I am starting this tread to review my experiences in selling off my comic collection. I know a few members were interested in hearing about my experiences, so I will write about my 2 1/2 year adventure within this thread. Ask questions any time.
I began buying comics seriously in 1975. I was freshman in high school and I was looking for something to break some of the tension I was feeling at the time. I thought I needed something that would be entertaining and relaxing. I remembered liking the old Spider-man cartoon from the 1960’s and I was a huge Batman fan (Adam West). I had comics before.... but this time it was different. My first book was ASM #151, which I purchased off a spinner rack at a local convenance store. I was hooked.
Jump ahead 34 years to 2009. With a few years out of the hobby here and there, I had amassed a collection of mostly Marvel Silver Age books to the present. I had somewhere between 40 and 50 short boxes. The prize of the collection was a full run of ASM, including a coverless copy of Amazing Fantasy #15. I had purchased AF #15 in high school for $25.
My dad was always supportive of my hobby and contributed to it more than once. The first time was a broken run of ASM from #40-#100, including #50 for Christmas 1975. In the Spring of 1976, he convinced my mom to let me take money out of my bank account to buy ASM #1 for $75. I had to redeposit $5 every 2 weeks or I’d have to sell the book. My only income was a paper route. I earned $5 a week.
I had quit buying new books in late 2008. Both of my boys had tired of reading comics and my pull list had dwindled to 4 titles. I thought I would just collect back issues. I would come to discover I was done. I couldn’t even pick up a comic book and read it. And I was done collecting.
I never thought I would sell the collection. I figured it would go to my sons or be donated to my alma mater. But 2009 was a tough year. I lost my father due to complications from heart by-pass surgery (a 5 month struggle). At the same time, my 94 year old father-in-law was on a slow slide. He would die a month before my dad. My father-in-law saved everything. Even the hospital receipt for my wife’s birth in 1959. She cost $76. :) We had to clean out my in-law’s house. It took months. I swore I wouldn’t leave that kind of mess to my kids.
With my father gone, my boys having no interest, my growing concern that the books sit in boxes in dark rooms and never get enjoyed, but are slowly eaten by the acid within their paper, I decided it was time to divest myself of my collection and invest the proceeds into my SEP IRA.
NEXT: I talk about choosing a market place. ebay, Craigslist, dealer? (It might be a week before I post the next section)
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