I’ve been collecting for many years. My comic collection is somewhat a scattered one of various titles and publishers. My most complete collections are Amazing Spider-man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superman, and Walking Dead. All others can be considered hobby reading or investment collecting. In the past 10 years however, the turtles collection has gotten serious. With that said, it’s become my primary focus of collecting in the past 2-3 years. You can burn all my other stuff, but Turtles and Spider-man would have to be buried with me, or sold for a fortune to benefit my wife and only son.
The Turtles collection has gotten much more valuable with the recent additions from Mirage Studios’ eBay account, and Kevin Eastman Studios Fan Club. Because of these 2 operating headquarters, I’ve been able to snag super rare gems, signed by the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Mirage Studios is closing their doors and winding down operations in the past 5 years as everything was placed under acquisition from Nickelodeon and Kevin Eastman/IDW.
With the rapidly growing wave of popularity sweeping through the current IDW comics and the new hit cartoon on Nickelodeon, vintage 1984 Mirage Studios B&W turtles comics and 1988 Playmates action figures are rising FAST. Toy auction prices in 2010 are now DOUBLE in 2016. TMNT Scratch action figure from 1993 would sell for $200 loose and $600 carded in 2010. Now, on ebay as you read this, an ungraded carded Scratch goes for astronomical prices in the $1100-$1400 range now. He’s not even that rare! The real rare toys are the Shogun Triceraton, Undercover Leo with cloth trench coat and gold coin, or the original soft head 1988 turtles with the fan club inserts.
View the collection hosted here on my site: www.kaptainmyke.com/tmnt