Comic collection for the comic collector
The comic book industry has existed since the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that something changed, leading to widespread interest in comic book heroes and narratives. Stan Lee is credited with re-envisioning the industry by adding psychological dimensions to his characters. One of the famous and the most loved comics ever is Action Comics 1.
Some say it was the combination of superhero teams and new plots that attracted readers on a whole other level. More people may have been exposed to comics due to their adaptation to television and movies. Regardless, independent book stores popped up in the 1970s and 1980s, inspiring a new breed of comic book collectors.
If a comic collector is serious, he or she should be aware of what issues he or she owns, as well as the condition of each piece. It’s recommended that you get comic book collection software to keep track of large volumes. They allow you to enter new and existing comics into a personal database, quickly scan/search for certain criteria that buyers are looking for, compile a wish list of comics you want to include, and determine the value of your collection.
There are many places where comic book collectors can buy or sell their collections. Book stores, publishers’ websites (Marvel, DC Dark Horse, IDW), eBay, Craigslist, Mile High Comics, G-Mart, Comics-Db, My Comic Shop, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are all good places to look for comics. Sellers can also unload their collections at many of these same places.
On Comic Shop Locator, you can find a place to trade in your old comics for quick cash, although this isn’t the best way to make money. Especially if you have a complete collection of comic book series, auction houses can be valuable. Some can be found at Comics Heritage Auctions, Morphy Auctions, and Christies. However, by far the best way for a patient and savvy collector to sell is through an internet auction like eBay, where top prices can be commanded. Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the great success stories of the antique auction trade. It was founded in 1997 by Dan Morphy. In recent years, Morphy’s Auctions has achieved meteoric growth and broken numerous world antique auction records in a wide range of categories, while attracting a global following of buyers that grows exponentially with each sale.
Morphy’s to roll out more than 1100 premium-grade advertising signs, gas pumps & globes, and railway rarities. A special highlight of the museum features approximately 50 breathtaking neon signs, including two that advertise Mohawk Gasoline, and a 134-inch-long “torpedo” sign from Bob McDorman Chevrolet, a legendary Ohio dealership founded in 1965. The auction also features 397 golden-era railroadiana lots that include functional items like lanterns, locomotive steam whistles, and ornate fire gongs as well as rare and pristine signs representing storied railroad lines.
Comic collectors naturally wonder what old comic books are worth. Popular and respected guides include The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Comics Buyer’s Guide magazine, Wizard Magazine, the Comics Buyer’s Guide Standard Catalog of Comic Books, and the Human Computing’s ComicBase software program.
If you’re listing your information on eBay, for example, this can be very helpful. Comic Collector Live offers free software to help new and bargain collectors accomplish the basics. Collectorz offers improved ways to input comics and search capacity for $24.95 or $39.95 (pro version) for mid-level collectors. A variety of Comic Base programs are available for hardcore collectors, ranging from $49.95 (express) to $299 (archive edition), enabling you to create wish lists and determine the value of your collection based on comic industry-standard criteria.