Want of the Week – Bausack Game Second Edition

Board games are a great way to relax and have fun with family and friends. A FyndIt member discovered a new game to play over the winter break and needs the help from the FyndIt community to track one down.

Bausack is a clever game where you stack odd shaped pieces together to build a tower. It’s sort of like Jenga in reverse. The game is so popular it is sold out and admirers of the game are scrambling to find copies online after the big holiday rush.


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You can earn a $20.00 bounty reward if you can help find an unused copy of Bausack. If you know where one is, sign into FyndIt and post a Find for the game. The person who wants it will review your find and pay you a $20.00 bounty reward if your game is accepted as a match.

FyndIt is a quick and easy way to make money helping others find stuff! Take a look at the other Wants folks have posted to our site and see if you can locate any of the items for a monetary reward.

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FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Contest Week 3 Finalist!

Congratulations to our Week 3 Mean, Green TMNT Contest finalist, Evo_Shandor for his qualifying Find Tales to Astonish #1!

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Evo entered his Find in our TMNT contest in hopes of winning the Grand Prize a near mint CGC first issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book signed by creators Eastman and Laird worth $10,000!

There are only a few more days left of the contest which ends on August 16th! Try your chance at a piece of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle history and post your best Want or Find to enter the contest.

What’s a Want? A Want is something you’re looking for. When you can’t find something on the internet or in a store, our community of Finders can save you time and money looking for it!

What’s a Find? Something that you’ve seen that you think someone else might want. You can go about this two ways, finding the exact thing someone wants or you might just list something interesting that you’ve found online, or in a store that you think someone might want.

Entering FyndIt’s Mean, Green Comic Contest is easy! Ready the contest rules and click Accept. Create a username and password at FyndIt. Verify your email so that we know you are not a mutant. Create and post your most interesting Want or Find.

Each week the judges will choose a weekly finalist. At the end of the contest, the judges will choose a Grand Prize winner out of the four weekly finalists. You still have a few days to win this awesome TMNT comic! Enter the contest here.

FyndIt’s Featured Collector – Malcolm Smith

Malcolm, known around the FyndIt community as UWComics, came across our radar a few weeks ago during the Classic X-Men Comic Contest. He submitted a Want for Sure Fire Comics #2. It was his winning contest entry that grabbed our attention and left us wanting to find out more about his amazing collection of underwater comic covers. We had the opportunity to catch up with Malcolm and ask him about his esoteric comic book collection.

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Do you remember your first comic book? 

The first comics I can remember owning, reading and saving to be more accurate, were Avengers 186-189 which were part of memorable John Byrne run on this title, in addition to The Incredible Hulk Annual #7, also a John Byrne classic! They may or may not have been the first comics I owned, but they were the group that I found in my toy chest when I decided that collecting comics was going to be something I did.

How did you get your start as a comic book collector?

I can clearly remember hearing an NPR radio program as a kid of eight or nine years old in Lansing, Michigan riding in the car with my mom. The segment on the radio was talking about how Michigan State University (My parents’ alma-mater.) had one of the largest library collections of comic books in the country. This would have been around the late 1970’s. The radio program provided statistics and some history about comics that got me really intrigued. I made the decision at THAT moment that when I returned home, I would seek out whatever comics I could find and would start to amass my collection. From that day forward, I brought my comic collection to school with me every day as I could not bear to be apart from them. I was really proud of them and wanted to show them off to my schoolmates. As my comic collection grew to fifty-plus books I would bring them to school in a brown paper bag and set them on my desk. At some point, my teacher had had enough and told me that I was no longer allowed to bring them to school. That’s when I graduated to my first comic book box and the rest is history!

How long have you been collecting comics?

I have been collecting comic books for over thirty years, essentially since 1977 at the age of nine.

How big is your comic book collection? 

My primary collection is nearing 15,000 comics. I have several types of collections of comic books.  There are a couple of special interests that I like to focus on. I love all Golden Age superhero comics published between 1938 and 1949. I also collect Marvel Silver Age comics. I love anything Hulk and have amassed every Hulk issue published and own multiple copies of the early Hulk issues. I have carved out a very special interest in comic covers depicting underwater scenes from the Golden Age. I have indexed more than 325 underwater comic book covers from 1933- 1961, which are loosely defined as Golden Age or at least pre-Silver Age by Marvel standards.  Of the couple hundred underwater comic covers that I have indexed, I have managed to collect about 180 examples.

Do you collect anything else besides comics?

I have a large collection of about 200 litho illustrated and metal lunchboxes.  Pretty much everything from a 1950 Hopalong Cassidy and Tom Corbett litho illustrated boxes to one of the last examples from the metal lunchbox era, which is a 1985 Rambo box

I am a huge Incredible Hulk fan and have  amassed all of his comics and crossover appearances in addition to a lot of memorabilia from 1960 to 1990. There are so many Hulk items that I try to only collect really interesting Hulk memorabilia that is current.

I’m also into collecting rare illustrated children’s books with a special interest in arts and crafts as well as Alice In Wonderland books. Additionally, I also collect Big Little Books and have around 100 of them.

In addition to comics, children’s books and lunchboxes, I also own about 200 academic, hobby and fandom-type reference books on comics.

How do you display your comics? 

I have various ways of presenting the comics in my collection.  I use old store displays with acrylic waterfall style racks, old magazine display racks,   large library book display cabinets in addition to lots and lots of cabinets. I also frame some of my comics.

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Do you have a special room that you store them in?

Yes, all my collections with the exception of the lunchboxes are stored in a single climate controlled room that monitors humidity, temperature and lighting. It also includes two safes.

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Was there one particular underwater comic cover that caught your attention and started your sub collection of underwater comics? 

Yes, most definitely – Whiz Comics #19! It showed Captain Marvel on the sea floor holding a shark in a headlock, a floating woman, interesting sea life and the shark’s tail engaging and obscuring the title masthead in a powerful way really playing with the space. This issue holds all the characteristics that I enjoy about Golden Age comics – early crude superhero artwork and massive bold type font for the title and cover price.  I just love form and structure of Golden Age covers. At the time, the new standard of a spatial divide on the cover included the graphic font in the top third and the “window of action” below. Whiz Comics #19 cemented my desire and was the first comic I purchased when I decided that I was going to collect every Golden Age underwater comic cover.

Do you have an online gallery of photos of your underwater comic covers that you can share with us? 

Not as of yet. I am reticent to advertise to the collecting community that I am seeking many of these items for fear of others jumping in- when the supply of this type of book is odd, rare and particular. Now that being said – I have created and hope to publish a small fanzine style book that is a fully illustrated index of all the underwater comic book covers in alphabetical order – much like the Gerber Guide to comics. I’ll start the fanzine after I have obtained another 50 to 60 of the missing issues from my big list.

Are you going for quantity or quality of underwater comics? How do you determine which ones you want?

I solely look for solid examples of the underwater comics. I do not look for quantity on any particular issue since some of them I am happy to locate just one copy. As to condition, since the cover is the main focus I want that to be mainly be intact, but many times I do compromise if the comic is rare, expensive or falls in my lap so to speak.

I really love my underwater comic cover collection as I am fascinated with covers from 1933-1961. I have comics from every genera during this period including superhero, funny animal, spy, detective, westerns, Archie, romance as well as Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope . How about that!

As to other determining factors, I used to want the entire scenario on the cover to be underwater (This type still holds a special place on the list.), but I have include many partial underwater covers. I am mainly interested in the graphic design of all Golden Age comic books and I feel that the depiction of underwater scenes holds a special quality of visual performance unlike anything else. The weird suspension of the characters in the illusionistic space of the 2-D art is as compelling as the great and unbridled inventiveness of colors and forms used in the cover space.

Since starting my underwater collection, I have since dabbled with the thought of collecting all outer space covers or underground cave covers, but you have to put the brakes on somewhere, right?!

How do you determine the value of your comics? 

Value for resale is through the established collector market and with the Overstreet guide or the old stand-by – what the market will bear. On occasion, I have spent more money that what the Guide states for a low grade comic just so I could have it. On the other hand, I have lucked out finding some long sought after or impossible to find books well below the price listed in the Guide.

Where do you usually track down hard-to-find comics?

I track down hard-to-find comics on eBay, Heritage Auctions, ComicConnect, various online stores, mail order and comic consortium group of collectors and stores owners from across the globe. This is a private group of friends who communicate daily via email and we talk, chat, barter and help each other in our mutual passions. AND, now I use FyndIt too!

How did you come across FyndIt?

One of your Facebook posts popped up in my feed and I went down the rabbit hole!

Do you think FyndIt is a useful service for connecting people who want stuff with the people who know where to find it?

Yes I do! I am still learning the ropes and need to spend more time with the site to see if I can be of assistance to those who are looking for items. I don’t really care about the finder’s fee personally- so if I can help, I will regardless of the bounty reward once I figure out the lay of the land.

What are your thoughts on digital comics? 

I don’t much care for digital comics at this time – I have read a few, but I am enthralled with artifacts when it comes to collecting – something I can touch and smell.

Do you have any advice for people who are new to collecting comics? 

Like it is often said, only collect what you love, want to hold, read or study. If you are in it for the money, that is OK too, but DO your research and learn how to grade. Learn what grading is, how it evolves and learn about the relationship between true rarity, fan or market driven fads/trends and true long term investments. MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN WITH IT- MAKE IT PERSONAL!

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us about your comic book collection? 

The dangerous thing for me about my collections is that I keep finding new reasons to be interested in books; I keep discovering new passions within my passions. As a newbie, I thought it would be possible to obtain every Golden Age comic book, every 10 cent cover of a certain style of graphic (I still want to chase this dream. ), every 10 and 12 cent book of certain style of graphic and so on and so on. I love it – I share my passion with whomever I can and thankfully I have an understanding spouse who has collecting habits of her own. I have given my nine year old the collecting bug too. He has nearly 1,000 comics of his own because his dad gave him so many! If only my dad had had the same passion for comics as I do – think of all of the comic books I could have owned!

If you are a serious collector who would like to show off your collection or you know of someone who deserves some props, give us a shout-out at support@fyndit.com and you could be our next Featured Collector! Check out our collection of Underwater Comic Book Covers on Pinterest.

FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest – Week 5 Winner!

We can’t believe our five week long X-Men Comic Contest has already come to an end! Time flies when you are giving out free X-Men comics.

Congratulations to FyndIt member t1m8omatas for submitting the winning Want, Public Defender In Action #9 for week five of FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest.

Public Defender in Action was a comic book previously published under the title Police Trap by Charlton Publishing in 1955. Starting with issue #6 the title changed to Public Defender in Action. The comic released six additional issues. The series follows the work of Richard Manning as he defends the guilty and innocent who cannot afford a lawyer.

Want: Public Defender In Action #9
Description: I’m looking for #9 of this series to help complete my run. I am a public defender by trade, and I have the other issues framed and displayed in my office. I have been a comic collector since I was 6 years old, and this title is the perfect marriage of my childhood and adult life.
Desired Price: $50.00 to $100.00
Bounty Reward: $5.00

FyndIt is a site that helps connect people who are looking for rare comic books with the people who know where to find them. If you have a knack for finding collectibles online, in brick and mortar stores or directly from dealers, make sure to cruise the FyndIt website for Wants to see if you can locate rare and elusive comic book memorabilia. Earn money finding comics at Fyndit!

Help our FyndIt member locate the elusive Public Defender In Action #9 comic book and earn yourself a $5.00 bounty reward if your Find is accepted.

Thank you to everyone who participated in FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest. We will be announcing the grand prize winner of the contest later this week! Stay tuned…

X-Men Comics & Memorabilia Wanted on FyndIt

The wait is finally over and X-Men Days of Future Past is in theaters! The FyndIt website has seen a lot of traffic from X-Men comic memorabilia collectors over the last few weeks.

We thought we would take a look at some of the best X-Men Wants posted to FyndIt. A Want is an item posted by a collector that they need help finding. If you are a fan of X-Men  or all around comic book junkie, you should click on some of the X-Men Wants below and see if you can track any of them down. Post your X-Men Find and if your item is accepted as a match, you could earn a sweet bounty reward for your efforts!

WantedUncanny X-Men 125 CGC 9.8 White Pages (Newsstand Edition) 
Description: I’m a serious Uncanny X-Men fan, had collected many between #121-175, and unfortunately, family had to move and our stuff was put into storage for many years, did not see my comic box for a long time. Would like to get this issue of a nicely centered Uncanny X-Men #125 in CGC 9.8 White Pages (Newsstand edition ONLY, which has the issue number within a box on top left of cover, not within a diamond like the direct editions have. This edition also has a full UPC barcode which is not crossed out like the direct editions have). An image of the type of edition I’m looking for is shown, although that is a lower grade copy.
Price Wanted: $300.00
Bounty Reward: $25.00 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: Giant Size X-Men #1
Description: First appearance of the new X-Men team. Item must be in great condition and complete. I personally have been collecting X-men comics since I was eight years old. I own Uncanny X-men issue 143 to current. This would be a huge addition to my collection.
Price Wanted: $300.00
Bounty Reward: $0.50 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: X-Men #1 (1963) Comic Book
Description: I’m looking for the original X-men #1 comic book released in 1963. Comic must be in good condition and complete. I have been collecting X-men comics since I was eight years old. This rare and incredible comic would be the best part of my collection if added.
Price Wanted: $300.00
Bounty Reward: $0.50 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: The X-Men #40 Mark of the Monster
Description: Looking for a copy of X-Men meet Frankenstein in good condition.
Price Wanted: Not Specified
Bounty Reward: $0.50 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: Uncanny X-Men #150
Description: This was my first comic book. Looking for one in good condition.
Price Wanted: $3.00
Bounty Reward: $0.50 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Image via marvel.wikia.com

There are plenty of other comic memorabilia items wanted on FyndIt. Check out the most recent Want listings and see if you can find stuff!

FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest runs through Sunday, June 1st! Enter for your chance to win a set of CGC mint Uncanny X-Men #141 and #143 comic books signed by Stan Lee! Check out the contest rules and FAQs.

 

X-Men Comic Contest Top Wants – Week 3

Last week we saw another great round of Want and Find entries submitted to FyndIt for our Classic X-Men Comic Contest. If you were not able to get your contest entry in or haven’t heard about our X-Men contest yet, you still have more opportunities to enter and participate in the contest up to June 1st!

FyndIt is a site that helps connect people who want stuff with the people who know where to find it. We bring collectors together to assist each other in locating rare and elusive comic book memorabilia. If you have a knack for finding collectibles online, in stores or perhaps directly from dealers, you could earn a bounty reward for your time and effort helping someone track down a hard-to-find comic or collector’s piece.

What is a Want? Well…it’s exactly just that! Something that someone can’t seem to find, but really, really want to have in their possession. There are tons of Wants listed by the comic book community on FyndIt. Let’s take a look at some of the top Wants submitted for the X-Men Comic Contest in the last week. See if you can locate any of the Wants, post a Find and if your match is accepted, you could walk away with a bounty reward. Real, actual money for helping others out.

Wanted: Captain Britain, Vol. 1 #8 Marvel Comic Book
Description: Looking for the first appearance of Psylocke in good condition.
Price Wanted: $50.00
Bounty Reward: $10.00 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: DC Collectibles Batman: Arkham Origins Series 1: Batman Action Figure
Description: Where it all began. Grounded in designs of the 3rd installment of the Batman Arkham video game series, the Batman Arkham Origins Series 1 Batman Action Figure stands about 6 3/4-inches tall, with the Caped Crusader’s appearance based on the early days, before the events of critically acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.
Price Wanted: $25.00
Bounty Reward: $10.00 (You could win this if your Find is accepted!)

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Wanted: 1979 Hot Cycle Superman Ride-On
Description: Looking for a vintage Hot Wheels (Hot Cycle) Superman children’s bike in fair to excellent condition.
Price Wanted: $200.00
Bounty Reward: $8.00 (You could win this if your Find is accepted.)

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Click on any of the Top Wants for week three of FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest and see if you can track down any of these hard-to-find collectibles. You’ll feel good about helping others find unusual stuff… AND it won’t hurt to earn money if your Find is accepted as a match!  There are plenty of other comic memorabilia items wanted on FyndIt. Check out the most recent Want listings and see if you can find stuff!

FyndIt’s Classic X-Men Comic Contest runs through Sunday, June 1st! Enter for your chance to win a set of CGC mint Uncanny X-Men #141 and #143 comic books signed by Stan Lee! Check out the contest rules and FAQs.

Wolverine is a WANTED mutant on FyndIt!

With only a few days left until the movie premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the FyndIt website has been filling up with Wants and Finds for X-Men comics and memorabilia. Our Classic X-Men Comic Contest is going strong and the competition for the grand prize has been getting stiffer!

Out of all of the rare and unique comics posted on FyndIt since the start of our contest, the most highly sought after comic is The Incredible Hulk #181. The collector demand for this issue is really high, because it features the first full appearance of Wolverine.

Over at least fourteen people have posted a Want to FyndIt for this comic in the past few weeks. Comic collectors are offering a $0.50 to $5.00 or more bounty reward to anyone who can help them locate this comic in the condition specified. Some folks are searching for signed near mint copies and others are looking for more affordable lower grade copies. If you are a comic collector or know where to purchase copies of The Incredible Hulk #181  in different grades and price points, make sure to cruise the Want listings and post your great comic book Finds! If a collector accepts your Find as a match, you could earn a bounty reward. FyndIt rewards are easily cashed out through PayPal. You really can make money helping others find comics!

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Check out the other Wolverine Wants posted to FyndIt and see if you can make a match. Those bounty rewards can start to really add up! Click on any of the photos below to view the Wants and start raking in the dough.

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So not only can you make money helping people find Wolverine collectibles at FyndIt, you could enter for a chance to win our Classic X-Men Comic Contest that runs through June 1st by entering your best Want or Find. Tell us what you are looking for and we’ll help track it down for you!

Entering FyndIt’s X-Men Comic Contest is easy! Read the contest rules and click Accept. Create a username and password at FyndIt. Verify your email so that we know you are not a mutant. Create and post your most interesting WANT or FIND. Don’t forget to add a photo, description, price wanted and a bounty to your contest entry.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win the Marvel comics that inspired the upcoming X-Men movie Days of Future Past!

Check out the X-Men Contest FAQs for more information.