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Antiques and Collectibles

Whether you collect sports cards or dolls, depression glass or Japanese erasers, action figures, comics, vintage clothing or vinyl records there are sure to be other enthusiasts out there who share your interest. You’ll find lots of great information about antiques and collectibles, along with tips on appraising and valuing the items in your collection.

Grading is the term used for the assessment of the condition of a particular comic book. While a casual collector might not need to bother, it’s vitally important to have your comics graded if you ever plan to sell them, because the value of a comic varies widely depending on the grade it receives. A...

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Marvel has hundreds of different characters and thousands of different titles, giving you plenty of different series to choose from. Here’s a guide to some some of the biggest characters and the titles you should keep an eye out for when going between comic shops, garage sales, or cleaning out your basement/attic. While key issues...

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Originally known simply as Detective Comics, DC is one of the two behemoths of comic book collecting. Starting in the early 2000s, DC enjoyed a huge surge of popularity fueled by blockbuster movies, fan-favorite TV shows, and successful video games. With more movies rolling out over the next few years, there’s probably going to be...

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There’s plenty of rags-to-riches tales out there when it comes to comic books. It’s easy to get swept away in the stories of comics being sold for thousands and the myths and advice swirling around them. Myths and advice like these misconceptions. Misconception #1: Every Comic Is an Investment It’s easy to find stories of...

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The Silver Age lasted from 1956 to around 1970. Most of the biggest Marvel characters were introduced during the Silver Age, and many DC heavy hitters were either revamped or introduced. It’s no wonder collectors love to get their hands on Silver Age comics. The Comics Code After WWII, superhero comics sales dropped, and horror...

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The Golden Age of Comic Books refers to the comics of the 1930s, 40s, and early 50s. Many of the biggest characters were introduced during this period, especially from DC. Many of the top collectors make it their mission to build collections from this period. Starting with Superman The actually starting date of the Golden...

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There’s a new breed of investors that have sprung up in the last couple decades. No, not real estate investors, or online future traders. I’m talking about comic book investors. But is it a good idea? Can a well-managed comic book portfolio really pay for your retirement or college? There’s Incredible Investment Growth The right...

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Pick a Focus It’s easy to get discouraged by the millions of issues out there and comic book series that number in the hundreds. Just remember that you’re not trying to get every single comic ever made. Instead, you should focus on something that really grabs your interest, such as a favorite character. If you’re...

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What is the Comics Code Authority? The Comics Code Authority (CCA) was founded in 1954 by the Comics Magazine Association of America, a group of publishers. For more than 60 years that code of conduct set down by the CCA had to be followed in order to get the seal of approval. Advertisers, which are...

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