How to Sell Comic Books

Umair Aamir

Umair Aamir

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How to Sell Comic Books:

Do you own a collection of valuable comic books? Are you a new investor trying to make your way into the comic book industry? Maybe you’ve  stumbled upon a collection of old comic books and are planning to sell them for money? This guide has everything you need to know if you are planning to sell your comic books.

Are comic books a good investment? 

The first thing you should know is that you made a great decision to get into this buying and selling business. Given the current vulnerability of the stock market, numerous investors have begun considering investing in alternative resources, such as real estate, gold, or cryptocurrency. For those looking for a fun, substantial way to expand their portfolio, comic books might be the answer. Fueled by the predominance of top-grossing movies highlighting comic book superheroes and supported by developing participation at Comic Cons around the world, interest in comic books is on the rise. Old comics are worth so much more than you think, so if you find them in your collection you are in good shape.

 Investing in comic books is one of the most fun and risk-free ways to obtain valuable assets that will help boost your wealth over time. Action comic #1 featuring the first appearance of Superman was only 10 cents in 1938, but it was sold for a little over $3 million dollars at an auction a few years ago. But it’s not just the older books that are profitable. Comics from the last 20 years are becoming collectible too. A few have bounced in value from a couple of dollars just five years ago to $50 to $100 nowadays.

 

Are my comics “old comic books” actually old?

 

The comic book industry is one of the biggest, oldest, and most renowned  in the world. Comic books are now being treated as more than child’s play but as a piece of American History and memorabilia. Comic books have been around us for quite a while now, and almost everyone has stumbled upon one featuring characters like Batman, Mickey Mouse, or Wonder Woman.

We have seen a lot of people in the market who want to sell the old comic books  found in their attics, basements, garbage bags, or from their childhood toy boxes. Since most people are not comic book fanatics, they have only found comic books forgotten about for a long time. These old comics were tucked away with absolutely no care or preservation so they might have lost their shape, condition, and even pages or covers. A lot of these comic books have traveled home to home before they actually arrived in your hands. Usually, people don’t know how old a comic really is. They just estimate it from the time they were young or bought it. For you, that comic book might be old because it’s from your childhood. In terms of the collectible market, a comic book that belongs to the 80s is not considered old as it belongs to the modern age.  These modern age comic books have a lot of influx in the market which is causing them to lose value. To be honest, they were read and enjoyed, but now they are just sitting in a dark basement accumulating dust. Hence, the owners decide to sell them and make some money.

When it comes to the history of comics, the first comic book in a similar shape and size compared to the modern age was released in the early 1930s with a price tag of only 10c at the time of release – back in the time when a chocolate bar cost around a penny. Imagine a 10c comic and the number of people that actually bought it. Even with printing technology, the animations at that time were not as advanced as  in the 1980s and 1990s. We all know about the 1930s, the time when the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression, an era filled with economic insecurity, riots, and the fear of another World War, while recovering from the damages wrought by World War I. People suffered from the loss of loved ones, and many people struggled to get food on the table. In such circumstances, it is clear that not a lot of people thought of buying a 10 cent comic book during a crisis.

Several years later in the early 1940s, the nation suffered another blow  when the United States was in the midst of fighting another world war, World War II. A lot of resources were exhausted in that war. Papers were recycled along with many items for the war effort. The shortage of resources is what makes the value of early Golden Age comics weigh in gold and why it is much rarer than the comics from later eras. In the period of the Golden Age, the comic book business was not like how it is now. There was no concept of a collectible item. Well, not everyone can predict the future; and at that time, no one knew how big the comic book industry would  bloom and how comic books would become a piece of American history. Not everyone could afford comic books, and very few thought of preserving them for the future. After a few decades, from forty to fifty years later, the most brand new comics cost 40 cents to a few dollars each. In a time when everyone prospered, many people bought comic books. The collectors market bloomed; many publishers printed exclusive collector’s items which led to the comic book crash of the 1990s. Tons of comic books were out there, which made them a common item. As compared to the comic books printed during the time of World War II, they were hard to find. They were scarce, and the lower the supply, the higher the demand. Thus, the Golden Age has a significantly higher value compared to the modern age.

To be honest, a comic book printed in the 1980s or 1990s might look old and modern because of the high-res printing technology as compared to the early 30s or 40s, but they don’t have a higher value. However, there are a few key issues or offer an asset  like the first appearance of a few special characters.

No matter your age, you must have stumbled upon comic books featuring Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, or at least you must have seen these characters. Comic books have been a part of American culture for almost a century now. If we dig a bit deeper, some  even belong to early 18th century Japan. However, they became mainstream in the United States and the United Kingdom in  the 1930s. Ever since comic books have become widely popular and  being dealt with as a piece of history, the characters have their own merchandise, video games, TV shows, and movies (both animated and cinematic). From movies crossing billions on the worldwide box office, comic books are a hot topic and much more popular than they have ever been. People are rushing into the comic book market in order to collect their favorite characters in their desired storyline. So, if you are a comic book collector planning to sell their comic book collection, or selling their old collection, get on board 

The basic step: Determine the worth of your comic books

The first and the most basic aspect of selling comic books is to determine the price. Whether you plan to sell, trade, or flip your comic book, their actual worth plays an important role because it will help you make up your mind about how much you are going to get or what your asking price should be. Well, you cannot estimate your comic book’s actual value in just one day. The market tends to fluctuate, and the worth of a comic book is always subject to change. It is also possible that the same comic book can be sold for a price far greater than its market value, or it can have no buyer at all. Always remember, “the actual value of your comic book depends on how much someone is willing to pay for it.”

The comic book price guide 

The simplest and easiest way to determine the actual worth of your comic books is to use a comic book price guide. There are a lot of these guides out there that tell you the worth of a comic book in your desired grade. The best comic book price guide  is the Overstreet Price Guide. The Overstreet is considered the Holy Grail and Bible of all the comic book price guides out there. It is a must-have for all comic book collectors. This price guide is easy to use and understand; it even contains detailed descriptions of the grades to make it easy for raw comic book owners to grade their own books. 

However, based on current market fluctuations and demand, Overstreet’s biggest disadvantage is that it is published annually and does not account for the monthly fluctuations in the pricing of different comic books. If you are looking for a ture up-to-date price guide, we recommend an Online comic price guide. These  price guides are free of cost and usually up to date when it comes to the pricing of a comic book. 

The different comic book ages 

In terms of classification, the comic book market is divided into four basic categories. Most comic books considered as history were published from the 1930s to the end of the 1970s. You can estimate if your comic book has a good price tag by simply looking at the mentioned cover price. Almost all comic books have a retail cover price. Keep in mind that the comics with 10c, 12c, 15c, 20c, or 25c on the cover are the most valuable whereas those that have 30c or higher on their cover are usually modern or a later vintage. However, there can be a few exceptions such as key issues featuring the first appearance of key characters, movie associations, or art by popular artists. 

Comic books are classified into four characteristics that are

  • Golden Age
  • Silver Age
  • Bronze Age
  • Copper or Modern Age

Determining which age your comic book belongs to can really help in estimating the price. The more vintage a comic book is, the higher the price. 

  1. Golden Age Comic Books or 10-cent

Comic books that range from 1939 to 1956 belong to the Golden Age. Afterward, the prices of all the comic books rose to 12 cents in October 1961, which means the latter belongs to the Silver Age of Comic Books. Generally, the most sought-after comic books from the Golden Age are superhero-themed as they usually featured first appearances and origin stories. The most popular superheroes from the Golden Age are Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, Captain America, Superman, The Spectre, and many others. There are some not-so-famous comic books that feature superheroes such as Marvel Mystery, Prize, All-Select, More Fun, Speed, Daring Mystery, Amazing Man, All-Winners, and several others. However, they are still costly. Usually, the Golden age of comic books ranges from a few thousand  to millions of dollars, depending upon the condition. 

 In terms of genre, Adventure, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are the most sought-after. For example, Planet, Funny Pages, Strange Adventures, Space Detective, Mystery in Space, Amazing Mystery Funnies, and a whole lot of other issues. The Golden Age of Comic books also featured war-themed comics that have always been popular. In terms of age, war comics are widely popular as it always reminds us how great America is. War comics have a sentimental value in the hearts of America as these comics helped boost morale and induced patriotism in the hearts of young Americans. Well, who doesn’t like to see Superman fight Nazis or Nick Fury on a covert ops mission against America’s enemies? Examples include Military, Captain Aero, Modern, Fight Comics, US Marines, Rangers Comics, Spangled War, Our Army at War, Captain Battle, GI Combat, War Comics, Navy Action, Battle, and Star, among other military-minded books.

The Golden Age comics was the great era of comic books. The Golden Age will always have the most substantial part when we talk about the history of comic books. The Golden Age of comic books also had classic horror books. The horror comic books titles that belong to the Golden Age of Comic Books have a huge value are Strange Tales, Uncanny Tales, Hamit of Fear, Vault of Horror, Tomb of Terror, Tales from the Crypt, Tales to Astonish Menace, Weird Mysteries, Mr. Mystery, Tales of Suspense, and other similar-sounding titles. These titles are the hottest horror titles out there, and fans like to pay a fine dime in order to collect these titles. 

Archie Comics from the 1940s to the 1950s are also considered as highly collectible from the Golden Age. Archie comic books are so popular and beloved that they have turned themselves into an individual franchise. Recently, CW launched a tv show named Riverdale based on the characters of Archie Comics. Well, everyone loves Archie, Veronica, Betty, Dilton, and the other characters. 

Disney characters also rose to fame in the Golden Age of Comics. However, the comedy animals and kid-based comics are either highly popular or have low to no value. These comic books are based on characters such as Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Rex the Wonder Dog, Goody, and several others. We have noticed a shift in demand for these characters as more and more collectors are looking forward to buying these characters day by day. 

The Wild Wild West and the cowboy culture were also popular comic books back in the day. However, these  books haven’t aged correctly and have lost their worth over time. Nevertheless, there are a few western-themed comics that are still highly popular such as the Kid Colt, Durango Kid, Rawhide Kid, Space Western, and Rawhide Kid.

Some of the most highly popular golden-age comic books are

  • Action Comics #1:  a comic that features the first-ever appearance of the man of steel. This comic book was sold for a hefty price tag of 3.2 Million USD in 9.0 grade. 
  • Batman #1: features the first appearance of Catwoman and the crowned prince of crime, “The Joker ”. This book is also marked as the first-ever solo Batman comic. Recently, a 9.4 comic was graded by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) for the enormous price tag of 2.2 Million USD. 
  • Marvel Comics #1: was the first-ever comic published by Marvel Publications in October 1939. This comic featured the first appearance of the Human Torch and Angel. This comic was sold for an enormous 1.26 Million USD in an auction. 
  1. Silver Age Comic Books

  The Silver Age of Comic books began right after the Golden Age. These comic books were published between 1956 to the early 1970s. The Silver Age includes the later issues that featured a price tag of 10 cents and all the 12 cent issues that ended in mid-1969. The superheroes ruled the Silver Age of Comics. Marvel ruled with characters like Incredible Hulk, X-men, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, and several other famous characters whereas, DC Comics kept its share with characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Brave and Bold, Flash, and others. The Silver Age of Comics bought a lot of changes to the superhero industry. Stan Lee rose to fame, Spider-man was introduced, and The Golden Age’s Justice Society of America became the Justice League of America. 

In terms of worth, comic books published prior to the 1960s are worth more than the later variants. However, several key issues are exceptions. One thing to keep in mind, unlike the Golden Age, the prices of Silver Age comic books are generally based on the character, condition, and publication date. However, the silverAage also featured a lot of first-ever appearances of many famous superheroes such as the friendly neighborhood Spider-man, X-men, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and  the Fantastic Four. 

Some of the most popular Silver age comic books are:

  • The Amazing Spider-man 15 featured the first-ever appearance, and the origin of the Spider-Man was sold for a whopping 3.6 million in a 9.6 CGC grade. 
  • X-men 1 is a Silver Age comic book featuring the first-ever appearance of the X-men sold for 493,000 USD at a 9.8 CGC grade.
  • Fantastic Four #1 featuring the first appearance of the Fantastic Four was sold in 9.6 Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) grade for 450,000 USD. 
  1. Bronze Age Comic Books

After the Silver Age of Comics, the Bronze Age of Comic Books began in the early 1970s to 1984. The Bronze Age comic book prices are 15c,20c,25,30c,35c, and 40c. However, most superhero comic books from the early 1970s that cost around 15c to 20c are collectible along with the mystery and horror comics of the mentioned era. Because the 1975s have a lot of comics floating around, it depreciates the value of the comics of that era. Well, some basic economics: lower supply means more demand. 

In the 1975s, the comic book collection culture was hot, and a lot of comic book collectors began to store copies without realizing the influx and the high number of comics flooding the market. Some of the most famous comic book titles of the bronze Age are Amazing Spider-man, Incredible Hulk, Marvel Spotlight, X-Men, Green Lantern, Detective Comics, Batman, Avengers, House of Mystery, and House of Secrets.

The most expensive and  most sought after comic books of the Bronze Age are

  • The Incredible Hulk 181 which featured the first full appearance of Wolverine. This book in 9.9 CGC grade was sold for 150,000 USD in an auction. 
  • Werewolf By Night #32 featured the first appearance of the Moon Knight and was sold for 50,000 USD in 9.8 CGC grade. 
  • Marvel Spotlight #15, a Bronze Age comic book featuring the first-ever appearance and the origin of the Ghost Rider was sold for 48,500 USD in 9.8 CGC Grade. 
  1. Copper to Modern Age Comics (comics from approximately 1980 to the present)

The Copper Age of Comic Books started from 1980 and ran to 2008; then the Modern Age of comic books started from 2008 and runs to the present. In terms of the collectible market, comic books that belong to 1980 are not old. For you that might be quite vintage because they are  usually passed on from predecessors, but most people even consider the Copper Age as the same as the Modern Age. These comics do not carry a substantial value because most comics from these eras are too common to create much excitement. However, a few comic books are quite desirable on the comic book market and carry some value. For example, Avengers 196, Amazing Spider-Man 252, Batman 389, Batman Adventures 12, Amazing Spider-Man 300, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1st and 2nd printings), Albedo 2, Miracle Man 15, New Mutants 98, Walking Dead 1, Albedo 2, and Wolverine Limited Series #1. 

Some of the most expensive comics from the Copper Age of Comic Books are:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984), This comic book featured the origin and first appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The first print of this comic book sold for 245,000 USD for a 9.8 CGC grade. Beware: this comic book had 6 printings, and each cost a different amount. 
  • Albedo #2: this copper age comic book featured the origin and the first appearance of Usagi Yojimbo  sold for 31,000 USD for a 9.8 CGC grade. 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #300 featured the first appearance of Venom. A CGC 9.9 recently sold for 13,500 USD. 

What makes your comic books valuable?

  • Desirability

A comic book’s desirability and demand play an actual role in pricing a comic book. The more desirable a comic, the more demand it will have. When a comic book is hot and in demand, it is quite obvious that the price will go high since everybody wants to have a fancy collection. If a comic book has a good demand, then it will engender a fair fight for price in auctions, Hence, you will get more. 

Key issues always have a higher demand and are always desirable in the comic book industry.  Demand is most elevated if there are appearances of major heroes and villains, as well as for other comics with an authentic significance. The first appearance of a character can make the value of a comic book skyrocket. It can be either a popular hero character or even a loathsome villain. In either case, if there’s the first appearance or a root story of a character, that can truly make it worth more. 

The first appearance of Green Lantern, for example, is worth a lot more as compared to his second appearance. This is true for almost every superhero or villain. Recently, demand has been driven by movies and TV projects. Previously-unknown first appearances suddenly catapult in value because some C-list bad guy is going to be the antagonist in a new movie or series.”

If a comic book has historical importance, it may be the foremost key factor in the comic books’ value.  Knowing which issues are considered “key issues” is profoundly important when searching for comic books in the wild. For example, Old American War comics have significantly higher values, Captain America fighting Nazis or Superman challenging Muhammad Ali the Great to a boxing match is what makes a comic book key and desirable. 

  • Rarity and scarcity

It is basic economics that a lower supply leads to higher demand and prices. One of the main reasons why a Golden Age or a Silver Age comic book is much pricier is because of their scarcity in the comic book market. The rarer a comic book, the more fans want to buy your comic. Thus, it would have more value if it is a rare issue. Rare comics mean the demand is high, and as mentioned, high demand always elevates  worth. However, in some cases supply is more important than demand. 

For instance, there are more than 11,000 CGC-graded copies of New Mutants #98, the first Deadpool appearance, on the market. But due to the popularity of the characters, every modern collector wants to have this comic in their collection. This is why the value of this common book is generally high,  certified in many different condition grades.

Why is it important to get your comic books graded?

Grading your comic books from a third-party grading company is one of the most confusing questions for a comic bookseller. Well, grading has its own pros and cons but not every comic book is made for third-party grading.

First, let talk about grading:

Grading comic books means sending a comic book off to a third-party grading company, where they evaluate your comic book based on its condition and give it a grade on a 10 point grading scale. After determining the grade, the comic books are later sealed in a hard plastic case. These grading cases have the mentioned grade and a label that classifies the description of your comic book. Technically, there are five labels:

  • Universal Label (most common): Comic books with no qualifiers or special consideration have a blue label.
  • Qualified Label (uncommon): comic books that have a significant defect that requires a specific description, or they have an unauthenticated signature and are labeled with a green Label.
  • Restored Label: Comic books that have been restored or have evidence of repairs in order to improve their condition receive a purple label.
  • Signature Series Label:As the name suggests, comic books signed by someone with the significance of the collectible receive a yellow label,
  • Pedigree Label: Comic books that are part of the CGC-recognized pedigree collection receive a golden label.

There are a total of five third-party grading companies out there that grade your comic books:

  • Certified Guaranty Company (CGC)
  • Comic Book Certification Company (CBCS)
  • HALO Certification PVT LTD.
  • Professional Grading Experts (PGX)

Out of all the third-party grading companies, Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) has the most value and a fair market share. Afterwards, Comic Book Certification Company (CBCS), HALO, and PGX. 

The pros of getting a comic book graded are that it requires less care compared to a raw graded comic book. It is easier to handle or store, has higher market value, and a fixed price tag along with the grade. 

However, not all comic books are made to be graded; if your comic book is already in rough shape, it might  not even get the amount you spent  to seal it in a plastic case.

Sometimes, raw and ungraded comic books are sold for a much higher amount as compared to a graded comic book. Mostly, a lot of comic book investors sell their books in ungraded condition because they have the final say on the condition. However, we recommend owning graded comic books because they are easier to handle and require less care as compared to raw comic books. Sometimes, even minor mishandles or falls cause a comic book to lose its grade. 

As most comic book enthusiasts say,

 “With a great RAW comic book comes great responsibility.” 

If you own a RAW comic book, sell it to us at a good price by clicking the link below:

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How to sell comic books successfully 

  1. MAKE SURE THE COMIC BOOKS ARE WELL ORGANISED 

                 In order to sell you comic books and make a good profis, it’s better to organize them before contacting a buyer. An organized comic-book collective always has a positive impact on the buyer. It makes your comic books easy to scroll through and access, and helps a buyer  analyze better which comics he should buy. In short, it saves a lot of time. 

 As most comic book buyers deal with a lot of buyers on a daily basis, they often avoid rifling through unorganized comic books. It is always better if the sellers do not have to look through dozens of moldy-smelling boxes, and most won’t. This would push you in a corner, forcing you to either accept a low-ball price for the lot or be on your way.

It is a smart move to organize your comics before you go to the buyer. Make sure you divide them by title and then  by issue. A well-organized comic book collection is always more effective if you want a quick sale and make the most money. . 

 If you have a number of new or less valuable comic books, it could be a good idea to group them by arc, ensuring that people will buy the whole story. 

 

  1. TRY TO SELL IN PERSON

                  Online sites may be of great help, but negotiations and dealings are always better when done in person. It may sound a bit old school, but in person dealing will always save you from a lot of the online scams going on in the comic book market. Whether you are selling a comic book or buying it, try to trade it in person. To be honest, a lot of new comic book investors lose their passion and trust in the market because they were scammed and someone took advantage of their lack of experience. Sometimes,  online scammers trade low-graded comic books,  do not pay you the price of your comic book, and run away. If you are willing to be patient, working with a dealer and being able to assess a collection’s physical condition won’t do any harm; in fact, it can be a good way to get the best deal.

 

  1. CONSULT YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK STORE 

                   It is true that most comic book stores will buy your comic book at a relatively low price because they also want to make a profit from the books  you sell them. There is no denying that stores  usually low-ball you to extend their profits. However, consulting them can be a great way to figure out if you have anything profitable and the starting cost range. In the bitter end, at least, it might give you a raw estimate about the grade of your book and its selling price. Always remember that it’s your book and  totally up to you if you want to sell it to the local comic book store. Nevertheless, you will be able to take the data to a dealer or eBay and get a little more for your buck. 

 

  1. MAKE A LIST OF YOUR COLLECTION 

                  Typically the primary thing to do, in case you have an expansive comic book collection, is to list them. It is critical to know every detail of your collection before you choose to sell it off. We know that it might consume some time, but you can easily send the compiled list to the dealers in your area, or you can easily hand it over when they come to look at your collection. A list will save time on a larger scale, and the dealer will have a better insight into the books he wants. This will make yo9u look more professional and easy-going, and  help you sell your comic books at a much faster rate as compared to a number of dealers manually looking at your unlisted collection by picking them one by one from a pile. All serious comic book collectors have records of the collections  they possess. Once you’ve penned them down in the form of a list, you’ll know the specific  versions that you have (and the ones that are lost). Itg wilbe simple to show them to potential clients.

 

  1. ARRANGE THE COMICS IN ORDER 

                Try to sort your comic books in order according to series and issue number. Organized collections are always eye candy for a dealer. This could be very effective since clients will likely go through your stack and discover your collection to be exceptionally enticing when they see everything displayed nicely and in a pleasant manner.

 

  1. PACK THEM CAREFULLY 

               Plastic packs and sheets can be bought in bulk from any nearby stationery store. Pack your comics in plastic packs and sheets so they are more presentable. It  shows your buyers how you have cared for your comics and ups your chances of getting a higher cost. In addition, boards will make any tears  clear in case you have not taken care of your comic books appropriately. Pressing sheets shows buyers that your comic books are in rough shape. Properly packed comic books are also less prone to damage when shipped or handed to buyers. 

 

  1. WAIT TILL THE TIMING IS RIGHT 

       Timing is the key in selling comic books. The comic book market has its own ups and downs, and comic books are constantly shifting demand. Try to hold your comic book for the proper time before putting your collection up for sale. Hot, in-demand comic books tend to sell faster and at a higher price point. Always remember that

 “Good things come to those who wait.”

 For example, your comic books will be in more demand if the economy is doing well or there’s a related motion picture out. As inhe brilliant advertised motion pictures based on Marvel comics, consider offering your series when the film hits the theaters.

 

  1. PUT IN THE EXTRA EFFORT AND Personalize YOUR SALE 

       When it comes to getting the consideration of potential clients, pictures unquestionably speak louder than words! Pictures are undoubtedly the first things a client encounters. Comic collections are personal. A great way to extend the chances of selling your collection at an awesome cost is by taking high-quality photographs of your collection and allowing the seller to create a bond with the comics well before they see them in person.

 You may, for example, take pictures of editions on your bookshelf or after you have put them in order on a table. This shows your collection at its best and helps trigger enthusiastic responses among other comic book devotees, who need your collection for themselves. Getting high-quality, white-background pictures is always an awesome idea, particularly if you’re offering comics one-by-one on eBay.

 

  1. SEND THEM TO A GRADING COMPANY

        Before you submit your comic to a grading service such as CGC, there are many things to take into consideration. The most important things are the condition and value of the book. It is better if you do not spend tons of money to get your comic certified if the comic is in poor condition and is not of sufficient value. 

One of the other things to consider before submitting your comics to a third-party grading company is knowing if your book has any kind of significance. Does it feature the first appearance of an important character? Your comic may be worth grading if it is a classic or has the desired cover. However, grading a comic book can minimize profits. 

How to Value Your Comics in 3 Easy Steps

If you have a graded comic book, you can easily value its value by following these steps: :

  • Go to eBay or any auction website
  • Put the name of your comic book with the grade in the search bar
  • Select “sold listings” to check for how much that comic book was sold for in the past. 

Always remember that the actual price depends on how much someone is willing to pay for it; and it is possible that you may get a significantly higher price as compared to the sold listings. On the darker side, it is also possible that you may not even get half the price. However, the pricing of a raw comic book can be a lot more complicated than this. Remember that the prices of raw comic books are never the same, and they tend to fluctuate a lot. 

How to sell your comics in one step:

If you own a collection or even a single comic book-  whether graded or raw – simply click on the link below and get your precious comic books appraised for FREE from Dylan Comic book Universe. We provide free appraisals. If you want to sell your comic, we can make you a fair offer.

 

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Selling Comic Books can be Hard

One of the biggest issues is ensuring that a dealer  will sell your comic books. Evaluating a comic book is easy, but finding the right buyer for your comic book can be confusing and time-consuming if not done right. An effective seller needs to have complete knowledge of all the  buyers he is likely to meet, their behavior, and what they are looking for. It takes learning about all the possible places you could make a fast sale, and also helps you save time. Some buyers may be interested in investing, while some just want something fancy to add to their collection. Similarly, some places may help you sell your comic books fast while others may take a while longer; yet they help you make the most money. This may sound a bit confusing and hard to digest, but to ease your decision-making process, we have distinguished the benefits and deficiencies of each strategy.

 

Understanding Comic Book Buyers

     When it comes to selling a comic book, it is always better to know who you are dealing with. It can be helpful to understand sales from the buyer’s perspective. Once you take the buyer’s perspective, you can easily lure them to buy your comic book. You can easily trigger their motivation points that make your book more appealing. When it comes to selling, all you should care about is your buyer because he’s the one who is paying. A buyer can pay a thousand for a hundred-dollar book if he wants to, or he can lure you into bargaining. There are a wide variety of buyers with different motives. Here is a list of the different types of buyers:

 

  • “Investment” buyers 

Investment buyers are  planning to buy your comic books for the purpose of investment and making a profit from them. Investment buyers are always aware of what they are buying, market trends, demand, and how long they should hold the comic book for its price to shoot up. These people are aware that if they buy key issues with a high grade, their value is going to increase with time. Such people spend a lot of money on high-grade comic books. These books usually have some significance, so if you have books that are high in demand, are rare, and have a great value, it is best to look for investment buyers as they truly understand the worth of books and will pay top dollar without making unreasonable offers. 

  • High-grade collectors

 High-grade collectors are some of the most enthusiastic comic book collectors out there. These people are only looking for a comic with a high grade. Once you know the value your book has, it is important to look for such buyers because they have the money and the passion for collecting high-graded books. They are most probably going to buy your comic book. In most cases, if a high-grade collector sets their eyes on your collection and happens to like it, they are going to buy it. They are ready to pay any amount but not necessarily for investment purposes. They are in it for their passion for collecting comic books. They probably just want a fancy collection of expensive and rare books.

  • Flippers 

Flippers are the buyers of comic books in order to sell them for a higher price. Such buyers are only in it for the quick buck. They try to anticipate the next book that is going to rise in fame, and they buy up quantities of things and try to sell them as quickly as possible for maximum profit. Flippers usually offer a trade-in for their comic books. They are bargainers so that they can make a higher profit. Try to understand their mechanism: if they buy your comic book for a lower price, then they can sell it for a significantly higher price. The more they bargain, the more profits they can make. Often, these flippers do not want your comic book; they only want to make a profit.

  • Regular collectors

Apart from the investors and flippers, there are regular collectors who only want to enjoy the culture of comic books. These regular collectors are usually childhood comic book fans who enjoy collecting and reading comic books.  There are two types:

  • Patient collectors
  • Impatient collectors
  • Patient Collectors 

Patient collectors are usually those who have been in the comic book game for a long time. These comic book collectors usually play the long game; they take their time researching. They  realize that even the “rare” comics have multiple copies out there andt are available in a wide variety of grades and  prices. They have a whole strategy. They know what things are worth, whether or not they are willing to pay for them, and will only buy books that meet their grade and pricing criteria. The patient collectors are very professional and easy-going in terms of dealing. Patient collectors are in it for the long run. They realize that your comics do not need to be perfect to sell them.
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  • Impatient Collectors

The impatient collectors have the hobby of collecting comic books. If they want a book, they will buy it. Usually, these impatient collectors do not care about the high price of books if they want them. Usually, the impatient collector does not waste a lot of time, and they are very less likely to bargain. They will pay the price you are asking because they are driven by the mad love of adding your comic book to their collection. In fact, impatient collectors  do not care about the high price; they just want to get it in their hands more quickly.However,  of the time it does not matter if your comic books have a lower grade; however, they must have good eye appeal. When it comes to lower grades, the grading accuracy of sellers has wide variation. Some books that are 4.0 can be passed off as a 5.0 if they have a good appeal.

There is no doubt that most collectors want a high dollar value and high-grade comics, which means prices for comics graded below 5.0 are soft, creating a buyer’s market.
But some buyers do not care what a seller claims the grade to be.  They ask for pictures, front and back, as well as a detailed list of observed defects. They decide the price they are willing to pay based on what they feel the condition is and on the Overstreet guide price.

Therefore, it is very important to focus on eye appeal. If the book looks terrible, has lots of tears or creases, is really worn-looking, you will have a hard time selling it unless it’s a real key issue. On the other hand, if it has a low grade but looks decent, someone will be happy to buy it. Obviously not for the price of a high-grade book, but it will still be worth something. So do not worry if some of your books have a low grade; as long as they are in decent condition, you are good to go.

Comic-book selling tips

Selling a comic book can be hard and quite confusing. Here is a comprehensive list of tips to keep in mind. So without further ado, get the most out of your comic book selling experience.

 

  • Set priorities

You should be clear about what you are looking for. How are you going to sell your comic books and who is your target audience? If you want to make a quick buck, sell your comic books at online comic book stores. It’s an easy way to make quick money. But if you want to make the most money and do not mind waiting a little, auction houses or selling directly to collectors is the best option. Make a list of your priorities. Are you looking to sell your comic book whether a single comic book or an entire collection? The easiest way to sell your comic book is by clicking the link below; we will buy it  at a good price. It is absolutely hassle-free and quick. 

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  • Be careful with eBay and peer-to-peer sites

Online business means a lot of scammers and people ready to waste your time and money.Buyers at times can be really picky and  disagree with the price and grades. They also want to return books, and online sites such as eBay tend to side with the buyers; so sellers should be fairly savvy and cautious. 

It is recommended  not to add the specific grade for your book while listing  it  instead, let the buyer determine the grade. No grade means there will be no disagreement.

  • Protect yourself

If you are selling comic books, it is always preferable to meet the buyer in person. But  make sure to protect yourself.. There are a lot of bad people and scammers out there in the world. Even in the comic book market, we have seen a lot of sellers getting robbed when meeting buyers. Always pick a busy spot or a restaurant.. Avoid meeting in shady places or  pick a place that suits you. In terms of transactions, always choose online mediums such as bank transfers, Paypal, etc. Choosing an online transaction will save you in many  ways. Handling a huge amount will be much easier. You won’t be scammed with fake currency;plus, it will save you from having to count the amount. 

  • Keep your investments safe 

You spend a lot of money on  comic books and, honestly, it can be a huge investment. You probably hate it when  they get damaged or ruined. good condition is one of the most important things if you want to sell your comic books. Keep them safe from damage by protecting them in mylar or acid-free covers. It’s your comic book, and you should protect it from damage. Always remember that poor conditions mean less money. Even minor folds on the edges may cause a book to lose its grade by several points. 

If you have a profoundly valuable comic book,  consider getting it “slabbed” in a hard plastic case that cannot be opened. There are some proficient comic reviewing companies that offer slabbing administrations. 

  • Have valuable comics graded

Preserve your comic books’ worth by getting them graded. There are two major companies that can review your comics: CGC and CBCS. Grading is like insuring a comic book as it helps secure its condition. Some of your comics may have a greater value than you think and should be certified by a grading company. Graded books are easy to handle and store, and are worth more than raw comic books on the market. For beginners, we always recommend buying graded comics for investment.

  • Consider the time investment

Time is an investment. Consider your time as the most expensive thing you have. Once it has passed, it is not coming back. Selling comic books by yourself can give you more money, but it will cost you a lot of your precious time. Selling your comic book to an online store is much easier as compared to selling it on eBay; it  can help you save time. Selling on eBay can put you through a lot of stress and frustration as you have to deal with returns, waiting, and additional fees. It is also possible that you might even have a diamond lying in the basement that can give you thousands of dollars – and even millions in some cases. 

  • Take Your Own Photos

You need buyers to trust you one hundred percent; therefore take your own photos when you put up your comics. Dealers generally use Google for pictures; at times it could be very tempting, especially with a large collection. Taking your own photos means that potential buyers can see the condition for themselves. Your pictures are your first encounter with a prospective buyer. We always recommend using a high-quality camera when taking pictures of comic books. Try to avoid glare  by using proper lighting. If you cannot afford to use proper lighting, take good quality pictures in sunlight. Always show the real side of your comic books. Focus on the edges, corners, spine, and the overall quality of the cover. If you own a RAW comic book, showing the color and condition of the pages can be a plus. Real pictures are a crucial factor that helps achieve a buyer’s trust. Comic books with real pictures sell a hundred times faster as compared to Googled pictures. 

 

  • Learn to Use Image Hosting

 

An image hosting service allows you to upload images on the internet. Try to use image hosting when dealing with comic books online. Upload all the images on an image hosting website and send the code to the people asking for pictures online. For those who have never used an image hosting website online, here’s how to get your pictures uploaded to an auction.

 

  • Log into your imgbb account.
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click on your user name, then select “Albums.”
  • Find the picture you want to upload and select the checkbox for that picture
  • In the upper right-hand corner will be one of two possible buttons: “Upload to Album” or “Create a new album.” 
  • Directly underneath, you need to click on the link “Action.”
  • A drop-down list will appear with the first option being “Get embed codes.” Click on “Get embed codes,” and a window will pop up with another drop-down selection box.
  • Click on the drop-down selection box and choose “Direct links.”
  • Move your cursor over the text box displaying your link and click “Copy.”
  • Go to the eBay listing you are editing and scroll down to the “Photos” section.
  • Above the 12 slots permitted for photos will be two links “Delete all” and “Import from the web.” 
  • Click on “Import from the web,” and a text box with a blinking cursor will display.
  • Paste your code into the provided text box and click on the “Import” button.

You can use these steps to get your images uploaded directly. These steps may seem complex, but if you follow them one by one, are  easier than they seem.

  • Do your research 

Once you are done with sorting and listing your comic books, you should invest a lot of time in extensive research. Having complete knowledge about the market, pricing, and selling options are essential before you decide to sell your comics. It is a risky business to go into it blindly and will make you incur losses; however, if you do thorough research, you can actually make some good money. 

Marvel and DC have helped comic values soar. Use the following key steps to see if you have any gems.

 

  • Look for “DC Motion picture News,” “Marvel Movie News,” and “Comic Book News.” News articles are released each day, uncovering new data on characters being included in movies or tv shows. Do some fast research on any new characters specified to determine their first or key appearances.

 

  • Perform a Google search for “DC Movie Rumors,” “Marvel Movie Rumors,” and “Comic Book Rumors.” While these are not always a conclusive source of data, there are numerous insiders who make great arguments for potential upcoming appearances as well as spilled information that  will provide you with an advantage over the competition before the data is removed.

 

  • When you have full runs, it tends to produce more sales conversions than single comics. If you have a full set of a certain series, chances are you will have no problem selling it.

 

  • Give Proper Descriptions When Selling Online

There are quite a few things to take care of when you get into this business. Buyers do not only want to know solely about the condition of your comic; you should also provide them with other necessary details. A detailed listing i’ll let buyers know they have found the right issue – whether or not it’s by one of their favorite creators – and that you have invested in them and are not just trying to buy and sell in bulk.

Start by listing everything you know about your comic books, including:

Title and issue number

  • Cover price
  • Publication date and print edition 
  • Condition
  • Writer and artist names
  • Pictures of your comic book: front and back, and interior if not slabbed. If there are defects, take photos of them as well (loose centerfold, rusted staples, small cover tears, etc.)
  • State anything notable: if it’s a key issue, of historical significance, and if there are any writer or artist autographs

When you are selling on a bidding site, you are  given a certain limit in the heading for a little description about your comics, so make sure to write down exactly what is needed to attract potential buyers. One of the basic things that needs to be added in the description is the title and the issue. Buyers would also like to know the volume number, the name of the publisher, especially if it is from the two biggest publishing companies, either Marvel or DC. Adding a line or two about the story arc would also pique  audience interest  Check for spelling mistakes. One simple spelling error can mean your comic could be ignored by search functions. Always cross-check your ad before uploading it on the server. Always add as much detail as you can when  uploading your comic books. More details allow the search engine to perform better, and it will not ignore you. 

  • Separate Valuable Comics in a Collection

It is important to do your research and keep your collection organized. People generally avoid this, but it is better if you make two piles of comics: one for your everyday $1 issues and another for the more costly ones.

Yes, famous characters like Superman and Batman key issues always perform better. The more reputable and in-demand a character is, the better it will perform and the more value it will carry. However, some not-so-famous characters also have a separate fanbase. It is not necessary that comic books by Marvel or DC sell better. Once you start doing some research, your collection may surprise you. Sometimes, a seemingly nondescript issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is worth a lot more than you think. It would be a shame if you filed it with all the others. Start to research your comic books and  separate the valuable ones j so you know which ones require extra care and which ones to show to the right dealers.  

  • Sell Complete Storylines Together

In case you have corresponding issue numbers, collect them as one lot. It will draw in more bidders if there’s a complete run because they feel like they’re getting a  stronger deal. Buyers are well aware that these issues are  part of a cherished collection. You may list the comics separately but do so at the same time so buyers can see you have a run of issues to offer. It is better if you own a collection of the same type of comic books and try to sell the entire storylines together. Not only does it encourage enthusiasts to buy entire collections, but it also ignites a spark in the market. Buy6ers might bid on various comics to fill a hole in their collections. Do this sparingly though. Even a storyline with a lost issue or two is widely collected together and preferred as opposed to  driving buyers to fish for the comics they need over various listings. Knowing you’re a collector might also mean that buyers will explore your other items.

  • Wait for the Perfect Opportunity to Sell Comics

It is okay if your comics are not in high demand right now. Patience is one of the most important attributes of a good seller. The demand for a comic book rises once it has been turned into a movie. For example, Iron Man comics are more sought after since Robert Downey Jr became Tony Stark. There is no denying that popular media boost sales. Always make sure to look out for upcoming production schedules, and try to save comics related to those characters for transmission or release dates.

The popularity of some titles remains generally the same, but people get more interested when there are hero and villain debuts. The Avengers and Suicide Squad are good examples;, they all have characters with a separate huge fan base; but with rolling rosters – meaning a regular turnover of the cast – they can make an audience go crazy. 

A lot of independent comics are being adjusted for the screen; hold on until they air before getting rid of those issues unless you’re frantic for money. 

  • FEEDBACK

Take time to leave feedback for buyers, so they will likely leave feedback for you. Feedback is critical in case you’re just beginning. eBay may even hold your cash until the item has been delivered if you’re beneath a certain feedback level. One way to get around this if you’re just beginning is to offer l100 items at an incredible cost, perhaps even take a slight loss so you  build your feedback up rapidly. Build your profile, be nice, and be helpful to buyers. Offer them support, and it will likely boost your popularity and help you become a reputed seller. There are highly reputed sellers on eBay that sell their comic books within a few hours because people trust them and are likely to pay even more than the actual price.. 

Where to Sell Comic Books

Comic books can be inherited in different ways. Some books that have been really successful in the past may resurface in popularity such that people start collecting them again. When these books are paired with box office films, they become more lucrative than they have ever been. In recent years, we have seen a lot of publishers evolving themselves towards comic book adaptation. Daily new movies, TV shows, and video games based on comic books are announced, which really ignites the spark of collecting the comic books of these adaptations. Marvel scoring billions on the box office has paved the way for a lot of comic book publishers to release their adaptations. These adaptations often increase the demand for comic books by a lot. New fans rush into the market looking for comic books related to their favorite superheroes’ origin, thereby making it a hot topic. 

Let’s suppose you’ve found a pile of comics hidden away in the attic or you’ve pulled some issues from your collection that are pretty high in demand. It does not matter how you found this new goldmine of yours, as deciding where to sell your books is an endeavor within itself.

At Dylan Universe Comics, we believe it is within every seller’s right to understand the different ways to sell comics.

Different audiences have different tastes. It is important to understand your target audience so you can find someone who really wants to buy your collection. There are many different ways to sell  comic books. There are many online comic book stores, local brick-and-mortar comics, book stores, auction websites, and local classified sites. Before deciding where you want to sell your comic books, you should know two things: first, what kind of people would be interested in your product, and secondly, will you agree to the prices of current demand. 

Here is a list of places to sell your comics

  1. Online comic book stores and bookstores
  2. Auctions
  3. Peer-to-peer selling platforms
  4. Local classifieds sites and apps
  5. Online forums and communities
  6. Brick-and-mortar comic and book stores
  7. Events

 

  • Online comic stores and bookstores

When you decide to sell your comic book at an online comic or bookstore, you will meet experts who understand the value of your comic books. Such platforms are staffed with professionals;people who know their stuff  means you will sell your comics in no time, and the payment will arrive as soon as the buyer receives t-he items. These companies offer cash payouts,although many additionally offer consignment services and store credit (which can net more value if you’d like to buy new comic books post-sale).

Online comic stores and bookstores are generally fast and convenient, but at times they do not pay top dollar for comics. This is because they need to resell their comics for a profit on the retail side.The bright side here is that you do not need to deal with the hassle of selling your comics to collectors. You get to avoid any kind of customer service, answering customer questions, invoicing, packing and shipping, returns, missing items, complaints, and relisting unsold items. In short, you are saving a lot of time.
Yes, the dealers take away a lot of the work, but they do demand their share. Most average comic book owners don’t want to get involved in retailing comic books on eBay. It is a full-time job, and some do not consider it worth their time. At the end of the day, they consider it better to take the easy dealer money and let them do the hard work? If you are a person with such a perspective, then it is better to sell your comic books online and let the dealers do the work while you sit back and wait for your payment. 

Here are some advantages of selling comic books online versus retail locations: 

 

  1. When you sell your comic books through dealers, you should know that they only care about  turning a profit. On the other hand, if you decide to sell online, you get to name your price and meet other like-minded buyers. 
  2. You can even sell multiple comic books by using the Offerup listing, from where you can sell multiple comic books in bulk if you have a large collection.Sometimes, there are people who are selling their entire collections with Offerup listings because they cannot keep up with their hobby.
  3. It is also to be considered that retail stores only cater to a smaller audience as compared to a website hosting worldwide comic book collectors. Retail stores get a very limited number of customers per day whereas these online websites have even more than 50M annual users. We have seen comic books take months to sell through a local retailer as compared to an online store. 
  4. If you want to deal in classics or key issues, you can easily buy them through an online marketplace, where you can bargain and find the lowest price possible. 
  5. You are the owner and have to decide whether you want to sell your comic book or not. 

 

  • Auctions

Selling your comics at an auction can have a higher sales price than selling to comic stores. There is, however, one drawback: you need to account for commissions and other selling fees. It could take a little longer for your comic books to sell at auction – if they sell at all – but if you are lucky enough, you could get a quick sale. Selling your comics by auction is easy, and you can get minimized profits as compared to selling them yourself. Several auction houses charge 20 percent of the sold amount. You receive your payments via cash, check, or a service like PayPal, but these resources also entail fees. There are multiple types of auctions; for example, traditional auction houses that typically handle the entire process for you, or you could sell your books through online auction platforms. But here, you will have to do most of the work yourself. 

Before you decide to sell your comics at auction, be sure you understand all the terms and fee agreements. Read and understand the terms of service and the charges before you deal with an auction house. 

 

  • EBAY 

The world’s best-known online auction site is also a popular place to buy and sell comic books. Both private sellers and professional sellers use eBay to run their auctions, and the site is frequented by collectors.

Like all auction sites, there is no guarantee that you’ll sell your comics on eBay, but it boasts a massive audience that increases the potential for sales. Your first 50 listings each month are free (although there are fees for upgraded listings). The eBay commission rate is 10% of the final selling price, and you’ll need to pay payment processing fees (like PayPal) if your comic book sells. In addition to a traditional auction format, you can set a “buy it now” price. 

 

  • Peer-to-peer selling platforms

You can list your comic books for sale on peer-to-peer selling platforms. Some sites charge listing fees or commissions, and some do not. Be sure to carefully vet any site you’re considering , as some are unmoderated – which can present potential risks like scams.

Others are moderated and provide seller protections like an escrow service. Though selling directly to collectors and other buyers might net you the most money, it also requires the most work since you’ll need to create a detailed listing and deal directly with buyers. Selling your comic through an escrow service is the safest type of online transaction as the seller  has to approve the amount to be paid. They usually have a 5-day security period for you to claim your deposit in case of a scam. However, getting paid is not as quick because of the 5-day period, which can also have a few delays. 

 

  • ONLINE FORUMS AND COMMUNITIES

Comic book forums and other online communities often include buying/selling threads that allow you to post your comics for sale. Like classified sites, there typically is no moderation; however, dedicated communities can be good places to find enthusiastic collectors. You can find all sorts of dealers, enthusiasts, collectors, and even scammers through these forums. So, make sure to take all  precautionary measures before dealing. Try to be very careful as these forums can be even more toxic than Reddit, and they have low to no moderation at all. However, if you are ready to bear all this, these forums are one way to go. There are a lot of comic book forums such as CGC boards, ConnectiComic, and several others. These forums are very helpful if you want to learn about comic books. You can even ask all sorts of comic-related questions. There are two possible outcomes: either you will get roasted, memed, or you will get your required answers.

 

  • Classified Ads

Classified ads in the local paper are beneficial depending upon your location. What drives people to post their ads in the paper is the extensive reach. However, the cost to continuously post listings in the paper increases over time. A very few people peruse the classified ads for old comics as they prefer online ads. It is better if you turn to your computer and sell your  comics online. 

 

  • Events

Events are good places to sell comic books. Some might be  packed with an enthusiastic audience and comic collectors. Comic conventions, specifically, are great places to take your comics in spite of the fact that you also might want to offer them at flea markets, exchange shows, and other events. You might need to travel to attend, which brings  extra costs; but the trade-off is that these occasions can be a lot of fun. Check out the Comic-Cons coming close to you and look online for other comic-related events in your area. They are an absolutely fun experience for a comic book fan. You might even find celebrities there to sign your comic books. All kinds of buyers are present at these events, from enthusiasts to dealers. However, make sure to keep your comic books in check because comic thieves do exist. 

 

  • By Mail

Selling your comics through the mail is a good option as it is a transparent and trustworthy process. Many sellers have begun selling their comic books via mail. This simple method begins online and ends with a fair payment. In modern times, mailing a comic book may seem a bit old school; but believe me, it is one of the most convenient methods out there. The best thing about this older way of conducting business is that you will get exactly what you see. You will be paying for the thing in your hand, and you have the right to check it.  There is no room for games and gambles. When you sell comics by mail, the entire process is at your disposal. You just settle on an offer with your buyer, you mail them your comics, and in most cases, you don’t even have to worry about paying for shipping. It is secure, reliable, fast, and easy. 

 

Some important reminders 

It’s a big world out there with lots of scammers and people ready to waste your time and money. The  purpose of this guide is to help you avoid such scams and make a profitable sale. Selling comic books is not easy, as you need to be completely familiar with your book. It might be too much at the beginning but do not worry as we are always here to help. 

To sum everything up, there are a few key factors to always take into consideration before selling your comic book. 

  • Know what you have: get familiar with your collection

Going through your old comics may be difficult, yet can still be nostalgic. It is like when you walked down the street and saw the happy man who used to sell comic books to kids after a school day for a dime while making them a root beer float.

Here is a swift guide that will help to recognize old comics in a quick yet easy way.

We’ll be referring to the term cover prices. A cover price is its initial price back in the day when it was freshly introduced.

  • Know the condition of your comic book 

A good condition means a better grade and a good chance that you will be able to sell it at a fair price. If you are a beginner, it might be hard to judge the condition of your comic books. The condition has a significant impact on comic book value; however, it can be challenging for novices to judge the condition of a given comic book.

You might have a huge collection of comic books but the important thing is that you take care of them. Condition is very important for every collectible. A comic with mold, mildew, or stains might not attract buyers. If it has been worn due to frequent reading and is falling apart, you might have a hard time selling it.  

 Not every “good condition” is “mint condition” 

Probably not. Just because your comic book looks like it has never been touched by anyone does not mean  it does not have small defects. Mint condition means perfect condition – a book in its pristine form. This means  by human hands.  A grading scale is used by comic collectors to determine the grade of the book according to the condition. The condition oshows how well it has been preserved. Do your comic books have any creases or spine stress, do they have any missing pages, is the color fading away, are the staples rusty or detached, does it have stains, tanning, waviness, dents, or fingerprints? All these factors play a key role in determining the condition of your comic book. 

When a comic is brand new, it is rarely a 10/10.There is only a 1 in 5000 chance that your comic book would be graded 10/10. A comic in its mind condition rarely exists. As mentioned, mint means never having been read or even touched, and finding that type of book is not easy. Even if your comic book is brand new, it is not guaranteed to pass as a comic in mint condition.

Most of the comic books that people claim to be mint are from the 1980s and 1990s, which is very common as they had much larger print runs than the rarest comics in the world.

We have seen a lot of amateur comic book collectors and enthusiasts selling so many collections, where the owners simply look at the first value. They see inaccurate or un-updated online Comic Price Guides and apps. Always try to browse prices on multiple price guides and take an average, just to be sure. The first value of a comic book is the near mint value while some have a mint value. Comic books from the Golden Age or even the Silver Age have been through the sands of time, and they tend to lose their condition. 

People want to believe they have a fortune, so they assume that they do. Sometimes they really do have some gems in their collection. if a person owns the heavily desired HULK#1 in near-mint condition, they could easily make a fortune.  They assume the first value they see on the price guide without clicking the actual comic to see where the condition breaks down.

What about other grades like Near Mint (9.4) or Very Good Minus (3.5)?

 We use the basic grades. It is very common for a flawless comic book that collectors claim is in a “mint condition” to be graded 9.4.There are in-between grades such as Good/Very Good (3.0) or Very Good Minus(3.5). It is easy to estimate the grade of your comics using the basic grades. A Good/Very Good is in between a Good (2.0) and a Very Good (4.0). The numbers out of 10 help too.

 Note: Once you get to 9.0,  the scale goes by .2 instead of .5, & .1 after 9.8.

Here is a shortened version of the grading scale:

Coverless or (0.3)

In simple words, a coverless comic is a comic with no cover. Such comic books may also be missing a page or two. 0.3 is already a pretty low grade so it really can not go any lower.

Following is an example of Hulk #1 from 1962, 1st app of the Hulk. It might not be one of the rarest comics, yet there is a high demand, making it valuable.

It is coverless and missing an advertisement page. The condition of the comic book is very poor, but the seller sold it for a little over $1000.

Poor or (0.5)

These comics have lost either a front or a back cover and are in really bad shape. They have multiple creases, spine stress, and are often missing a page. 

Here is another example of Hulk #1 from 1962, 1st app of the Hulk.

It is in a poor condition and missing the spine. A large part of the cover is also missing. The seller sold it at auction for just under $3000 on September 10th, 2017.

This comic is reviewed by a third-party grading service. Reviewing expenses are exceptionally costly and begin for comic books valued at over $1000 at $100. This is in addition to shipping and often waiting for a very long time to get them back.

Collectors usually prefer comics that are not missing the cover as it is the most important part of a comic. This is why this copy sold for a higher price when the coverless copy was sold for. It has a cover. 

Note: These are sold prices of these comic books, not asking prices!

Fair or (1.0)

A comic in the fair category is still in pretty bad shape. It could look pretty nice but is missing the spine of the cover. It could also have a large chunk out of the cover instead of having a full-length spine split. Oftentimes, it will be a combination. A comic that has a fair grade can still be in really bad shape. In most cases, it does have good eye appeal but  a lot of tiny creases and stress marks. 

Here is another deal of Mass #1 from 1962, the 1st appearance of the Hulk. The past examples  had two major defects. It was missing the spine and a huge portion of the cover. This copy has lots of tape and spine splitting. The dealer sold it at auction for under $4800 with the buyer’s premium on November 19th, 2017. However, the prices of these comics have increased, but these cases will help you understand. 

We believe it should have fetched a little bit more: maybe $5500.

NOTE: You will find with grading that some of the values are proportional sometimes with grading… 

For example, a 2.0 is around half a 4.0 in price, and so on. In the super high grades and in super low grades, this is not the case.

Auctions take months to pay, and some even charge a buyer’s premium that you do not keep. This means that the buyer is willing to give you less because they have to pay the premium on top.

Auctions are also risky; Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Some of the rarest comics in the world have resold soon after the original sale because of auctioneer collusion.

Good or (2.0)

This would be a comic that has been well read, but is still clear. There are usually no missing pages or covers. Tape is used in some cases within the comic. The cover is generally not connected to the pages in this condition. Here is an average copy of Hulk #1 from 1962,  the1st app of the Hulk. This specific copy has a lot of tape and shows wear on the spine and edges. We gauge it is worth around $7000 gross.

The comic book in the picture does not look bad, but someone applied tape on the edges. As you can see, the tape and the peeled-off edges of the comic book really affect the condition  in a bad way. Hence, the grade of the comic book is 2.0 or Good. Grading a comic book is a thorough process, and the books are checked with attention to detail. Hence, even small defects may cause a book to lose its grade. So, What you might think is a little crease or color breakage can make a huge difference in the grade of your comic book;ence, the lower value as compared to a comic book in a higher grade. 

Note: Third party reviewing is often not essential since most collectors and dealers know how to grade. In some cases, collectors and dealers will hypothesize  a low or high technical grade, but it presents as more unfavorable or more pleasant. How did collectors and dealers execute before third-party grading existed? Most collectors lean toward raw comics since they can read them rather than being in a heat-sealed plastic “prison.” Numerous of the rarest comics are third party graded, but a few are not; sometimes it can in fact hurt the value. 

Very Good or (4.0)

This is the normal reader copy. It has been read numerous times. Now and then, exceptionally great copies are folded down the center, typically known as a subscription crease. A very good condition comic t would  have an exceptionally small or no spine splitting. This is the most elevated grade, where a cover can be completely detached from the insides. If completely confined, it must present pleasantly; otherwise  amount of wear and no tape. One staple can be detached; however, a small amount of wear is permitted. When the cover is completely joined,  greater wear is allowed.

This comic has a few defects keeping it from earning  a higher grade; the creases along the edges and the spine wear decrease its value. if you look closely, there is also writing on the title, which  hurts the eye appeal.

There is also a little chip in the bottom edge of the comic. We appraise this comic to be  worth in the ballpark of around $13000 in a retail setting. The comic looks decent as if worth 4% of what the nicest copy in the world earns. There is an exponential difference between decent and nicest.

Fine or (6.0)

Comics in this grade often have a handful of defects but nothing major. Ordinarily having this grade may be from a combination of one or two little wrinkles and some spine wear.  A couple of minor wrinkles are permitted. In some cases, a comic may have few or none of these defects, but still be considered Fine. This sometimes happens when the color of the cover is a bit blurred, meaning the color is not as solid and is lighter than before.

Fine (6.0) copies of early 1960’s Marvel Comics are considered to be in decent condition. Fine copies were usually read once or twice and put away in some secure place a long time ago. 

This nice copy of Hulk #1, sold for $24,000 net recently. Notice the numerous little creases on the right edge and the minimal amount of spine wear. There is not a lot wrong with this comic. However, the edge creases and a handful of little pieces lost from manufacturing on the right edge cap the book at a 6.0m grade. This copy is worth almost 7 percent of what the issue in its best condition was sold for. 

Very Fine or (8.0)

A comic that has been touched rarely and when read, the owner has been very careful. This grade only allows for a few certain small defects, which include slight spine marks or very tiny creases.

This copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 was sold for a huge $70,000 USD at auction in March 2016. You might be wondering why the price of an 8.0 graded copy is almost the third time of a 6.0 sale. The mere reason for this is that an 8.0 is a very fine grade as compared to a fine 6.0. The higher the grade of a comic book, the more likely it is to attract enthusiasts and high-grade collectors. High grades are hot, and collectors have to compete with one another just to get their hands on a very fine copy. 

Usually, the phrase “Comic has been barely touched” is mentioned on the condition description of an 8.0 Very Fair graded copy. This comic book is without a doubt the closest to an untouched new copy, and almost any comic book enthusiast will pay a fine dime and lots of money to own a MINT copy. 

Do you think some or all of your comics are in Very Fine Condition? Let us know. Condition is important. Feel Free to contact us and sell your comic books to Dylan Universe Comics. Absolutely Hassle free by clicking the link below:

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Near Mint Minus (9.2)

Near mint comics are in their absolute condition. They have never been touched and retain their original glow and shine. No pages are missing, no fading of colors, no stains, creases, or stress marks; in short, there are no signs that the book has ever been read or touched. 

The Very Fine Copy above has a tiny bit of tanning on the colors. Near Mint Minus does not allow any kind of tanning or fading of colors.

9.2, Near Mint Minus is a flawless comic as good as new and can cost thousands of Dollars.

This copy was sold for $326,000 back in 2014.

The more pleasant the condition gets on an always in-demand comic over a certain point, the more exponential it gets  in each rising grade. A 9.2 Near Mint minus is a collector’s dream, and they can go to absolute limits of their financial status in order to buy a near-mint comic book.

But why isn’t there a mint example in this guide?

It does not exist simply.

 

How much are your comic books worth?

 

This is certainly the question we receive most regularly. In case you are a comic book amateur or a new collector, deciding a comic’s worth can feel like a lot of work, and it is! Before you ponder how to sell comic books, you have to understand what you have. Cost is decided by an assortment of variables, but the foremost  and most common is the comic’s age and rarity. To distinguish your comics, consider the date and the cost they were once sold at. The more seasoned they are, the better. Considering that comics have been in circulation since the 1930s, issues from the 80s and 90s are not as important as the 40s and 50s.

Be on the lookout for these old issues since they are worth a lot.  One of the finest ways to decide how much a comic book is worth is to discover your tribe! There are handfuls of prevalent Facebook  posts and message sheets, where like-minded individuals talk about comics, their craft, and dish out beautiful supportive exhortations!

It has been said before that most comic books are worth their cover costs or less, but it does not mean that all comics can help you make a profit. Usually, comics at the higher-end sell at auction near to their price-guide value while on the other hand, lower-end comic books are exceptionally troublesome to sell. 

 The normal value of a comic book is around 25 cents, but in case you go to a comic book store carrying boxes filled with thousands of essentially low-demand comics from the 1990s to nowadays, you will be fortunate enough if you somehow manage to get five cents each for them. Most dealers will not even touch them. Each era has its garbage. Just because your comic book is old does not mean that it is valuable.

Sell With Us

Comic books are not just a business for us. It’s in our passion and a way of life. Comic books are more than books or a way of earning money. We are a team of two members, namely a father and a son, who share a love for comics and the adrenaline spikes of marketing. When you sell with us, you haven’t just found a place to sell comic books;you’ve found a family with similar interests and ethics.

Comics are more than just stories you’ve been told; they surround the entire world in a few fine pages. They hold nostalgic value, and we treat each and every comic with the care and compassion it deserves.

What keeps us apart from big chain stores and impersonal online stores is our customer service and passion. When selling with us, you receive a fair deal and are aware of the speaker, plus free shipping!

It may be frustrating yet time-consuming when you sell comics yourself; without experience and knowledge, you could easily waste hundreds just to keep your comics in safe hands. Skip the hassle and find a professional who will give you a  fair price.

If you are still unsure whether you should deal with us or have any concerns, feel free to contact us through our social media handle. Send us an email with your query, message us on Facebook or Instagram, or give us a call at 516-493-0383. We will try our best to answer your questions in the best way possible. 

Selling With Dylan Universe Comics: step by step guide 

You can even mail your comic books to Dylan Universe Comics; it is quick and easy. We will try our best to give you the best service and the best price out there. To get the most out of your comic book selling experience, simply follow the steps and sell your comic books to us. 

Step One:  

The first thing to do is take a photo of your comic book and send it to us. Make sure you also include a written list of all the comic books you want to sell. There are a few things you should mention while mailing us the photos: the comic’s title, issue number, age, quantity, and your city and state. For local collections, we’ll come to you! (We are located in Great Neck, New York.)

Step Two: 

Once your mail is received, you’ll hear from one of us, and we can settle on a fair price. We are a team of father and son (Dylan and Paul), and you will hear from either of us. 

Step Three

After you’re satisfied with the price offer, you will be paid via PayPal.  You will then send us your comics! Comics are sent for free via USPS, UPS, or FedEx Label.

Step Four:

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the easiest way to earn money. We will send you an email as soon as we receive the comic(s). 

For your convenience: 

For larger collections, we understand the doubts you may have regarding a fair offer and shipping. Therefore, we will come to you and make a deal. 

Simply click on the link below to sell your comic books with us.

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