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The Guide to Safely Buying Vintage Comic Books

The Guide to Safely Buying Vintage Comic Books


As a comic book fan, you're probably keen on acquiring some of those vintage comic books that people always talk about. However, you have gone online and did a search and found literally thousands upon thousands of buyers claiming to sell much sought-after comic books. And you don't know how to choose the right seller to make your purchase. As a result, this article will provide useful tips to avoid traps when buying comics.

If you are looking to purchase a vintage comic from a person you have physically met either through contacts or at some gathering, you have to physically examine the comic they are willing to sell you carefully. Just verifying the number of pages and state of the book is not enough. It would be advisable to contract some professionals to authenticate what the seller is claiming if you are still not 100% sure. You certainly don't want people to sell you dodgy copies.

The Internet offers a great medium to buy vintage comics and the number of people selling online is dramatically increasing every year. Nevertheless, the numbers of fraud cases are also rising. A lot of these vintage comics are sold at auction so that the seller can instigate some competition and get a higher price than what they normally would. It's ok to participate in such auctions, however, be sure to investigate all the facts surrounding the comic and the seller so that you don't get to bid excessive amounts.

Unfortunately, the most common place to purchase vintage comics is also the most dangerous place. You never know the person selling the comic online nor can you accurately verify whether the comic is really in the great condition they are claiming. My advice is that you never purchase expensive vintage comics online, only cheap ones should be bought on the Web. It's much better to go tovan auction where you can physically see the book and the seller.

By simply following the above tips, you will avoid some serious headaches in your quest to buy vintage comic books.

Martin Sejas is a guest author of, a website dedicated to providing people tips and tools on vintage comic books to appreciate the true beauty of comic books.

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