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Old 06-05-2009, 05:22 PM
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Above all else, have fun with your collection! While you may consider your collection an investment that you may later sell for good profit, by definition comic books are supposed to bring fun and happiness. There is nothing like the thrill of finding a rare copy of a historic issue of a comic book, or finding a copy of something you may have had as a child but lost somewhere along the way.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:27 PM
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Comic books can be quite an expensive proposition, particularly if you want to start buying new issues and storing them away for potential profit. You may find it wise to narrow your collection down to a specific superhero (i.e. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc.). Once you've done this, you may find that you want to narrow your collection down even further to a specific book (i.e. Superman in Superman Comics, Superman in Action Comics, Batman in Batman Comics, Batman in Detective Comics, etc.).
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:27 PM
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The comic book industry has fallen on hard times since the late 1990s, with too many issues in circulation and too many variations causing a glut of items. Because of this, if you collect too many issues from this time period (or even fromt the late 1970s) forward (including present-day comics), there may be little-to-no return on your initial investment in the future.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:27 PM
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Another problematic issue is that many of the comic books published in what is considered to be the "Golden Age" (between roughly the 1940s and the mid-1960s) are VERY rare due to collections being thrown out by impatient parents once their children left the house, children tearing out free offers in the advertising during this time, etc., and the cost of these books may be way too high even for you to consider finding/purchasing books from this era.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:27 PM
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Once you have begun your collection, be familiar with some of the terminology used for grading the conditions of the comics and what this means to you. Comics in "Mint" condition have almost never been opened or even read previously. From there the scale moves downwards based on conditions such as fingerprints, tears of covers or inside pages, writing on covers or inside pages, etc.: New, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. If a comic is hard enough to find, even a rare copy of a comic in poor condition may be worth more than a very common comic in Mint or New condition.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:28 PM
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Learn proper techniques for handling and storing your comics. Bundling your comics together with string or rubber bands can cause a great deal of damage. Make sure you have plastic sleeves to drop your comics into and perhaps a pair of tongs so that you do not inadvertently leave fingerprints or dirt on the cover, or accidentally pull or tear the cover.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:29 PM
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Figure out how and where you wish to store your collection. You will want to make sure that whichever method you use, you keep your comics away from items that may damage them, such as water or dust.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:29 PM
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You will also need to find a good way to organize your collection. Storing your comics in alphabetical order may seem like a good idea at first, but you may find that due to crossover issues (issues in which one or more characters may "cross over" into a different comic) or other special issues, plus the various titles available, that this may not be the best solution. You may wish to organize your issues based on superhero, title, or even publisher, and from there separate them by date/issue number for easier access.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:29 PM
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Once you have organized and stored your comics, you will probably need to find a way to keep a running tally of what you own more than just writing on the side of your storage boxes. A simple Excel spreadsheet may work for you, though there are also different software programs you can purchase for this reason as well. Some of these software programs will also allow you to scan your covers, write brief descriptions of the issue, and even give you access to online marketplaces where you can buy/sell/trade your issues with others.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:16 PM
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A growing trend in the world of comic book collecting is the purchasing of Graphic Novels. A Graphic Novel is a collection of several issues of a comic book into one big book. Graphic novels will not be worth much in the market, but they are a cheaper alternative to buying every issue. They also make reading an entire storyline much easier and more often than not, materials not included in the original comics are added to the Graphic Novels whether it is new scenes, scenes arranged in chronological order, retrospectives from the artists and writers, or even original artwork sketches. So while Graphic Novels are not for someone looking to make money on an investment, they allow the casual collector a great resource to read storylines they may not have from comics they might not normally collect or have the money to keep up with.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:31 PM
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A great way to save some money when collecting new comic books is to get on your local comic book store's ordering list. When you have standing orders for upcoming issues, most of the time the shop will give you a discount for pre-ordering as they see it as guaranteed sales if you continue to pre-order. You will most likely want to pre-order the titles you want to really read or collect. You can then pick up single issues of other comic books to fill out your order when picking up your pre-orders.
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