Rarity – As mentioned previously, the rarer a variant is, the more likely it is to be valuable. However, that’s not always the case. In ten years if someone looks at a 1 in 100 variant and thinks it’s poor artwork, they’re not paying you for that issue just because
Maybe the hardest market to determine in comic book collecting is the variant cover fad, which continues to increase all the time. The variant covers you get at your LCS are often difficult to gauge on their market value until the Monday or Tuesday before Wednesday’s new comic book release
The easiest answer is to know what to buy, the week they come out and buy them from your local comic book store at cover price. If you have multiple LCS’s within driving distance, scout them for how they price their comics. Regular covered comics should always be priced the
Comic cons and expos are very hit or miss, but you can typically find value regardless of where you attend. If you’ll be attending a con or expo that you’ve never attended before, do some scouting before committing your time to it. Check their website to see how many
Like with all investments, the objective is to buy low with potential to increase in value. What’s the best way to do that? Striking gold on Craigslist, garage sales, estate sales and storage unit auctions often make for great stories, but more times than not, you’ll walk away disappointed. Why?