what drives price and value of comic book

What Drives The Price And Value Of A Comic Book?

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Comic books can range drastically in value. Some can be under a dollar, others can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars!

There are many variables that are taken into account to determine the value of a comic book. But ultimately, each comic book is a unique item, so unique circumstances drive value as well. Plus, a comic book is really only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so finding the right buyer is just as important as determining the right value.

With that being said, these are the most common variables that affect the value of a comic book:

Rarity

Rare comic books, by definition, are hard to find and hard to come by. So when an interested buyer finds a rare comic book or a rare comic book suddenly goes up for sale, you can expect that bidding to be competitive and that final selling price to be high.

On the other hand, if a comic book is very common and can be found easily, it probably won’t go for nearly as much, all other things being equal of course.

Significance

Does a comic book have any sort of historical significance? For instance, is it the first appearance of an iconic superhero? Is it the first issue of a great series? These historically significant comic books tend to go for more than other less significant issues.

Condition

The condition of a comic book is vitally important to the overall value of a comic book, which is why we urge everyone to store their comic books properly! If a comic book is in great condition, than it’s value is magnified if other variables are met– for example, a rare comic book will sell for a lot regardless, but a rare comic book in great condition will sell for a lot more.

Age

Comic books are categorized into ages. The generally recognized ages are:

  • Modern Age (1985 – Present)
  • Bronze Age (1970 – 1985)
  • Silver Age (1956 – 1970)
  • Golden Age (1938 – 1956)

Generally, the older the age, the more valuable the comic book is.

Willing Buyers

As we mentioned in the beginning, the value of a comic book really comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it. However, where you decide to sell your comic book can play a huge roll in whether or not it even gets in front of the right buyers.

Have questions on what your comic book is worth? Potentially interested in selling it? Give us a call at 800-743-9205 or fill out our comic book seller inquiry form and we will get back to you right away to help however we can!

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