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#1 Michiganmobileman OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 08:57 AM

Hey guys I thought I would throw this up here to see if anyone can point me in the right direction.

 

My Step Father has a collection of OLD comics, some good shape, others not as good.  Early issues with double numbers on a lot of them (less than #100).

 

Is there a place that these can be valued without being taken advantage of?  I thought to ask here as some of you may have had similar experiences, and might be able to save me some research time.

 

Thanks in advance.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 09:23 AM

http://www.comicconn...?page=appraisal


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 09:28 AM

Unfortunately getting ripped off is the norm now days. Integrity and consciences are becoming fewer and farther between. You'll probably have to check several places and on line to get an idea of the value. The condition is critical to the value.

 

If you suspect that they are valuable: Do a complete inventory of them, take pictures of them and some identifying interior pages(marks or tears or folds), check them on line, then try several dealers for insurance estimates. Then you'll have an idea of the retail value of the comics. Be real careful about the comics being switched on you by dealers. That is why I recommend the pictures.

 

Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 10:04 AM

A search through the ebay completed listings or a google search for the comic issue itself may turn up some info.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 10:45 AM

A search through the ebay completed listings or a google search for the comic issue itself may turn up some info.

 

Just as Dougt has said is a good way to start. Also take them to several different places in your area so to get a good area to start at.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 11:46 AM

Like previously stated, if you suspect they have some real value, do lots of homework.  Get to know the collection as if it was yours.  If your Stepfather is still with us, start with him.  He will know which ones deserve extra attention.  Get several estimates if possible.  

 

Good luck


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 03:17 PM

I agree, get as many appraisals as possible!

 

One thing I have herd of before, is to sell them on eBay in small lots (groups). For each lot you throw in some undesirable ones, and a few good ones, then some "average" comics. This will cause people to go after the good ones, and have to buy the others also, then you wont end up with those issues nobody wants.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 03:27 PM

Greg,

 

Try contacting a couple of Auctioneers to see if they will sit down with you, and look through the collection to see if they feel that there is any value to what you have. Here in our area, we have some real nice Auctioneers that will help out if they can, or if not, they will know or find somebody that can. Good Luck to you, and hope you get what they are worth.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 04:31 PM

Thanks guys, as expected the GTTalk gang comes through again, good advice should save me some time. Thanks for the warm up period, now I can take off full speed.

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 04:53 PM

Take them to the Antiques Road Show!


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