3295Sobering article in Business Week
- Oct 31, 2013Your old comics are probably worthless, according to the article.
But here's the thing: Richie and earlier comics are apt to be more valuable. Comics were a mass-market thing until the early 80s. Comics were everywhere: grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores, gas stations, in 3 and 6-packs on racks, etc. They cost 35 cents in the late 70s. Then the prices went up not only due to inflation but also comics being transformed from a mass-market into a specialty item mostly available in collector's shops for $2.99 or something outrageous. As a result, very few of the mass-market era comics survived; whereas nearly all of the specialty-era comics not only survived but went unread straight into poly bags. So the Richie comics that are left are indeed rarities.
Even so, Overstreet pricing is pure nonsense. I always use the example of Zillions #1, which is more plentiful and less in demand than Zillions #2, but contains an ignorant Overstreet price. And why should Zillions #1 be any rarer than the other Richie comics issued the same day.
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