Longtime Overstreet Advisor, advertiser, and archival expert Bill Cole has retired (or at least semi-retired) from Bill Cole Enterprises.
“John Costa, my General Manager, who has been with me for many, many years and who has been the proprietor of Federation Comics, will continue to sell and distribute our Mylar sleeves and acid free boards/boxes. These will still have the BCE label on them and will have the same high quality as we have always provided,” Cole said.
Costa can be reached at Federation Comics/Bill Cole Enterprises, 3065 Cranberry Highway, Suite B17, East Wareham, MA 02538, and by phone at (617) 990-5712.
“While I am retiring from the day to day operations of Bill Cole Enterprises, I will still be involved in our hobby, by continuing to the buying and selling comic books through either eBay or local shows,” he said.
For those who wish to reach him, his new address is Bill Cole, P.O. Box 87095, South Dartmouth, MA 02748-0700. He can reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cole thanked all of his customers across the decades for making him an industry leader in archival supplies.
“Little did I know that 46 years ago this past June when I bid on three issues of a Monster Mania magazine along with two free tickets to a local comic book convention in Boston (a $15.00 value for $12.00; I still have those magazines), that I would become hooked and from there start Bill Cole Enterprises, Inc.,” he said.
Cole said he was humbled by the experience his career brought him, but he was very happy to end this chapter on a high note, by being a guest of Comic-Con International: San Diego after exhibiting there for 33 years.
“It was great fun and I will miss seeing you all,” Cole said.
“Bill Cole has been a fixture in the comic business for a very long time, and his association with The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide pre-dates all of us on the staff except Bob Overstreet himself,” said J.C. Vaughn, Vice-President of Publishing for Gemstone Publishing. “We wish him only the best as he begins this new chapter of his life.”