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Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 41 SC Paperback – August 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Gemstone Publishing; 41 Org edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603601317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603601313
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book a comic collector could buy.
Author Helen Bradley Hall
Great Source for pricing Comic Books, easy to follow and very complete.
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I received this practically brand new book in a timely fashion.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Philip Thompson on August 21, 2011
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Overstreet has always been a great research tool, there is no question that they have helped tremendously in the formation of this hobby. They have cataloged a great amount of important discoveries, and I have been buying their publication for years, starting with the 1976 edition.
My concern is that the pricing in the book does not accurately refelect real market pricing, and hasn't for a long time. I am an active seller of vintage gold/silver/bronze comic books, both at conventions and online. I beleive the pricing information in the books will mislead people into thinking their comics are far more valuable than they really are. Most comics, regardless of age or type, sell for far less than this guide indicates, I don't care if it's low grade/high grade, gold, silver or bronze, all the pricing should be taking with a multiple grains of salt. I'm not saying all prices are inaccurate, just most of them.
This was echoed numerous times in the market reports by trusted dealers & comic historians as well. Overstreet needs serious pricing reform, I really didn't see that in this edition, though they said they made some "minor adjustments". When you see vintage comics selling (consistently)for 20%-30%-40% of the values listed in this book, why do they keep prices so high? They are suppose to be the leader in pricing, so I do expect much more out of Overstreet. I argued with people who say "it's a just a guide" and prices can fluctuate, I could agree with that statement if pricing were just a bit off, but not by the significantly large margins this book is off by.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on July 25, 2011
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Back in 1970, publication of the first edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Guide revolutionized the hobby. Not only did it give collectors at least a ballpark idea of what their comics were worth, but it provided answers to many mysteries with respect to the numbering and even the existence of many of the more obscure comics from the 1940s and 1950s. Maybe I should say that the first edition began the process of providing answers because new information was gradually accumulated over the years and reflected in later editions. By the time I bought my first copy, they were on the fifth edition and it provided me with answers to many questions -- such as which issues of Four Color comics actually existed, how the heck could you figure when a particular version of an issue of Classics Illustrated had been printed, and what was up with the numbering of EC comics? -- that had been puzzling me. Right from the start, though, there was controversy over how accurately the prices reflected the actual marketplace. Overstreet relied heavily on the advice of big-time dealers who, naturally enough, had an interest in seeing the prices in the guide be as high as possible. So, there was an early consensus that the prices in the guide were usually too high -- some people used to refer to it as the "Overpriced Guide" -- although occasionally a comic would become hot and the guide prices would be well below true market values. With the arrival of eBay, Overstreet was slow to recognize how the bottom had fallen out of the market for mid-grade Silver Age comics. To this day, he is overstating prices on many of those issues.

The various knocks against the guide are still relevant, but if you are interested in comics, you have to have it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Snap on September 6, 2011
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Still a must have, but use prices as a starting point only. Ebays completed listings, Mile High, MyComicShop, and Comic Collector Live are more useful in determining current values. Advisor commentaries contain lots of good info, not sure why it isn't incorporated into the book more. Biggest complaint is lower grade books seem to stay flat or lose value every year when in fact the opposite is happening, GD on older books should be 1/2 of FN & VG can probably be eliminated. Years behind on pricing of many key issues. Overstreet has been great for the industry but all the movies are turning comics into a big business & the opportunity is certainly there for someone to come out with a competing guide that's more in tune or perhaps take this one over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Miller on April 7, 2012
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The main problem with this book is that it doesnt show comics from quite a few publishers. Zenescope, arguably one of the biggest independents is completely missing. They list "comics" from the 1800's for several pages, but fail to list all of the different Dell titles from the 50-60's.
This book needs some competition in order to be forced to become the industry standard it once was. Until then take it for what it is... a listing of what a bunch of elderly advisers think is cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author Helen Bradley Hall on July 8, 2013
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This is the best book a comic collector could buy. I like how they give descriptions of the comics and there background. This book comes in handy for new and old collector of comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By renee banton on May 10, 2013
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My brother has a comic collection and needed this book to access the values of his books. He says it really comes in handy while bidding on comics. I love Thor was on the cover of this issue. Nice purchase for a comic collector.
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