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Autographs & Sketch
Autographs & Sketch  
Hi, I recently found a 1989 hardback "Batman Arkham Asylum" (A serious house on serious Earth) written by: Grant Morrison, illustrated by: Dave McKean. Inside I found 2 autographs; written in Silver ink was Dave McKean, and written in Gold ink was Grant Morrison & sketch of Batman wearing a cape with 3 bats behind him.
A few friends have told me it's a super Rare a super special find. However scanning online post it looks like comic book autographs aren't that big of a deal. So my main question is should I get this thing certified & graded, to put my kids through college, or should I throw it on eBay and try to make a couple of bucks?

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Hi Mark,

Well, you haven't hit on a great gold mine. I don't think it's worth getting it certified, and it's not going to put your kids through college. It's a good book, though, and a lot of fans will consider it cool that it is skecthed and autographed (and among fans coolness can translate into monetary value), but check out various price guides and what a similar book goes for on eBay, and price your book accordingly. My estimate is that it'll be worth in the vicinity of $50. Less if you're unlucky, more if you're lucky.

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- Tue Sorensen

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I can answer questions about the *contents* of most superhero and sci-fi comics (and also fantasy/sword'n'sorcery like Elfquest and Conan the Barbarian) and also about the writers and artists, but not about the *condition* of your comics (i.e. I will not grade your comics or evaluate their value). I am very knowledgable about American comics in general, esp. Marvel, but also DC and indies. I cannot answer questions about Japanese manga comics, which I know very little about. The majority of my expertise spans from comics published between 1960 and 2000, but if you have questions about before or after those dates, I probably know enough to find the info you need.

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I was an avid comic book collector from the early 1980s to around 2000 (and have still been buying little bits and pieces thereafter), and I still have my collection of 18,000+ comics, incl. some European ones (I hail from Denmark). I have been an active participant in comics fandom; I have written about comics in fanzines, APAzines, magazines and letter columns, and worked briefly in a comic shop (would love to have done that as a career, but here in Denmark we only have a couple of shops, so that opportunity is hard to come by). I have also attempted to write scripts for comics based on my own ideas - projects which I'm still working on.

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I have studied Biology, English and history at university level.

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