You’ve searched out the most valuable comic books in the world, and learned to become a collector. You’ve got a sizable collection of rare and valuable comics, and now you want to start getting a return on your investment. So what’s the best way to go about selling those comics?
In practice, you’ll find that selling your comic books has a lot in common with buying them in the first place. You’ll be talking to the same people, and going to the same places as before. The main difference is you’ll be on the other side of the conversation this time.
The first thing you’ll need to do, if you haven’t already, is catalog just what issues you have. Find a way to organize them that works for you. You may want to organize by title, or by publishing company. The most important part of this step is to make sure you know your inventory and can find what you’re looking for easily.
Second, you must know the value of your collection. You should already have a good idea of what each of your comics cost, since you had to buy them in the first place. But prices can fluctuate, and you don’t want to be caught underselling a valuable comic. If you’re asking too much for a less valuable one, you’ll never sell it.
Now, as before, talk to your local comic book store owner. Just like he was able to help you find pieces for your collection, he’ll know about any prospective buyers in your area. He’s also likely to have a good idea of the relative value of the comics in your collection. In short, go to him if you have any questions about the whole deal.
Now you’ll be ready to sell. Again, just as when you were building your collection, comic conventions and trade shows will be among the best places to go. Collectors like yourself will be there, and will be looking for comics to complete their collections, just as you were before. If possible, try and deal with people you’ve dealt with before when you were on the other side of the transaction. As with any system of buying and selling, there are people who will try and put one over on you, so it pays to deal with people you know will deal in good faith.
While you’re at it, learn to haggle. You may have already picked up this skill building your collection. Be prepared to sell for less than your asking price, and learn to play the game. Keeping a good idea of what your comics are really worth will keep you from getting short changed on your collection.
A comic book collection can be a good investment, and you’ll have to be careful about selling it if you want to get a good return on that investment. Keep your collection in good condition. Know what you’re selling and what your comics are worth, and make sure you’re getting a good price. Do it right, and you’ll be sure to get a good price for your comic books.