Yes, the latest recipient for the CGC Hall of Shame award goes not to the poor sap who spent
nearly 90 bucks for a brand new $3 comic but to ALL RETAILERS who slab freshly printed books and then immediately turn them over for an outrageous amount.
The eBay auctioneer promoted this comic as "...amazing 9.9 MINT with WHITE PAGES. I have yet to see such a high grade anywhere on this issue." Considering the ink on this book has yet to dry, this is hardly breaking news.
Looking at the CGC website, there has been 33 copies of this book slabbed to date. All were in the upper echelon of the NM range (obviously). Why CGC would slab such a book in the first place is beyond comprehension.
Perhaps the thinking is to preserve the best copies of this book for the future. If so, then this explanation would be acceptable. Why retailers are promoting such slabbed books today (and not 10, 20, 30 years from now) is unacceptable - period.
Some might argue that its not the retailers fault but the people who bid on such books. True. But such craziness is not limited to eBay.