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How to Collect Comic Books          Buying and Selling Comic Books
Preserving and Storing Your Comic Books          Finding the Hottest Comic Collectable Items
Create a Comic Book Collection          Shopping for Used Comic Books
Determining the Value of a Comic Book          Determining Which Comics Will Grow in Value

How to Buy and Sell Comic Books

Collecting comic books is no longer kids stuff. A copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, sold for 10 cents in 1938 and today it could go for $1 million. This is an extreme example but who knows what you might find in your parents' attic or at a garage sale.
1.  If you are looking to sell your comic collection for a bundle, it will help to have some #1s (the first comic in a series) or issues that introduce popular characters or tell the characters origin.
2.  Condition is key whether you are buying or selling; the cover is especially critical. Keep comics in top condition by sliding them into mylar sleeves with a piece of acid-free backing board. Store protected comic books upright in a cool, dry place.
3.  Internet auctions offer the best access to other buyers and sellers of older comic books. In my case, eBay has been useful although lots of buyers have the same idea and at times more money is paid for books than they are actually worth. Another good place to make a deal on older material is at one of the many comic book conventions which will have all sorts including sellers, artists, writers and practically anyone remotely connected to the comic book industry.
4.  If you are looking to unload more recent comics (5 or 6 years old), try a local comic book store. That is also the place to look if you need just a couple of comics to fill out a series that you are collecting.
  Overall Tips:
1 As a rule of thumb, the older the comic book is, the more value it will have. Prior to the 1970s, people treated comic books like magazines or newspapers; many ended up in the trash. Today, collectors treat them more like books, containing creative storylines and colorful artwork.
   What to look for:
1 Superheroes
1 Condition
1 Internet auctions
1 Conventions
1 Local sources