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Zeruel
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
I have a 50,000+ collection of mostly Marvel books ranges from Silver to Modern age books that I want to unload. I have lots of early issues of Amazing Spiderman, most of the run of X-men #1 until they reprints start and then Giant Size #1 and X-men 94 until around when Havok "kills" Storm, 1st appearance of Wolverine in Hulk, the 1st Thor from Journey into Mystery, and mostly 1st prints of American run of Akira in my collection. (I also have lots of Power Pack and Darkhawks, but those just might turn into wrapping paper)

I have asked friends and family how to unload them. I have lots of different responses about selling them. Some say sell the issues individually, some say in sets (like X-men 1-10, and 11-20, etc), some say to go to ebay, some say the local comic shop.

I would love to know what you all think. I haven't touched a new book (or any of my collection) in a decade, so I'm out of touch with the comic world at the moment.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
I've been thinking again about unloading mine and found this site last week. Haven't had a chance to look into it in depth, but worth a look!
http://www.comicconnect.com/load_page.php?page=sellcomics
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    I have a 50,000+ collection of mostly Marvel books ranges from Silver to Modern age books that I want to unload. I have lots of early issues of Amazing Spiderman, most of the run of X-men #1 until they reprints start and then Giant Size #1 and X-men 94 until around when Havok "kills" Storm, 1st appearance of Wolverine in Hulk, the 1st Thor from Journey into Mystery, and mostly 1st prints of American run of Akira in my collection. (I also have lots of Power Pack and Darkhawks, but those just might turn into wrapping paper)

    I have asked friends and family how to unload them. I have lots of different responses about selling them. Some say sell the issues individually, some say in sets (like X-men 1-10, and 11-20, etc), some say to go to ebay, some say the local comic shop.

    I would love to know what you all think. I haven't touched a new book (or any of my collection) in a decade, so I'm out of touch with the comic world at the moment.


if you go to a local comic shop, the best you will likely get is 1/2 of "guide."

Your best bet would be to do ebay, even though it's a buyer's market.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.41
Its going to cost money, a lot of money, but if you get them graded especially X-Men #1, you would be in a better position. If you want to dump them off and they are not in great condition, e-mail me I'll take a few off your hands if you have Paypal. I recently got an Amazing Spiderman #50 signed by Stan Lee for $80, God bless the Comic book legal defense fund. Plus, its a tax write off. I am trying to see if I can get some early stuff like Marvel and DC.

Ebay is such a gamble anymore, I lucked out selling some Star Wars stuff recently, but I had to advertise in other places to get the price up. Your best bet is find a convention in the area see if you can set-up an appointment with three vendors to have them look over the stuff and go with the higher bidder. Most vendors are online anyway, so you can contact that way. If its early stuff in good condition those will be the ones to go through since most collectors don't have the hundreds to thousands of dollars to get a collection.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.33
Following up on what lotjx said, the other possibility that would require some sweat equity would be that some conventions might allow you to buy a table so that you could sell directly to comic book fans.

Of course that would imply that your collection was bagged and boarded and organized and that you were prepared to do the selling (and probably ferret out the best stuff to display separately.)





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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I mentioned this previously in another thread about selling comics, but if you're still reading new comics (and not just getting out entirely), one thing I've seen people do is trade for credit at their local shops. You'll generally get a better deal than you would for straight cash. Of course, you should only try this with a shop you know and trust.

Also, people are right about getting your books graded. Honestly, they're just about worthless anymore if they're not graded.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
Thanks for all the replies. If I REALLY had the time, I would love to set up a table, Llakor, as that would be the best option. I am anal about my collection and everything is bagged and boarded (My key silver age books are then rebagged and boarded in leftover magazine sized bags and boards that I got for my Tick 1st prints)

I got most of my collection from dealers and stores so most are VF/F if not NM for the newer stuff, except for the JiM with Thor. That's Poor, at best. Yellowed pages (with minor writing on the cover, and coupons cut out of the coupon/ad pages, but all story panels untouched, and there is some major spine roll). I had a "triple digit rule" about collecting and never spent more than $99 on a book (Those were 1990s prices).

I'm not looking to get rich or anything, I just want to get rid of them. As you can imagine, 50,000+ books bagged and boarded in long boxes takes up alot of space. I have them stacked 3 boxes a level and they reach my ceiling.

If some of you are looking for something, I'd be more than happy to sell to you directly, PM me. We can take this to email and I can send pics of conditions of books.


Like I said, mostly Marvel Silver age/modern stuff (Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, Sensational, and regular Spiderman, and almost all of the Mutant related books, alot of Image books, Tick universe, and crossovers (Amalgam DC/Marvel).



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Have you considered Mile High? They buy massive collections all the time. Well, relatively speaking, but yours sounds right up their alley.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
OMG, I totally forgot about them. Thanks!



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