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Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:26 +0000

Like many on here I have collected all the regular Usagi comics and have read the entire series. I have been trying to figure out what next to work on. Yesterday on eBay I picked up Critters 3, 11 and 14 in CGC 9.8 and am toying with the idea of trying what might be an impossible mission of trying to get Albedo 2-4, Critters 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 23, 38 and 50, Doomsday Squad 2 plus Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special 1 in CGC 9.8.

I was wondering if there are many others that are interested in these early issues encapsulated by CGC or if I would be going down a rabbit hole so to speak in trying to find copies already graded or in nice enough shape to try and get graded myself. Does this sound like a doable project or would it be fairly impossible to complete.

It is also difficult to figure out what fair pricing for these issues should be. Especially Albedo 3 and 4.
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby Maka » Sun Dec 02, 2018 22:48 +0000

Hello Dave,

I'm not a big CGC collector but if I had your bug, I would buy raw copies of the books and then CGC them yourself. Albedo 2 is the exception because it's hard to get any copy of that at a "reasonable" price. But the rest is very much available on eBay in raw copies. True, it's hard to see if you will get a 9.8 grade for raw books. So if you see those, and the price is right, go for it. I don't think it is impossible and it will be fun but is probably is going to expensive project. Good luck! Peace, Maka
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:13 +0000

I don’t have a huge CGC bug but I do like to collect some of the books I find most interesting in CGC. My most recent CGC project was to get all the Pre-Unity and Unity Valiant in 9.8 and I am close to finishing it so looking for another project. I think the early Usagi would make an interesting project as they are relatively scarce, I just wonder if too scarce in 9.8, especially the Critters issues.
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby grusagi » Sat Dec 08, 2018 19:43 +0000

i believe you mean doomsday squad 3 :)
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 21:14 +0000

Thought I would provide an update on my project as it is 1/3 finished (although I have a feeling it will be stalled here for sometime as these are not going to be easy books to get):

Albedo 3:

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Albedo 4:

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Critters 3:

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Critters 11:

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Critters 14:

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Still missing Albedo 2, Critters 1, 6, 7, 10, 23, 38 and 50, Doomsday Squad 3 plus Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special 1
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:08 +0000

I decided to modify the project a little to limit it to only those books Usagi appeared in before he got his own title as that makes a little more sense to me. I have have 5 of the 12 books in 9.8 and one place holder in 9.6 that I recently added.

Specifically:

Albedo Anthropomorphics (volume 1)
1) Nov/1984 - issue #2 - Usagi Yojimbo (Need)
2) Apr/1985 - issue #3 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 1 (Have)
3) Jul/1985 - issue #4 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 2 (Have)

Critters
4) Jun/1986 - issue #1 - Bounty Hunter (Need)
5) Aug/1986 - issue #3 - Horse Thief (Have)

Doomsday Squad (volume 2)
6) Oct/1986 - issue #3 - Village of Fear (Need)

Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special
7) Oct/1986 - issue #1 - The Confession (and reprints) (Need)

Critters
8) Dec/1986 - issue #6 - A Quiet Meal (Need but have in 9.6)
9) Jan/1987 - issue #7 - Blind Swordspig (Need)
10) Mar/1987 - issue #10 - Homecoming part 1 (Need)
11) Apr/1987 - issue #11 - Homecoming part 2 (Have)
12) Jul/1987 - issue #14 - Bounty Hunter 2 (Have)

From here Usagi has his own title
Usagi Yojimbo (volume 1)
Jul/1987 - issue #1 - Samurai part 1

I noticed today that a Albedo 3 in 9.8 sold at Comicling for about $240 and a Albedo 4 in 9.8 for $400.

I picked up Critters 6 recently. While it is a 9.6 and not a 9.8 it is currently the highest graded copy so I will have to try and find a Critters 6 to submit on my own.

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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby Maka » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:12 +0000

Impressive and fun to be updated on your quest. Thanks for sharing, David! Peace, maka
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Wed May 22, 2019 8:39 +0000

I might need to give up the project. I love Usagi but with a Albedo 2 in CGC 9.8 going for over $20,000 with 6 days left in the auction I don’t think I will ever get a copy. The only books I have bought for more than that were Fantastic Four 1 and the Pacific Coast Hulk 1 (and I foolishly sold them in 2012 when the movie wave was just starting). It is hard to justify putting that amount of money into a book unless it is being viewed as an investment and not a hobby.

http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item. ... itemType=0
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby maichan » Wed May 22, 2019 10:59 +0000

david20009 wrote:I might need to give up the project. I love Usagi but with a Albedo 2 in CGC 9.8 going for over $20,000 with 6 days left in the auction I don’t think I will ever get a copy. The only books I have bought for more than that were Fantastic Four 1 and the Pacific Coast Hulk 1 (and I foolishly sold them in 2012 when the movie wave was just starting). It is hard to justify putting that amount of money into a book unless it is being viewed as an investment and not a hobby.

http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item. ... itemType=0


I remember foolishly passing on Albedo 2 back around the late 80's/early 90's when I saw multiple copies for $20 or $30 at a local shop. I thought that was too much for a book back then...

That's the one downside to this, or any hobby. The values that certain items can achieve is great for sellers and investors, but for regular collectors with limited finances, it gets to be harder and harder for them to fill out their collections with items they are still looking for. Before the prices started to skyrocket, I would have said you still stand a chance to find an ungraded copy for a relatively decent (low) price. And while that still may be possible, it's only going to get more difficult unless the the whole comic book market crashes. So I'm happy with my TPBs and HCs that reprint the stories from the early days.
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby Mayhem » Fri May 24, 2019 1:51 +0000

There's a Turtlemania Gold on there right now too (only ten made) going for WAY more than one has ever sold for previously, so evidently people on ComicLink have oodles of cash. Wait for Albedo #2 to appear again on eBay I say, will be definitely less!
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Fri May 24, 2019 20:06 +0000

Well I have not completely given up on the project. I picked Critters 1 up off of eBay yesterday

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and I got Usagi Yojimbo 1 a couple months back

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The project
Albedo Anthropomorphics (volume 1)
1) Nov/1984 - issue #2 - Usagi Yojimbo (Need and likely will never get at current prices)
2) Apr/1985 - issue #3 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 1 (Have)
3) Jul/1985 - issue #4 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 2 (Have)

Critters
4) Jun/1986 - issue #1 - Bounty Hunter (Have)
5) Aug/1986 - issue #3 - Horse Thief (Have)

Doomsday Squad (volume 2)
6) Oct/1986 - issue #3 - Village of Fear (Need)

Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special
7) Oct/1986 - issue #1 - The Confession (and reprints) (Need)

Critters
8) Dec/1986 - issue #6 - A Quiet Meal (Need but have the top census 9.6 as a placeholder)
9) Jan/1987 - issue #7 - Blind Swordspig (Need)
10) Mar/1987 - issue #10 - Homecoming part 1 (Need)
11) Apr/1987 - issue #11 - Homecoming part 2 (Have)
12) Jul/1987 - issue #14 - Bounty Hunter 2 (Have)

From here Usagi has his own title
Usagi Yojimbo (volume 1)
Jul/1987 - issue #1 - Samurai part 1 (Have)
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Fri May 24, 2019 20:08 +0000

Mayhem wrote:There's a Turtlemania Gold on there right now too (only ten made) going for WAY more than one has ever sold for previously, so evidently people on ComicLink have oodles of cash. Wait for Albedo #2 to appear again on eBay I say, will be definitely less!



That is crazy. I find ComicLink can be hit or miss. Sometimes books go for crazy amounts and other times some go for a song. I only have one book I am going after in the current auction and it is a less popular book so I am hoping that it will close relatively low.
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby david20009 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:25 +0000

One more knocked off the list so down to needing 5 CGC 9.8 copies

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Project is now at:
Albedo Anthropomorphics (volume 1)
1) Nov/1984 - issue #2 - Usagi Yojimbo (Need) and likely will never get at current prices of $30,000 for a copy
2) Apr/1985 - issue #3 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 1 (Have)
3) Jul/1985 - issue #4 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 2 (Have)

Critters
4) Jun/1986 - issue #1 - Bounty Hunter (Have)
5) Aug/1986 - issue #3 - Horse Thief (Have)

Doomsday Squad (volume 2)
6) Oct/1986 - issue #3 - Village of Fear (Need)

Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special
7) Oct/1986 - issue #1 - The Confession (and reprints) (Have)

Critters
8 ) Dec/1986 - issue #6 - A Quiet Meal (Need) but have the top census 9.6 as a placeholder)
9) Jan/1987 - issue #7 - Blind Swordspig (Need)
10) Mar/1987 - issue #10 - Homecoming part 1 (Need)
11) Apr/1987 - issue #11 - Homecoming part 2 (Have)
12) Jul/1987 - issue #14 - Bounty Hunter 2 (Have)

From here Usagi has his own title
Usagi Yojimbo (volume 1)
13) Jul/1987 - issue #1 - Samurai part 1 (Have)
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Re: Usagi Albedo and Critters CGC 9.8

Postby Edgar718 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 13:07 +0000

david20009 wrote:One more knocked off the list so down to needing 5 CGC 9.8 copies

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Project is now at:
Albedo Anthropomorphics (volume 1)
1) Nov/1984 - issue #2 - Usagi Yojimbo (Need) and likely will never get at current prices of $30,000 for a copy
2) Apr/1985 - issue #3 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 1 (Have)
3) Jul/1985 - issue #4 - Lone Rabbit and Child part 2 (Have)

Critters
4) Jun/1986 - issue #1 - Bounty Hunter (Have)
5) Aug/1986 - issue #3 - Horse Thief (Have)

Doomsday Squad (volume 2)
6) Oct/1986 - issue #3 - Village of Fear (Need)

Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special
7) Oct/1986 - issue #1 - The Confession (and reprints) (Have)

Critters
8 ) Dec/1986 - issue #6 - A Quiet Meal (Need) but have the top census 9.6 as a placeholder)
9) Jan/1987 - issue #7 - Blind Swordspig (Need)
10) Mar/1987 - issue #10 - Homecoming part 1 (Need)
11) Apr/1987 - issue #11 - Homecoming part 2 (Have)
12) Jul/1987 - issue #14 - Bounty Hunter 2 (Have)

From here Usagi has his own title
Usagi Yojimbo (volume 1)
13) Jul/1987 - issue #1 - Samurai part 1 (Have)



Nice! I'm actually the opposite, I have a slabbed Albedo 2 and the rest raw. Should keep ur eye out for a raw or low grade Albedo 2, they pop up from time to time. Good luck on ur hunt.
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