Enthusiasts Share, Sell Collections at Comic Book Roadshow’s First Stop in Duluth

Collectors with comic books from before 1980, sports cards from before 1974, and vintage toys could come and get their items appraised and sold. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Sunday kicked off the first ever Comic Book Road Show in Duluth, giving enthusiasts of vintage comic books, sports cards, toys and more a place to sell and share their collections – and experts say now is the time to sell.

The Country Inn and Suites off Haines Road in Duluth played host to pop culture history, as the Comic Book Roadshow makes a stop in Duluth for the first year.

It’s like Antiques Roadshow — but with things people may find more fun than a 19th century vase.

“Vintage items mainly comic books, toys, sports cards,” said co-owner Leroy Harper.

Collectors with comic books from before 1980, sports cards from before 1974, and vintage toys could come and get their items appraised and sold.

Organizers say they’re always surprised with what comes through.

“It’s kinda interesting you could see a 20-year-old kid bring in comics from the 1940s and you can see a 80 year-old granddad bring in baseball cards from the 1990s,” Harper said. “So it, just sometimes it doesn’t makes sense.”

When a collection is brought in experts like Harper will sit down and go through the age, condition, and rarity of items.

Harper says older doesn’t always mean better.

A comic book from the year 1976 with the first appearance of a character, for example, could be worth more than a less popular issue from 1972.

But he says whether selling or just going through the attic now’s the time to see how valuable your stuff is.

“Well I’ll tell ya, right now in the 30-something years that I’ve been doing comics, I’ve never seen prices this good,” said Harper.

“I think a lot of it had to do, to me, with the stimulus payments, the unemployment payments. So the supply on a lot of these collectibles has stayed the same but the demand has gone up because new people are entering the hobby,” he said.

The Roadshow tours around the country run by a group of friends made throughout their time collecting.

The Comic Book Roadshow continues at the Country Inn and Suites in Duluth Monday from 11 to 4.

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