Since I’ve received some comments on the last post about the value of restored comic books, I have received some comments that I thought would be helpful for readers.
First, clarification on what is comic book restoration. There are many different points of view on what constitutes restoration and what is conservation of a comic book. The opinion of ComicSeeker.com is one that has been mentioned among collectors often, restoration is an attempt to restore the comic book back to its original published condition.
Conservation is much more limited in that it attempts to protect a comic from damage. To me, conservation is somewhat narrow in scope. Much more than basic protection and you are trying to improve the condition by restoring the comic book. One good example of conservation is cleaning or replacing rusty staples. If this work is not done to an old comic book, the rust could expand to the paper and eventually destroy the comic book.
Sealing tears may be considered conservation. But, to me, it is restoration. There is nothing wrong with it, but generally, a tear isn’t going to get worse if you handle your comic book properly.
Now the bigger issue is how to price a comic book that has had conservation or restoration. Naturally, the value of the comic is something only you, as the buyer, can set. If you don’t like the asking price, you can simply walk away. Today’s market, there is not much distinction made between pricing a restored comic book and setting the price or value of a conserved comic book. In the eyes of most collectors, once the comic book has been touched, they classify it as a PLOD. Therefore, the price will be a percentage of the untouched value.
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