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Posted: February 10, 2011 6:41:30 am
what does binding comics do to the overall value? the reason I ask is because I came across an ebay auction for Aquaman 2-26 bound into a single volume the price comes out to $5 each which is pretty good but if binding them together removes all value, then it is not such a good deal. Below is the link so you can see what i mean.
Anyone have thoughts on this or own bound comics?

I just did a search on ebay and over 300 lots came up.Anyone know the history of this /what was reason this was done?

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574961614&toolid=10001&campid=5336824214&customid=&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26item%3D120682663075%26ssPageName%3DADME%3AB%3ASS%3AUS%3A1123

Last edited February 10, 2011 6:45:20 am
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Posted: February 10, 2011 8:02:29 am
People do it so they have an easy way to read a series of comics, and it looks nicer on a shelf than a run of comics in a long box. I'm not positive but they are not done for collector's purposes in that the comics are ruined in that sense. So it's strictly done for reading value .... although I brought up a question on this other forum that it may in fact help the value of comics that aren't normally worth anything by themselves. People may pay more for 20 issues of cover price comics if they come bound in a really nice leather album.

http://www.comicbookpage.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=548

Last edited February 10, 2011 8:02:43 am
Posted: February 10, 2011 12:56:52 pm
Like with anything, you need to find the right kind of buyer.......

In general, binding is going to cost you around $20-25 (this includes the binding itself, plus postage to & from the binders). As such, it's not really the best "get something bound in order to make a profit. position. If I buy 20 books for even 50 cents each, I'd need to sell the bound volume for $35 to break even. Also, that $20-25 is for basic binding without cover laminates, dustjackets, foil stamping, etc.

I like to bind comics that are runs I really love but that are not likely to be offered in HC by the publisher (for instance, I've bound most full runs of comics from the now defunct Crossgen comics)

I've seen some bound runs fetch a pretty penny, but these are runs where the individual issues are not cheap either (like Flex Mentallo or Miracleman). The worst thing to get bound would be something that subsequently had a nice HC come out from the publisher that people would get instead of your custom job.
Posted: February 10, 2011 1:10:42 pm
but what would it do to the value of the SA run of Aquaman in question (2-26)?
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Posted: February 10, 2011 1:56:51 pm
arbogasts said:
but what would it do to the value of the SA run of Aquaman in question (2-26)?


I would never bind comics that have collectible value, thus, I would NOT recommend binding a Silver Age run of anything. Since to bind the comics, they remove the staples, trim the edge, and glue or oversew the books to a binding, you are destroying the collectible value of the books.

Someone who wants those Silver Age Aquaman books in HC can go buy some DC Archives.
Posted: February 10, 2011 2:03:54 pm
arbogasts said:
the reason I ask is because I came across an ebay auction for Aquaman 2-26 bound into a single volume the price comes out to $5 each which is pretty good but if binding them together removes all value,

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574961614&toolid=10001&campid=5336824214&customid=&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26item%3D120682663075%26ssPageName%3DADME%3AB%3ASS%3AUS%3A1123


For this specific auction, I would say that the value is in the "cool factor" of owning the original issues in the bound format, but I would not expect them to appreciate & be resell-able for anything over that $125, unless you found a very specific buyer. Not a good investment, but maybe good for a personal collection item if you would value it yourself.
Posted: February 10, 2011 2:06:06 pm
Generally I've seen that bound volumes sell for a whole lot less than the individual books. I was once bidding on a Silver Age Flash bound set, including the Showcase issues. The set sold, I believe, for close to $3000, or less than a mid grade copy of Showcase # 4 by itself. At the time, I was only missing 3 of the books, so a little expensive for me.

Currently on Heritage auctions, there are a number of Golden Age Flash comics, issues 2 through 12, formerly bound. Most of these are currently around $60-$80. Here is the splurb from # 2:

Flash Comics #2 (DC, 1940). Features the first Hawkman cover, by Dennis Neville. This copy was removed from a bound volume, so had previously been trimmed, including essentially having its spine removed, then bound with other issues, all of which we're offering in this auction. Copy appears to have been about a VF copy prior to the binding process. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $811.
So I'm sure the seller bought these at a cheap price to offer as such. Or maybe he was hoping the values would go much higher. Looks like he kept the Flash # 1 though.

My two cents is that bound volumes are much less value than separate books.
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Posted: February 10, 2011 2:11:33 pm
It's also funny because the seller "estimates" the collection mostly in Fine, but goes on to describe flaws in many issues (subscription creases, tears, grease pencil marks) that would make them VG.

So, let's assume the books are VG. Silver Age Aquaman #2-26 (in VG) would guide at $726.

You want to know what binding does to value? Right there you have $726 worth of books being sold for $125

So, if you want to erode away 80% of the value of silver age books, get them bound............

That said, binding is fun for good runs of books that are cheap (like those Crossgen series, Marvel OHOTMUs, and DC Who's Who).....
Posted: February 10, 2011 10:18:46 pm
thanks for the guidance on this. think I will pass on this even though it would pretty much complete my run.
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