Over at the Collectors Society website, I’ve started updating my X-Men 1-201 run in their graded “competitive” sets. With the help of copying and pasting, here’s the scoop: 71 issues, 33% complete, for 6038 points and a rank of 54 in the run. I’m pretty happy with that for a start. I have most of the X-men 1-200 in my hands, but the CGC has another 30 in process and I have another 6 shipping to me. The process is pretty simple but tedious bookkeeping as I have to enter the bar code numbers for each copy. If a graded issue is owned by someone else previously and in their set, the Collectors Society sends them a notification and the previous owner “oks” the transfer of ownership. I wonder if some people are jerks and deny the transfer even though the new owner has the physical copy. Hmm.
It is a nice resource to scan through other competitive sets and view the comments and scans from other owners. It does make me feel like a part of some kind of elite club, even though it’s a club full of people who would rather be on Asteroid M or have a bumper sticker that says “I brake for Box“.
After doing the cataloging work last night, I also thinned the herd of some of my CGC duplicates and lower score issues, including my CGC 0.5 restored copy of Black Terror #5. I obtained it during a convention a few years ago and was hoodwinked, not realizing it was missing an entire page. Lessons learned, but unlike a drunken trip to Atlantic City, at least I am able to recoup some of my money; it already sold on eBay this morning.
I’ve got the sad feeling again, like I’m saying goodbye to old friends, but I know that the long road to selling off the bulk of my collection doesn’t mean that I’m no longer a fan or able to enjoy the books that are now online or in collected trade paperbacks. It’s just less stuff in the house.