No matter if you collect comic books purely for the love of comic books, or if you collect comic books with profit as the sole motivation, every type of comic book investor wants to get their hands on rare and valuable comic books.
The hardest part is finding them, because you have to look in the exact right place at the exact right time.
Here are our suggestions if you want to snag yourself a rare and valuable comic:
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Always Check The Sparkle City Comics eBay Listings
Sparkle City Comics is one of the premier comic book sellers across the country, which gives us unique and unmatched access to rare comic books, which we make available for sale on our eBay comic book listings here. If you’re looking for rare comic books, this should be your first stop! No matter where you’re located, you’ll have access, which can’t be said for a lot of other sources of rare comic books.
Check For Local Estate Sales
The problem with finding rare comic books available online is that everyone else will be able to see it’s available too and the premium price will reflect that accessibility. However if you happen to find a rare comic book in a place where not a lot of people are looking, you’ll be able to snag it for potentially much cheaper than you otherwise would have. A good place to look here are estate sales. Remember, sometimes the estate doesn’t list every single item for sale, so just because comic books aren’t listed doesn’t mean they aren’t there for sale!
Check For Local Auctions
Similar to local estate sales, local auction houses may not advertise their listings as much as they should. If you happen to find an auction house close by, keep an eye on their upcoming listings. Even better, if you have a good relationship with them, let them know what you’re interested in buying in the future and they may make their inventory available to you before it officially goes up for auction, or broker other deals for you.
Set Google Alerts If You Want Something Specific
Sometimes you know exactly what you want. That’s great! In that scenario, you should use Google Alerts, which notify you anytime something happens online that you’re interested in. It’s not fool proof and doesn’t work 100% of the time, but it’s a great tool to have in your tool kit because every advantage matters when it comes to collecting comic books!
Reach Out To Past Winners Of Comics You Want
Again, if you know what you want, you’re already halfway there. Another way to get exactly what you want is to find out who purchased that comic book before you and ask them directly if they’d like to sell. If they do, great! If they don’t, at least they have your contact information for when that time comes. If you do this enough times, you can build a nice pipeline of comic book sales available to you privately, which is a collector’s dream!
Network, Network, Network
At the end of the day, collecting comic books is a social thing. Sure, you can browse eBay and classifieds until your head spins, but so can everyone else. To find the rare comics, you need to be where most people aren’t. Building a network of people and companies in the comic book industry is one of the best ways to do that. Before the really rare items go up for sale, the potential seller is certainly testing the waters. If you can be a part of that rumor mill and be “in the know” before items go on sale, you can put yourself in a position to make private offers before they become available to the public, or at least prepare yourself for the bidding process once the items do go up for sale. So join those comic book clubs, go to those expos and be a frequent visitor to your local comic book store!
What Makes A Comic Book Valuable?
Like any other collectibles, a comic book’s value is simply what someone else is willing to pay for it. There are a number of variables that can affect this, such as supply and demand, an increase or decrease in pop culture, how many were printed, how old it is and it’s current condition and grade.
How Much Is A Comic Book Worth?
Determining how much a comic book is worth is more of an art than a science. The best you can do is come up with a rough estimation. You won’t know how much it’s actually worth until it’s up for sale and bids are made. Without putting a comic book up for sale, the next best thing you can do to determine how much it’s worth is by getting a comic book appraisal with a reputable firm such as us!