selling off comics: cla$$ic or humiliating?

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I've got a number of eBay sales decidedly not happening, so I put some stuff up on the Kerraygueslist and immediately got an offer and hey! no postage. Also Kerraygueslist is awesome becuz there's lotsa dudes trying to sell their entire collection of sweatyballs comics for THOUSANDS of dollars, and I am selling a small selection of neatly organized sweatyballs comics for bargain basement prices! One dude is asking $100 for 65 early-mid-80s DCs, including Unknown Soldier, DC Presents and New Teen Titans.

Dr. Superman, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 06:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I would buy some cheap original Uncanny X-Men issues that featured Kitty Pryde.

Ahem. Just saying.

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 06:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

humiliatingly classic. worse yet is giving 'em away to friends *gratis*.

Ioannis, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 11:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Classic when you realize the space you're freeing up (and the back strain you're inviting hauling long boxes all over the place when you move / reorganize furniture / set up play forts etc). Awesome dud when you realize how LOL the collectors market actually is and you end up selling hott books for less than cover price. Dud when you're kinda attached to the books in a nostalgic my-childhood fashion. Though I'm saying this as a guy that sold EVERYTHING eight or nine years ago (via eBay and one comic show), and ending up re-entering the hobby a year or two later and am now planning a more exacting purge.

David R., Wednesday, 8 October 2008 13:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

That first sentence makes more sense if you know what I meant to say.

David R., Wednesday, 8 October 2008 13:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I need to do this. I have 4-5 longboxes from my 1983-1993 heyday that haven't been read in a long long time.

I'm the wire monkey, not the soft monkey (Rock Hardy), Wednesday, 8 October 2008 13:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ditto, with my seven longboxes. I never bought to collect and/or profit, but to read. So the money loss isn't that big of a concern. I've been thinking about giving them to my 8 year-old nephew in a few years, but am a bit worried that would be overwhelming, and divert from all the outdoor fun he enjoys.

scampering alpaca, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

worse yet is giving 'em away to friends *gratis*.

that's way better than selling them. i've been doing that and (shhh) throwing some away.

Jordan, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I pulled out my complete run of Nexus a few years ago and pushed them at my daughter and said omg you gotta read these, and it took her a year or so to get past initial resistance. I think she read the first 50 or so and then said "you know, these are fun and all, but that's enough."
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I'm the wire monkey, not the soft monkey (Rock Hardy), Wednesday, 8 October 2008 15:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've been doing that and (shhh) throwing some away.

o_0

I'm finally not breaking out into hives when I hear about this sort of stuff, but my book-anal packrat tendencies still cause me to flinch whenever I contemplate just junking shit.

David R., Wednesday, 8 October 2008 15:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

i realized that i never re-read them and i just want as few things as possible in my apartment these days. i need to find somewhere i can donate them, though.

Jordan, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 15:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's a reach, but what about a battered women's shelter? If they have kids, comics might be an escape from the chaos they're experiencing. Better than a Goodwill, imo.

scampering alpaca, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 16:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love giving away shitey old comics I don't want anymore. And I always find takers!

The Real Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 16:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

I might give some comics to kids at Halloween this year if I can find any that are tame enough not to bring down wrath of parents.

I'm the wire monkey, not the soft monkey (Rock Hardy), Wednesday, 8 October 2008 17:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh good idea

Jordan, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 17:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I will buy full longboxes for twenty bucks a pop plus postage. I read and give em away. Inquire within.
I really need to post some photos of my multiple walls of comix one of these days.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 9 October 2008 20:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Probably moving in six weeks to a house smaller than my current apt (but CHEAPCHEAPCHEAP rent and a yard), so naturally I'm whittling down what I got. Anybody interested in runs of Johns Teen Titans and Winick Outsiders? Busiek & Pacheco's mostly really good Superman? 65 lbs of Showcase Presents?

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Monday, 14 September 2009 02:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

selling em off better than losing track of em after parents' stormy divorce and always wondering how much that run of early claremont/byrne x-men stuff was worth

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Monday, 14 September 2009 02:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

I will buy full longboxes for twenty bucks a pop plus postage. I read and give em away. Inquire within.
I really need to post some photos of my multiple walls of comix one of these days.

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EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 06:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Or possibly better offer. Doc, where you at again?

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 06:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

vancouver

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Monday, 14 September 2009 16:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

what's shipping a longbox from there run?

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 17:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

to where? pricey, regardless.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Monday, 14 September 2009 18:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

New York City.

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 18:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Breadth of the continent? What's a longbox ideally hold? 300 comics? Not worth the postage. I was quoted something like $30 for shipping two Showcase Prez books during my eBay selling fiasco.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Tuesday, 15 September 2009 04:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

fair enough.

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 15 September 2009 05:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Were I ten years younger, I'd have roadtripped up to get 'em. As it is, I have comics of my own to get rid of.

Matt M., Wednesday, 16 September 2009 13:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Were I ten years younger, I'd finish my degree (any!), start socking away money, and own a house with ample storage within ten years. And also not waste time with shit mid-00s DC comics.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Thursday, 17 September 2009 01:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

hear hear

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 17 September 2009 01:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

what has two thumbs and will probably never read all these Gotham Central trades ever again?

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Thursday, 17 September 2009 05:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually, GOTHAM CENTRAL and the early issues of CATWOMAN are back on my "to read sometime" list.

Matt M., Thursday, 17 September 2009 15:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I have ample storage, only I'm never going to read the comics I have in boxes again, and they're...basically worthless...

But they didn't seem that way at the time.

Matt M., Thursday, 17 September 2009 15:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Argh, so my mother-in-law thinks I'm an expert on selling things. She's always trying to rope me into helping her sell her old stuff and I have to keep explaining to her that I'm honestly the wrong guy. This time she's dropped off an old shopping bag full of musty comics from the 50s and 60s. Some Classics Illustrated, some Twilight Zone, some old war and horror comics, and an old Superman or two. Some of these have covers, some of them don't. None of them are in perfect shape, but I also have zero knowledge about comic grading.

Before I haul these to my local shop and see if they have any use for them, do you guys have any pointers about getting rid of the must? Even if the shop has no use for them and I end up keeping them, I don't want to keep a musty bag of comics around.

how's life, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Comics without a cover are worthless (unless we're talking Spider-Man #1 or something, and even then...) Anything complete and in reasonable shape should be put into a new, individual comic bag, which will definitely help with the musty smell. If the horror comics are 1950s, pre-Comics Code titles then they will almost certainly be worth something - again, depending on their condition obv (it's worth remembering that a grading of 'good' actually means the comic is in pretty poor shape.) Look out for comics partially detached from their cover, comics where the centre pages are loose or partly loose, or where panels have been clipped out or written on in some way - all things that will significantly lower the value of a comic.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks Ward!

how's life, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:07 (five months ago) Permalink

My aunt recently asked if I was interested in a handful of longboxes from her friend who was cleaning out a storage locker east of Portland (mostly '90s stuff, mix of DC/Marvel/other, that her son didn't have time/interest in claiming). After the initial collector/new reading urge passed, suggested she'd be better served donating them to a charity, like Ronald McDonald House or some sort of shelter for kids. Tax benefit plus good vibes. She ended up doing that, which is cool.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's pretty much the only advisable route re: getting rid of comics these days. Nothing is worth anything unless it's really old & rare.

This Casserole is Divine! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:33 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't remember the exact figures but in conversation with a used book buyer, bookstores typically pay 10-20% of what the book will resell for, so if you can find an industrious ebay-er who is willing to sell everything for you for half the proceeds, it's still a good deal. If you have some gems, it might be worth taking to a store who is willing to send them out to CGC to be graded.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:34 (five months ago) Permalink

nothing is worth sending reading material to CGC to seal into tombs

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:37 (five months ago) Permalink

I'd also be very careful about what '90s material I donated to children, but I'm a moralist prude iirc

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:39 (five months ago) Permalink

I could probably trade my lifetime accumulation of tens of thousands of dollars worth of comics in for a pretty sweet home entertainment system or something. HD-ready, 5.1 audio, the works.

This Casserole is Divine! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:59 (five months ago) Permalink

I'd also be very careful about what '90s material I donated to children

yeah for real

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Please, for the love of god, let the children familiarize themselves with the normal parameters of human anatomy before exposing them to those twisted masses of overly-crosshatched flesh.

This Casserole is Divine! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:04 (five months ago) Permalink

did you say that in a crypt keeper voice?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:19 (five months ago) Permalink

re: donations, prison book donation groups like superhero comics and graphic novels. I sent off 250 to one here in TX a couple of weeks ago.

louise ck (milo z), Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:32 (five months ago) Permalink

they have content rules so I just left out anything rated mature or parental advisory just in case

louise ck (milo z), Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:34 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that additional idea!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 12 July 2018 16:37 (five months ago) Permalink


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