Welcome back! Yes we have had a few chats on Facebook about music recently
good to see you collecting again. I'll try and answer:
1) Prices on some things have gone crazy, those two in particular. There is no reason for it, both are still fairly common, just inflated prices I'm afraid. No signs of them going down. You will notice many items seem to be in shorter supply, mainly because people seem to think prices are spiralling so are reluctant to sell rare stuff.
2) Some people still love AFA but many people are wise to them now. There's a new grading company called CAS you should check out. I'm not into grading personally, but if I had to choose one it would be them.
3) Yes sadly repro weapons have got a shit load better recently, it's more of a minefield than ever. The TIG guide is still considered the best.
4) Photobucket is screwed now I'm afraid. You'll need to find something else or attach photos to the forum.