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sinisterss
sinisterss
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6/18/2017

sinisterss
sinisterss
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Been kicking around the idea of selling my entire comic book collection. Issue I'm having is how much do I ask? My collection is over 15k books, ranging from the golden age to last weeks pulls. I have keys/1st appearances/variants/Con exclusives etc.
this is just 1 example of my collection: my vol. 1 Batman collection is a straight run from 251 to now without missing a issue, I have all the annuals too, prior to #252 bounces around to issue #1(issue 1 is the masterpiece edition exact reprint).

So my question is what do I ask for a 15k+ Comic collection all bagged/boarded some in Mylite2's?
I know I'm not going to get what it's worth, I understand that, I just don't want to Sell myself short, I was thinking maybe $2 a book?(but who has $30k laying around). What are your thoughts?
edited by sinisterss on 6/18/2017
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jokerbangedquinn
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6/18/2017

jokerbangedquinn
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Have you read this or thought about this? See link. It is a option and they have a few good options.

http://www.mycomicshop.com/webuycomics


By the way, fantastic Batman collection, amazing. I thought I had a nice run of Batman from issue 140 to 300, no missing. Yours make mine petty! Also haven't seen you post for a long while, welcome back.
edited by Jokerbangedquinn on 6/18/2017
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sinisterss
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6/18/2017

sinisterss
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jokerbangedquinn wrote:
Have you read this or thought about this? See link. It is a option and they have a few good options.

http://www.mycomicshop.com/webuycomics


By the way, fantastic Batman collection, amazing. I thought I had a nice run of Batman from issue 140 to 300, no missing. Yours make mine petty! Also haven't seen you post for a long while, welcome back.
edited by Jokerbangedquinn on 6/18/2017


thanks! Most of my titles are complete runs or decent runs. As for me I've been busy, wife and I had our first kid with talks of 1 more. That's the main reason for kicking this idea around, I'm not pressed for cash, just space lol. I told my wife I don't really want to put the collection down in the basement with the chance of it possiblly getting damaged.

As of right now there's a comic shop owner coming over to check it out today, I'll see what he has to offer, but I am going to make it clear to him that I'm not pressed for money. So if he offers $5k I'll gladly turn it down.
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jokerbangedquinn
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6/18/2017

jokerbangedquinn
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Fantastic and congratulations of being a new dad, happy Father's Day!
Good luck on selling and glad ya aren't hard up needing cash.

DONT SELL DONT SELL DONT SELL
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Crowman
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6/19/2017

Crowman
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This is something that has been crossing my mind more and more. As I approach my 58th birthday and the R word (retirement) looms ever larger, I know that I will also be looking at selling my collection. With a CPG value nearing 400K I have always seen the proceeds of selling as a major player in my retirement funds.
Selling to a dealer would be the easy way out, but the dealer would need to take everything and not just cherry pick the collection for what he wants. But this would probably be the least profitable way as you would be lucky to get 50% of your collection value?
Selling off your collection on e-bay direct to other collectors is for me the best way to go. That way you are still active with your hobby and you are most likely to get the best returns as you cut out the middle man (the dealer). This works for me as I would have heaps of time on my hands as I would be retired, or at least semi retired.
Whatever way you go I wish you well.
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Gilgandra
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6/19/2017

Gilgandra
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I'm glad i only have what i have, No 10,000+ comic book collection to worry about selling in the future.
Although i am only 42 fast approaching 43 i will accumulate more but never that much. I have been talking to friends lately (all various ages) about collecting & they want to collect.
They choose action figures, movie replicas etc. But they all want the comic books but just don't know where to start. I said stick to the comic books, You'll at least get your money back.

I am looking forward too & dreading the day i start to sell my books. Or maybe i'll give them away to a young true collector on my death bed, I'll let you know when that day comes smile
edited by Gilgandra on 6/19/2017
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jokerbangedquinn
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6/19/2017

jokerbangedquinn
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I think the same way as crowman, selling collection in retirement. No doubt I'd have the time and most likely enjoy the process. I figure use eBay and only list 25 books each week, this way I won't be going to the post office every day. I don't want a job to sell, just something to do to enjoy the hobby.
Some of the collection will go to my daughter and her partner, nice they both collect comics. Thankfully I don't have a huge collection like some here but large enough to have a storage area at home built last year.
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sinisterss
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6/21/2017

sinisterss
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I talked to my LCS owner about how he approaches buying a massive collection. He said without knowing what's in the collection $20-$30 per long box. If he can see what's in the boxes naturally he'll pay more. Now I didn't tell him it was me looking to sell my collection but I asked would $1.50 a book be too much he laughed and said yeah that's way too much. He pointed out there's always good books in a large collection that will eventually cover the cost of buying said collection but there's also garbage that he can't move because no one wants it and it'll just take up space. This has me a little disappointed.

I told my wife I'm not going to let these go for nothing and if a decent offer doesn't come around then I will finish the basement and create a room for them and pass them down to my son when he's older.
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genuine_article_comics
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6/21/2017

This is precisely the reason why I collect "key" comics only.
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Crowman
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6/21/2017

Crowman
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If your collection is fully up to date and logged here you can create and print out an EXCEL sheet that clearly shows what you have.
I would also ensure that your collection is properly stored and you can easily locate a specific issue so you can prove to a potential buyer that what you have listed is legit.
That way there is no uncertainty for a potential buyer.
Your LCS owner is just beating you down so he pays the lowest possible price.
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sinisterss
sinisterss
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6/22/2017

sinisterss
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My collection is logged with the Comics price guide site(I pay the yearly fee). I also know where everything is at. I have 1 wall for marvel only organized A-Z the other wall being D.C. Organized A-Z, Image is the same and then the Indy titles organized the same way.
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Draven68
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7/12/2017

Draven68
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Yes, it may be more time consuming and making multiple trips to the post office but from what I've seen, I agree with Crowman in that eBay is the best option out there while cutting out the middle man who understandably also wants and needs to make a profit. Sell your non key comics in lots and this way it'll allow other collectors the opportunity to acquire their missing issues while still bringing in cash to you. It's probably already been noted somewhere on this site but keep in mind when posting your comics, the grading of your books. Negative feedback from buyers for over grading can detract from the money you could get in future sells.
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