Discover the Truth about Comic Book Collection; Nerdy Geeks
or Shrewd Investors?
It is unbelievable when one says, yeah, I collect comic books,
what the general public response might be? Oh no, a slightly off
the wall geek. Here is someone who has lost touch with reality.
Or someone that is in his or her own little world. I think not.
Yes, comic book collectors may sometimes march to the beat of a
different drummer, but who says we all have to be cut from the
same mold. Comic books are big business.
Back in the days of my youth (what, several millennia ago?), I
loved reading comic books. And so did a lot of my friends.
Whenever we had an extra dime or sometimes a quarter, we could
run up to the local small town grocery and spend some very happy
times at the comic book rack.
We would even go out and find small odds jobs for pocket
change, which was enough then to purchase 2 or 3 good flights of
adventure and fantasy. I can even remember crawling under our
house to retrieve a cat that had the misfortune of dying there.
My Dad couldn't stomach the smell and enticed my friend and I to
accomplish the chore for ample pocket change. We braved the
spiders and other crawly creatures to retrieve and bury the
unfortunate cat. Not long after that, we were the proud owners of
yet, several more intriguing comic books. Even the local bully
(who was really a pretty good guy) would purchase our worn out or
unwanted magazines for far more than they were worth, so we could
purchase new ones.
I didn't know much about collecting then. I just liked saving
what I enjoyed. I had a large cardboard box that I kept under my
bed, filled with all my little treasures. I didn't realize that I
had the beginnings of what could have been something very
lucrative. In later years when I headed off to college, I dragged
my large cardboard box with me. At one point in time, I left most
of my belongings in the charge of what I thought were trusted
friends. When I returned from my forest firefighting adventures,
my box full of magazines were no where to be found. And needless
to say, were my trusted friends either. Others had seen the value
in what I had and wanted it for themselves. Oh well, live and
learn. That limited collection of comic books and other magazines
would have been worth a small fortune today.
Are there big bucks in the comic book genre? Just look at what
Hollywood has been up to for the last few decades. As far as I
can tell, the really big blockbusters started back in 1978 with
the release of Superman, The Movie. And since then there has been
comic book hero after comic book hero to hit the silver screen.
And they all make tons of money. The Hollywood moguls may or may
not be "into" the genre, but they can smell large profits. And
these kinds of profits aren't harvested from a small out of touch
with reality niche. It take large numbers of individuals forking
out 5 to 10 dollars a pop, to accumulate the astronomical profits
that Hollywood is seeing these days. Made up bu individuals who
may or may not want to admit their avid interest in comic book
characters. I will stand up and say, I enjoy watching these
movies and have even started my own collection of comic book
character DVDs. Who knows, maybe some day my DVDs will become as
valuable as comic books. Probably not.
Although, not every individual's collection has magazines
worth thousands of dollars, there are a sizable amount of
collections that can be worth hundreds of thousands or even
millions of dollars. These are not people that have lost touch
with reality. A while back, the actor, Nicholas Cage, put his
comic book collection of about 400 magazines up for auction. Word
was that he might have realized a value into seven figures. That
ain't chicken feed.
It is not uncommon for single additions to be worth several
hundred to several thousand dollars. Some comic books can enter
the realm of several hundred thousand dollars for one magazine.
Now the owners have to be some pretty rich economically savvy
geeks. Are these the types of small niche individuals who have
lost touch with reality or don't want to confess they like comic
books? So the next time you hear someone profess, yeah I collect
comic books, you may want to look inside yourself and say, how do
I release my hidden passion and start collecting myself?
Now that you know this, isn't it about time you start a comic
book collection for yourself? It is fairly simple, but there are
several things to take into consideration. To get started on the
right step, I am accumulating some of the best information on the
Net about comic book collecting. Come on over and satisfy your
Dave Gieber the owner of a website built around one of his
childhood passions. Learn the basic essentials to comic book
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