To determine comic book values, research is necessary as values vary by series, issue, author, artist, and grade. Price guides and auction sites are helpful, as well as attending fairs and consulting with experts. Protecting and preserving your collection is important, and while selling, choosing the right platform can impact the price. Collectors should focus on comics they enjoy, as those will have the greatest value to them. Reputable auction houses can verify authenticity and potentially increase the price.
If you’re interested in learning more about comic book values, you’re going to need to do some research. Comic values vary greatly from series to series and from issue to issue within the same series. Some series have different authors or artists and the values of the comics also suffer. Another factor in the value of your comics could be whether your copy is a first issue or a reprint. Comic book values are also heavily influenced by the book grade. Tidying everything up will help you decide which books are valuable and which aren’t worth your time.
First, you’ll need to know what grade your comic is rated at. Grades usually range from 0 (poor) to 10 (mint). Price guides will give you a price for books in great condition as well as lower quality books. There are several sites available to determine your comic’s grade, or you can always talk to someone at your local comic store. Make sure you don’t let more than a few people handle your book and keep it protected in a plastic or Mylar sleeve with a comic board.
Price guides are your first source of information. Some online price guides allow users to look up comic book values by publisher or series title. Some printed price guides will list everything by publisher, series title, and then issue number. Other information you’ll need includes publication date, author, and artist. Hard-to-find comics can be hard to locate in price guides, so you may need to use other sources.
It’s a good idea to check the value of your comics, or a comic you want to buy, through one or two auction sites. Price guides give you a good starting point, but auction sites will tell you how much people are paying for an item. These sites are good market indicators and should help you establish a value for your comics.
Another way to determine market prices are fairs. Experts are readily available and will often answer any questions you may have about the comics collection and values. They can also help you decide which comics appear to be the next upcoming series, author, or artist. These fairs can also be a lot of fun. Most collectors are very passionate about their collections, so it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement.
If you find that your comic book values are much more than expected, you may want to contact an auction house. Reputable auction houses spend time and money verifying the authenticity of the products they are auctioning. Collectors may be willing to pay more to have the authenticity work done for them, which can drive up the price.
Most collectors will tell you that comic values shouldn’t be a priority when you’ve decided to start your own collection. You should focus on the comics you like. The comics that you like the most and are most passionate about are the ones that will have the greatest value for you. Protect your collection with plastic cases that are readily available to preserve their new condition and your investment. Store your comics in specially designed boxes to further protect them.
If you end up with a box of old comics and are ready to find some takers, take some time to research what comics you have and what they’re worth. Choosing where to sell your comics can have a huge impact on the price you can get for them. While auction sites or comic shops can have a quick turnaround, a reputable auction house can get you the best price.