Comics Collector PRO by Matthew & Lauren Szantyr; published 2012.
CCPRO, as the book’s abbreviated, is a guide written for comics fans making the transition to full-fledged collectors. The simplest advice is a given if you have a basic grasp of economics. The Szantyrs provide many references to resources and personal insights about the collecting business. Yes, collecting those floppies is a business.
CCPRO informs of what is necessary to take that hobby into a serious venture. What I discovered while reading CCPRO is not the money investment that could be a burden but the time investment. CCPRO features overviews of social networking, negotiating, and preserving. Getting the most out of collecting is a human experience: you can be a whiz at finding websites and software but you won’t profit if you can’t make good deals face-to-face or carelessly store comics in cardboard boxes in the attic.
Also, there are brief notes on the history of comics to provide perspective on what investors may deal with in the comics market. Also, there are discussions about price guides and valuations. There are examples on how differences in a comic’s grading can affect its value. CCPRO prepares readers for what happens in the comics economy. Potential investors would have do more than just getting a huge quantity of old comics, especially if the comics are from mid-1980s and later and are in average, or worse, condition. The Szantyrs effectively point out that comics collecting, while involving works about exciting, powerful characters, is no fantasy.
Again, some of the basics given in the book are obvious. There are many links to recommended software and websites, but CCPRO did not give any specific examples of good Craigslist apps. My review copy contains several typos, has a non-working link to the followup Comics Collecting FREEdom, and there’s one instance of “shit” early in the book that doesn’t fit the book’s near-formal tone.
With those points said, paying CCPRO’s current price of $19.99 plus several bonuses shouldn’t be a setback for comics fans looking to add some practical business savvy.