Friday, February 22, 2008
Daryle Lambert: Superman Collectibles
Up, up and away! I can still hear those words and see Superman take off toward the sky decades later. Every child of my era loved the tales of Superman and Lois Lane. Remember when he would slip into the telephone booth to change clothes? What ever happened to his suit and tie when he left? If he left his clothers in a phone booth today, that suit would be gone by the time he returned to claim it. Better yet, nowadays, I'd bet he'd be hard pressed to even find a phone booth to begin with.
Can you still see that kryptonite as it sapped his strength? Yet he was always able to escape. Nothing could harm the man of steel for long. I wanted his x-ray vision eyes to be able to spy on my friends.
We needed heros back then and he filled the bill. My son, Joshua will have his computer games and his friends will have their wii, and other gadgets, but they won't have Superman.
But how does that help us today? Well, if you are one of the lucky ones that saved your Superman items, your children might not have to worry about their college education. Superman items are bringing huge prices even on eBay. For example, there are two comics listed now for $50,000 and $40,000. Even at these prices, I'm fairly certain they wouldn't be records. One actually just sold for over $17,500 on eBay.
But comics are just one of the items to be watching for. A Superman Ring sold for $2700 and a patch brought $650. These are things that could easily be found at a garage sales. Be sure to buy anything you find that has Superman's name associated with it and comes from the 1950's or earlier, if the price is below $10.
How wonderful it is to be searching for treasures from your past. It isn't always about the money. Those treasures can bring back special memories.
I found a terrific alternative to eBay, if you've been lucky enough to find comics books at garage sales you're looking to sell. Or, if you are interested in buying, or learning more about the value of these books, take a look around the website. ComicLink.com
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