DALLAS, TX—North Texas Comic Book Shows, a quarterly mini-con in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has announced a special guest at their April 13th show: Lone Star Comics, a local retail chain that will be offering to purchase up to $200,000 of comic books from convention attendees.
Admission to the con, which will also include appearances by Deadpool artist Carlo Barberi and Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth writer Victor Gischler, is only $5, and kids under 12 get in free. And, if you bring comics to sell to Lone Star (or any of the other vendors displaying their wares), you may even leave the show with more money than you came in with.
Lone Star Comics owner Buddy Saunders is certainly no stranger to purchasing comics and flipping them for a profit. His first sale was a near mint copy of Fantastic Four #1 for a whopping 25 cents. This was in 1961, just a few months after the issue was new in stores and had a 10-cent cover price. Today, according to the latest edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, a near mint copy of Fantastic Four #1 is worth $90,000.
After selling comics through the mail for the next few years, Buddy opened the first Lone Star Comics store in June of 1977, and he began buying and selling comics online (via www.mycomicshop.com) in 1997. “We sell current comics all the way back to the comic book forerunners from the 1800s,” Saunders said.
If you happen to have a copy of Fantastic Four #1 (or any other key issue) you wouldn’t mind parting with, Saunders will offer you a fair price for your four-color treasure. “Comics are like the stock market,” Saunders said. “Selling prices rise and fall based on supply and demand. We track these trends closely and base our offer prices on recent sales activity on our site, eBay, and other auction and retail sites. For more popular issues, we generally pay 60-80% of current market value.”
If you don’t live near the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but are interested in selling your comics to Lone Star, you can do it via the World Wide Web. “Each week we buy over 30,000 comics via our online want list—from every era,” Saunders said. “That’s in addition to the full collections we buy from collectors, and store close-out lots.”
If you have a huge collection to sell—25 long boxes or more (approximately 6,000-7,000 comics)—but aren’t within driving distance of DFW, Saunders recommends that you give him a call and describe what you have. “We will make you an attractive offer and pay the shipping cost and arrange for truck pickup,” Saunders said. “We know how to make the selling process easy and profitable for the seller.”
Chris Latshaw, who runs North Texas Comic Book Shows, is proud of his association with Buddy Saunders and Lone Star Comics.
“We are excited about the show addition of Lone Star Comics and their commitment of spending up to $200,000 for comic book collections,” Latshaw said. “If you have comics that you want to sell, bring them to the show and turn them into cash.”