The Collector's Connection

The Collector's Connection We provide a place for collectors to connect with other collectors who share a common interest in comics and comic related collectibles. Hi and welcome to The Collector's Connection!

The purpose of this page is to provide a place for collectors to connect with other collectors who share a common interest in comics and comic related collectibles. Whether the collectables are books, newspaper comics, comic books and magazines, original art, posters and prints, premiums and promotional items, pulps, records, toys, trading cards, videos—you name it—this is the place to buy, sell, or trade it! THE COLLECTOR'S CONNECTION PLEDGE I pledge to take full advantage of every inch of my dwelling space in order to organize, store and display my collection(s). Under no circumstance will I consider down-sizing my space unless an adequate alternative can be provided such as a large storage unit, or in the case of my untimely death, a very large mausoleum. I will only trade or sell an item with the intent to upgrade an item in my collection or to make room for something else I want even more—or both! Motto: Buy - Sell (choke) - Trade - Buy More - Enjoy!

FAMOUS COMIC BOOK CREATORSTRADING CARD SERIES“Finally—comic book creators take their place next to baseball players, foo...
05/31/2020

FAMOUS COMIC BOOK CREATORS
TRADING CARD SERIES

“Finally—comic book creators take their place next to baseball players, football heroes, and hockey all-stars…”

The Famous Comic Book Creators Trading Card Series was published by Eclipse Comics in 1992. The set includes 110 trading cards featuring “many of comics’ greatest stars on cards for the first time ever!”

Regulation baseball size, 12 cards per pack, 99-cents per pack, 36 packs per counter display box, and 12 boxes per case.

About the pictures in this post. The cards pictured are not photos of my collection. It was easier finding images on the internet to share with you instead of taking all my cards out of the 9-pocket pages. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find just one source of great photos so there are a few inferior photos among all the good ones.

I have included a few pictures of my collection to show how I store my cards (46 out of the 110-card series are autographed).

I use Pressboard Side-Bound Report Binders that can be purchases at most office supply stores. I store the folders both in bank boxes for quick access. And, because I have a rather large trading card collection, I use plastic file containers. For extra sets and singles, I use Ultrapro plastic boxes stored in various size cardboard boxes made for trading cards.

Here is a list of the autographed cards:
#1 Will Eisner
#3 Gary Kwapisz
#5 Don Rosa *
#7 Norm Breyfogle
#8 Jim Shooter
#9 Steve Rude
#10 Bob McLeod
#11 John Buscema
#12 Daniel Brereton
#14 Jim Starlin
#16 John Romita
#17 Kate Worley
#18 Reed Waller
#21 Martin Nodell
#24 Dick Ayers *
#26 Robert Burden
#28 Murphy Anderson
#29 Michael Baron
#32 Neil Gaiman
#33 Marv Wolfman
#34 Len Wein
#35 George Perez
#36 Sergio Aragones
#40 James Engel
#41 Matt Wagner
#43 Erik Larsen
#47 William Messner-Loebs
#51 Stan Sakai
#52 Wayne Vansant
#53 Julius Schwartz
#53 Julius Schwartz (blue back version issued to the creators to take to shows)
#57 Todd McFarlane
#58 Charles Vess
#63 Tom Lyle
#67 Timothy Bradstreet
#68 Ron Frenz
#69 Klaus Janson
#75 Roy Thomas
#77 Don McGregor
#78 Joe Staton
#81 Mark Wheatley
#85 Mark Evanier
#88 Mark Schultz
#91 Beau Smith
#92 Bill Reinhold
#102 Clive Barker
#105 Harvey Pekar
#107 Sal Buscema
#109 P. Craig Russell

* doubles

FAMOUS COMIC BOOK CREATORS
TRADING CARD SERIES

“Finally—comic book creators take their place next to baseball players, football heroes, and hockey all-stars…”

The Famous Comic Book Creators Trading Card Series was published by Eclipse Comics in 1992. The set includes 110 trading cards featuring “many of comics’ greatest stars on cards for the first time ever!”

Regulation baseball size, 12 cards per pack, 99-cents per pack, 36 packs per counter display box, and 12 boxes per case.

About the pictures in this post. The cards pictured are not photos of my collection. It was easier finding images on the internet to share with you instead of taking all my cards out of the 9-pocket pages. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find just one source of great photos so there are a few inferior photos among all the good ones.

I have included a few pictures of my collection to show how I store my cards (46 out of the 110-card series are autographed).

I use Pressboard Side-Bound Report Binders that can be purchases at most office supply stores. I store the folders both in bank boxes for quick access. And, because I have a rather large trading card collection, I use plastic file containers. For extra sets and singles, I use Ultrapro plastic boxes stored in various size cardboard boxes made for trading cards.

Here is a list of the autographed cards:
#1 Will Eisner
#3 Gary Kwapisz
#5 Don Rosa *
#7 Norm Breyfogle
#8 Jim Shooter
#9 Steve Rude
#10 Bob McLeod
#11 John Buscema
#12 Daniel Brereton
#14 Jim Starlin
#16 John Romita
#17 Kate Worley
#18 Reed Waller
#21 Martin Nodell
#24 Dick Ayers *
#26 Robert Burden
#28 Murphy Anderson
#29 Michael Baron
#32 Neil Gaiman
#33 Marv Wolfman
#34 Len Wein
#35 George Perez
#36 Sergio Aragones
#40 James Engel
#41 Matt Wagner
#43 Erik Larsen
#47 William Messner-Loebs
#51 Stan Sakai
#52 Wayne Vansant
#53 Julius Schwartz
#53 Julius Schwartz (blue back version issued to the creators to take to shows)
#57 Todd McFarlane
#58 Charles Vess
#63 Tom Lyle
#67 Timothy Bradstreet
#68 Ron Frenz
#69 Klaus Janson
#75 Roy Thomas
#77 Don McGregor
#78 Joe Staton
#81 Mark Wheatley
#85 Mark Evanier
#88 Mark Schultz
#91 Beau Smith
#92 Bill Reinhold
#102 Clive Barker
#105 Harvey Pekar
#107 Sal Buscema
#109 P. Craig Russell

* doubles

COMIC KEEPING VS. COMIC COLLECTINGOr… Jeepers Creepers Reader Keepers!Basically said, keeping and collecting comics are ...
05/24/2020

COMIC KEEPING VS. COMIC COLLECTING

Or… Jeepers Creepers Reader Keepers!

Basically said, keeping and collecting comics are the same: you buy a comic (or someone gives it to you). You read it. And, if you like it, you keep it. How you respond to repeating that process many times over is when “keeping vs. collecting” part ways.

I have a friend who enjoys reading and keeping his comics in boxes he made, until someone actually manufactured boxes for comics. He used to buy new comics until the cover prices became too much for his budget, turning his attention to quarter boxes at comic shops. Condition is not important to him. He’s that guy who cut Marvel Value Stamps out of his comics. He was that kid who bought two issues of X-Men #1—one to read and another to reread and cut to pieces in order to decorate the lampshade in his bedroom. He is the comic fan the industry was first built on—READERS!

My friend was my inspiration to become a collector. I was already a reader/keeper, so it was easy for me to take the next steps to becoming a full-fledged collector. I had just rejoined the ranks of comic-readers in the mid-70’s when there were bags, backing boards and boxes actually made to store comic-books in. Not only that, but there was a price guide listing most of the sought after back issues I missed while growing up! The time was just right for me. A young man with discretionary income experiencing a resurgence in the medium.

Reading is probably one the most popular responses people say when asked to name a hobby. When I hear the word “hobbyist” I hear much more than just reading and boxing. I hear a variable of activities that include:

• Researching the history of the comic art form—the mediums creators and publishers.

• Exploring the rich diversity of comic titles from the 80 plus years of publication.

• Learning how to organize and preserve a collection of comics that interest me.

• Expanding my interest to include comic-book related items (original art and memorabilia).

• Engaging in comic fandom through fanzines, on-line groups, and comic conventions.

• Helping promote and sustain the enjoyment of the hobby by joining a club and organizing special events.

• And keep reading and enjoy owning a collection that has both intrinsic and monetary value.

While READERS are the foundation the comic industry was built on, its COLLECTORS who have helped sustain its existence.

Jeepers creepers! The way I see it—if our favorite art form is to continue—we need more READER-COLLECTORS!

About speculating. I think it’s okay to speculate a little (i.e. buy an extra first issue or first appearance), as long as you spend your profits buying more comics to read and collect. If all you are is a speculator—get out! You’re ruining the hobby for us real hobbyists.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Just another comic-fan.

[email protected]

REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS YOU USE TO COLLECT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?Part 2: Collecting Pop Culture Part 3 – Old-Time Radio Sh...
05/05/2020

REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS YOU USE TO COLLECT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

Part 2: Collecting Pop Culture Part 3 – Old-Time Radio Shows & Record Plays!

I believe my first exposure to an Old-Time Radio Show was through an episode of the Shadow, starring Orson Wells as the Shadow. I was mesmerized by the whole atmosphere of the mystery radio drama. How could anyone not be drawn in by the opening of the show. I know the Shadow knew I would become an instant fan! (insert The Shadows laughter)

I am not sure, but I believe I listened to the episode from a long play vinyl record (LP). So, I decided to include Record Plays in my Old Radio storage because the medium is the same: stories told and preserved on vinyl records, audio cassettes and compact discs.

If I had to choose between listening to the radio or watching television, I would choose radio (except when watching college football games). A constant companion anytime anywhere. Although, in recent years, television has become much the same. (Have I ever told you I collect college football memorabilia?)

My Old-Time Radio collection includes a total of 95 different programs (1,392 episodes). Not a huge collection but enough to satisfy me. Most of the characters I enjoy have been featured in comic books. I guess you could conclude that comics are at the center of my interest in collecting. More on that another time.

Among my 100-plus LP’s and 45’s record plays in my collection (60’s-70’s), my favorites are the four Marvel Age Comic Spectacular Golden Records featuring the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and Thor. And the Merrie Marvel Marching Society membership premiums: Scream Along with Marvel and Voices of Marvel 33⅓ rpm records.

My favorite radio shows include I Love A Mystery (1939-1952), The Lone Ranger (1933-1955), The Shadow (1937-1954), Sherlock Holmes (1930-1960s), The Adventures of Superman (1938-1951), Tarzan (1932-1953), and X-Minus One (1955-1958).

I hope you enjoy my photos and thanks for letting me share.

REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS YOU USE TO COLLECT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?Part 2: Collecting Pop Culture Part 2 – Videos!Does anyon...
05/03/2020

REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS YOU USE TO COLLECT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

Part 2: Collecting Pop Culture Part 2 – Videos!

Does anyone still buy videos? I know CD’s are on the decline. There has been a resurgence in the collector’s market for vinyl records and even VHS tapes (I didn’t get into Beta or Laserdiscs—too expensive at the time), but what about DVD’s? Do you rush out and buy a movie to watch, or rent it from Redbox or wait to watch it on a streaming service?

I remember walking out of a movie theater after having watched Star Wars (1977), thinking I sure wish I could own that film. Then, just a few years later, I did. The first Star Wars film was the first commercially available video I ever purchased. It was expensive at the time, but I was glad to have it. I no longer own it. I gave it with almost all my VHS tapes to my pal, Jesse Vance, and began replacing most with DVD’s.

When my children were born (1981/1983), we bought our first, and as it turns out, our last video camera (more on that in another post). I found myself always buying blank VHS tapes to record their lives and to capture the movies and television shows of my childhood (always pausing to exclude commercials). I’ve kept our home videos and select few VHS tapes.

When I was growing up, movies on television, like the Wizard of Oz, were an annual event that most people looked forward to enjoying as a family. VHS and DVD’s ended that—"I’ve got it recorded. I’ll watch it later.” And rarely got around to it.

I stopped buying DVD’s when I realized I wasn’t watching—just collecting. Besides, I’ve realized I can probably find everything I want to watch—“Hollywood” is preserving film history. Oh yea, and I have almost everything I want. How convenient you say.

My Video Collection includes 1,150 videos plus what I haven’t cataloged yet (3 - 8mm Film / 18 BETA Tapes / 450 VHS Tapes / 1039 DVD’s). Here is a short list of my absolute must haves:

Live action movie must haves in my video library:

A Hard Day’s Night starring the Beatles (1964)

Adventures of Robinhood starring Errol Flynn (1938)

Bowery Boys (all versions all movies / 1935-1958)

Charlie Chan starring Sidney Toler (21 films / 1939-1946)

Day the Earth Stood Still starring Michael Rennie (1951)

King Kong (1931)

Little Rascals (all versions / 1922-1944)

Roy Rogers movies (104 films / 1935-1975)

Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone (14 movies / 19)

Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller (12 movies / 1932-1948)

Three Stooges (190 short films and 5 movies / 1934-1970)

Universal Monsters (i.e. Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy, the Creature / 1931-1954)

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Live action television must haves in my video library:

Adventures of Superman television show (1951-1957)

The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)

The Beverly Hill Billy’s (1962-1971)

The Lone Ranger (1949-1957)

The Munsters (1964-1966)

The Roy Rogers Show (1951-1957)

Walt Disney’s Zorro television show (1957-1959)

Theatrical animated features must haves in my video library:

Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies (1930 to 1969)

Pinocchio animated feature (1940)

Popeye (Fleisher and Filmation Studios / 1932-1957)

Snow White animated feature (1938)

Superman (Fleisher Studios / 1941-1943)

Tom & Jerry (MGM / 1940-1967)

Woody Woodpecker (1940-1972)

Television cartoon must haves in my video library:

Batman: The Animated Series (WB 1992-1995)

Flintstones (Hanna-Barberra / 1960-1966)

Jonny Quest (Hanna-Barberra / 1964)

Space Ghost (Hanna-Barberra / 1966-1968)

And, like I stated earlier, I have almost everything I want!

What are some of your must haves?

JUST ANOTHER BEATLES FAN PART 8: VEE JAY RECORDSCollecting is an ongoing process. Especially when you collect Beatles’ r...
03/18/2020

JUST ANOTHER BEATLES FAN PART 8: VEE JAY RECORDS

Collecting is an ongoing process. Especially when you collect Beatles’ records and memorabilia. There is so much to collect and it’s expensive. So, I decided to make a list of the Beatles items I really want and then whittled it down to what I could afford. I’m very satisfied with my collection as it currently stands.

Since Vee Jay Records was the first record company to release Beatles records in the US—and their release of “Introducing the Beatles” is the first Beatle album I purchased—I decided to collect everything Vee Jay as a subset to my Beatles Collection. Here is what I have so far (not every record is pictured):

COLLECTING BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS!One of my favorite bands is Blood Sweat & Tears, the jazz-rock and pop group popular from...
03/17/2020

COLLECTING BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS!

One of my favorite bands is Blood Sweat & Tears, the jazz-rock and pop group popular from 1968 to 1980. Their #1 hit, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKuqaZ0DQtk (1969) is in my top-50 songs of all-time.

Besides having almost everything they released on vinyl records, reel-to-reel and 8-track tapes, and CD’s, I’ve been collecting memorabilia about the band including concert booklets and tickets from back in the day. Here are a few items from my collection.

JUST ANOTHER BEATLES FAN PART 7:  BEATLES TOYS!Wow! I never knew these toys existed. The Beatles set of four 3" plastic ...
03/16/2020

JUST ANOTHER BEATLES FAN PART 7: BEATLES TOYS!

Wow! I never knew these toys existed. The Beatles set of four 3" plastic figures were made for distribution in the UK by Emirober (1964). There were four different package header cards featuring each one of the Beatles, and the plastic figures came in at least ten color variations. Don't you think Ringo’s drumsticks look like clubs?

ALL OUR PLANS ARE COMING TOGETHER!Hello Comic Art & Pop Culture Fans!Since Bob Jenkins and I sold Akron Comicon last yea...
03/15/2020

ALL OUR PLANS ARE COMING TOGETHER!

Hello Comic Art & Pop Culture Fans!

Since Bob Jenkins and I sold Akron Comicon last year, we've been joined by Robert Kraus, independent publisher and founder of RAK Graphics, to work on several projects we hope will appeal to comic art fans, from casual readers to serious collectors, and to the aspiring writers and artists working to make their mark on the comic-book entertainment medium.

We are calling our new direction Collectors-3-Productions, a partnership of three experienced collectors and enthusiasts established to preserve and present our individual interests through a series of ongoing public events in 2021.

We are taking the “comicon” concept and dividing it into three basic categories with the intent of creating low cost events all comic-book and pop culture enthusiasts can afford to enjoy.
Here is a brief description of each event and supplemental activities:

THE ADVENTURE IN COMIC'S COMIC-BOOK & TOY SHOW!
(Saturday, April 17, 2021)

We invite you to join us on our latest adventure. An adventure in comic-books and toys! A one-day event where comics-books and toys are the stars of the show. The show takes place at the Goodyear Hall, located at 1201 E. Market St. in Akron OH 44305, from 11am-6pm. Exhibitor setup is from 7-10:45am. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

THE COLLECTOR'S CONNECTION POP CULTURE COLLECTOR’S SHOW!
(Saturday, September 11, 2021)

The Collector’s Connection Pop Culture Collector's Show is scheduled to take place at the Goodyear Hall, located at 1201 E. Market St. in Akron OH 44305. The swap meet takes place from 11am-1pm; and the show opens to the public from 1-6pm. Exhibitor setup is from 7-10:45am. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

THE COMIC ART EXPO: A CELEBRATION OF SEQUENCIAL ART!
(Saturday, November 20, 2021)

The Comic Art Expo is an annual one-day event featuring comic creators, special panel presentations and activities focused on the comic art form. It’s a great opportunity to meet the creators of your favorite comics, purchase original art, get their autograph, and learn about their careers. It’s not a comic convention. It’s an art show. The show takes place at the Goodyear Hall, located at 1201 E. Market St. in Akron OH 44305, from 11am-6pm. Exhibitor setup is from 7-10:45am. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

THE MOBILE COMIC ART MUSEUM!

The purpose of The Comic Art Museum is to promote and preserve the comic art medium through informative displays at our events, comic conventions and other community events.

While the primary focus of the museum will be on newspaper comic and comic book art, it will also include medium influences such as books and pulp magazines and their representation on radio and through theatrical and television releases. In addition, the displays will also include vintage memorabilia, toys and all related collectibles.

Our hope is that the mobile museum displays will work toward establishing a brick and mortar museum in Akron, Ohio.

THE COLLECTOR’S CONNECTION COLLECTORZINE MAGAZINE!

The Collectorzine Magazine is a fanzine. The first issue is scheduled to be released March 19, 2020. Our publication is intended to increase fandom and complement our scheduled activities.

For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a fanzine is a “magazine” usually produced by amateurs for fans of a particular form of entertainment. Back in the early days, fanzines were even xerox copies staples together and mailed or handed out to the fanbase. We hope to capture the nostalgia of that time and continue the tradition!

We are currently scheduled as a quarterly fanzine for collectors of modern and vintage pop culture collectibles—with an emphasis on comics books and comic book collectibles—we are interested in a wide range of pop culture memorabilia.

Our goal is to provide entertainment, accurate information, and encourage others to get the most out of their hobbies!

Contact us for more information at: [email protected]

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Hi and welcome to The Collector's Connection! The purpose of this page is to provide a place for collectors to connect with other collectors who share a common interest in collecting. Whether the collectables are books, newspaper comics, comic books and magazines, original art, posters and prints, premiums and promotional items, pulps, coins, stamps, records, toys, trading cards, videos—you name it—this is the place to buy, sell, or trade it! THE COLLECTOR'S CONNECTION PLEDGE I pledge to take full advantage of every inch of my dwelling space in order to organize, store and display my collection(s). Under no circumstance will I consider down-sizing my space unless an adequate alternative can be provided such as a large storage unit, or in the case of my untimely death, a very large mausoleum. I will only trade or sell an item with the intent to upgrade an item in my collection or to make room for something else I want even more—or both! Motto: Buy - Sell (choke) - Trade - Buy More - Enjoy!

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Huge collection of antique and vintage sheet music for sale! Full catalog at the link below, feel free to message me your best offers.
Sneak peek of the February 2018 issue of 'Antique Toy World' Magazine. They did a 6 page article on me for the 80th Anniversary of Superman this year. I don't have a copy yet, just this sneak peek they sent me today.