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Comic Character Collectibles: In the Time of COVID-19: Pop Culture Thriving?

This Swedish one-sheet for Casablanca nearly tripled its estimate when it sold for $55,000 at Heritage. ­Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

by J.C. Vaughn In recent discussions, a handful of auction houses and high-end comic book insiders confessed that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic they really didn’t know how the market was going to go. Within a couple of weeks, though, it became clear that at least some of the people staying home […]

Comic Character Collectibles: April 2020

Acclaimed artist Todd McFarlane brings his creator-owned character Spawn together with Marvel’s top-selling Spider-Man, the character that propelled him to fame, on the golden anniversary edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

Spider-Man Meets Spawn to Celebrate Overstreet’s 50th by J.C. Vaughn   It has been mentioned more than once in this space that 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. It’s a rather singular event in the history of price guides simply because its founder, author, and publisher Robert M. “Bob” […]

Movie Posters in the Man Cave

Movie Posters in the Man Cave

Presented by Amanda Sheriff Decorating is an important factor in personalizing the man cave, and this can be achieved in many ways. Movie poster collecting presents the opportunity to express individual preferences with artwork that reflects personality and tastes. Not only do movie posters offer many creative options, they also have the added entertainment of […]

Pop Culture Scores Big at Heritage

Pop Culture Scores Big at Heritage

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Heritage Auctions has continued to find fertile ground in the world of pop culture, as witnessed by their July 28-29, 2018 Movie Poster Auction and their August 2-4 Comics & Comic Art Auction. The company’s Movie Poster Auction totaled over $1.6 million when all was said and done, and […]

Comic Book Grading

Comic Book Grading

The Overstreet Definitions By Robert M. Overstreet & the Gemstone Publishing Staff (c)2018 Gemstone Publishing. Used by Permission. As with most collectibles, with comic books condition is king. The Overstreet Grading Standards have been developed over decades with input from comic book dealers, collectors, historians and preservation experts. When grading a comic book, common sense […]

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The world of pop culture collectibles is very far from being a hyperbole-free zone. As a group, we are at least as guilty, if not more so, than many other niches of society. It’s been said that certain parties in the field would describe the actual one-and-only Holy Grail […]

In The Works: Free Comic Book Day 2017 is May 6

In The Works: Free Comic Book Day 2017 is May 6

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Each year on the first Saturday in May, participating comic book retailers across North America give away more than 6 million comics at participating locations in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. The offerings, more than 50 different issues, come from a variety of publishers (including Marvel, DC, Dark […]

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

Comic Character Collectibles By JC Vaughn While our schedule at Gemstone Publishing may change from year to year, we know that one of the fixtures on it will be a trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego. While the New York Comic Con has most likely topped it in attendance, nothing in North America matches the […]

Cosplay: What is it and Why Does it Need a Guide Book?

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C.Vaughn If you’re around enough pop culture, particularly at conventions, the term “cosplay” keeps popping up with greater frequency, and while the field is actually very inclusive, term itself might need a little explaining. “If I had to define cosplay, I’d probably say that it involves taking a character from any […]