Friday, July 17, 2015

Comic Buying

Generally once or twice a week, someone will bring in comics wanting us to buy them. In most cases, we are going to turn them down or offer what seems like a incredibly tiny amount for them. Here are some things to look for if you want to get more money for your comics:

Date:  In 98% of cases, a comic book printed after 1990 is worth only cover price or less, even in mint condition.  There are a few rare exceptions, such as Saga #1 and Walking Dead #1, but in general, there are too many comic collections floating around collecting all sorts of variant covers that have not increased in value.

Brand:   Marvel and DC are the two most sought after brands. Again, with rare exceptions, such as Elfquest, any title published by another company has little value.

Condition:  The books you hear about bringing 1.4 million dollars do so because they are very old books in almost mint condition. Up until the 1970s, people read comics and threw them away or tossed them in the closet or under the bed. Such treatment doesn't keep them in good condition and a small tear or crease in the cover can cut the value of a book by 90%.