Now Available: Picker’s Pocket Guide - Comic Books

DALLAS—Picker's Pocket Guide - COMIC BOOKS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro  (Krause Publications, 2015), fills 208 full-color pages with tips, tricks, and strategy on how to collect and sell comic books. With the value of certain old comic books currently soaring in value, including several that have recently sold for over a million dollars, the need to know what’s what is greater than ever. Illustrated with more than 150 color photos and rich in comics history, the handy pocket-sized guide offers professional and practical advice on where to look for comic books, how to determine condition and value, and ways to sell comics for the best money possible. 

“This book is the culmination of all my years of working at Heritage,” said author David Tosh, “especially all the calls I’ve answered from people who inherited a stack of old comics, or found some in a storage unit or yard sale, and wanted to know what they were worth. In the book, I talk about all the big key issues, as well as the many facsimile and reprint editions of these famous comic books that have confused people for years.

“Each decade from the 1930s on is covered, with listings of the most popular comics from each time period,” Tosh said. “I mention what to look for and what to avoid when going through stacks of old comic books, and the best ways to sell what you find. The book is loaded with full-color photos of comics in a variety of grades, with descriptions and prices realized, gleaned from the vast Heritage Auction archives.”

The book is designed mainly as a guide to those who search garage sales and flea markets and such, and happen to come across a few old comics that may or may not be of value. It also will serve as a primer for those interested in collecting but are new to the hobby. Picker’s Pocket Guide — Comic Books contains a tremendous amount of comic book knowledge in a slender and sharp-looking guide that won’t break the bank. You’ll be a seasoned picker in no time after reading it!

Picker’s Pocket Guide - COMIC BOOKS is the latest in a new line of collectible pocket reference guides by Krause Publications, a division of F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company. Additional volumes include topics on Advertising Signs, Baseball MemorabiliaBottles, and Toys. Future releases include topics on Hot Wheels and Star Wars Toys. 

Picker’s Pocket Guide - COMIC BOOKS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro is available in editions for both the Amazon Kindle, eBook, and a 208-page, pocket-sized collector’s guide. It retails for $14.99 and is available at booksellers nationwide, select retail shops, and directly from the publisher online at or by calling 855-864-2579 (M-F 8a.m. - 5 p.m.). 

About the Author:

David Tosh has been a comics fan since the early 1960s, and a serious collector since 1972. For several years he owned and operated a small collectibles shop, Mr. Nostalgia, in Batesville Arkansas, and has appeared as a dealer or guest at a number of large comic conventions. David has written a number of published articles, and has recently edited and compiled several collections of vintage comic book stories for major publishers, including Henry Speaks for Himself (Fantagraphics, 2014). David has been with Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions since 2003, working as a Comics Auction cataloger and consignment director.

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