Identify Old Comics 2020: Selling Comic Books Online

Looking through your comics can be a difficult task; Yet can provide a fun walk down memory lane of when the happy man would sell comic books to kids after school for a dime and make them a root beer float.

Here is a quick guide that will help to identify old comics in a quick and easy guide. We’ll be referring to the term cover prices. A cover price is how much it cost back in the day when it was brand new.

How to Identify your Comic Collection

Through time, prices on many items have gone up, because of inflation. A gallon of milk was 27 cents in 1950. A gallon of gas was 18 cents in 1940. The cover price (how much it cost back then) can help you estimate the year of the comic, & easily identify if they are old. You don’t even have to open them!

Do your comics say 10 cents?

Early 1930s to Early 1960s-10c

Early 1930s to Early 1960s-10c

Do your comics say 12 cents?

Most 1960s-12c

Most 1960s-12c

See many that say 15 cents ?

Late 1960s to Early 1970s-15c

Late 1960s to Early 1970s-15c


Do your comics say 20 cents?

Early 1970s-20c

Early 1970s-20c

Do your Comics say

25, 30, or 35 cents?

Mid-1970s -25c, 30c, & 35c

Mid-1970s-25c, 30c, & 35c

Here are some newer comic cover prices:

75 cents, $1.50, $1.95

1980s and Newer, 40c & up

1980s and Newer, 40c & up

Are they Old?

Old Comics typically have a cover price of 35 cents and lower; These were produced in the late 1970’s and before.

Issues that were selling for a 40 cents cover price or higher, aren’t actually old. These comics are from the early 1980’s and after.

In comparison to the 10 cent cover price pictured; Comics from the 1980’s and 1990’s are not old. They are old in regular years, yet not in comic book world years. Comic Books first came out in the Early 1930’s. Fast forward to the 1980s and 1990s, comic buyers were buying multiple copies of the same issue. This eventually lead to The 1990s Market Crash of Comics Books.

Selling Comic Books

First, we typically buy comic books that say 35 cents and lower. They are from the late 1970’s and before.

Second, we mainly do not buy comics made after the 1970s. The vast majority of newer comics are very common.

Furthermore, we sometimes buy newer comics as well. There are certain exceptions in newer issues that have value, because they are “better issues.” These are often key(better) ones because they feature fan favorite classic story lines or contain first appearances of prevalent characters and have value.

In addition, we buy 1980’s and newer comic books¬† mixed together with a collection of older (1970’s or earlier) comics. Old and new mixed is fine.

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