Initial Evaluation and Contact Information
Comic Book Values and Appraisals
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We only appraise comic books,
original comic book art, original
illustration art, science fiction art, fantasy art, comic character
newspaper comic strip art, animation art, movie posters, and vintage
comic character toys. We will not appraise individual items with a retail value of under $25.
offer an evaluation for most individual items and collections at no charge and freely offer advice when we can.
Appraisal fees for large collections, estate, tax or insurance purposes are at
a hourly rate.
read the FAQ page regarding grading and comic book values prior to submitting a
list of books.
Why is it difficult to obtain a professional appraisal
for a comic collection that predominately dates from the 1980’s to the present?
As a general guide, comic book “collecting” did not truly begin until the
mid-sixties. It was at this time that the publishers encouraged fans through
letter pages. Organized fandom followed. Prior to approximately 1965, comic
books were not normally “collected”. They were roughly bundled, shipped to
newsstands and usually stored in improper environments after being read. Proper
storage techniques were not introduced until the late sixties. Books published
after 1975 were produced in great quantity, collected and "stored" in excellent
condition, this has lead to great supply with little demand with few exceptions.
Most titles from 1980 to present may not be worth the cover price. However, a
dealer of books may have to charge significantly more for an individual book
than the value of the book if bought in bulk. This is reflected in the various
price guides. This leaves the appraiser in a quandary, is the value of a large
collection the sum of each individual book, as if purchased retail or does it
reflect the bulk “blockage” value that the collection would bring if offered on
Unless a formal appraisal is requested and contracted
for, we provide
a Professional Opinion of Value (POV), not a formal
appraisal. As such the work product of the appraiser is
not an appraisal but something distinct and less than a
formal appraisal due to the extraordinary limiting
conditions under which such professional services are
here offered. The client should be informed further that
the POV is a work product that is not necessarily based
on first-hand inspection, that it is not fully
researched, that it is not intended for anything other
than informational use, and specifically not intended
for important tax or financial purposes. It is only an
opinion professionally rendered, but not duly and fully
researched. As opposed to a formal appraisal, it does
not take into account specific market issues, trends, or
any other important criteria that may affect value.