Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:00:10 PM
Rank: Supporting Cast
Location: Central Conencticut
Joined: 1/21/2013 | Posts: 10 | Points: 30
About 30 years ago, my mother was doing volunteer work at a tag sale of a woman whose husband had died. Apparently he had started collecting comic books. At the end of the sale, she was asked if my mother wanted anything from the leftovers. She picked out a four-bowl set dated from the 50s and two boxes of old comic books.....
During the years the followed, they never left the box and were stored in a closet, in the attic, and even in the cellar.
15 years later, I let some comic book fanatics borrow them to appraise for me. When they were done, they thanked me for letting them browse my collection as they found some impressive prices, some good quality conditions and they were extremely happy just to see and handle them. At that time, the 160 comic books totaled $1600 and I quietly put them back in the box and they quietly went back into isolation albeit with some better respect this time.
About 5 years ago, I purchased the acid free boards and plastic pouches and they again went back into isolation but now in a metal filing cabinet. I marked the date, # and year on back of the boards.
About two weeks ago, I decided to start looking at them again. I realized that these were not some kid's collection or some remnants of subscriptions. They turned out to be select copies, mostly of low numbers, several were first issue.
It was an eye opener when I finally looked up one that showed a 5K price tag on E-bay. I figured that anyone could put any price on an item on e-may but I checked further into it. I found an article about it being sold last year for $250,000! I can dream can't I? Maybe that $5k price might be realistic. It is the #1 copy of "The Avengers" September 1963! Certainly not the 9.6 rating of the one sold but everywhere I go I see impressive numbers.
After a lot of searching, organizing and discussion with a few local shops, I have them in alphabetical order and have an excel worksheet with a lot information about the collection. Up until then, it was a "stack of comic books", now it is a collection. (-:
Although I don’t have the eye to evaluate them, I did a look-up for each of them to record the values. I noted prices for them as if they were G, vg, F, VF, NM, and MT. The totals of the columns are $2,575, $5,102, $8.666, $21,610, $80,844, and $9,940,884 respectively. ( I can dream can't I?) Most of these numbers were from the Nostomania.com web site.
They are mostly in F and VF condition and several up to NM condition as indicated by the evaluators back 10 years ago and a local shop looking at a few of them. Only one has a significant tear on the cover.
I have no intention of buying any more nor am I interested in placing any of them on E-Bay. However, I am considering learning how to bring them to local shows to sell and this I am not in any rush to do.
I am, however, open to discussion in how to deal with them.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:09:53 PM
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you could get them professionally graded/"slabbed", but really the main reason for doing that is to sell them - the "sealed" hard plastic case has debatable preservation qualities...
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