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Collector Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
Another question similar to my thread on PC vs speculation.

If (or as) you sell your collection, what other collectibles or investments do you rotate your proceeds into, excluding other comics.

Lots of talk about prices on here (which makes sense) but I don’t see much discussion on alternatives. Where does the money go?

I have eclectic interests so collect across unrelated areas. Always modest collections and always long-term (I rarely sell). Many collectible markets I participate in look similar to comics: generally high prices but with specific pockets of hot vs cooler areas.

Curious to hear what others are doing. I will say what areas I am not really in: video games and modern cards.

Finally, any areas people think may be interesting to collect for the future? In my mind the biggest opportunities are when things not even deemed collectible transition into being collectible. It isn’t always obvious and it isn’t always rational. It makes predicting it difficult or maybe foolish. But other than those two reasons, why not try?

For me my interests lead my collecting (money follows the passion, and maybe vice versa). Doesn’t necessarily illuminate what items I need to keep shrink wrapped for 20 years though haha
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Collector xvipah private msg quote post Address this user
For me it's honestly mostly comics. Clearing out old stuff I don't want anymore for new stuff and/or keys I DO want.

That said, I also use the money for various other hobbies/things I like like video games, Lego, and Magic Cards (collect only, I don't play anymore).
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TRA LA LA esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
Any money obtained from selling comics goes into buying other comics or grading.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
My comic collecting interests change over time. I was very X-Men-centric in my earlier collecting days. I branched out to GI Joe, Transformers (Marvel, DW, IDW), some indie titles pull me in if they are interesting, then some off-beat series that some people probably don't go for like Thing, Dazzler, Spider-Woman. When I got back into collecting, I tried to do just "keys" and found it unfulfilling since it gave me no joy. Anyways, fast forward a few years, and I sold a few keys that I had and didn't care about. The money funded my Disney vacation and I paid off a credit card with it. For me, that was a win. I'm not into collecting video games, cards, toys, stamps, etc, so I don't really know about those. Usually if I sell something, then the money goes in the bank so I can save it towards something I want (comic-related or not).
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Collector Bobashek private msg quote post Address this user
I collected lots of different things from comic art to lithographs to toys, statues/busts and figures. I'm looking to actually sell off the other stuff to make room for the Golden age books I need to fulfill my collection.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
Some goes back into books. Some goes other places where I need it to go; barbed wire, real estate, or personal entertainment.
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Collector KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
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Some goes other places where I need it to go; barbed wire, real estate, or personal entertainment.


have a "Saw" type thing going on???
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Collector Noblebeast315 private msg quote post Address this user
Crypto currency. I do occasionally take money earned from a comic sale and put it toward another comic I really want but it is not always a book that I am thinking is going to blow up in value. Honestly I tend to sell al my most valuable books if there is a good sale to be had and put that money in to crypto currency. I consider crypto currency a much better 5 year investment than 95% of all comic books. Comics are just more fun. 🙂
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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Some goes other places where I need it to go; barbed wire, real estate, or personal entertainment.


have a "Saw" type thing going on???

I collect barbed wire. I have a rental cabin and thinking of building another. Personal entertainment can be anything from full size arcade games to, oh, what shall we call it... adult entertainment?
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
I shuffle it back and forth between autographs, dinosaur bones and other rarities...one hobby might lose something only to get something new. I sold quite a few books recently to purchase some statues for instance
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Collector KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
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Some goes other places where I need it to go; barbed wire, real estate, or personal entertainment.


have a "Saw" type thing going on???

I collect barbed wire. I have a rental cabin and thinking of building another. Personal entertainment can be anything from full size arcade games to, oh, what shall we call it... adult entertainment?


wow!! pretty cool - just started to go down the 'barbed wire' rabbit hole!!
I had no idea there were so many cool different types!

Surely just a couple of feet per type no?
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Collector KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
As far as OP goes...mostly I roll my few sales back into either comics or grading fees - once in a while life jumps in and says "no!" the $$ is needed somewhere else
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Collector Briten private msg quote post Address this user
Comic book proceeds go into my other hobby: Speakers. I seem to be addicted to high end audio.
When I look at a copy of Amazing Spider-Man 1 or X-men number 2 I think about “if I had the money would I buy a pair of KEF Blades or mid-high grade of a classic.”
Decisions…
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Collector MutantMania private msg quote post Address this user
Cash sales all go in the cash box.
Online sales go in the bank to pay bills and stuff.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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Some goes other places where I need it to go; barbed wire, real estate, or personal entertainment.


have a "Saw" type thing going on???

I collect barbed wire. I have a rental cabin and thinking of building another. Personal entertainment can be anything from full size arcade games to, oh, what shall we call it... adult entertainment?


wow!! pretty cool - just started to go down the 'barbed wire' rabbit hole!!
I had no idea there were so many cool different types!

Surely just a couple of feet per type no?

Collector length is around 18 to 20 inches. There's a book called The Bobbed Wire Bible by Jack Glover that you might find interesting and beneficial.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user

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Collector Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
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Comic book proceeds go into my other hobby: Speakers. I seem to be addicted to high end audio.
When I look at a copy of Amazing Spider-Man 1 or X-men number 2 I think about “if I had the money would I buy a pair of KEF Blades or mid-high grade of a classic.”
Decisions…


Listening through a great chain from source-to-amp-to-speaker-to-ears is pretty amazing.

I am a bit of an audiophile myself but will spare everyone the details.

As for barbwire, dino bones and crypto - definitely some cool responses.
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Moderator Jesse_O private msg quote post Address this user
My main collection is comic books. I collect 99.9% of the time for my PC. I also have 99.9% drek!! But I collect what I love and let the haters hate.

As for other collectibles, I like first edition books by modern novelists or celebrities, preferably signed. I have a first edition "First Blood" signed by the author, David Morrell (I have several signed first editions by him). I have a first edition photography book by Leonard Nimoy and signed by him. I have a first edition book by William Shatner, signed by him. I have an unsigned 7th or 8th edition of "The Hunt For Red October" by Tom Clancy. It was printed by the Naval Institute Press. First editions are beyond my means, so I'm quite happy to have what I have. Those are my "big" ones.

I also enjoy doing model kits. I've got eclectic taste on those. For example, I built a Captain America and a 5,000 piece pagoda. Now I'm starting to get into "miniatures" of DnD, Warhammer, etc. It's not the 80's anymore and there are some AWESOME miniatures that people are putting out with their 3D printers and selling on Etsy.

I thought world coins would be good when Europe switched to the Euro. I bought them by the pound. They are cool, but basically worthless!!! So, I'd recommend that you don't take my advice for a profitable hobby. LOL
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COLLECTOR Towmater private msg quote post Address this user
The sale of my comic book collection is allowing us to put in a pool at our home and a stand alone two level, two car garage at our lake house. The top is for cars and the bottom level will be my work shop. Both levels will have heat and AC. In the next two weeks, work will start on resurfacing our 2 boat slip dock with a composite material and ripping out our wooden railing on our 2 level dock and replacing it with an aluminum rail system.

The comic pricing bubble was very good to us.

(The pool won't go in until next year due to them being that backed up with work).

As far as collecting anything else? Sure, I started buying older and quality built magic props and I still have a toe in the music autograph market. Potter & Potter auction house has wonderful magic prop auctions. Quality built props by certain craftsmen go for stupid money now. Well, compared to what they used to bring.
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
My wife has a piece of barbed wire in a frame, she doesn't collect stuff but it's from the DMZ she was given in Korea when she was stationed there before I met her.

Myself it's just comics.

Years ago I use to play MTG but sold my cards too soon for too little money.
Had 7 of the power 9 cards
Was just missing a mox emerald and a ancestral recall.
Pretty much had every card at some stage up to ice age.
But sold my cards for a couple of grand.
Gave a full set of unlimited dual lands away for free.

So I hate selling, really bad at it and bad timing.
Very good at picking up stuff though.

Not collecting comics it's traveling.

2019 spent a month in France, Ireland and Scotland. A week in Australia and ten days in Iceland.
Week in Vancouver and saw my very first ice hockey game.
2 weeks in Hawaii and 5 days in Dallas Texas at the grading expo. First time in Texas.
Like to travel and see more of America.

So 2020-2021 been a bummer for traveling hence me buying more comics.
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Collector Byrdibyrd private msg quote post Address this user
I have too much stuff and not enough space to contain it or $$$ to maintain it, so some of the stuff has got to go. The proceeds go to paying bills and padding out the savings. I also use some to travel, with my usual haunt being Japan. Not lately though, of course.
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
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I thought world coins would be good when Europe switched to the Euro. I bought them by the pound.


Nice that the other countries took British currency
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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It doesn't all sit in a drawer. I have had two sets framed and they hang on the wall at my office.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
One thing I would enjoy collecting is those disks with 3D photos on them that you view through a View Master. I guess there are thousands of them and they can take you on quite a journey through time and geography with such things as the Grand Opening of Disneyland recorded on them. They would probably get looked at more than my comic books are read and they would be easy to store. I also would enjoy collecting metal lunch boxes.
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Collector Jabberwookie private msg quote post Address this user
It took a bit and the current hot market, but my comics are self sustaining now.

Because I’m trying to streamline my collection, what I sell pays for grading and new books.

Now, when I get a surplus, I’ll either invest in toys ( Slowly collecting all the villains from Batman the animated series) or I’ll dump some in the IRA or 401k.

Luckily for me, a lot of the things I collected have done well so I just sell what takes up room and doesn’t give me any warm fuzzies.
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
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One thing I would enjoy collecting is those disks with 3D photos on them that you view through a View Master. I guess there are thousands of them and they can take you on quite a journey through time and geography with such things as the Grand Opening of Disneyland recorded on them. They would probably get looked at more than my comic books are read and they would be easy to store. I also would enjoy collecting metal lunch boxes.


A view master I picked up at a flea market in Iceland.
Three reels were bought by my wife as a present.
The Batman is still sealed so I haven't watched that one.



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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
@southerncross I'm sold. On Ebay now, gonna pick one up.
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Collector cesidio private msg quote post Address this user
Me personally I'm a reseller. Comics sports cards magazines art ect. I chase personal grails. Only ones I have left are Tmnt #1 first print and a Mickey Mantle rookie. Always looking to upgrade on the others.
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user


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Collector Byrdibyrd private msg quote post Address this user
Those are very cool! The way you have them displayed is fantastic.
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