barometry: ([clamp] angry doumeki)
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Say, hypothetically, that this morning you discovered your old comics collection in a trunk in your parents' basement, not donated to a church yard sale like you'd thought. What do you do with it?

To be clear, this is not the world's most exciting collection of comics. It's a fairly random selection from the late 90s, including a random selection of Catwoman, a nearly complete run of Generation X through issue 50, brief runs of X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, and some other random stuff (including miscellaneous X-Files comics, of all things).

After spending way too much time with comics price lists, it appears (somewhat to my surprise) that my most valuable comics are Spider-Girl #1, some early issues of Ultimate X-Men, and (by considerable margin, to my enormous surprise) the first two issues of Sailor Moon released in NA by Mixx.

In a perfect world, a world with unlimited storage and archival space, I'd probably keep all this somewhere. But this is not that world: I know my mother would prefer not to keep these, and I'm pretty sure that the annoyance of shipping them to my apartment and then finding a place to put them outweighs whatever joy I'd get from leafing through a couple twice a year. After all, they've been in storage for the last 8 years (at least) without my particularly noticing.

At the same time, though, I don't want any of these to just end up in a recycling bin. But it's possible that that's all some of these comics are good for. Thus, I seek advice.

So any ideas? How can I give these away to people who would want them, or figure out which ones are actually worth selling? Do local comic shops buy back-issues at all? Do any of you want them, perhaps?

This is all very confusing.

Date: 2013-06-07 12:52 am (UTC)
likeadeuce: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
I don't have any tips on selling, but I know there are several organizations that collect donated comics to send to US military personnel overseas, if that's of interest to you. Schools might be looking for donations, too, either for libraries or to use in classrooms.

Date: 2013-06-07 12:56 am (UTC)
likeadeuce: (allison)
From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
PS, if its the Brubaker run of Catwoman, I'll buy it off you :)

Date: 2013-06-07 04:57 pm (UTC)
likeadeuce: Michelle Dockery in a tiger hat (downton)
From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
Ahh, oops, I thought you were in Boston for some reason /o/ But yeah, if you just have a few days, it's probably not worth more than finding out if an LCS wants any of the runs, and otherwise donating them to a thrift store/school/library, or just trashing.

Oh, purple catsuit Selina, we hardly knew thee.

Date: 2013-06-07 02:47 am (UTC)
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] fairestcat
I know some comics stores still buy back-issues, they may be able to tell you over the phone if the particular stuff you have is of any interest to them.

I'd be potentially interested in taking the Gen X off your hands though, and possibly some of the other Marvel stuff...

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