The Tsum Tsum and then Some…

Neal: What’s the flight situation?

Del: Simple. There’s no way on earth we’re getting out of here tonight. We’d have more luck playing pick up sticks with our butt cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak.

Steve Martin & John Candy – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI friends. I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday weekend! A little Thanksgiving trivia to start this week off. It is fascinating to know that the pilgrims on board the Mayflower originally had a destination of The Virginia Colony in mind, NOT Plymouth Rock where they landed in late 1620. The captain of the ship Christopher Jones had his hand forced in part due to treacherous waters. However, the main reason for the detour is they were dangerously close to running out of beer. What was that?  Beer you say? Ah yes, the breakfast, lunch, and dinner of champions played a part in these days of past. Why, you may ask? Well, first, this group loved to pound them back. In addition, their ration was a gallon of beer per day per person. This was .6% beer too, not the watered down Michelob Ultra stuff. The powers that be aboard knew they would not have enough to get back to England for their voyage home so this became a matter of life and death. Why was this a matter of their continued existence? It is because they could not drink the compromised water due to the fact it would make them sick. Thus, beer kept them hydrated. So when any of you crack your barley, water, hops, and yeast of choice while waiting to get drowsy from the tryptophan of the cooked bird, know beer’s place in the history books! How easy do we have it now right? That crew’s very mortality was in question – Crazy!

It’s hard to believe we are coming towards another turn of the calendar as we get set to polish off 2017. This CBSI group has had a great year working in cohesion to better our hobby, PC, and pocketbooks. With that said, I will start off with the book of the week. It’s a ghost, apparition, wives’ tale, Bigfoot, Loch Ness, folklore all wrapped into one and is rarely seen. This book is of course none other than the Tsum Tsum 4 1:25 variant. Mel V originally brought this up on a podcast and sent the group to work to find a copy. The chase was not easy. Hell, Trey & Co. going full-on Chester Copperpot as the boys from The Goon Docks would struggle with this treasure hunt. Speaking of The Goonies, how about our own playing the part– see below. Anyone see similarities? This CBSI crew could sniff out and track down an AF 15 at the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake in the back pocket of some pissed off dude wearing a hockey mask tied to the bottom. Yes, they are that good!

*HUGE PROPS go to Danny H being the gumshoe who tracked this down for Mel!

So just how rare is this book? Here are the numbers:

  • Total print run 6,800
  • Approx 272 copies (1:25); however, who on God’s green Earth ordered 25 of this book?
  • Current slabbed sales on eBay – Zero
  • Current raw copies on eBay – Zip
  • Sale in the last 60 Days – Zilch
  • Any copies on the planet – Nada
  • Insert popular movie quote for pop culture bonus points: “Not a thing, not a f***ing trace. No blood, no bodies, we have nothing”. That pretty much describes this Tsum Tsum.

Time to give a few with some meat on the bones that actually exist. Here are some books of note from a year ago this week that have fared relatively well in the market:

Image Comics – A.D. After Death # 1 of 3

  • 30.6K Print run
  • Three words – Buy the Ashcan
  • Yes, there are some on eBay

ROI Scale: 

Marvel – Clone Conspiracy # 1 – 3rd print Dell Otto

  • Small run being 3rd print
  • A few available on eBay

ROI Scale: 

Marvel – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur # 13 – 1:25 Pasqual Ferry Variant

  • 11.1K print run
  • Approx 444 copies
  • Zero on eBay for sale
  • This is one of those small run books that is a HOLD. It is not Ms. Marvel # 2 Molina, but is a good bet if found for cheap

ROI Scale: 

Marvel – Venom # 1 – 1:1000 McFarlane Variant

  • 90.1K Print run
  • Less than 100 of these bad boys
  • CBCS 9.8 for $3K on Ebay
  • CGC 9.4 for $1K on Ebay
  • Zero sales in last 60 days
  • Pretty simple, a 1:1000 McFarlane old cover featuring Venom
  • Buy, press, slab, and sell this. You can’t go wrong if obtained at the right price

ROI Scale: 

Honorable Mentions:

DC –  Detective Comics # 945 Cover B Albuquerque Variant

  • 69.9K print run split unevenly over two covers
  • Cover that is unique by a great artist that may have some juice down the road.
  • Won’t make you rich, but come on we all know about these B covers by now!

ROI Scale: 

DC – Harley Quinn # 8 Cover B Frank Cho Variant

  • 54.1K print run split unevenly over two covers
  • HQ & Cho covers do pretty well in the aftermarket
  • Low risk/low reward

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Well, that about wraps this week up. There were some solid books released that can make anyone some cash. We covered a lot over the course of this write-up. Again, my goal is to make this as interactive as possible. Here are some parting pop culture factoids. The Goonies had a two-part music video sung by Cyndi Lauper titled Goonies R Good Enough. The video featured a few old at the time WWF Superstars. Can anyone name the four wrestlers? One of them loved wearing rubber bands on his face! Now that’s great bar trivia. Yes, even a barfly at some dump watering hole would be impressed to see you get that right. Speaking of Barfly – IMO that was Mickey Rourke’s best acting job of his career. It still tops The Wrestler in terms of sheer ability in front of the big screen. Talk about being completely absorbed in a role and probably not breaking character a la Daniel Day Lewis. Finally, please name your favorite movie based around Thanksgiving in the comments. Mine is easy, it’s what I started this whole piece with – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and a quote. This amazing flick holds up to this day and provides plenty of laughs.

RIP John Hughes and John Candy. Two talented men we lost way too early.

Be safe and enjoy the time with friends and family this weekend. Remember those who matter most…

Talk soon!


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