SCREAMING MONKEY COMICS
21 Ridge Road • Munster, Indiana 46321
(219) 301 - 7920
HOURS: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 7: 00 p.m Sunday 12:00 -5:00
Do we buy stuff?
We get asked that all the time.
Do we buy comics, toys and other collectibles? Short answer…yes!
The collector market is just as thriving as ever, but there’s plenty to know. Let’s talk about the ins and outs of selling your treasures to Screaming Monkey.
WHY DO WE BUY COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES?
Every week, we get new comics and
games shipped to the store. The latest issues of X-Men and Batman, great new trade paperbacks, new games, as well as cool toys and statues.
But quite often, we have customers strolling in who are looking for something a bit older. Maybe someone is looking for a silver age issue of GREEN LANTERN. Perhaps some MAGIC cards from a long since retired set.
Or perhaps an action figure from the McFarlane TORTURED SOULS collection. Unlike merchandise that went on sale in the last few months, we can’t call up a distributor and ask them to send us a new copy of something that went on sale a year, maybe even decades ago.
In order to keep our inventory stocked with a little bit of something for everyone, we’re always willing to look at collections for sale. Keep reading, and we’ll talk about the things we are (and are not) looking for!
WHAT SORT OF THINGS TO DO WE BUY?
What falls into the “What We’re Buying” category is as fickle as the wind, and it can change as quickly as the market itself. We’ll always look at:
• Titles (especially super-hero titles) from 1975 or earlier
• Complete mini-series
• Key “1st Appearance” issues.
Beyond that, here’s a short list of comics we’re always looking to add to our inventory.
Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Justice League, Wonder Woman - pre-1980
Batman Adventures #12
Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 - 12
Green Lantern / Green Arrow (Neal Adams series)
Kingdom Come #1 - 4
New Teen Titans #1 - 20 (Marv Wolfman / George Perez)
Sandman #1 - 10
Watchmen #1 - 12
Y the Last Man #1
Amazing Spider-Man #123, 129, 300, 361 (Original run) - but all
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN issues will be looked at
Amazing Spider-Man #36 (Sept. 11 issue)
Giant Size X-Men #1
Incredible Hulk #181
New Mutants #98
Spider-Man #1 (McFarlane, black cover)
Star Wars (Original Marvel Series)
Uncanny X-Men #94, 141 - 143, 221, 266
- but all classic Uncanny X-Men comics will be looked at
Venom: Lethal Protector #1
Werewolf by Night #32
IMAGE, DARK HORSE, and other Independents
Caliber Presents #1
The Crow #1
Danger Girl #1 - 7 (Original J. Scott Campbell series)
Faust #1 - 13 (Original NORTHSTAR series are preferred)
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 - 5
Saga #1 - 12
Spawn #1, 8, 100 - 200
Star Wars (Dark Horse Comics series)
Strangers in Paradise #1
Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles #1 - 6 (Original series)
Umbrella Academy (first mini-series)
Walking Dead #1 - 10, 19
DC COMICS figures (always looking for major DC heroes and villains)
MARVEL FIGURES (always looking for major MARVEL heroes and villains)
McFARLANE: Not so much the very first years that McFarlane was doing toys, but later
cult-favorite sets like Tortured Souls, Twisted Land of Oz, Twisted Fairy Tales, etc.
Spawn, Mortal Kombat and McFarlane's current DC Characters are always popular.
HORROR FILM Iconic characters (Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, etc.)
STAR WARS - We love our STAR WARS figures. We'll also look at the STAR WARS BLACK figures,
and of course original carded figures from 1977 - 1983.
There is unfortunately little demand for 1992 to present day 4” inch figures.
FUNKO POP - We are VERY selective about Funko Pop figures. We will look at collections, but we will only purchase figures that we believe have a strong chance of selling.
There are a LOT of action figures and toys out there, too many to list here. We’re happy to look at any collection, you might have something that we’d love to sell. If you have any questions, just direct them our way!
So if it’s not on that list, you aren’t interested at all?
Not necessarily. There are so many cool collectibles out there, and just because we haven’t listed it doesn’t mean we’re not interested. However, we can give you a good general idea of some of the things we’re probably NOT going to be interested in.
• COMIC BOOKS WITH WATER DAMAGE – You can spot these easily by the wrinkled appearance of the cover or interior pages, when they should be smooth and flat. If it’s a major key book, we might make an exception – but our customers expect their books to be free or moisture.
• COMIC BOOK TIE-INS to TV SHOWS or MOVIES - For example....SMALLVILLE, JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES, Fox’s animated SPIDER-MAN and X-MEN series, etc. There’s always exceptions – we’ll always buys BATMAN ADVENTURES #12. But for the most part, there’s no market for those media tie-in books.
• VALIANT, MALIBU, EARLY IMAGE COMICS - Bring them in, there's always exceptions.
However, the vast majority of independent titles from the 90s – many of the indy comics, the very early Image comics that don’t feature Spawn - we probably already have more than we need. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if it’s a title that you’ve never heard of and no one is currently making a television show or movie about it, it’s probably not going to have many buyers.
• LOOSE TOYS – We generally don't market unpackaged action figures. We'll also usually
pass on toys that were primarily marketed towards young children, or figures in seriously battered and damaged boxes.
• USED TRADE PAPERBACKS – We do sometimes buy trade paperbacks, but we’re very selective about what we buy in used condition. In many cases, if we need a particular title, we can order it new from our distributor.
• NON-SPORT TRADING CARDS – Generally, no. The trading card market is seriously thin these days. We may make exceptions for complete runs of popular sets (Hildebrandt Art cards, Marvel legends, pin-up art) but even those can be slow sellers. Most sets, especially incomplete sets, are just not what we’re looking for right now.
• Early edition DUNGEONS & DRAGONS books and materials – These are great for nostalgic value, but they aren’t heavily collected. Most modern players tend to stick to the most recent expansion.
• SPORTS MEMORABILIA – It’s not just a market we’re knowledgeable enough about, and we don’t believe it’s worth offering sports memorabilia unless you’re going to devote a sizable portion of the store to it. So no sports at this time.
• WIZARD MAGAZINES and similar fanzines - These magazines are cool, but they were only relevant the month they came out. With few exceptions, no one really collects these types of magazines anymore.
• COINS, STAMPS, CIGAR LABELS, OLD NEWSPAPERS, NON POP-CULTURE RELATED MAGAZINES - We love the historic value of these cool things, but these are better suited for a vintage or antique store. We specialize in comics, action figures and pop-culture collectibles, not Life Magazines or Hummel Figurines.
• LIVESTOCK – We don’t care how much milk it produces. We’re not buying animals.
How do we decide how much to
offer for things we want to buy?
We choose our products on a number of factors.
Current demand, condition of the item, do we have it in stock or not? - these all play a part in our decision. We typically pay between 15% to 60% of what we plan to sell a book for, depending on how likely we feel it will be to sell the item.
But I want 90 to 95% of the full value!
Totally understandable, and it’s your collectible - you have that right. But if you want the full value of your item, you have to do what we do....sit on it until you find a customer willing to buy it at that price. Most people know this of course, but we’re always surprised how many people seem to be surprised by this. If we want to keep the lights on and the rent paid, then we have to turn a profit on products that we purchase, just like any other brand-new inventory that we order for our shelves.
But what if I have a very, VERY high end collectible? I know you have a
business to run, but can’t you offer me a better deal?
Let’s say you have a book that’s worth $1,000. You can’t use anything less than $800, but you don’t want to search for a customer to buy it and you don’t trust on-line sales. There’s always consignment. With a consignment deal, we’ll offer you a much larger cut of the sale. This is a great way to work with very high end collectibles that we know will likely sell fast for a good price. Let us represent your item, both in the store and through our website stores. If it doesn’t sell, you can pick it up and take it home. If it does, we’ll give you up to 70% of the sale. So if you have a copy of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 or INCREDIBLE HULK #181 that you don’t want to be low-balled on, talk to us. We’ll find you a buyer and get you a fair price.
If you have any other questions, please reach out to us!