Loc: Somewhere between Boston & NY
Originally Posted By: ft88
I have a little different take on condition, I do think that a number of these are out there in high grade, although demand is decent as well so prices are usually better than comics of the era.
I think the lack of staples and the solid structure of the books kept them in decent shape at comic stores or in collections with reasonable storage and handling. In other words, a box of these kept un bagged and un boarded would survive in 9.4-9.8 condition much easier than a box of comics in the same type of storing and average light handling.
I could easily be biased too as I bought two collections of these digests of about 100 books each and they were both very nice. I also bought a collection of about 300 Richie Rich digests which also were ultra nice overall. But again, demand for these is similar to treasuries, if you have them in 9.0 and up collectors want them.
I'm with you on this. There are tons of digests out there in HG. Cases and cases, 100's of 1000's of unread ones. The perfect example is the DC Tarzan digest. People used to think it was rare, now you trip over HG copies. Lots of the difficulty in finding them is an artifact of dealers not wanting to carry them, lots of collectors not wanting them because they assume they are all reprints, etc.
That said, I do think the inherent printing issues would make it challenging to find uber HG.
I found this raw on ebay and submitted to CGC at Terry's comic convention in January of this year. The only thing wrong with it is the top front cover has the art from the back cover. This is extremely common with digests books. Many of my digests has this flaw. If you can find one without that production flaw it will be a plus. It look like there was no quality control when these books were being printed.
Here is another steal I got from ebay. Doug Sulipa states the last 5 issues in the DC Special Blue Ribbon Digests had a low print run. Tied that into the production Flaws, and being mis-handled it might be hard to find in a 9.8.