OK, according to the Overstreet this is a first printing but who can really tell? The bald man is not recognizable. The lines on the house on page one of the first story are sharp and distinct. I picked it up in a collection where the other books are all from the mid-60's so it looks right, time-wise. Any help is appreciated! Sorry for the poor scans but it's the best I can do.
Loc: In an applesauce tranquility.....
I suppose this is the reason why CGC doesn't grade these. My guess is you'll need to find a collector or dealer who has handled this book previously, and they may be able to authenticate by the paper quality or some printing detail. Was this part of an OO collection?
Yes, it is from an OO collection. He just recently passed away at 70. There's no way to find out from anyone in the family. The condition is consistent with the rest of the collection. The dates are consistent but I don't know when the counterfeit copies were made. I'd assume much later.
Loc: Central Florida
It's definately not a second print, the cut is too even (see below)
And the guy on page 18 is not even there.
(hard to tell from the scan but the staples have a slight color band)
So, the question is it an original first print? It looks like one to me, but I have never had one in hand to really check out, the fakes came out about 10 years after the original printing. There are probably people out there that know exactly how to tell, Jim Warren is still alive and knows exactly how to tell the fakes. To bad cgc won't spend the time to find out how to tell the fakes, heck I am sure many people would like them graded whether they said "counterfiet" on the label or not. Just for peace of mind, they do it for other faked comics.
Doh, I forgot this is a magazine, therefore of no interest.
Loc: Central Florida
I guess to be fair, we should look at it from the cgc bean counters aspect. It takes time to research this stuff, and there are probably less than 100 out there in the wild, and probably less than half would be graded. Meaning there is very little to gain by grading these, and there is a potential to be wrong. So the juice is not worth the squeeze for them.