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#4203957 - 08/16/10 09:22 PM Any one hear of Passaic Book Center?
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I picked up an old comic book with a store stamp on the back (Actually thats the reason I wanted it) It reads

Passaic Book Center
Books, Comics, Paperbacks
Bought Sold & Traded
594 Main Ave Passaic
Tel 778-6646


What I found so far is that they did mail order back in the 70's (at least) and were based in NJ. Does anyone know anymore about the store? Have done business with them?
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#4203960 - 08/16/10 09:24 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: BrianR]
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Yes, they don't do comics really any more, not with any significance, but for years, they were a main stay and many people used them for back issue shopping.
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#4203989 - 08/16/10 09:33 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: Foolkiller]
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They were huge in the 1980s. I bought thousands of back issues from them for my stores.
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#4203999 - 08/16/10 09:37 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: shadroch]
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Yeah, we used to buy big wholesale groups from them in the mid 90s too. Now I think they do mostly porn mag stuff.
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#4204012 - 08/16/10 09:43 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: Dale Roberts]
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 Originally Posted By: Dale Roberts
Yeah, we used to buy big wholesale groups from them in the mid 90s too. Now I think they do mostly porn mag stuff.

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#4204013 - 08/16/10 09:43 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: Dale Roberts]
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So was it common practice for them to stamp comic books? I know different times etc. it seems odd a large mail order company would stamp back issues.

And thanks guys for the additional info. I enjoy store stamped books and seeing if I can find out about the store the comic was sold at once.


Edited by BrianR (08/16/10 09:45 PM)
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#4204037 - 08/16/10 09:49 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: BrianR]
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 Originally Posted By: BrianR
So was it common practice for them to stamp comic books? I know different times etc. it seems odd a large mail order company would stamp back issues.

And thanks guys for the additional info. I enjoy store stamped books and seeing if I can find out about the store the comic was sold at once.


I know at one time they did do quite a few stamps, especially in the 70s, on later collections they acquired, I think they stopped this.
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#4204066 - 08/16/10 09:59 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: BrianR]
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I use to get back issues at a Used Book Store behind Fordham Road and just up 2 blocks from Webster Avenue in the Bronx in the 1960s. It was owned by a nice elderly couple. They got their back issues from Passaic Book Store. I started getting Warren back issues there too. I probably have some of those comics I bought still in my collection.

I also had 2 catalogs they use to send out if you requested it. They had ads in the marvel comics classifieds with Robert Bell and Howard Rogofsky.

I visited the store years later and they had sold all their back issue stock. Not sure who they sold it to.

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#4204067 - 08/16/10 10:00 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: Foolkiller]
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They didn't stamp the books they wholesaled, as far as I remember.I never bought anything from them retail. Store stamps are kind of rare on Bronze Age books, much more common on SA stuff.
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#4204130 - 08/16/10 10:21 PM Re: Any one hear of Passaic Book Center? [Re: shadroch]
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 Originally Posted By: shadroch
They didn't stamp the books they wholesaled, as far as I remember.I never bought anything from them retail. Store stamps are kind of rare on Bronze Age books, much more common on SA stuff.


Yeah, this is a Kid Colt 108 so it fits with the SA stuff.
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