Collecting comic books can be a very rewarding hobby. Some people collect simply for the entertainment value, while others collect comics as an investment. If you’re buying comics that you want to increase in value there are a few things that you need to know. Here is a list of things to keep in mind about your comic book portfolio.
1.Bagging and Boarding
Bagging and boarding your books is the first step in preserving your collection. Putting your comic in a bag will protect it from any unwanted materials that may find their way onto your investment, lowering the value. Putting a board in that bag (behind the comic with the cover facing out) will provide a sturdy support. This prevents the book from bending or folding. If you’re collecting comics, these two steps are very important to preserving their condition.
2. Taking Care of your Investment
Once you have your books bagged and boarded you’re going to need to put them somewhere. It’s often recommended that you put them into some kind of cardboard box. There are options for these, even some designed for comic book storage, and they are easy to find on the internet. It’s a good idea to find one with a lid, just as an added layer of protection. It’s also smart to consider the climate of the area in which your books are stored. A garage or basement may have a wide variety of climates throughout the year, and that can be damaging to the books. Put them in a climate controlled room. Lastly, keep the boxes off the floor, to avoid moisture from the ground and protect your comics in case of a flood.
3. Know the Lingo
All types of investing have some unique jargon. Being aware of those terms and how they’re used will definitely help to avoid embarrassing or awkward interactions. Knowing the comic book grading scale is another very important part of building your comic book investment. Familiarize yourself with the CGC, the organization most trusted for third party grading. It’s not hard to find the common terms that will put you on your path toward building a strong portfolio.
4. Organize your collection
Knowing what you have and where you have it is very important. Coming up with a system, like keeping similar titles together, or grouping them by decade, will keep your comics accessible. Many collectors also use spreadsheets to keep track of their collections and price estimates. There are even software products that show supply and demand for particular comics. A clear and consistent organization system is the backbone of any good comic collection.
5. Check the Price Guide
Did report cards strike fear into your heart in school? Well, the nice thing about comic book grades is that they translate directly into dollars. Price guides give you insight into what a comic is worth based on its grade. Grading isn’t the easiest thing to do on your own, but if you learn what to look for, you can make an educated guess. With a grade estimate, you can get a good idea of what your comic is worth. Look for price guides online or in comic shops, where other collectors gather and are often willing to weigh in.
These tips will help all collectors. Even a single comic is an investment and it’s important to protect it. Who knows how much your preserved collection will be worth one day? Keep your books bagged, boarded, and stored in a safe place with an intuitive organization system. Keep up to date on the price guides, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a wonderful collection.