HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC
BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

Greetings! I’m here today to help prevent
your beloved comic books from getting damaged in the mail.
This will also help you to be a better ebay seller, too if
you are one of “those” people. These are strict
recommendations if you are submitting books to me directly.

This is the exact way I submit books to CBCS
or CGC or my convention facilitator.

I will provide links to everything I have purchased on ebay.
Always buy your shipping supplies on ebay.
It’s the cheapeast and quickest way to ship your books. Trust
me.

You will need:

5lb. Weighmax Mail Scale
Clear Shipping Tape Rolls
Shipping Tape Gun
BCW Comic Book Backer Boards
BCW Silver Age Bags
1″ Blue Painter’s tape (skinny roll)
Fragile Shipping Tape
Knife
Sharpie Marker
Computer with a Printer for Printing a USPS Label

You will also need boxes and jiffy mailers. For comics you
can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they
are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same
way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

GeminiII Comic Book Mailers
12x12x1 Boxes
14x14x4 Boxes
Styrofoam Peanuts

Now that you have your supplies and for super cheap on ebay…you’re
on your way to buying and selling comic books through the
mail. Let’s begin, shall we?

Today we are going to mail SPAWN #9 to myself. The first appearance
of Angela, Thor’s sister! Place your comic book carefully
inside a mylite2 with fullback (preferred) or use BCW silver
age bag and boards.

Fold up the Gemini II comic mailer along the perforated edges
for the comic book. You can safely ship up to 10 books this
way, alternating spines along the staple line. Be sure to
use a yard stick or ruler to pre-fold out your lines or you
will damage your spines.

Place the comic book(s) face down. You are going to place
strips of blue painters tape along the sides. Do not be a
“Jerry Smith” and put blue tape over the scotch
tape on top flap.

Place 1 strip of tape on each side as pictured below:

If you are super worried about sharp corners and razor sharp
sides (attempting to obtain a 9.8 or higher grade) you should
definitely tape the corners at a diagonal was well. See below:

Carefully fold over your flaps, checking slowly that there
is no bend to the comic book. See method below as pictured:

3 (Three) peices of tape when it’s all closed up carefully.
2 along the top and bottom flap edges and one for good measure
in the centerline. See pictured:

Back of Gemini II Mailer. You can see the top and bottom tape
flaps over side.

Print your name clearly in black sharpie. Write your email
address. Write your phone number too in case there is a problem.
Also you should write out the name of the comic book title(s)
and issue #. Write clearly and legibly. You are not a doctor.

Okay now set that aside somewhere. Somewhere safe from children,
coffee, mountain dew, or anything else might sprinkle on it.
We are going to build a box! Get ready. It’s hard.

Let’s make sure that box survives the USPS. Use 3-4 pieces
on the bottom outer flaps. Use tape to tape in inside bottom
flap too.

On the sides, I’ve seen boxes get blown out from stress or
other boxes on top. Use tape on that corner seam that’s merely
glued. Tape the inside too. Don’t be lazy. Go beyond what’s
necessary. After all, you just bought like 25 rolls of clear
packing tape, right? Okay then, tape away!

So now I’m going to show you the inside of the box to re-iterate
what I was stressing about the corner seam of these boxes.
Tape away with all that extra tape, brah.

Sprinkle some magical fairy dust otherwise known as styrofoam
peanuts in the bottom of the box, only enough to where you
can’t see the bottom. Shipping peanuts is fun to give, but
never to receive. So you have that going for you, right?

Place your books with the writing side up and place some remaining
packing peanuts on top of the comic. Only enough to which
you still have a half inch to an inch of space between the
top of the box and the top of the layer of peanuts. You do
not want to crush your books with the box flaps because you
overstuffed the box with peanuts!

Now you are ready to seal the box up. Place fragile stickers/tape
on the corners and bottom of the box. Print out your USPS
shipping label from the USPS website and affix it to the top
of the box.

Bottom of box:

You have now packaged a box of comics inside a box to be shipped
out. Congrats! See? Wasn’t that easy?

I hope this guide helps you as it has helped me over the years.
I have been selling on ebay since 2010 and I learned slowly
over time all of these tips. I’m here to share them all with
you on this page.

Thank you!

Tips for Selling Items on Ebay Auctions

Buy all shipping supplies on ebay. Boxes, tape, styrofoam peanuts, and a mail scale.

1. schedule to end on a Sunday night
2. schedule to end at 6pm PST or 9pm EST
3. schedule to end around the 1st of the month for maximum payday profit
4. space multiple auctions end times out over 3-5 minute intervals
5. start at 99 cents
6. use a reserve but only if the item is too rare or HTF people don’t know of it
7. free shipping inside US, global shipping program outside US
8. clear concise well lit photos, not blurry or cropped out
9. no reflections of faces, naked body parts, or evidence of a crime
10. use sensationalism words in your description and titles (it works for fruit and vegetables)

Collecting High Grade Newsstand Editions for Investing in Comics

Remember when you could go to the grocery store with mom and get a comic book?  Or maybe the pharmacy?  You could even go to these ancient bookstores called Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Booksellers and could buy a comic book off the spinner rack!   That was a long time ago.  If you are a comic book collector now, in 2017, you buy your comic books on ebay, an online retailer, or even at a local comic store. In almost 30 years, this is what happened to newsstand edition comic books:

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Because of all of this, I would be mindful and watchful for any 1992 or newer newsstand edition comic books that feature a UPC bar code on the covers – especially if they are high grade. Specifically, any comics that are in a grade of 9.4 or higher and newsstand edition are selling for significantly more money than regular market value. Examples include Batman Adventures 12 Newsstand Edition, and any other modern day key issue book:

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

For earlier titles, there are exceptions to the rule. Some comics have the bar code on the back, like Marvel Comics Presents #72.   Any books post 2002 would have a UPC barcode on them no matter what now, but the difference is they all state “DIRECT EDITION”. You are looking for 2002 and newer comic books that have UPC Barcodes that do not show the words “DIRECT EDITION” in bold letters above or below the bar code.

Okay I broke down some maths. Let’s look at Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane.

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

That’s a very publicly well known number having a 1.7 million copy print run in 1992. 15% of comics in 1992 were allegedly newsstand. 225,000 (1/4 million copies) I estimated the newsstand edition to be a 1:1000 ration of rarity. So 1:1000 is not accurate, that was hand grenade accurate. 32 is more accurate. I think it’s even more accurate to say it’s a 3:100. Or, 30 in 1000, if you will. That’s still a very low number. Still rare. But not even a 1:100.

In summary, here’s what you need to know about High Grade Newsstand Collecting for Investing:

  • High grade. 9.4 or higher is ideal. Pressing services for comic books helps greatly!
  • The years for comics in 1972-1990 doesn’t really matter. It was a 50/50 ratio split in distribution of direct editions over newsstand editions.
  • Search for comic books from the years 1990-2001 with UPC bar codes on cover.
  • Search for comics from the years 2002-2017 with bar codes that do not say “DIRECT EDITION”.
  • Newsstand Edition error or recalled books are also wise investments.

You can experiment with this with your own Spawn #1 Newsstand search terms on ebay.  Try it!  This is the new hunt, people!  Have fun! The only place where I can find modern day 2016-2017 newsstand edition comic books is:

  1. Barnes and Nobles bookstores
  2. Books-a-Million bookstores
  3. Wal-mart
  4. Toys R’ Us

Good luck!

Here are some examples of high grade newsstand edition rare covers of J Scott Campbell with his run on Amazing Spider-man. This is some of his earlier work, too:

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell-newsie-001

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell Very rare

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell with rare $3.99 cover price.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT FOR SALE ON EBAY

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Complete

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo. This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.
This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.  This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter
Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)
4″ Yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker
Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390
Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art
22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna
original packet mailing envelope with original owner address
label

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

It was anecdotally decided it was random which color bandanna you would receive in the mail, and not based off which fan club form turtle you sent in. The most common colors found to this date are red and orange. Blue is considered more rare. You could even send in an additional $3 for each additional bandana for a friend with your fan club form!

I have digitally blurred out the address and name on the address label on front of envelope for this listing due to privacy of the original owner.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW!

New CBCS Graded Comic Books added to ebay

Need a gift for a comic book collector?  Looking for some online shopping deals for one-of-a-kind items?  Check out some of these HOT new books we added to our ebay store!  Are you a fan of Batman, Wolverine, Walking Dead, Star Wars, or Alex Ross, or even STAN LEE?  Check them out:

2015 Liquid Comics Wes Craven's COMING OF RAGE #1 CBCS 9.4 Bloody White Collector's Edition Variant 100 Copy Print Run NM+

2015 Liquid Comics Wes Craven’s COMING OF RAGE #1 CBCS 9.4 Bloody White Collector’s Edition Variant 100 Copy Print Run NM+

2010 Marvel WOLVERINE #1 Signed by JAE LEE CBCS 7.0

2010 Marvel WOLVERINE #1 Signed by JAE LEE CBCS 7.0

2011 DC Detective Comics 1 Signed Tony Daniel CBCS 8.5 Dollmaker

2011 DC Detective Comics 1 Signed Tony Daniel CBCS 8.5 Dollmaker

2011 Marvel UNCANNY X-MEN #544 Signed by STAN LEE CBCS 9.8 Final Issue! CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS STAN "THE MAN" LEE!

2011 Marvel UNCANNY X-MEN #544 Signed by STAN LEE CBCS 9.8 Final Issue!
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS STAN “THE MAN” LEE!

2015 Marvel STAR WARS #1 HOT TOPIC Recalled Edition CBCS 9.6 CBCS 9.6 GRADED COMIC BOOK

2015 Marvel STAR WARS #1 HOT TOPIC Recalled Edition CBCS 9.6
CBCS 9.6 GRADED COMIC BOOK

2013 Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #1 Signed by Moore, Posehn, Duggan CBCS 9.4 NM+ CBCS 9.4 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY TONY MORE, BRIAN POSEHN, and GERRY DUGGAN! CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label Deadpool #1 1/2013 Marvel Comics NM+ 9.4 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2013 Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #1 Signed by Moore, Posehn, Duggan CBCS 9.4 NM+
CBCS 9.4 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY TONY MORE, BRIAN POSEHN, and GERRY DUGGAN!
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
Deadpool #1
1/2013 Marvel Comics
NM+ 9.4
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2010 Image Firsts Edition WALKING DEAD #1 Signed TONY MOORE 9.8 CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY original Walking Dead Artist TONY MORE CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label Image Firsts Printing Walking Dead #1 3/2010 Image Comics NM+ 9.8 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2010 Image Firsts Edition WALKING DEAD #1 Signed TONY MOORE 9.8
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY original Walking Dead Artist TONY MORE
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
Image Firsts Printing
Walking Dead #1
3/2010 Image Comics
NM+ 9.8
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2013 Dark Horse STAR WARS #1 Signed by Alex Ross CBCS 9.8 Limited signed and numbered #437/600 CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS PAINTER ARTIST ALEX ROSS CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label 1st Printing Star Wars #1 Dark Horse Comics 2013 Variant: First Printing 9.8 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS WHITE PAGES YOU ARE BUYING AN INVESTMENT ONLY ONE ON EBAY in 3 YEARS! DYNAMIC FORCES EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION SIGNATURE SERIES #437/600 Comes with Original COA from Dynamic Forces

2013 Dark Horse STAR WARS #1 Signed by Alex Ross CBCS 9.8 Limited signed and numbered #437/600
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS PAINTER ARTIST ALEX ROSS
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
1st Printing
Star Wars #1
Dark Horse Comics 2013
Variant: First Printing
9.8
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS
WHITE PAGES
YOU ARE BUYING AN INVESTMENT
ONLY ONE ON EBAY in 3 YEARS!
DYNAMIC FORCES EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION SIGNATURE SERIES #437/600
Comes with Original COA from Dynamic Forces