 issues)
  • Awards: 1998 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Nominee – Best New Series: (John Riley, Garrett Berner, and David Sharpe [Publisher: Creative Frontiers])