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A Basic Guide To Comic Book Collecting

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Summary:
Even with the emergence of popular entertainment outlets such as the
internet and satellite television, comic books have maintained an
impressive market share of consumer spending. There simply is no
replacement for the unique way a comic can present a story and engage its
readers. Because of this, comic book collecting has also grown in recent
years with a new generation of readers enjoying this rewarding hobby.

For collectors who are just beginning, there are a couple of...


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comic,book,collecting,memorabilia,superhero,cartoon


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Even with the emergence of popular entertainment outlets such as the
internet and satellite television, comic books have maintained an
impressive market share of consumer spending. There simply is no
replacement for the unique way a comic can present a story and engage its
readers. Because of this, comic book collecting has also grown in recent
years with a new generation of readers enjoying this rewarding hobby.

For collectors who are just beginning, there are a couple of different
approaches to take to the hobby. Some people are simply fans of a
particular hero or publisher. They purchase comics for their own
entertainment and don’t concern themselves much with the after-market
value of the publication. Other collectors concentrate on acquiring
limited edition or rare comics for the sake of achieving a return on
their investment. This form of collecting usually requires an advanced
knowledge of the market as well as the necessary funds to make large
purchases.

There are five distinct eras of comic book memorabilia. The Platinum Age
represent the oldest time period, dating between the 1800’s and 1937. The
Golden Age covers the years of 1938 to 1955. Silver Age comic books are
dated between 1956 and 1969, and the Bronze Age occurred between 1970 and
1979. The Modern Age includes everything that was produced from 1980
through today. Each time period is unique and distinctive in the way the
publications were written, produced, and distributed. Obviously the older
periods offer the most valuable items, but there are still plenty of rare
and limited comics to be found in the Modern Age.

Today’s collectors will find a multitude of outlets to help them add to
their collection. The internet alone has increased the accessibility of
hard-to-find comics to collectors all over the world. eBay, Craigslist,
and online comic book stores make finding exactly what you want as simple
as clicking a mouse. While these outlets are probably the most popular
markets for collectors, there is still plenty of demand for local comic
book shows and stores. Of course newsstands and bookstores remain the
best source for the latest publications. Ideally, the savvy collector
will be comfortable with using all of the outlets mentioned here. You
simply never know where you might uncover the next hidden gem to add to
your collection.

Beyond these basics of comic book collecting, there are other intricacies
to learn for the new collector. For instance, collectable comic books are
often graded to measure their condition in a uniform manner. This is done
by a professional third-party company which will seal the comic in a
protective sleeve to preserve its integrity. New collectors will need to
become familiar with this process if they plan on investing in rare
comics. Other essential tools include comic price guides and market sales
reports which help to asses the value of a particular piece.

Collecting comic books has been an entertaining hobby for many decades,
and it does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. With the
continued influx of new characters and publishers, there will always be a
solid foundation of new adventures to satisfy the fans. Perhaps the best
part about this hobby is that there is always something new to learn
along the way. By joining the legion of comic collectors around the
world, you are guaranteed to have a rewarding hobby for years to come.

								
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