I never did find a Deadpool or Wolverine from Wave 1 of the Marvel Legends X-Men series, but it looks like this Wave 2’s Old Man Logan is being double packed in each case, so maybe one of them will find its way into my collection.
When I was a kid, I was all about the Uncanny X-Men. This series had me enthralled with its perfect mix of complex characters and universe-spanning adventures, and just looking at these covers brings back fond memories of reading them and dissecting the stories with my friends. I may have had a half dozen long boxes filled with bagged and boarded comics, but the X-Men comics were the ones I would have grabbed if the house ever caught fire.
These comic books are the ones I collected back in the late 80’s, and are pretty much the only comics I kept out of the great purge of 1990, where I stupidly sold off my collection to my local comic shop, receiving mere pennies for boxes and boxes of gold.
I remember being very proud of my X-Men run, having found almost every issue from #95 and up. There were a few issues that eluded me — I’ll have to track them down one of these days — issue #94 was always the holiest of grails, and I would still love to get a copy, because no X-Men collection is complete without it. I always loved issue #109 because it featured Alpha Flight, and of course the whole Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline was so great. My X-Men comics are not in mint condition, because I read and re-read each and every one of them, but I don’t think I would ever feel the need to trade up to nicer copies. It sounds pretty lofty, but these comics really were a big part of my formative years, and being one of the very few items I held onto all this time, I value them way higher than Overstreet ever would.
The Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues! Check back soon to see what I come up with for “V.”
This past weekend was THE weekend for yard sales around here. Three large neighborhood sales were happening within five miles of me, and I couldn’t wait to hit the streets. I won’t say that I had a stellar day, but there were some pretty good finds.
The Scene-It DVD games are everywhere, but the Harry Potter version is the one to buy if you can find it. I was lucky to find the deluxe version for two bucks. I also found a Spacewarp building set from the 80’s, which lets you build a roller coaster-like creation. I found a larger Spacewarp set a couple of years ago and tried to put it together, but you need a PhD to assemble it, so I’m not even going to try with this one.
I was thrilled to get this Battle Masters game. It’s another one of those games with a million pieces, and they all appear to be there. I think I’ll try this one out with the kids and if we like it, I’ll add it to our game shelf, but if it’s more work than fun, off to eBay it will go!
I got a big stack of Fleer Ultra X-Men cards. The entire set looks like it’s there, including the chase cards, but I’ll have to go through them more carefully to be sure.
The same guy who sold me the X-Men cards, had these three action figures. The Firestar and Bullseye figure are mail-away figures from Toy Biz, and the Firestar one is worth $15-20, so these were a great deal for a buck.
I thought these four KISS Psycho Circus figures were the find of the day. The seller priced these at $40 for the lot, but I managed to get them for $20. Turns out, they typically sell for $20 (I really need to get a smart phone). These are some pretty cool figures, but there must be millions of them out there. I’m sorely tempted to tear them open and cut my losses.
Every week, I seem to buy an item that my wife looks at and goes, “really?” These stained glass E.T. window hangers got the prize this week. I dropped a whole 25 cents on them and assured my wife that someone out there would pay good money for these. Let’s hope I’m right.
Did you find anything good at the yard sales this weekend? Let’s hear it!
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