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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tips On Comic Investing

Ok, so I'm assuming you've read my previous article. If not, I suggest you do so. If you have, then let's carry on. So, comic investing, you ask? There are a few ways to approach this beast. Let's look at a few examples:


1. COMIC RUNS

Usually, this type of comic book investor will pick a few titles, like Fantastic Four Vol 1., and collect issues that complete an entire run. For example Fantastic Four #1 through issue 100 or Uncanny X-Men issue 100 to 300. You get the picture. Usually, a comic run investment will have a variety of grades within that run...comics ranging from good to near mint.


2. KEY ISSUES

This comic investor concentrates only on key issues that are in demand. Key issue investors will track down important first appearances of major characters like the Punisher in Amazing Spider-Man #129 or 1st appearance of Batman in Detective comics #27. 




Condition can be taken into factor or not. Usually, important keys are a good chunk of change regardless of condition, and can be slabbed or unslabbed comic books. However, there are those who collect only key pedigree comic books.

3. THE HIGH GRADE COLLECTOR

These comic investors are considered the elite in the realm of comic investing. These guys will only buy high grade comics. 

Sometimes, they will be key issues...sometimes not, but mostly will be. With the arrival of CGC grading service, many of these high grade comics have wonderfully surfaced, some even hitting the perfect 10 MINT mark! 

It is highly recommended to invest in high grade comics if you want your investment to rise in value quicker than buying comics in very good or fine. Many investors are vying for the rare higher grades of particular slabbed issues, such as Dead Pool's 1st Appearance in The New Mutants #98.

Be wary of many modern books that are CGC graded. Modern books will have more copies of a particular issue in high grades, because they are recent. This is going back to rarity in my previous article. 

If there are 10,000 9.8 CGC graded copies of The New Mutants #98, then that grade is likely not a great investment comic if the demand is not well over the amount of copies available. However, if there are only 3  9.9 CGC graded copies of that issue then you better believe that will make a wonderful investment, especially since Marvel has a Dead Pool Movie in the works. 

Though, highly expensive, this method has the surest and largest return on your investment, if you plan to hold onto the books for a while.

4. THE FLIPPER

Comic dealers are perfect examples of "flippers." They will buy comic books on the cheap and then resell, or flip them. It doesn't matter what the age, though most will look for cheap collections of silver age and bronze age books, but a flipper can speculate an up and coming comic that will be hot, buy up multiple copies of that new release, and sell them well above cover price when the demand for them is at it's peak. 

This kind of comic investor takes a certain eye and skill to achieve. It truly is an art when dealing with modern age books. However, the flipper will study comic market trends profusely. 

It is no wonder why most of these so called "flippers" are comic dealers. In my experience (I'm not a comic dealer), this has been the most risky but quickest investment turn around for individual comics than the others. I haven't been too successful at this and usually stay clear of modern age comics as investments.

Some comic investors will only concentrate on one specific method of investing. Comic investing isn't cheap, no? 

The only comic investor I've seen who has their hands dipped into every one of these methods is the comic dealer. You can dip into more than two methods. There are people who buy high grade comics and then flip them who aren't comic dealers. It's actually not hard if you got the cash and the know-how. 

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