Archive for December, 2013

2013 Best

December 25, 2013

The Ten best by rank for me
1. Mind MGMT
2. East of West
3. Forever Evil
4. Rachel Rising,
5. Todd
6. Lazarus,
7. Five Ghosts
8. Uber
9. Rat Queens,
10. X


State of the Market

December 13, 2013

From dealers. 

There are plenty of New 52 #1s that are still selling for well above cover for me at shows. Animal Man #1 1st is $8-$10, my Aquamans all sold at $15, as well as Justce League (Johns/Lee) #1 (I got as high as $20 for a copy). Batgirl, Batman & Robin, Batman TDK, Flash, Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman go for as high as $15 locally at shows, with most of the others selling in the $6 – $12 range. There are definitely some duds (e.g. Frankenstein, Blue Beetle, Legion) but overall the books still sell well when I put them on the table.

The only recent Marvel book that sells for more than $1 are the Deadpool titles. Outside of the odd variant, the rest are dead except for ASM #700 – I still move the odd one at $20-$25.

New X-Men #128

New X-Men #129

Sales are kind of wonky, and all over the place, but it generally looks like the price has come down, from about $40 or so for #128 to $25 or so


Comment on selling

December 4, 2013

The back issue/collectible comics market could no longer exist if collectors didn’t have a venue for selling their stuff outside of comic shops who, for the most part without ebay would be paying 2 cents on the dollar for what comes in their door. otherwise you are just buying stuff that you are told is worth something only to find out you can only get a tiny fraction for it when you sell unless you are willing to become a part-time dealer and set up a table at local shows. how many people want to do that?

so the shop owner who kvetches about the new fangled world ought to realize that whatever back issue business he has left (as well as a certain % of his new book sales) he has the liquidity of the internet to thank for.

honestly, i don’t know how the hobby survived in the 70s and 80s except there were so many buy and hold collectors who never needed to “cash in”. those who needed to cash in were likely to find themselves sorely disappointed because you needed to really buy low to make a profit selling your better stuff to a shop for 10-20% of OPG and getting pennies for everything else.