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COMIC BOOK VALUES

Grading
Price Guide and Research

When determining the value of any comic book, what needs to be performed first is the most talked about and the most mis-interpreted in the hobby and that is to grade the condition of a comic book.

This needs to be done before using any of the reference materials and research to find the current market value on any book.

Without accurately grading any book, there is no way to properly place a value even with all of the pricing information and current sales data in front of you.

You cannot accurately say that a Very Fine+ (VF+) 8.5 condition book is worth XX.XX amount, unless you know that your book is in VF+ condition.

Grading

In the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide which is the standard in the comic book collecting hobby/industry since 1970, there are detailed descriptions on the grading definitions that all collectors and sellers/dealers use to assign a grade to any comic.

It continues to evolve as more and more people come into the hobby and the standards are tweaked sometimes to meet the different demands.

You don’t need to be a professional in order to grade a comic book.  There are only two organizations that are listed as professionals since people pay to have these companies grade their books and then certify them with their official grade.

Indirectly a collector or buyer is already paying the owner of a book they are buying from to grade that book. 

Sellers don’t put a price on their books for sale without grading the book first and then using sources like the Overstreet guide and other online sources.

We all need to grade a book accurately so we can know where the issue’s price range falls under. 

Learning the grading standards that are set forth in the Overstreet guide is an absolute requirement of anyone collecting.

I observe and experience too many people claiming no knowledge of grading and yet they somehow set a price on the book(s) and attempt to market them.

Trying to compare the book they own with that of say CGC or PGX makes no sense since these organizations have their own grading methods and standards.  They do not disclose them publicly and since the books are encased we do not know what it is they see besides the covers to make their evaluation.  Even if we were to open the cases up and examine the issue we have nothing to reference from them to figure out how it is they assigned a given grade.

The only acceptable and public grading descriptions are what is contained in the Overstreet guide and all non-CGC and PGX staff members who grade books need to read and become familiar with the descriptions in order to learn how to grade.  

Grading descriptions in the Overstreet guide have been around a lot longer than when CGC came on the scene in 2000 and when PGX came on later than that.

I’ve gone ahead and extracted the descriptions right out of the guide for anyone who is visiting my site so they can review them and learn them and become an expert.

It will help you in assessing your own books or books you may be interested in purchasing and or selling in the future.

Some of the definitions may be touched up from year to year as eluded earlier to meet the demands of the many new collectors entering the hobby, but the overall summary has not changed to the point that you cannot read the below descriptions and use them.

I will suggest that you check out the latest Overstreet Guide to see the most up to date summaries.  I will try and keep my page here as current with any updated revisions.

Here are the grading descriptions:

10.0 Gem Mint (GM)
This is an exceptional example of a given book - the best ever seen.  The slightest bindery defects and/or printing flaws may be seen only upon very close inspection.  The overall look is “as if it has never handled or released for purchase”.  Only the slightest bindery or printing defects are allowed and these would be imperceptible on first viewing.  No bindery tears.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with high reflectivity.  Well-centered and firmly secured to interior pages.  Corners are cut-square and sharp.  No creases.  No dates or stamped markings allowed.  No soiling, staining or other discoloration.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples must be original, centered and clean with no rust.  No staple tears or stress lines.  Paper is white, supple and fresh.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  No interior autographs or owner signatures.  Centerfold is firmly secure.  No interior tears. 

9.9 Mint (MT)
Near perfect in every way.  Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed.  No bindery tears.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with high reflectivity.  Generally well centered and firmly secured to interior pages.  Corners are cut square and sharp.  No creases.  Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location.  No soiling, staining or other discoloration.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust.  No staple tars or stress lines.  Paper is white, supple and fresh.  No hint to acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is firmly secure.  No interior tears.

9.8 Near Mint/Mint (NM/MT)
Nearly perfect in every way with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade.  Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed.  No bindery tears.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with high reflectivity.  Generally well centered and firmly secured to interior pages.  Corners are cut square and sharp.  No creases.  Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in a unobtrusive location.  No soiling, staining or other discoloration.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust.  No staple tears or stress lines.  Paper is off-white to white, supple and fresh.  No hint or acidity in the odor of the the newsprint.  Centerfold is firmly secure.  Only the slightest tears are allowed.

9.6 Near Mint+ (NM+)
Nearly perfect with a minor additional virtue or virtues that raise it from Near Mint.  The overall look is “as if it was just purchased and read once or twice.”  Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed.  No bindery tears are allowed, although on Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/8” have been noted.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with high reflectivity.  Well centered and firmly secured to interior pages.  One corner may be almost imperceptibly blunted, but still almost sharp and cut square.  Almost imperceptible indentations are permissible, but no creases, bends, or color break.  Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in a n unobtrusive locations.  No soiling, staining or discoloration.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples must be original, generally centered, with only the slightest discoloration.  No staple tears, stress lines, or rust migration.  Paper is off-white, supple and fresh.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is firmly secure.  Only the slightest interior tears are allowed.

9.4 Near Mint (NM)
Nearly perfect with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade.  The overall look is “as if it was just purchased and read once or twice.”  Subtle bindery defects are allowed.  Bindery tears must be less than 1/16” on Silver Age and later books, although on Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/4” have been noted.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with high reflectivity.  Generally well centered and secured to interior pages.  Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted.  A 1/16” bend is permitted with no color creak.  No creases.  Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location.  No soiling, staining, or other discoloration apart from slight foxing.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples are generally centered; may have slight discoloration.  No staple tears are allowed; almost no stress lines.  No rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is cream to off-white, supple and fresh.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is secure.  Slight interior tears are allowed.

9.2 Near Mint (NM-)

Nearly perfect with only a minor additional defect or defects that keep it from Near Mint.  A limited number of minor bindery/printing defects are allowed.  Cover is flat with no surface wear.  Inks are bright with only the slightest dimming of reflectivity.  Generally well centered and secure to interior pages.  Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted.  A 1/16-1/8” bend is permitted with no color break.  No creases.  Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location.  No soiling, staining or other discoloration apart from slight foxing.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples may show some discoloration.  No staple tears are allowed; almost no stress lines.  No rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is cream to off-white, supple and fresh.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is secure.  Slight interior tears are allowed.

9.0 Very Fine/Near Mint (VF/NM)
Nearly perfect with outstanding eye appeal.  A limited number of bindery/printing defects are allowed.  Almost flat cover with almost imperceptible wear.  Inks are bright with slightly diminished reflectivity.  An 1/8” bend is allowed if color is not broken.  Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted but not creases.  Several lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable.  No obvious soiling, staining or other discoloration, except for very minor foxing.  Spine is tight and flat.  No spine roll or split allowed.  Staples may show some discoloration.  Only the slightest staple tears are allowed.  A very minor accumulation of stress lines may be present if they are nearly imperceptible.  No rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is cream to off-white and supple.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is secure.  Very minor interior tears may be present.

8.5 Very Fine+ (VF+)
Fits the criteria for Very Fine but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

8.0 Very Fine (VF)
An excellent copy with outstanding eye appeal.  Sharp, bright and clean with supple pages.  A comic book in this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.  A limited accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed.  Cover is relatively flat with minimal surface wear beginning to show, possibly including some minute wear at corners.  Inks are generally bright with moderate to high reflectivity.  A 1/4” crease is acceptable if color is not broken.  Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present.  No obvious soiling, staining or other discoloration, except for minor foxing.  Spine is almost completely flat with no roll.  Possible minor color break allowed.  Staples may show some discoloration.  Very slight staple tears and a few almost insignificant stress lines may be present.  No rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is tan to cream and supple.  Centerfold is mostly secure.  Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

7.5 Very Fine- (VF-)
Fits the criteria for Very Fine but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

7.0 Fine/Very Fine (FN/VF)
An above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with outstanding eye appeal.  A small accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed.  Minor cover wear beginning to show with interior yellowing or tanning allowed, possibly including minor creases.  Corners may be blunted or abraded.  Inks are generally bright with a moderate reduction in reflectivity.  Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present.  No obvious soiling, staining or other discoloration, except for minor foxing.  The slightest spine roll may be present, as well as a possible moderate color break.  Staples may show some discoloration.  Slight staple tears and a small accumulation of light stress lines may be present.  Slight rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is tan to cream, but not brown.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Centerfold is mostly secure.  Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

6.5 Fine+ (FN+)
Fits the criteria for Fine but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

6.0 Fine
An above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no significant creasing or other serious defects.  Eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of slight surface wear and the accumulation of small defects, especially on the spine and edges.  A FINE condition comic book appears to have been read a few times and has been handled with moderate care.  Some accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed.  Minor cover wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases.  Inks show a significant reduction in reflectivity.  Blunted corners are more common, as is minor staining, soiling, discoloration, and/or foxing.  Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present.  A minor spine roll is allowed.  There can also be a 1/4” spine split or severe color break.  Staples may show minor discoloration.  Minor staple tears and an accumulation of stress lines may be present, as well as minor rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and there has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is brown to tan and fairly supple with no signs of brittleness.  No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint.  Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.  Centerfold may be loose, but not detached.

5.5 Fine- (FN-)
Fits the criteria for Fine, but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount. 

5.0 Very Good/Fine (VG/FN)
An above-average but well-used comic book.  A comic in this grade shows some moderate wear; eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of the accumulation of defects.  Still a desirable copy that has been handled with some care.  An accumulation of bindery/printing defects is allowed.  Minor to moderate cover wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases and/or dimples.  Inks have moderate to low reflectivity.  Blunted corners are increasingly common, as is minor to moderate staining, discoloration, and/or foxing.   Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present.  A minor to moderate spine roll is allowed.  A spine split of up to 1/2” may be present.  Staples may show minor discoloration.  A slight a accumulation of minor staple tears and an accumulation of minor stress lines may also be present, as well as minor rust migration.  In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect.  Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint.  Mint books must have original staples.  Paper is brown to tan with no signs of brittleness.  May have the faintest trace of an acidic odor.  Centerfold may be loose, but not detached.  Minor interior tears may also be present.

4.5 Very Good+ (VG+)
Fits the criteria for Very Good but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

4.0 Very Good (VG)
The average used comic book.  A comic in this grade shows some significant moderate wear, but still has not accumulated enough total defects to reduce eye appeal to the point that it is not a desirable copy.  Cover shows moderate to significant wear, and may be loose but not completely detached.  Moderate to extreme reduction in reflectivity.  Can have an accumulation of creases or dimples.  Corners may be blunted or abraded.  Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials, etc. have no effect on this grade.  Some discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor soiling is allowed.  As much as a 1/4” triangle can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8” square is also acceptable.  Only minor unobtrusive tape and other amateur repair allowed on otherwise high grade copies.  Moderate spine roll may be present and/or a 1” spine split.  Staples may be discolored.  Minor to moderate staple tears and stress less may be present, as well as some rust migration.  Paper is brown but not brittle.  A minor acidic odor can be detectable.  Minor to moderate interior tears may be present.  Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple.

3.5 Very Good- (VG-)
Fits the criteria for Very Good but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount. 

3.0 Good/Very Good (GD/VG)
A used comic book showing some substantial wear.  Cover shows significant wear, and may be loose or even detached at one staple.  Cover reflectivity is very low.  Can have a book-length crease and/or dimples.  Corners may be blunted or even rounded.  Discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor to moderate soiling is allowed.  A triangle from 1/4” to 1/2” can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8” to 1/4” square is also acceptable.  Tape and other amateur repair may be present.  Moderate spine roll likely.  May have a spine split or anywhere 1” to 1-1/2”.  Staples may be rusted or replaced.  Minor to moderate staple tears and moderate stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migration.  Paper is brown but not brittle.  Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple.  Minor to moderate interior tears may be present.

2.5 Good+ (GD+)
Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

2.0 Good (GD)
Shows substantial wear; often considered a “reading copy.”  Cover shows significant wear and may even be detached.  Cover reflectivity is low and in some cases completely absent.  Book-length creases and dimples may be present.  Rounded corners are more common.  Moderate soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing may be present.  The largest piece allowed missing from the front or back cover is usually 1/2” triangle or a 1/4” square, although some Silver Age books such as 1960s Marvels have had the price corner box clipped from the top left front cover and may be considered Good if they would otherwise have graded higher.  Tape and other forms of amateur repair are common in Silver Age and older books.  Spine roll is likely.  May have up to a 2” spine split.  Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing.  Moderate staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration.  Paper is brown but not brittle.  Centerfold may be loose or detached.  Moderate interior tears may be present.

1.8 Good- (GD-)
Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount. 

1.5 Fair/Good (FR/GD)
A comic showing substantial to heavy wear.  A copy in this grade still has all pages and covers, although there may be pieces missing.  Books in this grade are commonly creased, scuffed, abraded, soiled, and possibly unattractive, but still generally readable.  Cover shows considerable wear and may be detached.  Nearly no reflectivity to no reflectivity remaining.  Store stamp, name stamp, arrival date and initials are permitted.  Book-length creases, tears and folds may be present.  Rounded corners are increasingly common.  Soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing is generally present.  Up to 1/10 of the back cover may be missing.  Tape and other forms of amateur repair are increasingly common in Silver Age and older books.  Spine roll is common.  May have a spine split between 2” and 2/3 the length of the book.  Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing.  Staple tears and stress lines are common, as well as rust migration.  Paper is brown and may show brittleness around the edges.  Acidic odor may be present.  Centerfold may be loose or detached.  Interior tears are common.

1.0 Fair (FR)
A copy in this grade shows heavy wear.  Some collectors consider this the lowest collectible grade because comic books in lesser condition are usually incomplete and/or brittle.  Cover in this grade are usually soiled, faded, ragged and possibly unattractive.  This is the last grade in which a comic remains generally readable.  Cover may be detached, and inks have lost all reflectivity.  Creases, tears and/or folds are prevalent.  Corners are commonly rounded or absent.  Soiling and staining is present.  Books in this conditional generally have all pages and most of the covers, although there may be up to 1/4 of the front cover missing or no back cover, but not both.  Tape and other forms of amateur repair are more common.  Spine roll is more common; spine split can extend up to 2/3 the length of the book.  Staples may be missing or show rust and discoloration.  An accumulation of staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration.  Paper is brown and may show brittleness around the edges but not in the central portion of the pages.  Acidic odor may be present.  Accumulation of interior tears.  Chunks may be missing.  The centerfold may be missing if readability is generally preserved (although there may be difficulty).  Coupons may be cut.

0.5 Poor (PR)
Most comic books in this grade have been sufficiently degraded to the point where there is little or no collector value; they are easily identified by a complete absence of eye appeal.  Comics in this grade are brittle almost to the point of turning to dust with a touch, and are usually incomplete.  Extreme cover fading may render the cover almost indiscernible.  May have extremely severe stains, mildew or heavy cover abrasion to the point   that some cover inks are indistinct/absent.  Covers may be detached with large chunks missing.  Can have extremely ragged edges and extensive creasing.  Corners are rounded or virtually absent.  Covers may have been defaced with paints, varnishes, glues, oil, indelible markers or dyes, and may have suffered heavy water damage.  Can also have extensive amateur repairs such as laminated covers.  Extreme spine roll present; can have extremely ragged spines or a complete, book-length split.  Staples can be missing or show extreme rust and discoloration.  Extensive staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as extreme rust migration.  Paper exhibits moderate to severe brittleness (where the comic book literally falls apart when examined).  Extreme acidic odor may be present.  Extensive interior tears.  Multiple pages, including the centerfold, may be missing that affect readability.  Coupons may be cut.

Price Guide and Research

Now that you’ve spent time reviewing the grading descriptions and feel comfortable with how to grade books, you can start examining the price guide and other sources to learn what the true value of your comic books are or ones that you are interested in.

As noted before the standard price guide in comic book collecting is the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide which was first published in 1970 and has continued every year since.

They are a great collector's items and each and every volume are highly sought-after especially with the alternate covers that have been published in the last several years offering buyers a couple of versions each year.  They are available in hardcover format and collectors love to purchase both the soft-cover and hardcover versions.

There have been other writers/publishers who have come out with their own price guide, but there are really no serious collectors or sellers/dealers who do not use the Overstreet guide. 

This is not the say that other publishers price guides aren't worth looking at and using, but the Overstreet guides are typically the ones most collectors use.

If you’re new to collecting comic books, then you need to pick this book up as your first addition to your collection and every year after.  If you’re an experienced collector, you know how valuable this book is.

The guide can be found at your local comic book store or national book store and on the internet. 

Since the guide is published once a year, it does not necessarily reflect the current market on most books.

You are seeing sales data averaged out that has been collected from many, many reputable sellers/dealers and some collectors throughout the year.  The guide staff takes that all of the data from those sources and creates a moving average and documents those prices in the guide.

By the time the guide is published, it is probably 9-10 months behind what is truly happening in the marketplace especially on the more significant books.

Using the guide as a reference tool however will help you see the most complete listing up to the printing date of almost every comic book issue published with notations on key issues (1st appearances of key characters, origin issues, historical issues, significant artists’ issues, etc.). 

This information will help you know which issue is which and what to look for when searching for books to add to your collection

The guide’s highest grade covered is the Near Mint- (NM-) 9.2 condition.  This is because after years and years of collected data, the guide staff found this to be the highest grade that it could effectively keep track of for the rolling averages.  The higher grades tended to be harder to quantify since prices varied so much for books in 9.4, 9.6 and higher.

This is even truer for CGC graded books although up to 9.2 is still factored into their prices you see in the guide.

Most sellers/dealers locally will normally price their books at guide prices.  Unless the issue has some high significance or perceived scarcity to that seller/dealer and higher conditions than Near Mint- will then be marked up by a certain percentage to what they believe their buying market will pay.

Some sellers/dealers online will mark up from the guide on all issues they sell based on what they believe their buying market will pay. 

It won’t be consistent across the board so don’t be frustrated if you find one seller asking one price on a book and another seller asking a different price on the same conditioned book.

If you have an account with Ebay, you can look up any issue that has sold or not sold within the last 15 days.  You will see the prices asked for and the final price.  This is very valuable information to compare both the guide and on a national scale prices sold there to see where current prices are.

Sometimes Ebay can be a little erratic, but almost all of the major sellers/dealers sell on Ebay in addition to their normal venues so this is really a great source to use for information gathering and comparison.

You will see if an issue does not sell at a given price as well.  This could be for various reasons.  Not everyone is online and able to buy at all times so listings of issues get missed, but it could be a sign that people aren’t interested in the book and or its prices.  The book could be significantly below the price guide and be passed up.

If you’re into key books, then doing comparisons as noted above will help you see how much a book has progressed from the guide to its current market price.  This will help you know where exactly the market is on these books.

Key issues like Action Comics #1 (1st Superman from 1938) or Amazing Fantasy #15 (1st Spider-Man from 1962) are ones that will always be treated differently than what is listed in the guide. 

They don’t come around too often and when they do, the prices can be significant.

There is a service that you will need to subscribe to if you’re really serious about collecting older and more expensive books.  GPA Analysis tracks recorded sales of CGC books from multiple online sources such as Ebay, Heritage Auctions, Pedigree Comics among others.  Their service will list out actual sale prices in all grades of these books. 

Almost all of the recorded sales are different than what is found in the Overstreet Price Guide because these are current sales which is not 9-10 months old and certified books from CGC will almost always come with a premium.  This is due to the costs involved in having the book submitted to them for grading and the added integrity and assurance that a lot of collectors and sellers/dealers get from professionally graded books.

Using Ebay and GPA together with the guide can really help you see where things are at with the more important and expensive issues.

There are other online auction-like companies such as ComicLink where you can do further additional research.  They primarily cater to CGC books and their information is not extracted by GPA

If you’re into books that aren’t key issues or expensive issues, then use the guide as your primary tool.  I will say that there will be issues from say the late 1960s through the early mid-1980s that due to obscurity do not come up for sale very often.  These will require the research on Ebay to get a feel on the current market value.  There are simply too many examples of books from this era that due to lack of sales the guide cannot rise in price to reflect what they are truly worth to most collectors.

A $3 DC or Marvel comic from that period like Superboy or Captain Marvel has to be worth more than the price of a new comic. 

In summary by using some of the guidance I’ve provided here on this page, you will be able to properly assess the value of any book.  It will take some effort on your part, but it will be worth it.

Happy Collecting!!!

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DAREDEVIL Comics - 1964 series for sale
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DETECTIVE COMICS - 1937 series for sale
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DOCTOR STRANGE Comics - 1968 series for sale
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DOCTOR STRANGE Comics - 1974 series for sale
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DOCTOR STRANGE Comics - 1988 series for sale
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FANTASTIC FOUR Comics - 1961 series 
for sale

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FLASH Comics - 1959 series for sale
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GREEN ARROW Comics - 1987 series for sale
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GREEN LANTERN Comics - 1960 series
for sale

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INCREDIBLE HULK Comics - 1962 series
for sale

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IRON MAN Comics -
1968 series for sale
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LEGION of SUPER-HEROES Comics -
1980 series for sale

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NICK FURY Comics - 1968 series for sale
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NICK FURY Comics - 1989 series for sale
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SUPERBOY Comics -
1949 series for sale

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SUPERMAN Comics - 1939 series for sale
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THOR Comics -
1962 series for sale

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UNCANNY X-MEN Comics - 1963 series
for sale

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WONDER WOMAN Comics - 1942 series
for sale

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Hulk Marvel Maquette

Amazing Spider-Man 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
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Avengers 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
AVENGERS #1
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Hulk 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
HULK #1
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X-Men 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
X-MEN #1
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Action Comics 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
ACTION COMICS #1
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Showcase 4 - for sale - mycomicshop
SHOWCASE #4
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Amazing Fantasy 15 - for sale - mycomicshop
AMAZING FANTASY #15
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Fantastic Four 1 - for sale - mycomicshop
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
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