Some tend to think so. Why? Because they were speculative and bought multiple comics of hot issues without knowing why they were hot.
Once upon a time…
Someone was so excited that her husband was willing to FINALLY sell his comic books. She asked me to take a look at the collection so he can make some money off of it.
A few questions I had on the phone – When did he buy them? How many boxes did he have? What are some of the titles? How were they kept?
— 4 long boxes. Years: Late 90s, early 2000s. Spider-Man, X-Men, X-Factor, Avengers, etc. things of that nature.
What was he expecting?
–A couple hundred per box she said.
Oh, she also said HE told me to tell you – they are bagged and boarded.
Well, based on the comment of what he was collecting, and the years… I politely informed her, and it might be irresponsible on my part since I didn’t actually valuate his collection, but seriously… you might get $100 for the WHOLE collection. MIGHT. And unless this collector had any key issues in those boxes, which I doubt, 4 boxes of comics that every store already has and nobody is buying isn’t even worth $100. (well, it’s worth what it’s worth – but you might not be able to cash in on that dollar amount).
A run of any series would demand a better price then the speculation you had on some of these issues. I mean, if there were a couple of runs of 1-20 in those long boxes it could go well. But sporadic, this cover looks good, this artist did this, or this is popular now kind of collecting isn’t worth its weight in gold nowadays. Especially when you’re a speculator and bought multiple issues of something everyone was buying multiple issues of. Those “No. 1’s” aren’t as valuable as you thought they would be.
Approximately 1000 books in this guy’s collection and at their cover price could be $2,000 or more! But what store is going to buy them? This is a sad thing to tell a ‘collector’. Now if she said they were ‘old’. Early to Mid 70s… I’d get in my car, go to the bank, and make him an offer.
She was put off by my comment. But she came to me for advice. She knew I knew my books, had a store, and its hard to tell someone their comic book collection isn’t worth what they think it should be worth.
Again, it was reckless speculation on my part – but I’m not about to run to someone’s house for something like this unless I hear Walking Dead or something like that.
$100 you say? Okay, take those comic books, put them up at a yard sale, try to sell them you’ll probably get some guy offering you $50 for the 4 boxes. Can a store sell those 1000 comics? No. Because they probably have them in their bins right now and they aren’t selling.
At the end of the day, I asked her to get me a list of what he thinks was the hottest comics in his collection so I can find out who would buy them. I’d ‘broker’ the deal if not buy it myself.
Bronze Age and Modern Age comic Collections are rarely of great value.
If she said Walking Dead, Siege, Bone or even Chew – I would have gotten in my car with some cash.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. And nobody lived happily ever after.