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Most valuable? Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #70 (in VF+, at least) and Captain America #100 (around VF-)... My most prized? Probably my copy of The Complete Frank Miller Batman from Longmeadow Press. It's a hardcover, I know, but it's a damn beautiful hardcover. And the inside's not too shabby, either: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns in one volume? Can't beat it with a stick... Also, I recently acquired the collected Bone in HC, the leatherbound edition with the signed and numbered bookplate. Judging by past Ebay auctions, that one is actually worth more than the Lois or the Captain America. I gave up on collecting/keeping single issues long ago. The ones I prize now are those which fit on my bookcase, in plain view (as opposed to hidden away in some closet), for all the world to admire or mock. I'm also a lot more comfortable with loaning out a $20 TPB than I would be with a key single issue. Here's something to keep in mind, in that respect: if someone is more interested in reading your comic than they are in admiring or just looking at it, then chances are they are not going to treat it with the same reverence or care that you would hope for. For me, the TPBs and HCs alleviate a lot of the Fine China Syndrome that normally accompanied others' handling of my comics.
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