questionshow do i "move my product"? (mass quantity…

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I also realize that the market isn't that great for cards or comics; but I simply want the room in my house. While I have a 2900sq. ft house, 1k of that is a basement (worried about moisture), and definitely not sticking that stuff out in the garage to get ruined.

So it's more important that I get my space back then to wait for the market to shift and sell later

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You could try an Auction House; let them do all the sorting, advertising, etc. They'll of course take a seller's fee, but they will probably be able to target specific & specialized buyers to optimize your profit. Good Luck!

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@devexityspace: Interesting question. Give me a few days; I may know people. While I personally have no interest in these, I have many contacts in various antique and collectible communities.

I recommend STRONGLY against an auction, since you don't really know what you have, and I've seen things go for pennies on the dollar if the right people aren't there to compete. In fact, I've bought things for pennies on the dollar because I had no real competition for the things I was bidding on. But I digress...

Enlighten me as to the area of the country you are in, the length of time these items might span, and whether you've made any contacts in the collectible industry.

[Edit] Here's a fun site while you're thinking about this:

http://bigcardshows.com/ (Find a Sports Card Show Near You)

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@shrdlu: I live in Columbus, OH..

The cards I have span from 1950's-1990's and aren't just sports cards (X-Men, Playboy, Star Wars Episode IV/V/VI, Beanie Baby Cards, Desert Storm, Jazz Singer Card Set, and random other genres-- it really is wild the kind of sets that my grandmother collected).

The comics seem to be mostly 1960's-1980's. These I have sorted, and if they weren't already sleeved/backer-boarded I made sure to do it. From The original X-Men, Hulk, Avengers, etc. It's 90% Marvel, a few DC and a few "other".

I forgot to mention above I also have over 300 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys (the original releases) still sealed-in-box. I will probably keep 1 set for myself (because TMNT are awesome rofl), but I will sell the rest.

I have had no contact with anyone about this except Wooters just now

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@devexityspace: Actually glad you asked this, I'm working on something similar so any info is good info :D

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Interesting question, mine is a coin collection and I have no idea how to sell it.

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We had the same issue whe my son's father died. We found almost 3000 comics in a closet. We inventoried them and figured the street value to be about $4000. We sold them for about $200 on Craigslist to a collector. These comics were from the 90s when they mass printed comics thus flooding the market.

My son will also get the comics that his dad had at his parents home. These are from the 60s and have more value.

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@dreamyvelvet: Do be careful with coins. I dated a numismatist once and he knew his stuff pretty well, but that still didn't stop antique owners from trying to buy $3000 coins off him for $25. Routinely. It almost wasn't worth it just because of the amount of BS he had to deal with in buying/selling/trading. Most often, he would be told the coin had been "cleaned" and therefore was worth almost nothing, despite it being sent away for grading to PCGS/another reputable grading service.

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Here's your problem, you may have a group of 50 cards worth $1000 and another 50,000 cards not even worth $1 total. Unless you are able to tell which are which, you're going to have a hard time doing anything with that size of a collection. You need someone who can sift through quickly and tell you what can be thrown out or donated and what you need to do your research on for trying to sell.

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It's the age-old dilemma of anyone who's ended up with collectible stuff: do you dump it and probably get shafted on the value or do you sell it piece by piece and have it end up a second job?

I think it's best to go the middle ground: sort all the stuff to the best of your ability. You aren't an expert and you don't need to be. Imagine it as 3 piles: dump, research, & sell. As a general rule of thumb, cards & comics made after 1990 or so almost certainly aren't worth the trouble to sell. Dump those, either take them to a store that sells that kind of thing or list them as a blind lot on Craigslist. You won't get much, but that's ok.

Stuff from the 60s or 70s is probably worth listing individually on eBay. Finally, anything left over you should research and either dump or sell as necessary. Some stuff that wouldn't be worth selling individually might be worth it as a lot or set, so consider that for those pesky things that are worth too much to dump but not enough to list.

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I 100% agree with @dealseekerdude: go with an auction house. it's easy, and you'll still make lots of money.

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@thunderthighs: That's rough.. at least it went to somebody who'll appreciate 'em though... I actually remember seeing that post awhile back (you were wondering about storage if I remember right) - I was actually curious about how that went.

Did you guys have 'em valued before you decided to sell 'em, and just decided not to spend the time piecing 'em out?

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@devexityspace: So, is there any kind of organization to the collection? (I seriously doubt it heh, but can't hurt to ask)..

Or is it just one giant cluster of randomness? (ANY kind of organization is a pretty big bonus with stuff like this)

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@drchops: It was a tough decision. Son decided that these held no sentimental value to him because he didn't even know they were there. He didn't even know about the comics at his grandmother's house either though. Sigh.

Anyway, he opted to sell them instead. They were almost all 90s stuff which hold little value. I think I was lucky to find a seller. Same guy bought the boards & bags I had bought (at 50% of what I paid). Double Sigh.

It's over now though. We did keep about 30 or so back that were older or had sentimental value. Like the comics with the same name as my son.

I will say that the adult comics we found (which really embarrassed son) fetched a much better price per issue. LOL. We sold those separately.

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@drchops: "some" organization. Like for the loose cards in the hard_plastic card boxes are at least the same set/series/genre from what I've seen so far. The "sets" that are in binders are also "mostly" organized. I found a Flintstones Card Set in the same binder as a Star Wars Card set though (?!)... and then the unopened cards still sealed in their manufacturer boxes are of course good to go.

The comics however HAD no organization before I spent the 2 weeks to get them sleeved/boarded and put in order into comic-boxes.

I do have about 200 "rare" cards that I will sell off individually.. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, etc.. Thankfully they were all in individual-hard-cases and in good shape. I am going to get them graded eventually prior to selling these off. I also have a few smaller 1900 baseball cards (they look very different to normal baseball cards). Not sure the value though.

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The smaller cards are cigarette cards. For the most part, their values will be lower than cards from, say, the 1950s, but still nearly always more valauable than modern cards. Although usually at least as rare if not moreso, the "dead-ball" era had very few players who've retained their fame today. That said, they'll definitely all be worth selling individually, and a few cigarette cards are VERY valuable, with a certain Honus Wagner selling for $2.8 MILLION not long ago.

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@devexityspace: I have searched, and have no contacts I can recommend to you that are not on one coast or the other. In addition, most of them still wanted you to do the work of sorting (which I think was something you were trying to avoid). There will almost certainly be local shops in your area that will have interest in much of this (comic book stores, for example), although I recognize that Ohio lags economically behind some other areas, which may mean there's a glut on the market.