Comic Sales I Wish I Didn’t Make

I was going through some comic books the other day, prepping them and reviewing before I put them on E-bay. Thanks to a new traffic and sales generation technique I’ve been using on E-bay, I started thinking about some comics I’ve sold in the last few years that I wish I didn’t. You can call it sellers remorse. Some of the prices have increased significantly and a couple I was more disappointed at not being able to take a look at them and have them in my collection. Here are a few:

All Winners #1 – I bought this book as part of a small Golden Age collection and unfortunately it had amateur restoration. I sent it to Matt Nelson for some professional fixing. The book that came back was awesome (a tribute to Matt’s fantastic work!). I don’t mess around with restored books too much because of resale, but for my own collection sometimes I don’t care. This is one of those instances. I wish I had this book back, restored or not.

Amazing Fantasy #15 – Same collection, same poor restoration. I sold it around the first movie. Having this back would be pure greed, it sells for more and would help my E-bay strategy. Oh well.

Human Torch #2 (#1) – This book was a VG copy, unrestored, and yes, I just would like it in my collection still. These Timely keys get sucked into personal collections and aren’t seen for years. There is nothing like some real comic book “geeking out” than fanning out a several copies of these old Timely comics – Human Torch, Submariner, Captain America. Sheer bliss for the Golden Age collector!

Amazing Spider-man #1 – See Amazing Fantasy #15 – same collection, no restoration!

Oh well, back to the collection and sorting out the keepers!

Happy Collecting!

Is Now the Time to Buy Comic Books?

The economy may be down with people running for financial cover, but could this be the best time to buy collectible comic books?

Depending on the direction you think the economy will go in the next year or so, there may be no time like the present. If this is the time to buy, you’ll also have to make an even more important question – what to buy.

Why this may be the time to buy

The United States has been in a recession since December 2007 according to the “experts.” Comic book sales have held up remarkably well in the last year, but lately there have been some chinks in the armor. For example, the Denver copy of Marvel Comics #1 (CGC 8.5) sold for $172,500 in 2005, but sold for $155,350 in 2009. That is a decrease of $17,150 for one of the most desirable blue chip pedigree comic book. Demand may be softening for this type of book. But even if demand is softening you have to make a personal decision, is the economy forming a bottom, or will we see a recovery in the next year or so? Are we facing an end of the world scenario or will we make some sort of recovery?

If you think we are facing financial armageddon then the last thing you should buy is comic books. They are difficult to eat, of questionable nutritional value, and probably won’t be good for barter (try guns, ammo and food). But, outside of that scenario, if there is a recovery there is one thing that is almost certain to happen – inflation. If we have inflation we may wish we could get comics at this price again.

The position the government is taking in the U.S. is “reflation.” Call it what you will, it is inflation. An amazing amount of money is being printed, borrowed, etc. and the end result, save for any corrective action, is inflation. Inflation is a wealth destroyer, but in actual numbers, the dollar amount assigned to any hard asset usually goes up. It will take more dollars to purchase an asset – like investment grade comic books.

So, you have a decision to make. If you don’t think we are at the end of the road financially and the U.S. will recover, then you may want to start making purchases in anticipation of inflation. Once you make the decision to buy you need to know what to buy, and I’ll cover my recommendations in the upcoming issue of the Comic Book Secrets Newsletter.

Showcase # 4 CGC 9.6 Highest Grade Known Copy to Be Auctioned

A Showcase #4, CGC 9.6, the highest known copy of this comic book, will be offered by Heritage Auction Galleries in the upcoming May Signature Auction.

The comic is being consigned by Michael Goldman of Motor City Comics. It is the first Silver Age appearance of the Flash, and is considered by many to be the book that started the Silver Age.

You can follow and read more about this beautiful high grade copy here.