Request to Our GoCollect Readers: Tell Us What You Want

by Joseph Overaitis

Gocollect-wants-you-300x157 Request to Our GoCollect Readers: Tell Us What You WantI have been writing for GoCollect for a few months.  I  write about different topics to keep things interesting.  Now I want to do something completely different.  I want to know about you, the GoCollect Readers.  This information is an important factor in determining what we will produce for you to read.

Hot Key Comics That May Never Interest the Reader

The hardest part of my job is to determine the subject matter of the articles.  I want to know more about what category of books interests the readers. Many articles on GoCollect focus on more modern books because readers seem to respond to the posts.  Do readers want us to write about how to use the GoCollect data to determine trends in Golden Age books that might not be apparent to the common eye?  How many readers want an article on horror comics that are hot on the market but receive very little attention in the Top 100 hot book category?

Why Is This Important?captain-america-needs-you-e1612218869136-184x300 Request to Our GoCollect Readers: Tell Us What You Want

I want you, the reader, to put in the comment section what type of books interest you as a hobbyist.  I have read so many articles on comic book websites that focus on either what the author is interested in or re-doing articles on hot books that were reported by other websites.  GoCollect blogs are not about what the authors want to write about, but rather what you want to read. Tell me what you collect or invest in so I can write about your interests.

Be Ye a Collector, Investor, or Speculator

Authors write articles directed to the readers. Comic book hobbyists have many similarities, but they also have just as many differences. An article that may be geared to one reader with a great book may not be a good recommendation for another.  As an author, I need to know the target audience of GoCollect.  I believe that there are three basic categories of hobbyists.  I would appreciate the readers telling me what category you would mainly attach yourself.  There may be some crossover, but if you had to pick one how would you describe yourself?

  1. Collector: A person who collects comics for the joy of the hobby.  Books are not purchased for resale.  The focus of the collection can vary from reader to reader but the main focus can be characters, artists, titles, first appearances, signature books, or whatever.  It is the acquisition of books that is your main focus.
  2. Investor:  A person who purchases books with the intent to sell the books for profit.  The only reason a book is purchased is because of the intent to buy low and sell high.  You want a diversified assortment of books to minimize risk and you plan to maintain this investment for the long term.
  3. Speculator. A person who purchases books to make a profit.  This person differs from an investor in that they want to buy really low on risky books and make a very large profit. Time is of the essence.  You want to hear rumors and news as soon as possible so you can get in on the ground floor before others have a chance to get your targets.

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Knowing why you are reading these articles will let me tailor them for your needs. Why write about variant comics to add to your speculation selections if many of our readers are investors and not interested in “day trading” speculation?

GoCollect Tips and Other Secrets

“I do not use GoCollect price guide because I do not collect slabbed comics.”  “Golden Age comic books are unique, so the data from GoCollect would not help me.”  “I  did not know that book was the first appearance of the character.”  These are all comments I have received from readers.  My response to each one was insight in the comment sections or by private message on what they were missing.

GoCollect is a tool.  I can use a hammer to drive in a nail or to crack open my nuts.  Different authors have different ways they use the data to gain an advantage. For example, the way I use the GoCollect data for Bronze Age Books is vastly different than the way I use it for Golden Age books. This may differ from other authors.  An article like this would be ill-suited for readers if there are no Golden Age hobbyists who want to read a Comics 101-type of article.  Do readers want more “how-to” or insight articles?

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This site is your site.  The readers come to this site to receive useful information on the comic book marketplace.  If you went to a restaurant you would tell the waiter what you want and the food would be prepared to your liking.  This is now your chance to tell not only me but the other authors what you want to read.  I want to know about you so I can be a better writer.  As I have stated in past articles, someone shared insights with me and I want to do the same with you.  To help me write articles you want to read I need to know:

  • What category of books interests the readers?
  • Do you want to know hot books that may be of interest?
  • Are you an investor, speculator, or collector?
  • Do you want more articles on how to better use GoCollect or insight into my recommendations?

In Conclusion

The more I know about you, the better I can provide you with insight to try to give you an advantage in navigating the comic book marketplace. Now is your chance.  Take the time to fill out the requested information in the comment section so I can better target articles for you. Help us so we can help you. Thanks, GoCollect Readers!

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70 comments

Alain Le February 21, 2021 - 9:36 am

In the price guide, I want to see the price paid of the book in the history section without having to click on the comiclink link. You guys list the prices for Heritage and Comicconnect. Is there not a way for you guys to import that data without having to open up another window and then logon to CL?

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Kevin February 21, 2021 - 7:21 pm

I would like the Copper Age to be separated from the Modern Age & have it’s own section if possible. Cheers!

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 9:49 pm

Kevin

I think that is the hardest part because people still argue if there is a difference between the copper and modern age. At an auction of experienced comic book men they still had a hard time agreeing on it. Who knows. GoCollect may do it and become the new overstreet defining ages. Thanx though for your comments. Keep them coming

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Kevin February 23, 2021 - 9:31 pm

Thanks for the reply good sir! Imho, I just feel it would open up space for more emphasis on Copper Age books ( the next age of comics that will blow up ) & make it easier for new collectors to navigate that 80s era considering the Modern Age has been going on for almost the past 40 years lol! Cheers!

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Dustin February 21, 2021 - 9:53 am

I would love to have more options on the value report in my list. Such as, how a particular book has increased or decreased in value over the last three months, six months, nine months, or 12 months.

Would also be great if you could incorporate other graders beyond CGC in your estimated values

Thanks

Dustin

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 12:06 pm

Dustin

I can tell you the people who do the price guide section read these blogs. I guess they maybe now know what other functions you may require.

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Aaron's Poetry Page February 21, 2021 - 10:42 am

I am honestly a mix of collector, investor, and speculator. So I do like articles discussing all of these topics. Though I would like to see some more focus on Silver, and Bronze age comics. Horror and War comics are something that don’t get much attention, Golden age material from these topics would be interesting too. Also how to use the site efficiently for getting price trends would be extremely helpful, especially as you said in the article you would examine the data differently for a Golden age comic vs another age, as well for whatever use the site can be made of.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 12:04 pm

Aaron

I will then write on that topic concerning Golden Age. I actually had a person say he could not understand why we even covered GA and I said that tool is the most important for GA collectors LOL.

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rcheng February 21, 2021 - 10:43 am

I am a investor Taxes and credit card fees and listing fees and all fees in selling are what i am concern about.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 12:03 pm

RCheng

I am not sure we have a tax expert here but fees are something as an attorney I review all the time. May i ask what fees specifically so we can maybe get something for you. eBay? Slabbing? LCS selling fees?

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algonwolf February 21, 2021 - 10:51 am

I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is, how long should I spend composing this? Will this information be used to direct one bloggers content, or is this going to be used by GoCollect to assist in directing all their bloggers content? Is this helping you, Joseph Overaitis, all bloggers? I guess, I will go all in on the hope that it is the latter: 1) About me. I am a collector. I have 20,000 books. I am currently filling in gaps in my main titles (big Marvel titles and the 4 big DC ones), and trying to obtain the keys that I don’t yet have. I have little to no interest in modern books. Over the next couple of years I plan to downsize my collection to what truly interests me and slowly slab my higher end books. My kids could not care less about my books and the slabbing is done because when I am gone, I don’t want them selling stuff for pennies on the dollar and slabbing the collection and sending if off to Heritage will allow them to fully maximize what they can out of the collection. 2)What I am interested in is, Silver, Bronze, Copper age Marvels and DCs (Bats and Supes…Golden Age are nice here too)…Ok, you asked, Do I want to know about “hot” books of interest? This is where I see a fundamental flaw in almost every blog post, YouTube video on the subject of comics. No one is paying attention to the collector. It is all Top 10 hottest…These books are on fire…Buy this now…Don’t miss out…As Regie so often points out Don’t Buy Red Ocean…but Red Ocean is all that is reported on (I know that he didn’t coin the phrase but I don’t know who did or I would give credit). I also know that there is SOME blue ocean reporting but even that is solely limited to what are the “coldest” books on ebay…these books have dropped 891 places etc. As a COLLECTOR I don’t care how “hot” or “cold” a book is. I don’t care how often it is traded on ebay (or other platforms) what I care about is the COLDEST FMV (so I know what to buy) or the HOTTEST FMV (so I know what to stay away from). Knowing that a Silver book has dropped 30% over the last 2 years is a boon to me, because, if I don’t have that book, it indicates a good time to buy it as I don’t care if it goes back up. The goal for collectors is to minimize our cash outlay, not to maximize our profits. Blogs on the biggest losers in the FMV category is far more helpful then what is “hot” because I am not going to buy that. Further to this, I could not care less about Variants. IMO, all Variants are are the the “enhanced” covers of the 90s. I don’t care about Newsstand, I don’t care about Canadian Price Variants…I care about the books…the stories…the art. Someone was doing blogs on villains that “almost” made it…I though that series was a lot of fun and interesting as it focused on villains that no one cared about…it was fun. Looking at character arcs, lesser known stories and things that are “hidden” or “forgotten” is always interesting. I guess I will end this off with, “how about blogs that interest collectors and contain information for them.” Almost everything is focused on speculations / investing (which I think is a collector trying to justify it to his wife). Price drops interest me…most/leas sold does NOT…blogs on stories, art (Liefeld feet controversy still makes me chuckle), characters interest me…charting keys that have dropped in FMV interests me. I think that is enough for now.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 12:02 pm

Algonwolf

I asked the question and I loved the answer but we also have editors we work with. What you just posted will help them as well. Sometimes I think we gear our articles to the investor. I love that blue sea as well so thank you for letting us know there are people like you out. That is the reason I ask for comments. I never know what you guys are thinking. Now I know more and so do the other bloggers.

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Matt February 21, 2021 - 10:52 am

Thank you, Joseph, for reaching out. To answer your four questions:

1. For me I enjoy lists. May it be a hot list, a top five list, a villains list, most lists help me prioritize what is important in regards to whatever is the focus of the list. More specifically, I collect modern, copper, and bronze age books all focusing on first appearances.
2. Yes.
3. I am a collector and investor, I don’t see myself as a flipper, although I enjoy speculative articles as they are also helpful to investors. I focus on purchasing FOC raw books via online shops, and slabbed books via eBay and fb groups.
4. More articles about how to use GoCollect won’t be helpful to me, but perhaps to others.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 11:57 am

Matt

Thank you for your input. We will see that we can do more lists for categories. I know this helps us sometimes when we write on a topic and then repeat it. Lists are very important. Matt I think i will do something bronze age for you. I love that era as not to expensive yet but has a lot of books with potential.

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Wagz February 21, 2021 - 10:58 am

I probably fall into all three categories as I not only purchase books for reading, but also sell them as I pursue funds to complete my Uncanny X-Men / X-Men run. One of the things I would love to read more about as I’m now chasing down 1-90 to finish the collection, is something with regard to comic conditions where it relates to prices for books that are now almost 60 years old. Heading into this dark and confusing territory, it’s hard to know if an expensive book that has minor to major flaws is simply offset by its age and therefore still valuable. I’ve been collecting for 30 years, but I’ve never really put effort into completing a collection that’s older than I am.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 11:54 am

Wagz

That is a prefect topic. I have seen other bloggers write about that topic on certain modern books but I know that is an important topic. I am there myself with those books. We will see what we can do

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Jim Lowers February 21, 2021 - 11:26 am

Golden & Silver Age Info is the best for me ( am a collector) Probably sell a few in the future to upgrade to better copies,

Too much new stuff and variants that can go up and down in the wink of an eye on possibly a bad movie review, very fickle.
I like the older stuff that can maintain its value.

Thank You, Jim

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 11:53 am

Jim

I will then write a few blogs on SA and GA. So many comments appear on the more modern stuff that the collectors and investors who buy older stuff seems to be ignored. we will rectify that for you.

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Andy February 21, 2021 - 11:59 am

I’d like to see a price analysis/trend for announced movies/shows. How does the price change from speculation, announcement, trailer release, to full movie release. After initial announcement, are you too late to buy at a good price? Is there a dip after the announcement hype dies down a bit, or are you stuck buying high if you want it?

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 12:13 pm

Andy

I think this is a great topic. I think it is very important. We also have some great stat guys who love to chart stuff. This will be covered It is an important part for new collectors and investors who hear the hype and buy but do not know when to get out.

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Doug Pickett February 21, 2021 - 12:54 pm

I fit mainly into the collector grouping but will be doing more investing to help to purchase the books I’m looking for. Currently, like everyone else 🙂 I’m trying to fill Bronze Age spots in my X-Men collection (hard to do, higher prices) & will be moving onto Silver Age. Always interested in how the market is adjusting to these books and potential bargains to be had.
Thanks, Doug

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 7:09 pm

Doug

I think if collectors understood investors and investors understood collectors more they would benefit in the long run. Books may be too high right now and if you as a collector want to add to your collection why get in the water now? I might write about that. Others have talked on topic too so they may beat me to it.

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lumpmike February 21, 2021 - 1:12 pm

I’m into Horror and Crime. I’m a collector at heart and prefer raw comics.
I’m also a buyer and seller. I work in a Comic shop, so what I look for is early indications of hot and cold.
Mainly Silver age and later. For a good flip I’m mostly interested in Superheroes from the Big Two.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 7:07 pm

Lumpmike

Crime? I have loved that genre and collect it but no one seems to be interested so I never wrote on it. Now I know. SO you work at store but also do it on the side? Any conflict of interests? That great book you have always wanted that walked through the door and you wish was yours and not the store? We usually do the hot and cold but maybe we can do also some blue ocean stuff for you to see what is hot but not drawing great attention yet but soon will?

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Mark A Woodward February 21, 2021 - 1:14 pm

I am a collector from 1982 (or so), I buy to read the book and keep it. As I aged I changed my habits not one bit except when I had children. At that point, I took a break from comics (completely!) And for 15 years I never looked at comics, once. Then about 2018, I wondered into my local comic store and got reacquainted with them, didn’t miss much! Started reading again though, but stayed with the writers I liked back in the day and kept mostly to the independent scene. Now, I am back in it and loving it. Only problem, I do not have enough money to get all my old books signed and then slabbed. (For me, the ONLY REASON to slab a comic). Now I watch out for (good) authors and every now and then buy into a hot cover (ASM #55). So, I am a collector, with an eye for the long term gain.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 7:04 pm

Mark

You must be my brother from another mother. The only thing is that we may have to write about slabbing now signed books to change your mind. I think we can write some stuff for you too.

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Maalek Marshall February 21, 2021 - 2:09 pm

I already put in this request via GoCollect’s Instagram and was notified it may become an upcoming blog topic.

I asked to get a take on the potential investment value for the many Marvel remastered 1:500, 1:1000, and 1:2000 ratio variants that came out a few years back (e.g., X-Men Gold 1 Jim Lee Remastered Variant Cover 1:1000; Venom 1 and Venomverse 1Todd McFarlane Remastered Variant Covers 1:1000, etc., and even more recent ones like Spider Woman 5 Artgerm Virgin Variant Cover 1:500).

I want this topic explored because I noticed that many of the online price guides like GoCollect, ComicsPriceGuide and ComicBookRealm apply quite a lot of value to them and they sell well and at high prices on eBay, but the Overstreet Price Guide doesn’t even acknowledge them (I have the latest volume and most of these remastered variants came out 5-8 years ago, so they HAVE to be aware of them) and local comic stores are skittish and inconsistent on them.

I also think virgin covers, remastered covers and ratios in general are good topics to cover since they are so popular in recent years. Trust me, I understand the disdain that may accompany them since it’s basically “manufacturing rarity and value” as opposed to letting these comics organically gain value due to mistakenly low print runs, amazingly written arcs, or first appearances of a new character, but they are here and really no less “manufactured” than movie/TV series tie-ins, so I believe we should dive into their current and long-term potential.

Thanks for considering …

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 7:03 pm

M.M.

You are who we do this for. We care about the fans so we try to do wht is best for them. Why write blogs or cover stuff no one cares about. Let other sites do that.

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Trent Wolodko February 21, 2021 - 2:56 pm

I’ve got 20,000 books I need to vamoose. I’m someone more interested in getting on top of what I have, and getting rid of it for the most I can.

I want to see a feature that allows me to upload my comic inventory with some analytics to help me sort it all out.

First things first, I need help with visually reconciling all the damn cover variants out there. Currently, CLZ is the only service I’m aware of that does a very good job at this, ie. helping one make sense of all the damn variants and title/volume# refreshes that have gone on over the years.

Then, I want to know which raw books I have that are trending up or have speculation buzz around them. Something that keycollectorcomics does quite well. If sales of a particular book are picking up month over month for some reason, I want to know so I can pull mine and consider getting it graded.

I also need to know what my books are worth raw since that’s 99% of what I’m holding. The only site I’m aware of that does a half-assed decent job of that is Nostomania, and they even estimate CGC, CBCS & PGX graded values all separately. I like that, but the problem with their site is that it’s like traveling back in time to 1998 and while I can upload my inventory, it doesn’t have the other features I’d want to see and w/o images to confirm what each book is, it’s impossible to sort out titles with several volume numbers and/or cover variants.

At the end of the day, I just want to get the most I can for these books, for the least amount of hassle. I just wish there was a site that I could upload a list to and have it spit out what I should pull out of the pile for grading/selling. That would be worth 10 times what I pay now for a subscription.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 7:02 pm

Trent

Thanks for the comment. I think there are many people like you. I think maybe we can help on using hte site better in blogs. The funny thing is that I know of so many people like you and I maybe can do an interview because what amazes me is that there are auction houses that cater to people like you but you never know it. Everyone knows of eBay but there are so many other ways to sell things. As an attorney I have had to find them for clients. I was amazed at how they can help people like you but you never hear of them.

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Patrick February 21, 2021 - 5:29 pm

While I have been collecting for 45 years (I’m 53 now) one becomes a little of all types as time goes on – I’m a collector but over the years my collection is now worth a substantial amount of money. I personally would like much more gold and silver age articles, but I understand the speculation / investment crowd would like more of that – I would comment more is Golden Age Horror and silver age were covered – I am very knowledgeable about precode horror – and not just EC. These are comics that never lose their popularity or value in any grade – other than that – love the site and I have been a subscriber for a few years – hails

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 6:58 pm

Patrick

Investment crowds would love to know more about the horror comics out there. They hold value and if they find a book that could interest a collector like you they would be amazed at the prices you would pay for some of those books. Keep the comments coming though. How can I write better blogs if i do not hear from people like you?

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Patrick February 21, 2021 - 10:28 pm

I will keep writing! A for the topic – so many people think horror begins and ends with EC and for good reason – they are awesome stories – but Atlas has an astounding array of titles – and my favorite is Harvey (Chamber Of Chills, Witches Tales) who has insane covers and stories. So much of these stories influenced writers not to mention the dizzying array of artists from LB Cole to Wally Wood

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Joseph Overaitis February 22, 2021 - 9:01 am

Patrick

You would be amazed how rare some of those books are for collectors. We seen one at a public auction years ago go for an outrageous price raw because the person said he never saw one ever in all the years he was collecting.

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Maalek February 21, 2021 - 5:30 pm

Would be great to get your take on the value and investment potential of those Marvel remastered variant cover ratios that came out 4 or 5 years ago (e.g., X-Men Gold 1 Remastered Jim Lee cover 1:1000).

I ask because these seem to be very valuable on online price guides (GoCollect, ComicsPriceGuide, ComicBookRealm, etc.) and very popular and sell well on eBay, but aren’t listed at all in the Overstreet Price Guide. And local comic shops are inconsistent or skittish about recognizing their value or buying or trading for them.

I think this topic in general (remastered and variant covers, ratio variants, etc.) needs to be covered more in general. I can understand the disdain since it’s obvious manufacturing of “rarity and value” as opposed to an issue organically gaining value due to actual low print runs, a first character appearance, or a game-changing arc, but it isn’t much more gimmicky than comics that are TV series/movie tie-ins. Either way, they’re here and generally considered quite valuable, so it would be great to see this topic researched.

Other potential interesting topics:
1) Value of signed comics (with and without COA)
2) A look at the value and potential future value of Marvel’s hip-hop variant covers from a few years ago (since there were so many of them)

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 6:57 pm

Maalek

Disdain for manufacturing rarity? What is one person’s disdain is another’s passion. I will look into signature books for you. I do know of auction house that regularly gets higher prices without coa but it has to pass their inspection and that they trust the seller.

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Maalek February 22, 2021 - 12:08 am

Thanks and sorry for the double post — when I replied earlier, it didn’t show for me, so I tried again later. Either way, hope you guys do something on the remastered variants, signed comics, and hip-hop variants. Everyone here has replied with great topics — you’ve got a blog content budget to last until 2022!

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Joseph Overaitis February 22, 2021 - 8:59 am

Maalek

I say this often but we do this for people like you. We now know what people want and now it will help us deliver to you what you want.

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Taneleer Tivan February 21, 2021 - 6:01 pm

Collector here, doubled the size of my collection in the 90s when stores were having fire sales. Definitely most interested in the Bronze age that spans a lot of my collection, with some good Silver age stuff as well. I do want to keep up on what the general market is doing (I have a complete run of, say, the original Marvel Star Wars run, the Claremont X-Men run, PM/IF, a copy of Marvel Spotlight #28 30 cent variant signed by Don Perlin…), so it’s good to know.

I know I’m not going to spend any time trying to buy 10 copies of some new variant cover and sell them on eBay, so flipping articles do little for me – I’m more interested in the value of my core collection. For the Modern stuff, I’m more interested in specific writers (Donny Cates was amazing on Silver Surfer: Black, which led me back to his Thanos run, and then to Thor) than speculation about OMG ELEKTRA IS DAREDEVIL which is going to crater in price in the short and medium term, though likely make a long-term comeback like Thor 337.

I haven’t bothered to get any of my stuff graded at this point (stuff be expensive!) so info about raw prices is also appreciated, although graded prices are also helpful as a benchmark. (Roughly doubles the price having it graded, correct?)

Algonwolf above had an opinion I generally agreed with, so kudos to him, I second that.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 6:54 pm

Taneleer

I love your comment. I am a raw collector but I would not necessarily say it doubles the books. Depends on the book. Thanks for the comment though. I think we can cover the bronze age more. I will also look to cover more artists in the future and D.C. may be a good place to start.

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Bruford February 21, 2021 - 6:47 pm

I thoroughly enjoy reading many of the articles here. A couple I don’t see too often are war comics and horror comics. These genres may not be as popular as x-men and iron man, however I believe there’s a few collectors who would like to see a little more variety.
Also, I’ve been reading a lot about marvel cards and their rise in value. Is that something you’d write on?

Thanks,
Keep up the good work!
Bruford.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 6:52 pm

Bruford

I love horror and war comics but never knew others did on here. I will get on it. Marvel Cards not so much but now that other bloggers know maybe we have a card guru in our group. Thanks for the comment. Now I know there are others like me!!!!

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CHRIS NOLAN February 21, 2021 - 7:26 pm

Hi Joseph. Love this site. Wish that FMV was more accurate. Many times FMV is twice the amount of any previous
sale?

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 9:47 pm

Chris

Thank you for the nice words. I think that is the one thing about the FMV. It is a guide. Right now the market is in such a state of flux that it is hard to keep a good guide except for marking the sales. I have seen Ultimate Fallout #4 all over the map at non-target auctions. I have seen keys go for pennnies and non keys that made me take notice of why they went for multiples of FMV. I think you should look at the FMV in more of that light. Who knows maybe our tech boys will come up with something. I was a user before I wrote for them though and to be honest this site had a more accurate FMV than other sites. I always used it as kind of a guide with a plus/minus and the percentage I was safe with. If it came within that range I might buy and if it was below and i thought it to be a great deal I definitely bought it.

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James Black February 21, 2021 - 8:13 pm

i am an older collector. My first comic I bought new was Werewolf by Night #8. (Yes, i also bought #32 off the rack). I am 54 now. I was a show dealer in the late 90’s then I totally gave it up. I rarely buy anything new. That being said, I would like to see more articles on horror titles from he late 60’s to the early 80’s. They are still affordable and a lot of the covers are off the chain. I have been slowly amassing additions to my boxes thru online buying. I do not but anything that is media driven. Just the material I like with a mind to get my money back when I decide to sell. No one lives forever.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 9:42 pm

James

I am hearing more and more horror and war….so many collectors and investors and not enough articles. I thought i would write on these topics and get no interest. Now I am worried I will write on it and spoil the secret.

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Steven Moore February 21, 2021 - 8:48 pm

Three things I would like to see:

1. An article on Marvel cards. Prices are going through the roof right now! And before you object that these are cards, bear in mind they are owned as a sort of adjunct to comics and owned mostly by comic collectors.

2. An article on Stan Lee autographed Silver Age Spider-Man. Specifically, is the autograph just a valuable novelty? Or is a Stan Lee signed silver age Spider-man, in fact, an insanely rare variant, as some have proposed (https://rarecomics.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/how-many-amazing-spider-man-stan-lee-cgc-ss-books-exist/). These books are selling for top dollar on eBay, suggesting some are betting that the market eventually decides they are the latter. Lots of books where the census is less than 50 copies.

3. An article on what exactly defines a key comic and how attitudes have changed over time. It is easy to show that collectors in the 80s valued different things than collectors today. A few examples. X-Men 171, when Rogue joins the X-men, used to be far more valuable than her first appearance in Avengers 10. ASM 100 (anniversary issue) and ASM 121 (death of Gwen Stacy) used to be more valuable than ASM 50–now a major and expensive key. Frank Miller Daredevils, Alan Moore Swamp Things, and Todd McFarlane Spider-mans used to be worth a small fortune (especially when you account for inflation–these issues have not kept up in price). ASM 298 used to be more valuable than ASM 300. Punisher guest appearances were incredibly expensive. The common theme, I believe, is that collectors valued set collecting first and foremost (hence why X-men 171 was more valuable than Avengers Annual 10). If someone does take this up, a great start would be to refer to the guide to collecting comics published in ASM 234 (you can see it referenced on the cover–https://comics.gocollect.com/guide/search?q=amazing+spider-man+234). This may possibly be the most widely-distributed guide to comic collecting ever published and it is a great resource for trying to understand past attitudes and norms about collecting.

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Joseph Overaitis February 21, 2021 - 9:40 pm

Steve

Some great topics. I especially like key and how hey evolved over time. I have my thoughts on it. Maybe I can talk some of the people in on blogger doming it LOL. I also wanted to say you are another person who requested marvel cards…do I seen a trend here? Do most of you fellow commentators collect marvel cards?

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Steven Moore February 21, 2021 - 10:09 pm

I bought mine in 1990 when I was 12. I thought they were the coolest! But eventually they became a sort of annoying add-on to my collection (they don’t fit in a comic box) and I could never find a buyer willing to pay a reasonable price (until now perhaps?). I think much of the recent interest may come from the card collecting community. Sports cards and Pokemon, etc. got too expensive and these collectors saw a completely undeveloped market for Marvel cars. Some rumors that Gamestop money and Reddit may be involved, but I have yet to see meaningful evidence of this.

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Warren S February 22, 2021 - 8:28 am

“3. An article on what exactly defines a key comic …”

I’d love to see some discussions about this, and I have elsewhere, but there is no standard definition of a key. A “key” is whatever any specific person decides or sees as a key. Many of my books (mostly Iron Man from his beginning in TOS 39) I see as keys because I know Iron Man’s history so well, but others won’t ever bother to take a look (few people know who the Guardsman is aside from Iron Man fans, but he is absolutely key in Iron Man’s universe; not so much in anyone else’s). Others are now keys because, say, a character appeared in the MCU and therefore his/her first appearance suddenly becomes a key for everyone (Hello to my now-signed and slabbed Iron Man 55, 1st appearance of Thanos, but also of Drax the Destroyer, the latter of which few people know about — I got this way back when, simply because it was part of the Iron Man run I was collecting as a kid). So this MUST be a discussion, and nobody can be wrong. It’s all 100% based on each individual’s perspective.

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Joseph Overaitis February 22, 2021 - 8:57 am

Warren

I agree with you on the Guardsmen being a key. I guess maybe we should do an article and analyze major and minor keys

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Justin Marsh February 22, 2021 - 1:10 am

I need to see price data from SHORTBOXED app. Work with the to get the API connection going!

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Joseph Overaitis February 22, 2021 - 8:58 am

Justin

I bet our tech people read this and would know more about it than I

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Shannon Chatman February 22, 2021 - 10:59 am

Maybe in the hottest recent comic section, list individual books? The average person wants to see a variation- not a Top 30 list with 8 different covers of the latest Venom issue. Most collectors won’t have access to those rare covers anyway. In my opinion, it takes up too much space. That’s why I enjoy the other lists but largely ignore the newest list.

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Kevin Koerner February 22, 2021 - 3:00 pm

Hello. Great article and I love reading your blogs. I am an avid collector since the late 60s and early 70s. My focus is on Bronze Age upwards. Right now I am in the process of finally being able to afford to slab my comics and I am mainly working key issues. I do have a complete runs of Tomb of Dracula, Walking Dead, and Preacher and my Thor run is down to Journey Into Mystery 97. Thanks again.

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Joseph Overaitis February 22, 2021 - 4:33 pm

Kevin

Thank you for the compliments. I love hearing from readers because you guys are the reason I do this. I have to say I am excited that there are so many horror fans out there. I have to ask……blades? first thor? I am now jealous!!! I have looked for those books and always seem to come up just short and yet I can find other books others can not LOL

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Mitch Compri February 23, 2021 - 12:08 am

Hi Joseph,

I collected in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. Four years ago, I was lucky that a friend of mine moved to the states and gave a over 4000 comics from ASM, X-men and many keys. At the time, I was not aware that this was a valuable collection and at that time I was not interested in collecting or the value of it. With what has happened in the last year, I started wondering if these comics were worth any money. So, I signed up with gocollect and CLZ and I started to do research, re bagged with my kids helping, re connecting with dealer stores and collectors. This energy pushed my collecting bug again and I have also started buying at Heritage and other auction houses. I follow Regie collects but I am not interested in the new comics. The reason is that I find the stories and sometimes the art work confusing. I recently sent in over 35 books to CGC for slabbing. I plan on selling some and focusing on gold and silver ASM. What I enjoy in collecting is that my kids are big MCU fans and they know a lot about the heroes and villains and the story lines.

It’s been a real blast!

Thx,

Mitch C

PS I have an excellent blog idea for you.

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Joseph Overaitis February 23, 2021 - 9:02 am

Mitch

You can not leave on a tease like that..what is the idea. if you want I can email you and find out..PS I hated the ending of avengers infinity wars too… Hate non endings and teases LOL

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Mitch Compri February 24, 2021 - 2:16 am

Sorry LOL

The story goes like this. A few months ago I was in a local comic shop looking a bronze ASM and Hulk additions. I was going though a box of Hulks and I came across the Hulk 300 Anniversary issue. I noticed that it have the Black Spider-Man costume on the cover with Hulk. The owner and I started doing some research and we concluded that it was the first time that this costume was out side the Spider-Man series.

What would make an interesting story is the how the writer and editor came up with the idea to have this significant Black costume on the anniversary issue of Hulk. I would love to see a video blog of the creative process that these artists, writers and editors go through to come up with these stories.

I also enjoyed “finding this Easter egg”

Please keep me in the loop.

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Brandon February 23, 2021 - 10:18 am

Joseph,
I’m a collector and investor. The collector in me is reading about 20+ titles/month. Articles about modern books fits this side of me. My investor side wants more of all the other ages – golden, silver, bronze. Here’s a list of topics that would interest me…1) To echo someone earlier in the posting, tracking the value of signatures on books especially Stan Lee’s (or Stan’s with his artist). 2) Raw books – How many are being sold of a particular issue irregardless of seller’s stated condition. What is the price range? 3) Finally, something that has been peaking my attention is the difference in values of the firsts – cameo, appearance and cover. Some characters have three separate issues for each. Example – Green Lantern 7 is the first appearance of Sinestro but his first cover is 9. A nice copy of 9 is much more affordable than 7 for my collection.

Thanks for reaching out to your readers.

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Joseph Overaitis February 23, 2021 - 10:12 pm

Brandon

I know one of those topics I am covering in a future article. I also will tell you that I am one of the raw guys around here and I will start documenting sales of raw books that are happening. It is amazing some of the prices and trends that exist out here in the raw world. Thanks for the comment. We are seeing more and more requests about signed books. I must be honest I am not an expert on those but I bet one of my peers knows about the topic.

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morphoto February 23, 2021 - 5:46 pm

Hi
I would greatly appreciate a page/blog speculating on which comics WILL be hot or good investiments in previews and solicitatsions from the various publishers

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Joseph Overaitis February 23, 2021 - 10:09 pm

You know I never thought of that but maybe it is something that would help people be more proactive with new comics I know our team is reading these so If it can be done we will do our best to bring that to you.

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Maalek February 25, 2021 - 12:10 pm

Joseph, one more for you. Just taking it back to what we ALL can agree we love about comics — the art. Would be an awesome topic to look at some of the more amazing newer artists (both cover/variant cover artists and those who do whole issues) whose work may end up being valuable in the long run as they get more popular (like who are the next McFarlanes or Rosses?). I personally love Lee Bermejo and Rafael Grampa’s art, but there are so many other great newer artists.

And as a sidebar to this topic, maybe discuss if certain variants of these artists’ covers are the more worthy investment — e.g., I’ve noticed the difference in price (value?) for Artgerm’s covers are stark depending on whether it’s a virgin or regular trade — like, not even close — I typically see his trade covers for $5 and the same covers as virgins are like $150-200!

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Joseph Overaitis February 26, 2021 - 8:32 am

Maalek

I will attempt to write about artists. I am trying to get a map for the next few articles based upon what the readers wanted. It lets me plot out what to do and let the others know.

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Marty Holthaus February 28, 2021 - 1:21 pm

Thank you, Joseph. This solicitation for feedback for your blogs and GoCollect is an answer to my prayers. I am a collector at heart but have always been searching for information about investing.

In a nutshell…here are my bullets. I know that some of these are pipe dreams.

BLOG CONTENT

-Blogs on how to use GoCollect better

-Blogs on Bronze and Copper and Modern – whatever you want to call the eras. LOL.

-Blogs on the importance of specific characters, stories, and creators and why they are important. Doesn’t have to tie in with movies… could just be characters that will continue to grow in popularity and that resonate with the comic community. (I think you already do this… just saying you can keep it up.)

-I’m not into “Hot Books.” I just don’t have time to flip… long-term is my thing. But I am fine with balance.

-Keep Regie’s Behind The Blog podcast going – it motivates me to engage even more.

-Maybe a YouTube weekly or bi-weekly video with you and Regie? These could be deeper dives into one of the blog posts so research would already be done. 🙂

FUNCTIONALITY

-Filter by era, publisher, price range, grade, genre, etc., etc., etc.

-Here comes the big pipe dream: “Charting” as I suspect GPA has a bit more of… more like IBD (Investor’s Business Daily)… a little explanation below…

I love comic characters, stories, and art. I believe these 3 things are what cause a large group of people to cherish, collect, and invest. Being able to filter for a given character, genre, arc, era, artist, etc. that I love and then somehow see graphs that relate to these filters – and THEN be able to drill down into individual books would be amazing! Talk about picking the low hanging fruit! This could apply to all – collector, investor, and even flipper.

-Raw book data – would Go Collect consider buying or “licensing” CovrPrice data? I think that GoCollect and CovrPrice are the best UI experiences. Could GoCollect then make that raw comic book data available to CLZ Comics like it does the slabbed data? (I love CLZ, too.)

-Links on each page on the site linking to YouTube tutorials about using GoCollect, online manuals for GoCollect, and useful evergreen blog posts. (Pardon me if some of these already exist in some form.)

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Joseph Overaitis February 28, 2021 - 6:19 pm

Marty

Some great topics and some of those are going to be covered in upcoming articles. The one thing about this site and GoCollect is we try to cater to our readers. You guys are the most important part of what we do.

I am going to write one blog on little tricks pulling data from GoCollect that helps me. Just remember Marty when you see me in a room and we are bidding do not use it against me LOL. Seriously though I share tips to help you guys and lately those tips are coming back to bite me. I did a vlog with regie and one book I highlighted I lost in auction because of what I said and I know the person who was bidding against me read that article LOL. Mary I want you to keep posting comments because we bloggers on this site read them and it helps us a great deal. It provides insight that will help everyone reading it because it is a different view that probably exists out there but we may never know about it. Welcome to the boards!!!!

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Phil H. March 1, 2021 - 10:30 am

Thanks for asking this question and I do have a few suggestions for blog topics.

First: It looks like there are a lot of past blog posts that probably don’t get enough or any views once they are older and pushed down the list. To better honor all the great work that went into these in the 1st place and encourage ongoing reviews, it would be helpful to have some form of drop down folder with past blog posts organized by some form of sub-category (TBD). This way, people could go to their areas of special interest rather than scroll though too many past postings (unrealistic I think).

Second: Perhaps it is buried in one of the old posts, but I would find it helpful to have a better understanding of some of the pricing data on the site and what constitutes the population of the FMV numbers. Some books have only 2 past sales and an assigned FMV and some books have 55 and only an FMV Pending. Related subject matter could include blogs on what might drive the volume of books that get graded that then might drive FMV. I guess the simple answer is market demand and market price, but some discussions on what comes first, the chicken or the egg? Opinions may be intriguing and thought provoking.

3rd: Some blogs on the relative value of slabbing (when it makes sense and when it doesn’t and how to consider fair market value and associated increased cost of slabbing in this equation). CGC fees, S&H costs, submitting in bulk, potential incremental pressing and cleaning costs, etc. may be very helpful to readers if people did the math breakdowns of the considerations and pros/cons.

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Joseph Overaitis March 1, 2021 - 11:36 am

Phil

Great ideas. I know many people in the know are reading these comments. You may see some blogs on the topics suggested in the future.

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mjholthaus March 1, 2021 - 11:58 am

Thank you so much, Joseph! Will do.

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