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8 hours ago, comicginger1789 said:

Are comics the most commonly collected item? Will it fade or does it reach enough people to make it something that could last a long time?

Collectible things definitely come and go. Example, Western stuff and dolls. My grandma collected dolls in the 80s and it was a hot market. When she passed, however, most of what she collected was worthless. The people collecting dolls shrunk drastically. Similarly with Western stuff, although I would argue it is still stronger than dolls. 

 

Not sure how we can determine if it is the most collected item hm.   The SDCC is a huge metric, as to the popularity of the medium.  We don't see turnouts like that at train, stamp, antiquarian book or any other type of collectible event.   But let's face it, the current comic con landscape is more about pop culture and movie starts now, than it is about comic books and the artists.   The MCU has given a HUGE boost to the comic world.  I have a Captain America wallet, and at least once a week, a cashier at a store will say 'cool wallet'.  I don't think that reaction would have happened 25 years ago. 

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On 10/21/2020 at 1:43 PM, Ken Aldred said:

Happy to oblige.  There's such a broad spectrum of experience. :smile:

The older I get, the easier it is for me to mentally transport to my summer vacations surrounded by SA/BA comics stacked in the order I planned to read. For a time, my bedroom was the whole world, and I imagined everything outside was the Marvel Universe  :x

 

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For most of my childhood books I can remember where I bought them, where I read them, and what the weather was like.  Example this book I bought at a store that looked like a log cabin on the way to camping with my friend.  weather-hot.  Read in car.  Radio station was KRAK.
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Growing up long ago, I collected coins, cards (Star Wars and Wacky Packages) and comics.  I stopped coins and cards long ago, and continued with comics until college. I stopped for 20 years (work, family) before picking it up again this year (working from home).  I first started with Casper, Richie Rich, Uncle Scrooge and Dennis the Menace.  Then, one day in 1979, I saw Fantastic Four #204 on the rack at the local store and was blown away by the much more sophisticated artwork and story.  Since then, I've collected mostly Marvel and some DC, Image, Valiant.  

One of the coolest things was just finding out yesterday that my mom loved reading comics when she was in her teens and early 20's (she's almost 90 now).  Her favorites were Wonder Woman, Archie, Casper and Incredible Hulk. She was intrigued by the question mark on the front cover of the Hulk and initially thought he was a marine coming up out of the mud.  She was 26 when #1 came out and she had to be discreet about buying it, since she was a single woman back then.  In those days, she said that she and her friends loved going to the drugstore every Saturday and buying a comic or two.  Once they were done reading, they would pass it to their friends at school and never kept any.  I also just found out that my cousin was named after Wonder Woman (Diane).  My dad liked reading comics, but only from the newspaper.  In my parents world, they loved reading comics but they never thought to collect or keep them.  

My mom remarried and I remember one incident when she was wondering what to do with her 2nd diamond ring.  I was around nine or ten at the time and I asked her how much it was worth.  She said $10,000 and I begged her many times to sell it so I could buy more comics.  Of course she didn't, and now I tell her, if I had $300 back then, I could've bought AF15 and now it'd be worth xxxx...  You can definitely tell what I cared about... 

For me, it's nostalgic and it's been a lot of fun coming back to this magical world.  And with all of the Marvel movies and TV series coming out, it's exciting to go back and see if I have any of those issues that skyrocketed in value due to a first appearance (like going on a treasure hunt).  However, even if there were no Marvel movies or TV series, I'd still be here on these boards, buying comics and enjoying them (though at much more reasonable prices!).  

Thanks for indulging me.   

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On 10/19/2020 at 1:25 PM, Westy Steve said:

So I'm really interested in the science of collecting itself.  Like what motivates us to collect?  And what techniques can we use to do it better?  I find the economics associated with selecting a collectible fascinating  though I know that's not everyone's cup of tea.

Anyone else interested in that kind of thing?  Is there a forum somewhere that people get down to the nitty gritty on this stuff?

Here it is. The entire science of collecting explained in a 4 word nutshell, and he who dies with the most stuff wins, you're welcome. 

 

 

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To the OP, I would gather what you are looking for is more of a data science angle. I.e. gathering factors and translating to potential profits,etc..

I don't see this as much of a Social Science experiment. 2c

I would add that everything I've heard and looked at, points to this generation being more of a clutter free generation. Someone was trying to understand why antique collecting has been on a decline, and a big part of what he found was just that -- the newer generations do not want to own physical things that burden them, and would rather be mobile and travel easily.

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