What are your comic books worth?
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR COMIC BOOKS
You’ve read about it often enough: a highly-graded copy of the 1940 comic Batman No. 1 sold for $634,000. Or an issue of Action Comics No. 1, which introduced Superman to the world in 1938, fetched $1.5 million at auction. And you begin to think maybe that mound of comic books from your youth, still residing on your bedroom closet shelf or down in the basement, might be worth something. But how to find out? To the rescue: Our Savvy Specialists, who can help you determine if your collection is worth some heroic sums.
THE GRAPHIC TRUTH ABOUT GRAPHIC NOVELS
While solo pieces can be of value, especially if they’re from the Golden Age of Comics (the 1930s and ‘40s) and feature a superhero’s debut, more often than not the value of one’s collection comes from the completion of a set – all or close to all of a particular comic, sometimes stretching back decades and hundreds, if not thousands, of installments.
Comics that are absolutely flat and lacking a subscription crease – a clearly visible line running from top to bottom throughout the entire book, the result of the comic being folded into a standard envelope, as publishers once mailed books to subscribers – also fetch a premium.
Specialists find the value of your comic books from photos
MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR COMIC BOOKS
Obviously, the better the condition of the book, the more valuable it will be. In determining prices, comic book dealers often rely on a 10-point grading system by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), which encases individual comics between two sealed sleeves of plastic polymer after evaluation. (“Slabbing” the comic in this way protects the book and guarantees its condition, but does prevent you from reading it.) Otherwise, serious collectors keep their books in polyethylene bags within corrugated plastic containers, since even the acid found in cardboard boxes and backing boards can destroy the pages.
Comics should be stored similarly to other paper goods and printed media: in cool, dark places, away from direct light, heat and humidity. So get them out of the basement.
HOW TO FIND A COMIC BOOK’S VALUE
Once we've identified the comic book’s authenticity, edition and condition, our Savvy Specialists complete a Quick Appraisal which includes research, anecdotes and special features about that issue. We can also offer a valuation analysis that includes what similar comic books have sold for.
SELL COMIC BOOKS ONLINE
After our Quick Appraisal, StuffSavvy can match you with Online Partners to get you the most value for the comic book you'd like to sell. This is a good option once you know the value you want to sell the item for.
FIND PLACES TO SELL USED COMIC BOOKS NEAR ME
After our Quick Appraisal, StuffSavvy can also match you with local shops and auction houses. This is the best option if you want to work with additional Specialists to maximize the resale value of your comic book.