And then there was the time the Mike of 1993 already priced a comic for the Mike of 2013.

§ August 24th, 2013 § Filed under retailing § 8 Comments


This showed up in a collection on Friday…a copy of the Venom: Deathtrap The Vault one-shot, complete with our store’s old pricetag with the price in my handwriting. And now, according to the most recent Overstreet price guide, a copy of this comic is today worth a whole $7.00!

Surprisingly, I don’t often see old comics (and I hate calling this particular comic “old,” but it is from twenty years ago) come back into the shop with our original price tags still on them, but I have been to other shops out of town and seen my writing on price stickers that the other shop just left on there (with the “store name” bit of the sticker removed at the perforation). “Well, whoever priced this comic is clearly wise and all-knowing in the ways of comics retail. We shall honor his magnificence by leaving his price tag as is!”

8 Responses to “And then there was the time the Mike of 1993 already priced a comic for the Mike of 2013.”

  • Pal Cully says:

    Less work

  • MrJM says:

    According to the Consumer Price Index, what cost $6.95 in 1993 should cost $10.88 in 2012. So, adjusted for inflation, that comic dropped $3.88 in value.

    Thanks Obama!

    – MrJM

  • Snark Shark says:

    I’ll give you a buck for it!

  • And I thought I’d never hear Obama blamed for the price of an old Venom comic. Wow.

  • Sarah says:

    Obama retroactively caused 90s comics to suck, didn’t you know?

  • Sarah: this explains so much. Sooner or later the news will come out that Obama and Leifeld were roomies.

    Back to the point: Mike, when I worked at that shop in Chicago in the early 90s, I would go to a store in suburban Berwyn. The owner bought our back issues and simply turned the bag upside down. If you’d look at the back on the bottom, you’d see our logo with the price blacked out.

  • Crowded House says:

    20 years old and has probably been outside that plastic bag maybe twice the entire time. If it’s been taken out of there more than five times, I’ll be shocked.

  • MrJM says:

    I guess Poe’s Law really is true.

    – MrJM