3 Tips for Making Comic Books Part of Your Investment Strategy

Recently, a man sold a copy of Action Comics No. 1 for $175,000 after finding it in the wall of a home he was rebuilding. Most of us won't be so lucky, so if you want to include comics in your investment strategy, the best way to increase your odds of success is to get to know a local comic-book shop owner. Find out what's selling at a premium and seek to invest in those types of titles early, says Fool contributor and longtime comics collector Tim Beyers in the following video.

Luck is also a big factor, so don't bet your retirement on the next big Batman comic, Tim says. Instead, use rare comics to enhance your investment strategy after you've built a sufficiently diversified stock or mutual fund portfolio.

After all, Tim says, you may have more success investing in Marvel parent Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) -- with its forthcoming catalysts, two new Avengers films starring Robert Downey Jr. -- than you would cherry-picking comics other collectors might find valuable someday.

Do you agree? Watch the video for all of Tim's tips, and then leave a comment to let us know which comic-book issue or series you'd include in your investment strategy.

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  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:33 PM, TheDarkestCorner wrote:

    For the beginning comic book investor, what you don't know can really hurt you.

    Thousands of people who rushed out years ago to buy Superman #75 (the death of Superman) are stuck with 10 copies of a comic that rarely sells above 99 cents on EBAY.

    New comics are hit and miss with investment value.

    Only one comic in recent years stands out as a true financial winner. In 2003, a guy named Robert Kirkman thought it would be fun to try a new take on the zombie comic with a book called The Walking Dead. In 2012, a 9.9 graded copy of the first issue sold for $10,000.

    However, the vast majority of comics printed today rarely sell above their cover price with some losing value the minute they leave the shelf of the comic store.

    Your safest bet is to find a good deal on established books like early Batman or Spider-man comics, the first 100 issues, and put them away for another 20 years or so.

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