Ok, so when these sorts of threads get posted in General, the thread gets overrun with gorgeous books worth 10's of thousands of dollars that most of us who favor Copper will never own.
BUT....unbeknownst to many in the hobby, there are quite a few hidden jewels in the Copper Age of comics that are, in fact, quite scarce and quite hard to come by....for example, if we say Copper begins at 1980:
Whitman 3 Pack books Amethyst #1, #2 35 cent variants Cry for Dawn #3 HorrorCon Variant (which I've only ever seen pictures of) The Tick #2 Uncut (only 200 copies made; given to NEC employees and friends) Sandman #8 Karen Berger variant
And these items, though they don't get a lot of press, are still incredibly difficult to track down, and can end up costing substantially more than our regular brethren.
So....I'll start with mine:
Dark Knight Returns Hardcover signed & numbered A/P (one of 50 copies given to Miller, Varley, Jansen, and DC staffers.)
Happy, happy day when that arrived. Cost me a pretty penny, and worth twice the price.
Definitely the pride and joy of my Copper collection, though my Tick #2 uncut comes a close second.
So, post yours! Now, this doesn't have to be limited to the ultra-rare...just make it be from roughly 1980-ish to about 1992-ish. No other limitations; can be a single item, a run, whatever. Fair enough?
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree." - James Madison, 4th President, United States of America, architect of the Constitution.
Sweet topic for a thread. I am always hustling for new Copper books to add. I have a couple of 1st Mr. Monster books that are at CGC right now that might qualify . . .
But for right now, my final answer is a work in progress. I am going with my DHP "run." I have decided to try and track down exceptional examples of my favorite 1st apps and other semi-key books from the DHP series. I will get as many of them SS'd as is reasonable. Right now I have a 9.8 10 and 24 Blue label. Also a 9.8 Annual with the 1st Buffy and a sweet 157 early Goon app SS 9.6. I have a delicious DHP 20 with early Doug Mahnke art at CGC right now.
Need to do some work on the Concrete books and the Sin City books. While there are some duds in the run, it truly was a visionary and important Copper Anthology title.