The comic book collection bug hit my son rather early. My husband collected Archie comics in his teens and he had held on to them for many years. One day while going through old boxes he came across them again and introduced them to our young son who thought they were the greatest thing on earth!
Once he shared his new found collection with an older friend, he found out other comics exist and has since laid the Archie collection to rest. Now his interest lies in the Marvel comics featuring his favorite superheros.
As he became more interested in Marvel comic books we gave in to spending a few dollars here and there on some Spider-man and Superman comics. At Christmas I went to find him some cheap books at Half Price Books and found that they sell comics much cheaper and the exciting part is some of them are already old, some may even be worth something one of these days.
The hunt for old or rare comics has become some what of a thrill now for all of us in the family. We visited a Half-Price Book store location in a neighboring city and found a ton of comics! They were selling $3.00 packages with 10 comics, however, you can only see the front and back comic, you have no idea what is inside, which adds to the excitement of collecting.
We have been surprised to find that many of the comics issue dates are from the 1980’s to the 1990’s giving him a head start on adding older comics to his collection.
Find Out What Your Comic is Worth
There are many websites online where you can check and see how much your comic is worth, however, I found that comics listed on eBay gave us a good idea of what they are actually selling for in today’s market.
Some of the comics he purchased are listed anywhere from $1.00-$3.00 on the auction site. But I think we’ll hold on to them longer so that he can build his collection and pass it down to his kids. Imagine, a comic from 1986 will be 50 years old by the time he is 30.
Where to find Old and Rare Comics for Cheap
Half-Price Books and other book resale shops sell older comics, sometimes rare comics and stored in a locked case. Rare comics can start as low as $3.00 depending on the age and popularity of the issue. These would make wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts for a youngster who has gotten serious about their comic book collecting.
We have searched eBay and craigslist, both offer a variety of comic books, old and new, sometimes for a fair price, sometimes for a steal!
Keep an eye out for old comics at estate sales and garage sales too. You never know when a comic collection could turn up.
We have also visited a local comic book store, the pricing was fair, but you might only shop there if you are looking for a specific type of comic or really looking to spend some money on an old or rare comic. We found some that were in the $14.00 dollar range, which is something our son will need to save-up for. He is only 6 so he has plenty of time for that.
While at the comic store we decided we should go ahead and get some protective covers, as he is constantly flipping through his collection admiring the covers. A package of 100 covers cost $6.00 and we went ahead and purchased the backer-boards too, which were $8.00 for a package of 100. Knowing how much these comics will be handled, we thought it best to go ahead and spend the extra money.
We have decided to frame a few of the comics that have really great artwork or seem collectible. It adds fun decor to his bedroom and the comics can be enjoyed instead of being stored away in the bottom of some box in the closet.
This way they are not handled too often, but are still appreciated for what they are. Although, it would be a bad idea to place the frames where there is a lot or direct sunlight, this could wash out the color and actually lessen the value of the comic.
For $12.95 you can actually get frames made for comic books (visit link below)
But I think for now, we’ll just use some simple 8×10 frames. This comic book collection is supposed to be cheap right!
Warning – Not all Comics Are Age Appropriate
As always, with young children, it is the parents responsibility to make sure the comics are age appropriate. It may seem innocent on the cover, but there are plenty of comics that are not suitable for children. Flip through the comics to make sure that your child is not getting a hold of something you would not allow. Nudity, or partial nudity, extreme violence, obscene language, and gory scenes are something to look out for.
Enjoy the hunt for comics and have fun building your own collection!