I did not realize it at the time, but in 1991 when I plunked down my $2.50 at the local comic book store, I was making a great investment. My friends and I would ride our bikes to the local comic book store and load up on comics we just thought were so cool. As a budding artist and illustrator, I absolutely loved the artwork and would spend hours trying to copy my favorite pictures. My brother and I would go to the comic convention where the stars were the artists, Hollywood had not capitalized on the whole superheroes trend of the last decade that has made all these characters and stories mainstream.
I just realized my $2.50 comic The Infinity Gauntlet #1, in great condition can now sell for anywhere from $50-$250. If only I had bought 10 of them. Obviously the price increase has a lot to do with the highly anticipated Avengers movie this summer. But what a great investment that turned out to be.
In hindsight I realize that collecting comics prepared me in some ways to collect assets. We have to value the items we collect and purchase, you never know what they will be worth in the future. You might want to explore mom’s attic and see if there are any old boxes up there with Star Wars toys, garbage pail kids, My Little Pony, Transformers, He-Man, etc. With the power of the internet, you might be able to turn some of these items into real cash. Or just cherish them again and relive some wholesome and simple summer memories, certainly in what seemed to me a much simpler time. But that is probably how many of us remember our childhoods for obvious reasons.
I have to say I don’t think I will put this one on the market, the memories are too valuable.