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Hey, what’s this comic worth?

by Matt Baum (01/28/08).

Welcome to a blog I’m calling the Nerdy Speculator (TNS). TNS will be a semi-weekly blog that examines the comic book back issue marketplace. I’ll be talking about trends in the back issue market; what’s hot in both new and old comics, what’s going to be hot, what’s selling and what’s not. Think of this blog as a tool to help both the collector and novice comic seller get the most financial reward out of their comic collection. Each week I’ll be taking a look at classic golden-age comics from the 50-60’s all the way the hard to find modern-age books of today in order to help you cut through the hype filled comic-price guides to figure out what your books are Really worth. So let’s get down to business.

For the most part TNS will be focusing on the comics themselves rather than those that have been graded by various comic grading services. These grading services tend to greatly artificially inflate the value of comics both new and old and, and in my humble opinion, make it even harder for the comic-novice to both enter and understand the comic collecting hobby. Why is it that a comic that guides at $90.00 sells for $500.00 on eBay with a 9.8 grade stamped on the sealed plastic case it comes in after being graded? Hype and artificial demand. The comic itself is not anymore rare or valuable because someone has stamped a number on a plastic case, it’s simply more in demand by people who want graded comics. Is it worth paying $410.00 more than what the comic guides at, I would say no but that is a question best answered by the people that bid the book up to $500.00 in the first place. Me, I collect comic books, not comics in sealed cases. I need to look at the art, read the stories and smell the old paper. All these experiences are part of collecting comics. Sure I keep my old valuable books stored properly in bags and boards or sometimes hard plastic sleeves, but sealing comics away in plastic just seems wrong to me. Paying 200%-300% more for a comic than it’s worth just seems counterproductive and bad for a hobby that has seen declining numbers of collectors for the past 10-15 years. In a nutshell, graded comics are for graded comic collectors and their value is a wholly different animal than what will be discussed here.

If your not sure what you’ve got or have questions on how to sell your comics feel free to post your question in the comic collecting community or email me and I’ll be more than happy to help you out. In the meantime I’ll be working on the 1st installment of the Nerdy Speculator where I’ll be discussing the debut of Marvel’s iron avenger, Iron Man #1, 1968 and why now is the perfect time to pick up this milestone issue. I’ll also look at some newer books that could skyrocket in value in the near future.

Stay tuned true believers!

 

4 Responses to “Hey, what’s this comic worth?”

  1. LV says:

    I have several MAD magazines i am trying to get the value of, haven’t been successful. they are:
    MAD June 1965, No.95 (Alf. E Neuman w/circus outfit and chair).30 Cents
    MAD Oct 66, No. 106 (Alf. E. Neuman jumping out of plane).30 cents
    MAD- Eighth Annual Edition of the Worst from Mad, .50cents
    (this one doesn’t have a date on the front cover) Its a collection from 1959, 1962, 1963 and 1965 (thicker mag)

    Also for music fans, I have a 16 magazine Sept,1966, No.4 Volume 8. .25 cents. Featuring the BEATLES all you want to know.
    Thanks for any info you can give me on these magazines.
    LV

  2. Samantha says:

    I have a whole collection of comics,
    i have a third issue spiderman and more,
    i need as much as i can get from them,but i want to make it reasonable,whats it worth?

  3. Vicki says:

    I have an ALF comic book dated June 4 but no year listed. I know it is over 25 years old. How much is it worth?

  4. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Unfortunately, even in the best of condition Alf comics aren’t worth too much. Alf just never had much a celebrated comic book run. In Near Mint condition Alf comics don’t sell for much over $2.00.

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