How Much Are My Comic Books Worth
Welcome to Howmucharemycomicbooksworth.com, a quick and simple guide to help you grade and identify your old comic books. We created this guide to help the many people who call us asking “How much are my comic books worth?”
This guide will not make you an expert, but it will help you decide if your books are worth enough to get an official appraisal by guiding you to the answers to the most likely questions that an appraiser or dealer will ask. Valuing a collection is not a simple matter. It takes time and experience. One option you have is to purchase an Overstreet Comic Book Price guide. This is considered the “Bible” of Comic book collectors. It lists every comic with prices for 6 of the major grades. See our grading guide for grade examples. The price guide also contains detailed written descriptions of all of the grades. Ted VanLiew, owner of Superworld Comics is an Overstreet Price Guide advisor.
With this quick and easy guide, we hope to give you at least a basic idea if your comic book collection is worth many thousands of dollars, millions? or is most likely destined for the recycle bin or next decoupage project.
The comic book market is primarily concentrated on more vintage comics, most of which were published in the 1930’s to mid-1970’s. The easiest way to determine if your comics fall into the “good” category is by looking at the cover price. Almost all comic books have the retail cover price at the time of publication on the cover. The valuable ones will have 10c, 12c, 15c, 20c, or 25c on the cover. Most comics that say 30c or higher on the cover are of later vintage and have limited value. As with most things, there are exceptions. There are some later comics that are “good!” Ones that feature first appearances of important characters, movie tie-ins, or art by popular artists can indeed be good.
The four large categories of comics are:
Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, and Copper to Modern Age.
1. Golden Age Comic Books or 10-cent
2. Silver Age Comic Books
3. Bronze Age Comic Books
4. Copper to Modern Age Comics (Comics from approximately 1980 to the present)