I’m often asked “Ari, how do I go about selling my comic book collection?” Which is weird, because I don’t think I would sell my comic book collection. Â I got my first comic when I was nine and I still enjoy them today.
In any event here are some tips and advice on how to sell your collection.
The two most popular ways to sell your collection are:
- To sell your comics on eBay, and
- To sell your comic book collection to a comic book shop.
The E-bay option:
The Comics Shop Option
Whichever way you decide to sell your collection Â there are some things you MUST do if you want to get top dollar:
- First andÂ foremost, You need to have the collection organized neatly (preferably sorted alphabetically by title). If you are bringing them to a comic book shop I recommend bringing the collection in long boxes.
- You must have a computerized list of what is present in the collection. If you are posting on eBay you will need to list the specific issue and volume number of the items for sale.
- Comics should be stored in individual acid free bags with boards.Â Don’t sell comics in acidic comic book bags. You can tell if a comic book bag has gone acidic if it looks yellowed and has a greasy feel.
- You should understand comic book grading. A comic book’s condition will greatly impact the price. The online Comic Price Guide has a recommended pageÂ describing theÂ different conditions and grades assigned to comic books.
- EducateÂ yourself about the value of a comic book. There is the Overstreet price guide which details the value of all comic books and is recognized as the industry standard. Â There is also the on-line comic price guide,Â whichÂ is new and has not really been proven to beÂ authoritative. Â The guides list two prices for comics, one forÂ Graded Value and another for Regular (or RAW) Value. Graded comic books are those that have been certified by a comic book grading company and then sealed in Lucite and cannot be opened for reading. Companies like CGCÂ perform professional grading and have an on-line database of CGC-graded comics which is useful for verifying the authenticity of a grade.Â RAW/Regular Value pertains to books that have not beenÂ professionallyÂ graded.
- If you are selling the collection as a whole don’t ‘cherry pick’. If you are sellingÂ individualÂ issues on eBay this isÂ OKÂ but do not try and sell the collection as a whole after taking out the best issues and leave only the ‘filler’ issues. This will be obvious to the buyer and will diminish your chances of selling the whole collection.
- Lastly, be reasonable and flexible. Most comic book collections are not worth as much as the owner imagines them to be. The grading will severely impact the value of the collection. If you are reasonable in what you are asking for you should be able to sell your collection quickly for a fair price.
Good luck selling your collection. Please share your war stories and tips for selling your comic books in the comments area, below.