RIP: Comic Book Buyer's guide

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1971-2013 :(

I used to collect comics and still have boxes of Marvel and Dc comics from the previous century. (Xmen 137: Death of Jean Grey/Phoenix)

Was wonder how much some of them were worth now.
Shocked to find out the Comic buyer's guide has been defunct for a decade. :eek:

Now where to go to find out a comic's worth?
And more importantly, how to sell them without losing too much value?
 
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Oyeve

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I have a t least 10k comics and most are worth shit. I spent so much time and money thinking I made a great investment only to find I had not. Comics in the 80/90 and now, are not worth much at all. That xmen 137, even in perfect mint condition, will probably be worth 20 bucks. All comic guides were and are BS.

Example: I have a NM issue of Action Comics 67, it the early 90s ALL of the guides said it was worth 7k! In reality, even today in perfect condition, I would be lucky to get 800. Comics are only worth what someone will pay for it. Thankfully I have a good friend of mine who runs a comic selling business and every once in a while I dig through some of my comics and have him sell them for me. When the Deadpool movie first hit a few years ago I sold my deadpool comics for an awesome price because it generated interest, now, I probably couldnt get cover price for them.
 

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I have that Hulk 181, not graded yet, but should be about a 6.

I never collected as an investment vehicle. I enjoyed reading all of them and have sentimental attachment to many. It's cool to know I can get $1000s someday if my son doesn't want the ones with market value.
 

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For any that are worthwhile, you pretty much have to pay to have them graded and put in a display holder -

https://www.cgccomics.com/grading/holder/

Otherwise you won't get anywhere near what they are worth because collectors want to know it's exact grade. Then you can list them on an auction site or Ebay or whatever - https://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/...s&title=incredible+hulk+181&GO=GO&ItemType=CB
The problem I have with these services is that their fee is dependent on how much the comic may be worth, not for the labor itself. I always found them "scammy".
 
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And more importantly, how to sell them without losing too much value?
Best bet might be fleabay. If you bring it into a comic book shop locally, they'll usually give you a (small) fraction of the estimated current value because they have to resell it and make a profit. If it isn't a rare or collectable, they'll give you nothing for it.
 

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The problem I have with these services is that their fee is dependent on how much the comic may be worth, not for the labor itself. I always found them "scammy".
They are, 100%. The thing is even though they are fleecing us, we get to pass the cost on to the buyer. The buyers want to see that rating sticker and holder. Well, they are going to pay for it, just like we did. ;)