Kunne ikke lade være med lige at nævne snakken her for Don - også fordi mine venner Sigvald og Henning også har snakket om det oppe i Stavanger. Jeg kender jo godt Dons mening om det og tænker igen at man bør genløse "Bunden er nået".
The comic dealer who bought my comics sold almost all of them, about 13,000, un”slabbed”… only in comic bags (the appropriate way to store old issues). At his request, I also designed a “Don Rosa Collection” Certificate to be inserted into each of those comic bags. But he then picked several hundred other comics that he… HE, not ME… had “slabbed”. I had NOTHING to do with that. That was his decision with his property. None of those slabbed comics include my “Certificate” endorsement, but there are now a few slabbed Rosa comics currently on sale WITH the “Certificate” inside the slab -– these obviously were slabbed by people who bought the Rosa-endorsed BAGGED-ONLY issues that the dealer sold.
I once created an entire Donald Duck story, “The Money Pit”, whose ENTIRE PURPOSE was to specifically ridicule “collectors” (actually non-fan investors) who slab comics. The story’s reference to coins was only symbolic. I actually see NOTHING WHATSOEVER wrong with “slabbing” 2-dimensional items like coins or stamps or baseball cards. They are thus protected but their original intrinsic value can still be appreciated 100%.
I have bought numerous “slabbed” old comics from dealers for my own collection, but I bust them ALL out of the stupid plastic blocks immediately and place them into the Mylar bags that protect them EQUALLY well… but do not show contempt for their contents like plastic slabs do. I can still look in all my comics whenever I wish.
“Slabbing” a comic (or book) is exactly like shooting an endangered bald eagle or panda bear and having it stuffed and mounted. Like a “slabbed comic”, the bald eagle or panda is then no longer of any value for which its creator intended. It has been rendered into an inert DEAD thing which no one can ever again appreciate for its true qualities that made it so wonderful in the first place. It has been reduced to something to be bought and sold which is the only value an idiot like the comic-slabber can understand with his limited intellect.