Every comic collector dreams of selling that one magical book that nets him thousands of dollars. In truth, very few comics create such high demand. The rest are routine also-rans, valued more for their art or storylines than for their quality as an investment. When selling off a comic collection, you can often do better by bundling your lesser-valued comics and presenting them in bulk. They tend to move more quickly and you won't end up with odds and ends in your collection that you can't get rid of.
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Evaluate the condition of your comics. Comics in mint or near-mint condition sell a lot better than those in poor condition. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide provides guidelines for evaluating a comic book's condition. You can also find neutral appraisers at comic book conventions and local shops.
Price all of the comics in your collection. You need a decent idea of what you can get before you sell, and you don't want to include a valuable rare comic in the midst of a lot of bulks. ComicsPriceGuide.com provides accurate estimates of old comics, as does the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. You can also check eBay, which provides a fairly good estimate of the going market rate.
Organise your comics into bundles based on their perceived worth and the number of comics in your collection. Particulars vary depending on the comics you have. Generally speaking, you want to keep the issues from a given comic book title or featuring a particular superhero in the same bundle.
Set a price for each comic bundle. This will vary depending on how many comics are in each bundle. Start with the collective cost of all the comics in the bundle, then subtract a little. If you're auctioning on eBay or somewhere similar, you might get a higher bid, and all the better for you. But dropping the price a bit at the outset increases incentive.
Take colour pictures of each of your bundles, ideally with at least some of the covers showing. Include the picture with your offer when you sell your bulk comics. Comic fans tend to get more excited when they can actually see a large stack of comic books to bid on.
Contact eBay, Amazon.com, ComicLink, or another online site to sell your bulk comics. You can also search comic shop forums for willing buyers, but the organised sites provide protection that guarantees there are no misunderstandings or swindles. Follow their instructions for placing your items on their sites; some may charge an upfront fee or collect a small percentage of the take. Be prepared to meet any reasonable buyer demands, such as packaging the comics safely for shipping.
Tips and warnings
- Even bulk comics may have worth, and the industry is full of people happy to lowball you in order to make a profit. Protect yourself: keep your comics with you at all times when getting them evaluated, and ensure a safe method of payment before you ship them off to the buyer.
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