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Old Comic Books – Are They Still Collectible?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

People collect various objects for many different reasons. Some might find pleasure in owning objects that remind them of their childhood. Others may collect because they have the desire and drive to own everything available in a certain niche. Some collectors may be searching to own one of every match book ever printed and will not be content till they complete the collection. Others may pursue stamps or any of thousands of other products or items.

Old comic books have traditionally been a hot collectible item. As with any item with historic value comic books may hold their value because of memories associated with them. Others may be valuable strictly because of their scarcity. In addition their value is probably associated with the current economy. When the economy is good and people have more money to spend on their collections, they are usually prone to spend more for these items. An important aspect of the value of comic books as with other items is that “old” does not necessarily equal valuable. Many old items such as books and magazines that have been around for a hundred years or more may not have any monetary value to collectors.

To enter the field of collectible or rare comics as a business venture with the goal of making a profit, it is necessary to devote lots of time to research. An item that is hotly searched for today may fall out of favor next week. One of the best indicators of their potential value especially for the novice is the number of items for sale on eBay. As this article is written in the winter of 2010, there appears to be a lot of activity in the old and collectible comic book niches on eBay.

In the collectible niche there are 310 listed items. To gain a more accurate indication of their current value it is always a good idea to do an advanced search which will show all the items that have recently sold and their final prices. Of the 310 listings about 20% have sold with final prices from $3.00 to over $300.00. Obviously there is still interest in this field if the proper research is done to make sure to buy and list items that collectors are searching for.

Searching under “Old Comic Books”, there are 969 active listings with prices from under a dollar to over $150.00. An advanced search indicates that about 40% of these items have been selling. Based on these listing it would seem to indicate that there is still life in the “Old Comic Book” field. However as indicated earlier it would seem that this particular field will require a good deal of research followed with lots of leg work to acquire the comic books that are in demand.