Comic books are one of the many collectibles you may have on hand that you’re looking to get rid of for one reason or another.
Whether it’s a collector’s item worth hundreds or a generic version worth a dollar, I wanted to showcase the many websites online that want to buy your old comic books. I will also include strategies you can use if you don’t mind selling them on your own. You will want to pay close attention to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.
As with all of my selling guides, I try to list as many options as possible. It’s really up to you to figure who’s going to offer you the best price.
Before I even get into who will buy your comic books, I first want to offer some tips to make the buying process that much easier.
What you’re going to find is that a lot of these companies, both in-person and online, will ask that you abide by the following guidelines to ensure you get an accurate quote.
As long as you follow these tips, it can make the selling process that much easier, no matter which method you choose.
Research the Prices Ahead of Time
Sadly, most comic books, even if they are quite old, are quite worthless, sometimes less than $0.50. In this case, it’s not even worth your time.
To know how much your collection could be worth, I highly recommend checking out this appraisal guide or even checking out the most recently sold eBay listings to see if any have sold in the past. If you have collections, you can also search online to see which ones are deemed rare.
If you do find some books worth quite the sum, then it’s wise to at least get an appraisal as well as multiple quotes if you plan on selling directly. Most comic shops are more than willing to do this for free, so don’t pay anyone to do it.
I know it can take some time, but you want to make sure you’re getting the best value, whether you plan on selling on your own or directly to someone else.
How much are they worth?
In short, your comic book’s value will be dependent upon a variety of factors, including the demand, rarity, age and the condition.
For example, the demand for a comic book where a villain/superhero appears for the first time would be much more valuable than an unknown bad guy. History can play a role as well.
The condition, as you can imagine, can play a huge role. This can be said about any collectible really. Even if you think your comic book is in great condition, there can be slight faults that knock it down a point. If you may or may not know, comic books can be professionally graded, just like sports cards, and are graded on a 0 out of 10 scale, with 10 being 100% perfect. 10s are very rare as most appraisers almost always find some tiny fault.
I did mention this appraisal guide above, but you can also check out eBay, SellMyComics, ComicsPriceGuide and ComicLink.com to see what other comics are selling for. You can also search for the exact issue to see if anything pops up. This is a great starting point to at least know what you could get. Just remember there are a lot of factors involved.
Organize Your Comic Books by Title
No matter how large your collection, make an effort to start organizing your comic books by the title. This is not to be confused by the publisher.
So, for example, instead of organizing by DC and Marvel comics, you will want to organize by the titles, such as Spider-Man, Batman, etc. If you are ever confused as to what goes where, then you can set it aside for later.
For now, this can be helpful when you create a list for buying purposes or even if you want to sell in bulk as a set.
Sort by Title Number and Publication Date
Once you organize your comic books by title, your next goal is to sort the comic books by issue number, which can be found on the cover, generally in the upper-right hand corner.
For example, your older Marvel comic books have an issue number with a rectangle around it, noting the issue number, whereas other versions may have it located in the left-hand corner. Regardless, it’s often prominently displayed on the cover somewhere.
You will want to organize the books by number order, starting with the lowest and ending with the highest issue.
NOTE: If it’s a special edition, it will more than likely not be part of the collections while you’re organizing. In this case, it’s best to set it aside for now.
Create a List
If you plan on selling online, almost all comic book buyers will ask that you send in a list of the comics you have.
So, to save you a lot of time, it’s wise that you list the collections you have based on the organization you already have done. This is best done via a word processing document of sorts as almost every company I researched online asks for this.
And, no you don’t have to list every comic book you have.
Instead, list the title and the number of issues you have. For example, if you had issues 1-14 of The Amazing Spider-Man, then you could just write this down as is, “1-14 of The Amazing Spider-Man.” There’s no need to be too descriptive as this basic information is usually more than enough.
If they are interested, then they will ask for pictures and more information.
Where to Sell Comic Books Online
NOTE: I don’t have a recommendation. Instead, I researched online and included my findings in alphabetical order. As all of these comic book stores will offer you a quote for free, it doesn’t hurt to get as many quotes as possible.
Always Buying Comics
Todd McDevitt, according to his simple webpage, is known to be one of the top comic book buyers in the universe. He’s been buying comics since the mid-1980s and maybe interested in yours.
Following the link below, you can get Todd’s contact information or even fill out a form to potentially receive a quote.
Again, if choosing this company for a quote, just make sure you include as much information as possible to receive an accurate quote.
- Website: Always Buying Comics
Dylan Universe Comics
Dylan Universe Comics will pay you cash via PayPal for your old comic book collections, whether it’s a single issue or entire collection.
To start the process, they will first ask you to sort your comics by title, followed chronologically by the issue number. As you can see by now, this is usually the standard process.
With all of this information, email the company and they will get back to you with a price. If you like their price, they will send you full payment via PayPal and will even pay for shipping.
To learn more about the process as well as the company’s email address, you can follow the link below.
- Website: Dylan Universe Comics
Gary Dolgoff Comics
Gary Dolgoff Comics, an online comic book store, has more than 800,000 comic books in stock and is always looking to add more.
At this moment, they are looking to buy all of your comic books from the 1940s until now, able to pay up to $500,000 for a collection. They just ask that you provide a brief description of your collection as well as some of the “highlights.” If at all possible, they ask you to include images if you can.
You can either receive a quote by following the link below or you can call them toll-free.
- Website: GDComics.com
GetCashForComics, according to its website, is paying top dollar only for comics with a cover price of $0.12 or less, CGC graded and/or collections.
To get a quote, fill out the form listed via the link below and give them a description as to what you’re looking to sell.
Aside from filling out the form, you can also contact them via a toll-free number if you feel like talking to someone as well.
- Website: GetCashForComics
According to GoCollect, they can purchase your comic books directly or even get you in touch with highly respective buyers.
To get a quote, they do ask that you fill out the form listed via the link below.
Looking at the restrictions, they do ask they are interested the most in the “$0.50 and under” prices with an emphasis on superheroes and pre-1975 books.
- Website: GoCollect
I Like Comics
I Like Comics offers a brick and mortar location in Washington State, but they will also buy from online sellers as well.
To sell your comic book collection, they simply ask that you fill out a very simple form, answering the basics, such as how many comics you have as well as the condition.
The sell your comics page notes they buy golden age, silver age, and bronze age comics, but they purchase other types as well.
- Website: ILikeComicsOnline.com
Lee’s Comics notes that if you have a vintage comic book collection, they may be interested in your collection.
With more than 15,000 vintage comics for sale, they are always looking to add to their collection, most of which you can find their “wants” via the link below.
If interested, as with most of these options, you will just have to email, call or even visit their Mountain View, California, store.
- Website: Lee’s Comics
Midtown Comics, a larger comic book chain located in the NYC area, will consider buying your comic book collection as long as it’s part of the golden age, silver age, bronze age or any key issue of a particular series.
There aren’t a lot of details provided, but it’s yet another option to consider.
If you’re interested in getting a quote, they just ask that you email them with a complete list of all your items for sale via the email in the link below.
- Website: Midtown Comics
I found MyComicShop.com online while researching this guide and it appears they are willing to buy your comic books. However, there are a few caveats.
According to the company’s official website, they are said to be the largest comic book retailer in the world, purchasing more than one million comics a year. As you can imagine, they have quite the budget to possibly want to buy your collection.
Before you get excited, though, they do ask that you abide by their rules if you want to receive a quote.
The list is quite lengthy, but this seems like an option if you meet their guidelines. Refer to the link below for more information as to how you can get a quote from them.
- Website: MyComicShop.com
The Nostalgia Zone, based in Minnesota, will buy comic books, either online or even in person as long as you give them a heads up.
According to their website, they buy based on a few factors including the condition, if they need it as well as the type. They generally don’t do consignment, but it can be discussed, dependent on what you have to offer.
Call or email via the link below for more information.
- Website: Nostalgia Zone
Sell2BBNovelties is unique in that they will pay a flat price for your comics, dependent upon what you have. I would only recommend this route as long as you received as many quotes as possible.
How it works is that you look at the comic book’s cover price, and whatever the price is, is what the company will offer you.
So, for example, a $0.10 cover will get you $1.50, whereas a $0.12 cover will get you $1. Again, this could be an okay value if you’re not finding much luck with other services.
- Website: Sell2BBNovelties
As the name implies, SellMyComicBooks.com is willing to buy your collection, however, like many of the options I list, they do ask that you organize your collections before contacting them.
Don’t worry as they do tell you how to do this before contacting them. Basically, they will ask you to sort your books by title and then order them in numerical order, finally writing down the information in a Word/Excel document.
Once you sort your books and organize your collection via a Word/Excel document, you can then send them your personal information, as well as your list, to get a potential quote.
Once they know what they are working with, they will then offer you a basic offer, which is said to be the minimum you will get paid for your collection. At a minimum, you can get an idea as to what your collection could be worth. If you agree to the price, then they will arrange a FedEx pickup at their expense.
- Website: SellMyComicBooks.com
Sparkle City Comics
Sparkle City Comics is said to be the #1 buyer and seller of comics, but I read this on quite a few companies I list here, so I will take it with a grain of salt.
Regardless, it is yet another company that’s willing to offer you a cash offer for your comic book collection.
To date, they have spent millions on all types of comics, including vintage, modern and even other comic book-related collectibles. They are generally looking for books before 1970, but they buy a lot of modern ones as well.
If you’re interested in selling, you can either fill out the form via the link below or contact them via their toll-free number.
- Website: Sparkle City Comics
In business for more than 25+ years, Superworld Comics is actively looking to buy collections and will even travel anywhere in the U.S., U.K and even Europe to offer you a cash price.
Whether it’s an individual comic or even a collection, the official website notes that they are most interested in comics from the 1930s to 1970s, particularly the 1950s to 1970s era.
Follow the link below to see examples of what they buy as well as why you should choose them as your number one choice.
- Website: Superworld Comics
We Buy Comics!
As a trusted buyer for more than 30 years with quite the resume, SellComicBooks.us is another option to consider. Jon R. Warren, the owner, wrote the Wizard Price Guide to Comics and was a senior price guide editor for more than 10 years.
According to the official website, they are currently looking to buy quite a few comic book collections, including golden age, silver age and vintage Marvel comics, to name a few.
If you would like a free, no-obligation bid, click on the link below to fill out an online form.
- Website: SellComicBooks.us
As an Overstreet Price Guide Advisor, the owner, Ben L., brings more than 25+ years of experience to every transaction.
With a no-pressure approach, cash is available for every deal, and the owner is willing to travel if you have the right collection.
They respond quickly, so if you want a quote, be sure to follow the link below for e-mail and telephone contact information.
- Website: Zapp Comics
Find a Local Store
No matter where you live in the states, there’s probably a good chance there’s a local comic store somewhere nearby.
If so, this could your chance to bring the comic books in and see if they are willing to offer any guidance as to how much they are worth. In some cases, you may need to make an appointment if you have more than 100+ books. It’s a great way to just show off your collection without the need of creating a spreadsheet and emailing back and forth.
To find a comic book store in your town, Google and Yelp are both your friends.
Just search for “comic book stores near me” or use your zip code to see what pops up. If something does, see if they have a website and check to see if they have any buying sections.
A local comic book shop is really hit or miss. Some will offer advice, while others may not offer a cash price at all. In any way, it’s at least a way to get yet another quote if you plan on getting multiple quotes.
NOTE: Local comic book shops often offer the worst value, so ALWAYS make sure you get more than one quote. You will find you get about 50% of what you could get online.
If you can ship it easily, eBay is one of the best resources to sell just about anything for a variety of reasons.
For one, you don’t have to deal with anyone in person and you can basically reach the world, not just those who live in your area. It’s as easy as listing and shipping it out.
If you plan on selling on eBay, however, comic books can be tricky since a lot of the people who want to buy your comics will often want to the know the condition, especially if it’s a rare model. For that reason, if your comics are said to be worth more than $100+, it’s wise to get your comic books graded.
However, if you only plan on selling your comic books in bulk, then grading isn’t as important. This is where your list (if you followed the selling tips above) can come into the picture as you can list it in your description. Be sure to include the title, issue number, cover price, publication date, condition and any pictures you want to include. As with any eBay listing, the more you include, the better your chances of selling are.
Regardless of what you’re selling, you will first want to make sure you take as many detailed pictures as possible as these buyers will want to inspect the condition, at least in the images. It’s also wise to list every comic book in the collection if you don’t plan on selling individually. Lastly, make sure you look at the most recently sold eBay listings to see what your comic books could be worth. You don’t want to sell for too much or too little.
In my eyes, eBay is the best way to sell your comics, only if you have a simple collection not deemed to be worth that much. You’re going to get market value and it won’t take that much effort on your end.
- Website: eBay
Additional Auction Websites
eBay isn’t the only game in town as there are other auction-like websites that focus primarily on comic books.
The nice thing about these auction houses is that you can generally get a higher price than you would selling to someone else and you can attract targeted buyers.
Like the stores I already mentioned above, each store will have its own commission and selling fees, so I do recommend you do your due diligence before listing your comics. A lot of them also have restrictions as to what you can and can’t list, so be certain you can actually list what you have as many can be picky as to what they list.
Here are some additional auction websites to consider…
I would only recommend this route only if you feel you have a rare comic book worth thousands.
Heritage Auctions, being one of the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, can do the dirty work for you, essentially offering you a free appraisal and even sell it for you.
While they do charge a small commission, much like eBay and any auction house for that matter, it could be an option to consider seeing they can reach a mass audience, often those with a lot of cash to spend.
Again, I would only recommend Heritage Auctions or a private auctioneer only if you feel your comic book could sell for more than $10,000+
- Website: Heritage Auctions
As a last option, you won’t make money, but you can feel good in doing so.
There are many more, but I just wanted to include this as an idea if you’re looking to get rid of them and find they won’t fetch much.
Plus, you can write it off on your taxes if you need to.
There are a ton of ways to sell your comic books, as you can see.
But, like anything you sell in life, it’s so important you do to the research and attempt to at least sell them on your own first to really maximize your profits. While there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to one of the many companies above, you’re just going to find that the price isn’t as good as what you can get.
Regardless, if you don’t have the time, just make sure that you contact at least 5+ comic book stores, either online or in-person, to ensure that you’re getting the best price possible. In doing so, you can only hope you get the best bang for your buck.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to add to this guide, feel free to leave a comment below!
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