Wondering how to find rare comics? How to Find Rare Comics is part of the Comic Book Resources project by Robot Outlaw and is intended to help collectors and investors find those increasingly rare and valuable comic books.
How to Find Rare Comics
Looking for rare comic books and hard-to-find original comic art for your collection?
If you have exhausted every option in your search for that one piece of original comic art or the last comic book to add to your collection, or lost a particular issue and want to get a replacement then you have come to the right place.
This guide may be able to help you track down, locate and purchase almost any rare or hard to find comic book or original art. Through our network of comic book collectors, artists and comic book sellers we have successfully helped many collectors increase their collection.
5 Methods to Find Rare Comic Books
- Attend Comic Book Conventions – Comic book conventions are one of the best places to find rare comics. Many vendors at these events have rare and hard-to-find issues, but equally important is the opportunity to make connections with other collectors who could potentially lead you to finding that elusive rare and hard-to-find-comic book.
- Use Online Marketplaces – Many online marketplaces such as eBay and even Craigslist are potential gold mines for collectors seeking to find those rare comics. Always conduct extensive research sellers, especially when dealing with people on Craigslist, before you make a purchase.
- Use Social Media – One of the most invaluable resources for seekers of rare comics is the relationships they build during the search phase of their quest. There is nothing more powerful for building online connections with like-minded people than social media. Twitter, Facebook and other platforms are sure to open doors that otherwise would possibly be unknown without that access. So many comic book collectors take part in social media activities that it’s nearly impossible to not connect with others who share your interests.
- Join A Comic Book Community – Comic book communities are a great starting point for getting into the world of collecting for fun and for profit. Again, it’s all about building meaningful relationships and connecting with people who share the same interests. These relationships often lead to amazing friendships, but can also lead to unexpected finds that you weren’t even expecting.
- Additional Research – Whether you take your research to the library, local comic book store or other real world venue, or you conduct extensive online research, this is where you need to put in the work. A lot of collectors relish this part of the search for rare and hard-to-find relics, but so many find it tedious and boring. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it can not be overstated how important the research is to your collecting endeavors. Online resources such as the Overstreet Price Guide and the CGC Grading Database can be helpful, but there are many other resources at your disposal when researching rare comics.
Find Rare Comic Books and Hard-to-find Original Comic Book Art
In summary, do the research, tap into your contacts within the comic community and overturn every stone in your path to help you secure that piece that’s been missing from your collection.
Once you find the piece you’re looking for, make sure you’ve done your homework and are prepared to negotiate the best price for the piece you’re looking for.
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