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Is anybody out there watching the store??? Despite Paypal paying for my premium account I could not access it. One email to Nostomania bounced back on me and the other disappeared into cyberspace. I don't know if anyone read it.

To make a long story short, I spent 15 minutes on the phone with Paypal and they informed me that my monthly payments of $2.99 were all going through (as evidenced by my credit card charges). Paypal informed me that they did everything on their end and it was up to Nostomania to give me access to my account.

I wasn't going to keep throwing $2.99 down the drain every month for a service I could not access, so I had Paypal end recurring payments. Naturally, this resulted in the canceling of my premium account.

The ball is in your court, Nostomania! Do you want me back??? Do you care one way or the other???

- Mike

Yes, they are automatically updated. In fact, regarding my collection of Famous Monster of Filmland magazine there has been some machinations in pricing by Nostomania that I am not very happy about. I don't know if they have done this with the comics' prices, but read the following and beware:

Recently I had noticed that my non-CGC graded collection of Famous Monsters of Filmland had dropped in value from over $20,000 to just over $14,000. However, the prices of the same magazines if CGC graded/slabbed remained the same or even rose.

It would appear that Nostomania has deliberately lowered non-CGC graded prices of FM in order to force collectors to get them graded by CGC. This is very disconcerting and about as phony as it gets. If a CGC graded/slabbed copy of FM #1 in 9.2/NM- is valued at $5,710, why should my non-CGC graded copy in 9.2/NM- be worth only $889. I understand that there should be a certain premium for CGC slabbed material, but over six times difference in price is ludicrous.

Machinations such as this create grave doubts in the objectivity of Nostomania. Unfortunately, as far as FM is concerned there are no other places to go to check pricing.

- Mike


Recently I had noticed that my non-CGC graded collection of Famous Monsters of Filmland had dropped in value from over $20,000 to just over $14,000. However, the prices of the same magazines if CGC graded/slabbed remained the same or even rose.

It would appear that Nostomania has deliberately lowered non-CGC graded prices of FM in order to force collectors to get them graded by CGC. This is very disconcerting and about as phony as it gets. If a CGC graded/slabbed copy of FM #1 in 9.2/NM- is valued at $5,710, why should my non-CGC graded copy in 9.2/NM- be worth only $889. I understand that there should be a certain premium for CGC slabbed material, but over six times difference in price is ludicrous.

Machinations such as this create grave doubts in the objectivity of Nostomania. Unfortunately, as far as FM is concerned there are no other places to go to check pricing.

- Mike

starman wrote:Hey, either of you guys have any info on the FM #1 UK edition? I am curious what the diffs are. Cover price units I'm guessing.


The FM #1 UK edition was printed in Great Britain. The cover price was in British currency units and there were less pages than in the American variant. (See my copies of FM 1 and 2 UK variants below.)It's alot rarer than the U.S. variant. FM ##1 and 2 were the only issues actually printed in the U.K. Subsequent issues were printed in the U.S. and shipped over. Once there they were handstamped with the British price. - Mike
chrisasaurus wrote:That is an awesome sight to behold Baltko!!!!

(by the way 'hi'-- It's Bronzejunkie from the CGC forums)


Hi, Chris!

It's nice to see that someone is lurking on this forum. Not much action here.

By the way, where did you disappear to? After you went on that business trip I never heard from you again.

Mike
More photos of FM #7 variant cover "Tomorrow's Monsters" below:

I recently found a nice copy of the FM #7 "Tomorrow's Monsters" to complete my set of the FM #7 variant covers. (See photos below.)

After my adrenaline finally subsided and I was able to get control of my bragging over my FM #4 Ghoul's Eye sticker variant, I started to wonder what the actual "Ghoul's Eye" ride looked like.

I found the photo below on the internet. It's not exactly what I expected from the sticker advertisement on the cool FM #4 variant cover.

By the way, the FM #4 cover does not picture a "Ghoul's Eye." I believe it is an artist's rendition of one of the Martians from H.G. Wells' "WAR OF THE WORLDS." - Mike



"THE GHOUL'S EYE" RIDE IN WILLOW GROVE AMUSEMENT PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1959
Last Thursday in the early afternoon I logged on to eBay to check out the new auctions for Famous Monsters of Filmland, and staring me in the face at the top of the list was a copy of FM #4 with the Ghoul's Eye sticker!

From time to time I've seen a copy come up for auction, usually in pretty poor condition. This one looked really nice and I was about to move down the list thinking that I wasn't going to torture myself in an auction I could not afford and had no chance of winning. Then I almost fell off my chair when I noticed that the mag was on a Buy-It-Now for $149!!!

Apparently, it had only been just put up for auction less than half an hour before I found it and no one had spotted it yet. I quickly glanced at the pics the seller posted and decided to just go for it. As I hit the "BUY-IT-NOW" button and then the "COMMIT TO BUY" button my hand was trembling and my heart was racing knowing full well that this treasure could disappear before my very eyes if someone was doing the same thing faster than me.

Anyway, I won the auction and received the magazine today. It seems that the seller's friend passed away and his brother had no interest in the magazines so the seller got them. Not realizing the value of FM #4 with the Ghoul's Eye sticker he somehow came up with the $149.00 Buy-It-Now price. (Nostomania lists this issue in FINE + / 6.5, not slabbed at $2,700).

I would give this issue a FINE + / 6.5. It lies perfectly flat (NO spine roll), has some gloss, off-white pages, moderate spine wear-NO splits, tight staples and pages, no rips, cut-outs, etc. The only issue that I can see is that on the back cover a small rubber stamp with the name of a business was stamped on the magazine.

This sort of thing is what makes collecting interesting. You never know what's around the corner during the "hunt." - Mike


I've just started a new "yahoo.group" devoted to Famous Monsters in Filmland magazine. Anyone who is interested in checking it out and/or joining can get to the list by clicking on the following link:

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Fans_of_Famous_Monsters_of_Filmland/

See you in FANS OF FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND!

Mike

Two more spine shots. - mike
Here are two more photos - spine and Forry's autograph. - Mike
I just added the Famous Monsters of Filmland 1962 Yearbook to my collection. I would appreciate any opinons on grade. Also, on FJA's autograph. I compared the autograph to confirmed copies of Ackerman's signature and it appears legitimate. Thanks in advance for any input! - Mike
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