I'm in a dilemma of sorts...in my private collection, I own all of the original Marvel U.S. comics run except for 3 of the issues near the end (forget the first 2 off-hand, but the last one is #80 (of course)). Recently, I lucked out and picked up a second set of them from #1-52 for pretty cheap in order to replace some of the worst-for-wear issues in my first collection. I figured I'd sell off the others eventually to people who need them. So, here's the first problem: a friend of mine (fellow transfan) recently said he wanted to sell his collection, which is 100% complete. However, he won't break it up and will only sell it as a whole set. I am seriously tempted to do so, but I don't want to be stuck with 2 incomplete sets just to get those 3 issues...should I simply keep hunting (I've been looking for those 3 issues for over a decade) or should I bite the bullet and buy his collection and then try to make back some of my losses on here and/or elsewhere. There's also a secondary problem: he won't set a price and wants me to throw out the first bid. Now, since I bought my original collection in pieces for great prices over the course of the past decade or so (cover price or lower for many) and I got my second, recent one for pretty cheap too, I have absolutely no idea what to offer my friend. I know he thinks $1/issue is too low, but I'm used to paying that or lower...any ideas here? True, I could look at e-bay, but it's a fickle market and I want to pay him what's fair and I know many of you have intelligent ideas/opinions to offer me while e-bay is full of cutthroats and people lookig to make a quick buck (and good people too!) and is not a place to go for real advice. So, again, to sum it up: 1. Should I buy a complete set of Marvel TF comics for an undetermined price just to get 3 issues I need/want and then sell the rest or just keep hunting for the 3 I need (for another decade, if necessary)? 2. What is a fair price to offer my friend for the complete set?