Should you subscribe to a series or just collect keys as a beginner collector

Easy.

Start collecting one series or mini-series that is just starting is the best way for a beginner comic book collector.

Why?

When starting a collection, you want to make it fun without stressing about key issues and making money. Especially if you want to read the comics you buy.

What’s the benefit of subscribing to a series?

A collection with every issue is worth more, and you have the added bonus of having the whole story. By getting a full run of a comic book you are almost guaranteed to get at least two key issues, and that’s a low estimate. If you have a pull list for a particular series; you are almost always guaranteed every issue. Which is pivotal when a popular key comes out. Occasionally a key issue will come out and many people will request it, but if you already have an occurring pull for this comic every month, you’ll be the priority. Unless it’s one of the rare occasions of a comic being under-published, but that’s very rare(I’m looking at you BlackMask).

What should I start with now, June 2022?

I would suggest putting in a pre-order for Edge of Spider-Verse and the new Spider-Verse series that will be released later this year.

Why?

Because not only is this the end of the Spider-verse, but it is a series that you’re guaranteed to have multiple first appearances, and most Spider-verse characters end up being very popular. And I think it will be a fun read as well.

I would also suggest A.X.E.: Judgement Day (Avengers vs. X-men vs. Eterernals), because it is a pivotal event in the marvel universe, and should be a good read. There’s honestly no telling what might happen in it.

Should I not go for the key then if I’m new?

No, I’m not saying that at all. It just takes a bit more research to figure out what you should get. It’s a hit and a miss sometimes, even for seasoned collectors. So let me give you a few suggestions for some keys that I’m interested in that are coming out soon.

Keys that I’m interested in:

Amazing Spider-Man #900 [ first appearance of Sinister Adaptoid]
Venom #11 [first appearance of Sleeper Agent]
Edge of the Spider-verse #1-3[first appearance of Spider-Rex, Spider-UK, Spider-Laird, Night-Spider, and Hunter-Spider]
Power Rangers Unlimited: Death Rangers #1 (Foil)[first appearance of Death Ranger]

The best way to start my comic book collection that appreciates with value PART 1: Current keys

Starting to build a collection of comics that will appreciate in value is a quite specific thing to do. But I have managed to do it for over a decade now and my collection is worth a good chunk of money and I want that for you too.

Tip #1: Start with current keys.

When I say current, I don’t mean modern age, I mean comics that are coming out next Tuesday and Wednesday. The best way to start a comic book collection that will appreciate in value is by knowing what is coming out this year and buying the comics as soon as they come out.

The best practice will be having a pull list at a comic book shop so you can get to comics before they’re sold out.

How do you learn about what’s coming out?

I find out through two apps, Key collector Comics and Comic Geeks. 

Key collector Comics

A screenshot

Key collector comics isn’t free it’s $2 and I can easily say that it easily makes me the $24 a month back rather quickly. Just with two comics.

Comic Geeks

Is an app that tells you every comic that is comic out from all the mainstream publishers every week, including the multiple variants for each cover. The app also allows you to make a collection of all the comics that you have.

Why is this the best route for new collectors?

Because it’s the most cost-effective route. When new comics come out they cost between $4-10. If you get them as pull orders at a comic book shop you don’t have to worry about paying extra money for them because they’re keys.

It doesn’t require research or you knowing anything about what movies and TV shows are coming out or what comics are just growing in popularity. It just requires speed and a little bit of seed money.

Starting a comic book collection on a budget part Part 1: How to start a comic book collection

The trick is there is no right way to start your collection.

You could walk into a comic book shop and buy a comic off of the wall and BOOM that one comic is the start of your collection.

Regardless of what anyone might say, this journey is simply started by buying your first comic.

That’s it.

It may feel daunting and you may not no where to start ,but don’t worry , it’s really ease read the additional post.I’m here to help. There is no right way to be a collector

Comic book variants for beginners: Part 3 : Ratio Variants

What is Ratio Variant?

These are variants that comic shops are allotted by publishers for buying a certain amount of comics. For example, a 1:100 variant would be a comic a shop would only receive if they buy a hundred issues of a particular comic. A 1:20 variant is a comic that a shop would only get if a shop buys twenty of that issue.

Are they hard to get?

It depends on how many comics you shop is willing to buy of any one issue. If your shop is a smaller one. Then you’ll probably never get a 1:100 variant, but maybe your shop might get one or two 1:20. But this would also really depend on how busy your shop is regardless of the size.

Can they be expensive?

I would say that they are almost always expensive, at least compared to the price for the original comic. Every comic may have a print price, but ratio variants are the only ones that don’t have to be sold for that price. They are sold by how rare they would be. For example, a 1:5 ratio wouldn’t be that rare, but a 1:100 variant would be very expensive.

Do you own any?

Yes, but I don’t buy them often. It’s crazy to say, but I have a hard time paying double to triple over the cover price for pure aesthetic. I’ve done it, but maybe once a year if something really catches my eyes. When I do buy them I tend to buy them from stores that resell comics, rather than comic book stores. Because they’re normally more reasonably priced than online and at comic book stores. Scalpers often control online prices, which will in term often influences comic shops’ prices.

Should you buy them?

Yes,but you have to time it right and make the right comic predictions.You want to know that you’re buying a comic whose value will increase.

My favorite ratio variants of my collection.

Amazing Spider Man #13 2015
Amazing Spider Man #14 2015

They are 1:25 ratio connecting variants by Dell’Otto. I am trying to buy the complete run of the Amazing Spider-Man volume 3 (2014-2015). I wasn’t looking for variants, but those what I found.

The first thing I did was something you should also do when you find a comic that you’re interested in at a shop. Look up the common sale price on eBay and check to see if the comic is a key issue. You should know that the price for these variants commonly starts at $40, they were selling for $10. I quickly snatched them up.

Sometimes they’re overpriced, but occasionally they are really worth it.

Starting a comic book collection on a budget for beginners Part 3 : Key issues 101

Before starting your collecting you should know about key issues.A key issue is just a comic in which something important happens.

Types of Key issues

1st/2nd/3rd appearance of [fill in character or fill in team]

1st in comic book appearance of [fill in character]

1st Cameo appearance of [fill in character]

1st cover of appearance of [fill in character]

Anniversary Issues

Controversial Issues

Death of [fill in character]

Errors

Final issue of a comic

Iconic Covers

Important Event[battles/suit change/changes of leadership]

Origin of [fill in character]

Key issues are divided into two types Major Keys and Minor Keys. A major key would be the 1st appearance of character a minor key would be a suit change of a character.

BUT

Here’s where things get tricky when value is concerned, though a first appearance will always be a “major key” that doesn’t mean that it will defiantly be worth more than a “minor key”.

Popularity of a character weighs heavily on what has value and what doesn’t. Knowing and predicting what is and will be valuable is what makes collecting difficult and fun.

EXAMPLE:

1 st appearance
Controversial Issue
???????

The first one is X-Men: The End #1 is the 1st appearance of Aliyah Bishop. The daughter of Warbird and Bishop from an alternate timeline. It is not worth as much as Batman Damned #1. Why is it controversial? It is DC’s R-rated label, and they had Bruce was naked and drawn anatomically correct.

BUT

This issue is not worth as much as Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #2. This issue is not a key issue, but it is from a comic book series that had a limited run less than 13,000 copies were ever made. So though not a key issue, it is still a rare and valuable comic.

Keys are important but watching for variants and limited series,can be just as important.

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