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.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Walt Disney and Time Warner at the time of publication. Check out Tim's Web home and portfolio holdings, or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.

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