"Who wants to have chocolate for a meal?" indeed.
I was thinking about how it would be nice to rescue whatever remaining possessions of mine are still in my mother's house. Yeah, they'd take up space but not a huge amount because she threw most of it out. And I have to get them eventually anyway.
So I was thinking of stuff that I actually had and potentially still have. One is a statue. It looks something like this:
That only vaguely resembles the one I had. Apparently, and I only found this out today, this is inspired by a statue called Infant Jesus of Prague. It's apparently a popular statue to own in Spanish-speaking Catholic countries.
I can tell you that my version looked much more infant-like than the one in the picture. It was a statue but it had a cape made of some material and sequins or something decorating the cape. It was in great condition because it was always underneath a display case thing. I contrast that to my more traditional statue of Jesus that I had which had a chipped nose and paint flaking and stuff like this from apparent wear and tear. Not that I ever remember playing with that Jesus statue or dropping it or anything.
But that weird statue of the baby in the cape. I'm pretty sure that I didn't even realise that that was a statue of Jesus. I thought it was just a weird statue.
Where did it come from? Why did I have it? I had it ever since I could remember.
Seems weird that I had all this religious iconography. My sisters each had a statue of Mary. The same statue. That's weird too. Jesus is for boys, Mary is for girls?
Did somebody give us these statues or did my parents buy them for some bizarre reason?
Anyway, I don't think it's worth anything. I looked up some prices on Ebay and Infant Jesus of Prague statues aren't quite the collectors item that perhaps they once were. Maybe £50 if you're lucky.
I was looking up some toys that I had too. Nothing is worth anything. Comics too. Vampirella #8 by Warren, published in 1969 used to be worth £125 near mint. I had a very fine copy, which is right below near mint. Only has a tiny crease in the corner of the front cover. There's a very fine copy going for $50 now.
That was my most expensive comic. I was such an idiot for buying new comics. I should have bought way more of this vintage stuff. They were literally GIVING away these old comics and today, these are the most expensive comics in my collection. The stuff from the 1990s, when there was a huge comics boom and they were printing millions of each issue, aren't worth shit today.
Superman #75. The one where he dies. How much is that worth? It was $75 at it's 1990s height. Seems to be about ten bucks now, if you're lucky.
What other "rarities" did I have? I used to have a list of my comics. I don't know what happened to that. Some of those Wizard send away comics were expensive, but perhaps according to the (now defunct) Wizard price guide.
Death Talks About Life, the rare, free promo comic which dealt with AIDS. I have no idea where I got it from. Maybe $3 today.
Ranma 1/2 #2. This was the most expensive comic that I had for a long time. Anime was huge. Ranma 1/2 was an anime. Something about a boy who turned into a girl when he got wet, I think. I never actually read it. Most of these Ranma 1/2 comics are going for $1 but for the one that I have, there's an auction that starts at $20. No bids, though. Here's another one for $20. At it's height, it was probably...I don't know...$50 or so.
Spider-Man. He's huge these days. Kids still love that guy. Movies and whatnot. I had Amazing Spider-Man #361. First full issue with super-villian Carnage. Worth a cool $16 back in the day. These might actually have gone up in value. $60 seems to be the average price. I'm not sure mine is quite in near mint but it's probably very fine at least.
Holy crap. Carnage? That character was huge at the time but he was never in any of the movies. Do kids today know about Carnage?
What other Spider-Man comics did I have? I had loads of them. I had a subscription to Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Web of Spider-Man for at least two years. I also bought back issues occassionally (not not often enough).
Amazing Spider-Man 245 is probably the oldest Spider-Man comic that I have. Hobgoblin was in that one. I think Green Goblin too. Was worth...maybe $20 in it's heyday. $5. Well, that's disappointing.
Carnage must be where it's at. I swear that I had his first ever appearance but I can't remember the number. 360, apparently. That's not what I was thinking of but yeah, I have that one too. Maybe $15.
It was a three part story so let's try 362 and 363, both of which I have. Maybe £10 each.
Let me check 361 again. Maybe these were signed copies or something. Oh. Apparently Carnage will be in an upcoming movie. Good for him. He deserves it.
Yeah, here's one for $90. And his idea of "near mint" is WAY different than mine. This piece of crap looks "good" at best.
Hologram covers. They were huge. I think Amazing Spider-Man 375 had a hologram. No. It was 365. I have three copies at least. Cover price was $5. For a normal comic, cover price was $1.25 at the time. Yeah, as expected. You can get it for $5 or less today. Damn gimmicks.
Ooh, Spawn #1. Spawn was huge back in the day and I have the very first comic. Wasn't there also a poorly-received Spawn movie? Pretty sure Spawn is still being published. These are almost all professionally graded and "slabbed". Here's a fine copy for $12. Disappointing. These near mint graded ones are $100.
What else...Bone. Bone was popular. Well, not really, but the Cartoon Books era were rare and expensive so Image bought the rights. I have some of the Image comics but those were mass-produced and probably not worth anything today. I think I had Bone #1 by Image, though. No. I can't find what I had. These are all worth about £3, though.
I had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs the Flaming Carrot. I had #4, I think. I remember it not being in great condition. Something was wrong with it. $3 in any event.
I don't suppose Flaming Carrot is still being published. Not since 2006. He had a good run, though. Started in 1984 so not quite the flash in the pan that I thought he was.
X-Men...I never got into them at all. I have a few issues, though. First appearance of Bishop, I think. No, it's 283 that I have. So second appearance. Maybe $5.
Bishop was hot, though. Let me think of some other...I had the Avengelyne photo cover. It was just the artist's girlfriend (I think) dressed as Avengelyne. Avengelyne isn't exactly a popular character (even back in the day) but maybe a softcore photo cover is worth something. No. $1. Sorry, Cathy Christian. You're just not a draw any more.
Oh yeah, I also had some hot Vampirella Strikes photo covers. I think one was a fairly rare variant. The main one is $8 and the variant is $1. Much more cleavage in the main one so that's probably the main factor here.
Let's just go straight hardcore, Penthouse Comix #1. Maybe $10. Disappointing. Used to be $25.
It's a sad story about Penthouse Comix. It started with a lot of hope, actually. Big name writers and artists were working on stories for them. But then there was some money scam going on and the guy who started the comic killed himself and it all ended.
That's enough of that. New Tinder match! Recently single! Thought that she'd give Tinder "a bash"! Looking bad already.
Likes Formula 1! Oh dear.
"Yes, the baby is mine"!
Unmatched. Sorry, Karen. You're a pretty rough-looking 29 year old as well. Maybe try getting back with the father.
Unless I can think of any awesome comics to look up, that might be it. Is Carnage really in the next movie? There's some stories from 2016 but just rumours.
Let's see. Did I have any Batman comics? Just a few and nothing note-worthy.
I had an old House of Mystery but I don't know what number.
Superman...was it 45? No. I don't know. I didn't have many Supermans either. Just the death and resurection stuff.
Dark Horse...what were some Dark Horse comics? Not that I had many. Oh, I had a bunch of those World's Greatest...something but none of those are going to be worth anything.
Comics Greatest World. That's it. Yeah, these are all their original cover price: $1.
There was a Star Wars send away comic that I got from a box of Apple Jacks or something. Maybe $5. I mean come on. How many people actually sent away for this? And mine is apparently "opened" because these losers kept the original bag with mailing label on it. Ridiculous. It's not mint if it doesn't come in the original bag with your home address on it?
What about cards? I had cards. What was my most expensive card? Ooh. X-Force card signed by Rob Liefeld.
Nothing. All I can find is a picture of the back:
There can't be too many of these.
Oh, I found one. Guy is asking $150. The guy says that this was one of the first autograph cards, probably true. But then says, "not found in packs". I found mine in a pack.
So that's probably the holy grail of my collection. Too bad I touched the signature as a kid and rubbed off a bit of it. The ink was still wet, I guess.
I had a bunch of comic cards. They were probably more fun to collect than comics, but more expensive. I'd buy them by the box and that ranged from $20 to $60 a box. By comparison, comics were $1.00 to $1.25 for your basic, non-gimmicked comic. So 60 comics or a box of cards.
Of course, I'd also spend up to about $20 for a single back issue of a comic.
Maybe I'm imagining this but I swear that I had a weird British Judge Dredd comic that was just like a newspaper. It didn't have the glossy cover like an American comic book. It was all on cheap newsprint. I think it was bigger than a normal comic. I'd like to check that out, not that it would be worth anything, but it must be rare. I wouldn't be surprised if I had the only copy in existence.
I liked Judge Dredd but that shit's not worth anything. It was some no-name company who produced the comics in the US. Fleetway and then Quality and Fleetway/Quality for a while. DC eventually bought the rights but quickly sold them.
I remember buying some of those comics from the dollar store. Three for a dollar. Adjusted for inflation, that's probably what they're going for now.
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