Finding Gold in Comics
SPARKS, Nevada (KOLO) – Comics. For many of us, they were an important part of our childhood, entertainment long before video games, or even, you might say, our introduction to literature.
For some, the fascination remains and, despite our parents’ doubts, it can turn out to be a profitable hobby.
Most of the time, at Omega Frog Comics at Legends in Sparks, you’ll find customers browsing the bins looking for the new, but also the obscure and rare. They are, says owner TJ Pitts, a surprisingly diverse lot: “We have customers in the 70s and 80s, customers under ten, families, singles, college students, a bit of everyone. ”
A surprising number, almost half, he says, are girls and no, they’re not all nerds though…” I suspect there might be more nerds out there than most people realize. I think the Marvel movies that have come out in the last few years have made people feel a little more comfortable enjoying what they love. Whereas people may have made fun years ago of someone reading comics. No one laughs at following the Hulk or Iron Man these days.
There are also the collectors, the occasional and the more serious.
Yes, those comics you read in your youth, that copy of Spiderman. the one your mom probably threw away could be collectible, even valuable.
The price depends on several factors.
He points out that copies dating from World War II are among the few surviving wartime paper readers. They are rare and highly sought after.
Value may also depend on the subject, its place in a superhero’s life story, the artwork, and most importantly, the condition. This is when you start to forgive your mother for not asking you first. If you had kept it, Pitts says it’s unlikely it would be a virgin. “The comics I read as a kid in the 70s, none of them would have been worth anything. I read them to death.
A few months ago, someone walked into his shop with a collection that had sat untouched in a garage since the ’60s. For someone like Pitts, it was a bit like finding a Van Gogh in the attic. “It’s exciting to see things you never get to see and, in this particular case, the comics that this client turned out to be very exciting.”
He ended up buying what is now known in the comic book collecting world as the Truckee Meadows Collection and sent some to the premier collectibles auction house, Heritage Auctions in Dallas. An early copy of Fantastic Four number one sent bidding to new levels.
“This copy sold on April 7 for $1.5 million.
“It might make some moms think about what they might have thrown away,” I observed.
“It certainly could,” he said, adding “If it weren’t for mothers who throw things away, nothing would be worth anything. If we all still had our stuff, there would be a lot of it” there- low”.)
With that in mind, I pulled out my little collection for TJ to look at. These are Spidermans from the 60s, not from my youth (I’m sure my mother threw them away a long time ago), but Christmas presents from my niece years later. Turns out she has one eye.
He takes a copy from the stack, then grabs an identical one. “Here’s a copy on my wall with a $1,000 prize.”
Not enough to retire, but better than my 401k did and, perhaps your final foray into cryptocurrency.
I have to remember to do something nice for my niece.
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