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Selling old comics

glithertglithert Registered User regular
I'm sorting through my dad's old collection. There's some stuff in here that would be worth money in mint condition, like Thor #126... But they all have slightly yellowed pages and wear/tear around the corners and staples. What's my best option as far as selling these things? I know I'd need to get them graded, does that cost a lot of money? Would it be worth it since they're obviously not near mint? are there any reputable stores I could wholesale the collection to for a decent price?


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    honkymcgoohonkymcgoo Registered User regular
    the CGC thing costs quite a bit per book. If you have a local comic store you've been going to and trust, have them take a look at them first. Most stores won't buy things that aren't in great condition or CGC rated unless it's super rare. But they will give you a realistic idea of the condition they're in. You can take that and decide which ones are worth paying the CGC fees for, and which ones you might want to just put on ebay. Your local store might offer to buy some, and depending on what you're looking for it can be worth it. If you don't want to put up with the hassle and they make you a decent offer, go for it. But you will always make more selling them yourself individually.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    CGC averages about $20-30 a book unless you're putting up like 100 or more books to be graded. It's pricey and really only good for stuff you KNOW already is worth more than $100+ in my opinion.

    Honestly (again in my opinion, as someone who once had over 2000 comics in his personal collection) I'd put the whole thing up on craigslist for a flat fee and call it a day. Your Thor #126 is currently going on ebay for anywhere between $4.99 and $149.99 and 95% of the auctions have zero bids and they all have a buy it now, so even the $4.99 isn't being bought. The market just isn't what it used to be, even for the older stuff, unless you have the super rare comics like Death of the Green Goblin/Gwen Stacey, Hulk w/ first appearance of Wolverine, etc.

    I picked up a couple of Spider Man books (the Juggernaut arc, both worth about $150 each at once point) for $40 together at the last show I went to, and I didn't even have to haggle.

    EBAY fees are pretty steep too these days. I'd find the average price for those comics (usually in the $5-$10 range if they're older than 1980, but it does vary) and just unload them as a bundle and buy yourself something nice.

    Or if you keep getting lowballed and don't need the money just hang on to them. Get new bags and boards for them and enjoy them.

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