I found this price guide: http://www.comicspriceguide.com/
I'm not sure how accurate it is, but I grabbed about 30 comics off the top of one of the boxes, priced them and they came to over $700 !!
I think I have a little gold mine?
They are 90% bagged and carefully read once, so they are in pristine condition except for a small few.
I live in a rural area in Australia so there are no comic dealers here.
My local Newsagents used to get them in for me when I was younger.
So selling them will be over the net methinks.
I might try e-bay or something.
Thanks again for your help
Living in Australia you're situation might be a little diff. than us here in the states , but generally expect this , figure the value of your comics based on their condition, & every seperate comic price-guide has it's own 'slight' variations on pricing/grading . The industry accepted standard is the overstreet price-guides . Compare the condition of your comics to the descriptions of the grading in the price-guide , then realise that you love those books & want them to be better than they probably are , so assume they're actually one grade below your first 'grading' of them , because that is exactly what any comic dealer/collector is going to do, sad but true . Then realise that you will generally only get from comic dealers 30 to 50% of what they're worth in the price-guides ,so they can make their juice on the profits .
When you say to them in disbelief "You gotta be nuts , the guide says they're worth $500 in this shape/condition !" -Then the dealer is going to tell ya "Well then call up Mr. Overstreet & see if he's gonna pay you that much." again sad but true . Your best choice 'is' to sell them on ebay or somewhere online & then you have a much larger potential buncha customers , & the collectors can cut out the middle-man & his profiteering & you might get from 50 to 90% of the guides if what you have is popular , rare or desirably collectible more than usual . Don't get too haughty about your 'gold-mine' tho , you are gonna be disappointed in some way shape or form .
If you're a big Conan fan , do yourself a favor & 'wait' as long as you can before selling your collection , especially if they 'are' indeed your treasure . I was in a sim. situation a few years back of needing some cash & I ended up selling my entire collection of Conan comics which WAS exactly that , the ENTIRE Conan comic collection !
Conan the Barb. comic #1 to # 180 , the issue I stopped collecting comics at years ago .
EVERY 'King-Size' & Giant-Size" annual there were.
Every 1-shot like all the "What if Conan lived Today" & etc..
Every issue of "King-Conan"/Conan the King"
Every issue of "Savage-Sword from #1 to like 120 or so (again ,when I stopped collecting)
Every issue of the first mag "Savage-Tales"
every issue & appearance of KA-Zar in every comic/mag.
Every issue of the mag Kull & the Barbarians(3)
every issue of the Kull comic series to the last
every issue of red Sonja to the last published issue(BOTH original marvel series)
Both of the lesser known "first-run" test-stories for Conan & Kull in "Chamber of Darkness" & in "Creatures on the loose"
The ultra rare "Marvel Index" magazine/softcover book (?) with every instance of Conan in Marvel comics listed & detailed(also Kull/Sonja/etc.)
An actual marvel comics record album of a Conan story.
Every issue of the oversized "Marvel Treasury" giant sized comics
Everything with every single Robert E. Howard character ever printed by Marvel up till the time I stopped collecting
Every issue of the mag. "Epic" illustrated with the best art by Frazetta/Corben/Conrad/Suydam etc. & a some Howard stuff like "Almuric"
I even sold my 3 Marvel Bronze-medallions of the Hulk, SPiderman & Conan
A lot more stuff I can't even think of offhand .
It took me a LOT of years & a LOT of money & a LOT of travelling around to get that collection & that was in the days before the internet !
Everything in that collection was in Very-Fine to mint , mostly mint because as a kid I bought 2 copies of everything I mentioned above , one for reading & then maybe later selling, trading of for other 'mint' or 'unread' stuff & one copy NEVER opened & straight into the plastic bags in mint . The covers & first page would still be 'stuck' together as we called it , from the hot-ink at the time of printing which would have a crisp peeling sound as you opened the first page , god I'm getting nostalgic here ! I would on a regular basis sell/trade-up comics for ones in better condition until the whole collection was 'tweaked-up' to V.Fine-N.Mint-Mint.
I shovelled a lot of snow from driveways, worked a lot of lawns , had 2 newspaper deliv. routes & anything else I could do to get money as a kid to spend on my collection .
I also had every single issue in fine-to-mint of the Warren magazines "Creepy" & "Eerie" & "1984" first to last issue all,
& A 'lot' of the "Vampirellas" & 'Most" of the "Famous Monsters all the way back to the fifties .
Also forgot to mention I had Warrens limited run "COMIX" international, which reprinted a lot of the best of warren & had a few 'new' stories , all in color . one issue of which was a limited ed. super-rarity that had an extra Rich Corben story not available regularly.
I also had about a hundred of the original pulp "Weird-Tales" magazines including most of the Howard stuff . I truly WAS a Conan fan-geek hahaha .
That was as you said above a "gold-mine" or "a treasure".
It hurts too much to even think about how much I got for that stuff compared to all I spent on it to first obtain it as a broke young kid . I sold most of it to a local dealer . & most of it below 60% of what they 'graded' at in the price-guides . I wish I had at least waited to post them for sale online instead , & I really pimped myself . The amount I made total didn't really help that financial situation very much at all & I miss my treasure almost to the point of tears today ! It gives me a sick feeling knot in my stomach to think of all that artwork I had right there to dig out at any time I wanted right at my fingertips .
-Do yourself a favor & don't sell if it isn't really imperative to your money situation , be your own best-friend & realise no matter what you actually get for your comics is going to be not even a fraction of what they're worth to YOU . One day you're gonna get nostalgic & 'need' to pull out those old comics & visit your child-hood again , trust me on that .
Edited by PAINBRUSH, 13 August 2005 - 07:29 PM.