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May 25 2012

Super Score! : Finding the value of your Comic Book Part 2

Step 2: Checking your Price Guide

Knowing how to price your comic can save you a lot of unnecessary hassle, which can help you avoid the backlash of potential buyers and protect yourself from being scammed. Having access to a price guide is a fundamental tool that can help you with deciphering how much that comic is worth.

How to use a price guide:

 

  1. Know the condition grade of your comic:

Knowing the condition of your comic is an essential step in knowing how much it’s worth. Make sure you understand and recognize the condition your comic book is in and give it a grade rating from mint to poor condition. See the previous article (Super Score! : Finding the value of your Comic Book.) for details on how to rate the condition of your comic.

  1. Know what issue you have:

This is an important step because they may have relaunches of certain comic series, prints, or issues. On most comic books they may have lists of the writer, artist, editor and other information about that comic right there on the cover. On older comics you will need to do some digging and find all other information in the fine print, where as on newer comic books it can be found mostly on the cover. Essentially you are looking for issue, volume, and publishing dates.

 

Example: Vol.1, No. 83, December, 1989, John Smith, Ron Wood, Marvel

  1. Get a price guide:

A price guide can be found in most comic book stores or even online. Some may be more general with more bigger names and popular comics or some my be specific to a certain publication, hero, era, ect. Generally online price guides have larger databases but having a hard copy guide is always useful and great to have on hand. But Remember, the worth given by the price guides are not set in stone… it all depends on what someone is willing to pay.

 

  1. Finding your title

Comics are generally listed alphabetically by title and should be as easy to find as simply looking up the title of your comic. This is where having the issue information is vital. Knowing this information will help you distinguish between Issue #1 Volume 3 – released in 2010 or Issue #1 Volume 2 – released in 1990.

 

  1. Understanding the information

Once you have located your comic book title within the price guide, look for the other information attached to that tittle such as publisher, writer, volume, issue, artist, etc. And make the connection to the listed price the guide has printed (which is generally set at the mint condition as well as all lower grade condition prices). Once you have located the price you have an idea as to how much that comic book is worth.

Don’t give up if you can’t find the price right away because many obscure comic books may be worth a lot of money. REMEMBER, knowing your price is important but prices are subjective and it will essentially come down to what the buyer is willing to pay and what its worth on the market. Once you have understood how to use the price guide and have determined a general idea as to how much your specific comic is worth, it is best to protect it and put it in a safe place. If you are planning on selling the comic to potential interested buyers then your next step would be to compare against current sales.

 

For previous steps see previous articles:

Step 1: Grade your Comic!

Stay tuned Heroes for the following Steps:

Step 3: Compare Against Current Sales

Step 4: Set realistic Goals & Protecting your Product

 

That’s YO “comic worth” Garbage Heroes!!

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Marc

Generally a simple and non-violent creature. Interests include comics, music, art and most things nerdy.

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