Our Pole Is Erect! (Festivus Pole that is)

December 10, 2012

Captain Blue Hen Celebrates Festivus

Starting Monday, December 9th, and for the next two weeks, we are having our annual FESTIVUS celebration, where someone might take home a Captain Blue Hen gift certificate of up to $200 dollars! We hit that goal last year and hope to do the same this year. When you purchase certain items in the shop, you will be given a numbered ticket that could be the winner in a random drawing – held on Festivus itself. As more qualifying purchases are made, the value of the G.C. will increase and we will keep track of it on the pole. The winning number will be posted in the shop and on our website.

What would Festivus be without the “Airing of the Grievances“? (Sorry, but this year’s “Feats of Strength” has been cancelled as no one would take on the challenge by Kita to a 50 mile bike race) Still, take the opportunity to gripe all you want by writing it down. Fill out a form we have in the shop and we will give you a chance to will a $50 credit in green-tagged comics – No Purchase Necessary!

Paul Airs Some Grievances

While I’m at it, I’m going to reveal one of my beefs – the people who continue to watch the quote-unquote Reality shows. Watching these scripted shows, resulting in the proliferation of them, is almost treasonous! It would not surprise me to discover that it is the terrorists who are behind their production, using them as propaganda to show to their prospective followers as an example of the decadence and inferiority of our culture and way of life. Honey Boo Boo, Duck Fantasy, Real Housewives, etc. make us look ridiculous. I understand that a senator from West Virginia is trying to stop another “Jersey Shore”-type MTV program due to air in January that depicts his state in bad light. It’s called “Buckwild”. What ever happened to the “music” part of MTV?

If they are NOT unscripted, then we need to take Darwinism out of play and the far right is right. No way this could represent survival of the fittest. Wait a minute – do I hear Pastafarians chuckling in the background? Could this be the work of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? It would fit and his story is just as plausible as the beliefs held by others. Hmmm.

Auction Action

Anyway, after the previous week’s numerous forays into the auction world, I only attended one last week, but it was a completely different experience. Checking their website, I decided that I should go to the Morphy Auction in Denver, PA on Saturday. This was the classiest operation I have ever attended, and I was there at Christie’s in New York when they sold one of the Superman #1s I have had over the years. The main showroom was large and filled with row upon row of tall glass cases, like the one we have across from the counter. It was like walking into a museum. The walls were filled with artwork and antique signs. Saturday was the third day of this auction and was devoted to mostly pop culture items, and they certainly had some interesting collectibles. The day started with lot # 1900 and was to go to # 2800+ something. There was no flea market-type of stuff – all pretty high end, valuable items. I heard the person registering before me ask about a copy of the catalog for the sale. He was shown a full color, hard cover book complete with photos, descriptions and estimated values for each lot – that could be purchased. Yes, this was not your usual auction house.

A camera crew was there filming a documentary and yours truly was filmed as I registered. (I’m sure that piece of film will eventually find itself on the cutting room floor.) I was reminded of a Seinfeld episode as it seemed they only hired extremely attractive, well dressed, young ladies. The males working there were also very professional looking. The auction room itself was down a hallway and turned out to be quite impressive. The back wall had an elevated stage with 6 – 8 people manning phones and computers. The front was also elevated for the auctioneer and additional staff handling absentee and internet bidding and tracking. The seats were like those found in nicer theaters – thick cushioning and cup holders on both arms. Your neighbor’s chair was not connected to yours, giving everyone lots of shoulder and elbow room. The aisles were very wide. Although it could accommodate 110 people, there were only about a dozen of us physically present while I was there – the rest of the bidders were on the phone or bidding via the internet. And bidding was brisk and serious!

After about 140 lots of mostly western-related toys, they put up the first Big Little Book lot – 13 Tom Mix titles. It went for way more than I could pay and be able to make a buck. I stayed a while longer and realized that I was probably wasting my time if I thought I was going to get a steal on a lot. If you were a collector, this was a great opportunity to score some hard to find items. I saw one toy gun bring in over $2000, and there is a 20% buyer’s premium added. If I didn’t have other things on my plate that day, I would have stayed just to see what the other items were going to bring. There were about 50 lots of individual BLB’s, 80 lots of Superman items, and 120 or so golden age comic book lots, but much later in the catalog. However, their pace (around 100 lots per hour) meant I would give up the entire day to find out what a “G” copy of Batman #2 would bring, plus all of those other early Batman’s, Superman’s, Wonder Woman’s, Captain Marvel’s, Flash’s and others. I just couldn’t do it that day, but I do plan on returning in the future.

A quick update on the last blog – I sold those 3 old school gaming systems I picked up at an auction recently. Gone are the Nintendo, Sega, and Intellivision consoles and games, if you were considering them. Sold through Craigslist. The pool table is still available!

1 Comment
  1. kita December 11, 2012

    Seriously, no one's up for a bike race? Come on! :D

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