Like anything else, whether comics are a good investment depends on your personal financial goals and your tolerance for risk. However, in general, comics are considered an alternative investment, so while they can be useful in your portfolio, it's best to limit your exposure. We've all heard about how everyone should have invested in Amazon shares 20 years ago, but did you know that certain investments in comics could also have generated millions of dollars? It seems that comics have attracted the attention of investors and prices have skyrocketed in recent years. Some comics sell at exponentially higher prices than just 10 years ago.
It's interesting to see this growth, but it's hard to say if it will continue. However, we've made a list of comic book investments from the past 20 years that would have paid off completely. For those looking for a fun and tangible way to diversify their portfolio, investing in comics could be the answer. This is simply a look at the historic rise in the prices of certain comics and how good investments would have been in retrospect.
This is because Superman 1 sold for a record $5.3 million in a private sale (confirmed by the CGC), making it the highest price ever earned by a comic book. The truth is that comics and comic book art have been an appreciable asset for decades and have proven to be a valuable investment even in times of recession. Comics like Detective Comics 27 have risen in price and we can't wait to see what the prices will be like in a few years. This shows that a CGC 9.8 would sell today for more than 7 figures if it went on sale (which means a solid investment in comics).
Comic book people, especially those whose livelihood is relegated to online sales and content production, too often discard the paper resources that were fundamental to developing the hobby without recognizing the continued value of those resources. While the comics we've listed above have risen significantly, there are still a lot of books that haven't had much movement. But when talking about long-term tips for investing in comics, it's probably best to stick to the rules rather than the exceptions. To review the current value of a book, check out the latest edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, which is updated regularly with new prices and market data.
Sometimes they ask us if someone should keep some of their low-value comics in the hope of future price increases. We're happy to see such a healthy interest in comics and we always enjoy seeing new collectors enter the market. You should always do thorough research before deciding to invest in comics (or any collectibles). Only a few issues have proven to be a good investment in comics, and it's really up to you to decide what you think is good to keep.
There's no doubt that this comic was a big investment 20 years ago, since the prices were a fraction of what they are today.