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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] lovellama, altered by me, because I like to spread the four-color love around...

The first five people to respond to this post will get a 1970s/80s comic book from my private stock from me. My choice. For you.

This offer has some restrictions and limitations:

- I make no guarantees that you will like what I send. Commenter beware!

- What I send will be just for you. All five respondents will get something different.

- It'll be done this year.

- No forewarning about what it will be, except that it will be a Marvel or DC comic book, with one of the company's mainstays. No arcane, throwaway titles. With luck, it will be a surprise.

- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

- Let me know in your comment if you're okay with giving me your mailing address to get your stuff to you. (This can be done privately through PM or email). You can even tell me if you prefer Marvel or DC, if you like, or you can let it be a surprise.

The catch is that if you sign up for me, you have to make the same offer (your choice of wording/things offered) in your journal as well.
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My Overstreet Price Guide came today. I was in geek heaven all day.

For those who don't know, the Overstreet is the Bible for comic book collectors, to see what their comic books are worth. I have been a collector since 1977 or so, and although that budget thingie gets in the way, I still buy a comic book every now and then. And every year, at about this time, the Overstreet comes, and I can update the prices of my comics that I bought when I was in my misspent youth.

If you ever decide to collect comic books to make money, allow me to let you in on something: Don't. Put your money elsewhere. You won't get a new car or pay for your kid's education by investing in comic books. This hobby is more for enjoyment, with the money part being secondary. For instance, after recalibrating my collection's individual comic values, I found that my collection increased in value a whole 3% in the past year. You can do better with your money just by putting it in a mutual fund or CD. You just won't have as much fun.

I missed the Silver Age by a few years when I began collecting, but over the years, I've acquired some gems, Silver Age and younger, of my own. Part of the fun of the hobby is the hunt. I acquired most of my inventory by scouring comic book stores. Thankfully, I began collecting about the same time that comic book speciality stores started cropping up around the country. I kept track of the supposed 'hot' comics by the comics Buyers Guide, a then-weekly newspaper that kept me up on the latest news on my hobby. There was no eBay, and no internet, for that matter. You just had to be knowledgeable of the titles, prices, and conditions.

I jokingly tell #2 son that this is his college fund, but to be honest, selling my collection would be like selling a part of me. I honestly don't know if could do it. I had to sell one comic book, one of my prized possessions, to make enough cash in a hurry, in order to pay legal fees on #1 son's first bout of probation in time, or else he would be on probation for another 6 months. Selling the comic book felt like I was saying good-bye to a close friend. #1 son knows how important my collection is to me, and was in awe of my sacrifice. Given recent events, I should have let him stay on probation, lol.

So, for the better part of 5 hours, I got to completely immerse myself in my hobby, something I don't get to do very often. And before I go to bed, I will most likely read more articles contained in my new Overstreet, so I can try to get my geek on for another year.

By the way, my running offer stands...if anyone has some old comics from the 70s or earlier, and would like to free up some room in their house, and want to give their comics a good home, let me know--I take in all orphaned old comics. :-)
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