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I’m selling an autographed copy of The Sandman #50. This 52-page comic book was published in June 1993 by Vertigo, a DC Comics imprint. This autographed copy of the regular printing was organized by Limited Treasured Editions. Writer Neil Gaiman’s signature is in silver marker over the main logo on the front cover. Included is a print of a sketch of Gaiman by artist P. Craig Russell. The comic book and the print, together with a backing board, are inside a plastic bag sealed with a tamper-proof sticker. My copy is number 1900 of 5000. Although I’ve kept the package in a mylar sleeve, there is now some foxing on the print.

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cerebus cerebus2
I’m selling a copy of Cerebus #0. This issue has two variants: the first printing has a gold logo and the second printing has a white logo. It contains reprints of Cerebus #51, #112/113, #137, and part of #138. The interior is black and white newsprint. You get 100 pages for the cover price of US$2.25—a pretty good value when it was printed in 1993.

hepcats hepcats2
I’m selling a copy of Hepcats 1: The Special Edition, a 32-page comic book published by Double Diamond Press in 1991. It’s a reprint of Hepcats #1 (published in 1989) plus a 4-page Hepcats History 101 and a 4-page story What It’s Like to Be a World-Famous Comic Book Superstar. More information about the series can be found here.

snoopy I’m not a fan of Snoopy; I bought this Hot Wheels Snoopy vehicle because it was pretty weird. I was expecting a World War I Sopwith Camel plane, since that is what Snoopy sometimes pretends his doghouse to be. The car does have Snoopy on the roof (instead of inside the doghouse) which is consistent with his character.

shell100 I just got a Shell Oil in the Philippines commemorative note. Just like the Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial note, it was released in 2013 even though the centennial is for 2014.

mini1
My father used to own an Austin Mini. He had a small collection of Mini scale models which included the two color variants of the Tomica No. F8 BLMC Mini Cooper S (Mk-III) shown here. These two were made in 1979.
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fastfood
Fast Food was the name of a 1996 Hot Wheels series of ordinary cars that had painted decorations based on food. The vehicles in this blog post are not from that series, but, in my opinion, are more deserving of the name Fast Food.
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ussvenge I recently bought a U.S.S. Vengeance (seen in the 2013 movie Star Trek Into Darkness).

I had searched all the Hot Wheels being displayed in the toy store I usually go to and, having found nothing interesting except for a Screamliner, was about to leave. Then a saleslady approached me with the U.S.S. Vengeance in her hand. I thanked her for it and asked where she got it. She explained that they were told to reserve the nice Hot Wheels for collectors.

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A mainline Hot Wheels with a metal body and a metal base is always a good buy. My wife and I don’t usually buy race cars, but the yellow green ’71 Mustang Funny Car and the Morris Mini shown above are really beautiful. The fact that they have removable bodies makes them more attractive.

Joel Reyes Noche:

This is a perfect example of good writing. Here’s the summary from the author: “A science teacher with zero personality confronts a bully, with a little help from the heavens.”

Originally posted on Jacke Wilson:

Here’s something I’ve learned: teachers are human.

They’re not superheroes or gods. Not saints or demons. They’re human beings, with flaws and weaknesses like all the rest of us.

Don Ward was a fine man who taught high school biology to undeserving students in the same crumbling, run-down building for forty-three years.

How bad was our school? When I was there, ceiling tiles used to fall crashing to the floor. I’d never actually seen one drop, but at least once a month we’d see one in the hallway by the lockers, broken on the ground with a cloud of white smoke that was probably 100% asbestos. In the ceiling, there’d be a gap that stayed there forever, never to be filled. No money in the budget. Or maybe nobody cared enough to bother.

Not such a great workplace for Don Ward. How did he do it? Why did he stay? It…

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