Comics, Collectibles, and Coping with Calamity

Comics, Collectibles, and Coping with Calamity

May 26, 2022
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Rare collectibles can provide an entertaining form of alternative “investment,” and might seem particularly intriguing when markets are wobblier than Aunt Gertrude’s jello salad. Comic books can sell for millions of dollars, for example, depending on their rarity and condition. Just this week, a copy of Detective Comics #27 (the first appearance of Batman, recently returned to cinemas) is listed with bids at $1 million.

While you may not be into comic books, items like artwork, antiques, or baseball cards, can hold surprising monetary value, but collectibles can be affected by a number of factors, including liquidity. Here are some sensible steps to take with such items, if you have them.

  • Educate Yourself. Books and price guides are a good place to start, as well as a good old-fashioned Google search.
  • Ensure Insurance. A professional appraisal can help ensure your item’s value is protected in cases of calamity or theft.
  • Consult Experts. Values can change depending on condition and scarcity. Shop owners and other collectors can provide context.
  • Protect Valuables. Some types of items may require special storage or materials to preserve their condition.

Whether you’re looking to sell or hold onto your valuable items, the point is to have fun and enjoy what you have. They say you can’t take it with you, but if you do find a way, we’re certainly all ears.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Investing involves risk, and the return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance does not guarantee future results.The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG, LLC, is not affiliated with the named representative, broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

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