Thursday, October 17, 2013

THE APPRAISAL OF A COMIC BOOK COLLECTION - WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERT FOR A PROPER VALUATION

THE APPRAISAL OF A COMIC BOOK COLLECTION - WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERT FOR A PROPER VALUATION

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Performing a proper appraisal of the value of a comic book collection may seem like an easy task, however, very specific knowledge is necessary to ensure that the actual worth of the books is correctly established. In an estate dissolution, the family and even the trustee are usually unaware of what collectibles are worth. And in a divorce proceeding, the equitable distribution of a valuable collection may not be so equitable if one spouse has little or no information other than what the adverse party is saying regarding values. In the case of classic comic books, a collection is even more difficult to appraise. Condition is a determining factor in appraising ungraded comics so knowing how to assign an approximately correct grade to each issue is of paramount importance that can affect it's price by hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Another interesting piece of the puzzle is knowing about characters, artists and their relationships to particular titles. A collection of Marvel's Daredevil comics, for instance, reveals that while issue #167 in high-grade condition is worth $18.00, issue # 168 in the same condition is worth $100.00 simply because the issue features the first appearance of a character known as Elektra. Similarly, Daredevil #158's value skyrockets by more than 50% over the previous issue simply because it heralds the first time the character was illustrated by popular artist Frank Miller. Artists such as Jack Kirby drew comic books for decades. While many of his titles are scarcely worth fifty cents, others can fetch astronomical figures - as much as $10,000. To illustrate this point, the beat-up copy of Fantastic Four #1 shown above recently sold for two-thousand dollars.

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company can appraise your comic book collection and place an appropriate value on it's contents. Feel free to call with any questions you may have regarding shipping your collection or making travel arrangements for us to come to you. If your comic book collection may be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, it pays to hire an expert to appraise it.



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