10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Collect Comic Books
Is it Really Worth it?
Comic books are one of the most common collectable items. It seems that the older they get, the more people want them. If you do your research, you will find out that a few comics are worth a ton of money. So why not? Why wouldn't you want to start a collection and a small fortune of your own? If you aren't sure, here are some things you should consider before you start collecting.
Reasons Not to Collect Comics
1. Comics are Very Common
Yes, a few of them are rare and hard to find, but so many people collect them. This means that a rare collection isn't that rare because someone else probably has that same collection. So if you are looking for comic #4 in a 100 comic series, it will be much harder to find because everyone is looking for the same one and every one of them that are spotted are snatched up. You just have to be at the right place at the right time, for the right price.
2. Comics are Very Fragile
If you aren't very organized, or you are clumsy and sloppy, comic book collecting is not for you. They can be easily damaged with litte effort and damage greatly reduces the value of a comic. Remember, condition is everything! If you don't think you can keep a comic in super fine - near mint condition over a long period of time, don't start collecting.
3. Comics Can Be Expensive!
If you are starting out collecting, you might browse around and find that some comics cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. You might ask yourself, how will I ever afford to create a good collection? Truth is, most people can't. If you aren't willing to put forth the capital, don't even get started. You will end up with a lame collection that isn't worth much at all. Don't let this discourage you however.
4. Emotional Attachment
If you are interested in collecting comics as an investment and to make profit in the future, think again. Most people that develop a large collection end up growing extremely emotionally attached to their collection. Not to mention that selling one comic out of your collection would ruin the whole series and make you extremely angry. At least that is how I see it. Only start collecting comics for profit if you know you will not have emotional attachment to them in the future.
5. You Will Become a Nerd
Yes, you heard me. You will become a nerd. Try to invite a guy or girl over to your house for dinner and have to explain to them the gigantic collection of comic books you have. It doesn't really leave a good impression. If you remember the scene on the 40 Year Old Virgin where she comes over his house and he just has loads of action figures and comics all over the place. This will be you. Not really, but definitely take that under consideration if you are self conscious and what-not.
6. They Are Hard to Move
If you are in a situation where you have to move a lot, comic book collecting might not be for you. Unless you have a way of taking them with you (if you are driving) or anything like that, I wouldn't trust a moving company to move a valuable collection of mid-20th-century masterpieces. Would you? I didn't think so. I am still trying to figure out a way where I can move my stuff if I ever had to. If you have any good ideas let me know.
7. You Will Become Obsessed
Just like collecting anything, you will easily become obsessed with comic books. Every time you see one you might like at a store you will buy it. It will bankrupt you. Just like if you are addicted to cigarettes, every time you see or hear someone reference cigarettes you want one. Same thing with comics. Someone will have one that you want and you will fight them for it. I am serious! But not really. In all reality, it will consume a portion of your life and you have to be prepared for that. See, I am already writing about them!
8. No One Will Understand You
Once you become obsessed, you will begin talking about them like everyone else enjoys them too. The truth it, they probably don't care. You will annoy them and no one will truly understand you. You will either have to surround yourself with comic book fanatics or keep your obsession a deep dark secret that no one knows except you. I just picture myself in a dark basement jumping at any slight sound that might be coming from the world above. Okay, maybe not that serious but you get the point.
9. You Won't Have Your Own TV Show
Despite the comic book show you see on TV nowadays, they will not make you famous. Collecting comic books won't make you rich, nor will it make you respectable. If you truly don't love the artwork and literature that goes behind each one of the issues that were made, don't start collecting. It will anger true collectors that just see you have gold diggers stealing their potential property. Get out of the true collectors way!
10. It is Too Late
All of the good comics are already owned by die hard comic book collectors. Searching the world to find them will leave you broke, tired and disappointed. This is a total lie but it has some truth. Condition of these comics are continuously becoming worse and worse because of time and online shipping. Plain and simple. Most all old comics are in poor condition. That is why comics in good condition are worth so much. Since it has been 20-50 years since they were printed, your time is running out to preserve such treasures. Start now or forever be left behind. Or don't.
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