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August 02, 2009

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Sounds like your home away from home! I have a question..I found a large amount of mostly hardback comic editions at Hastings on sale. How do I know what is or if they are collectable? They come wrapped in plastic wrap so I can't look at them. They had Hulk, Spiderman among others.

Vicki,

Whether something is collectible depends on what you mean by that. If you mean that it will likely increase significantly in monetary value, then the books you're talking about probably won't. Everything is so mass produced these days that it isn't likely much of the new stuff will increase in value.

Now if these are "Marvel Masterworks" Editions being sold for a lower than usual price, that might be a good deal since they reprint old Marvel comics in chronological order. I'd be interested to know if they are Masterworks (it will say on the front if they are), original graphic novels, or reprints of recent comic stories. If the price is right I might be interested, but I would need to know the titles. If you can get some exact titles I could find out. Any DC stuff or is it all just Marvel?

What makes a comic collectible in terms of monetary value is how rare or hard to find it is. It's supply and demand. Some comics may be easier to find in good condition but harder to find in fine or near mint conditions, which makes the better conditions worth a lot more.

Comics from the 30s and 40s are usually collectible since so many were destroyed in paper drives to support the war effort. Many comics from the 50s, 60s and 70s are worth something as well.

I'd guess that most of the stuff from 1980 on will never be worth much because of mass productions, second printings, and trade paperback reprints. Although, I do have a few comics from that era that are highly collectible.

Collecting comics, or any collectible merchandise, as an investment alone is probably not wise since the value does not usually increase quickly enough to keep up with the rate of inflation. Investments in conservative money markets are probably better for investment purposes. The only reason a person should save collectibles is if they love it and they have a passion for it.

So much is being reprinted these days that I think that will negatively effect the back issue market. People can get the same stories for less money. But some older stuff won't be reprinted and some will always be worth a mint.

So that's my projection on things. Let me know more specifically what those hardcovers are if they still have them.

Oh, Vicki, BTW,

I was saying I might be interested in some that aren't worth much. If you want some for yourself that's okay with me.

That Bowling Green place sure sounds interesting. How did you ever hear of it?

Ron,

It pays to be acquainted with those people who are in the know.

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