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There are many reasons why you need to understand the value of the items in your family’s possession:

  • Estate and Probate – When looking for equitable outcomes for descendants when the time comes to distribute items, it is vital to know what those items are worth. One “pile of stuff” can have a vastly different value than the next similar looking “pile of stuff.”
  • Financial Planning – Advisors often ask about real estate, stock investments, bank accounts, and maybe coins or original art, but they stop there! It has not been unusual, in our experience, to find comic book, toys, and movie materials collections that rival or surpass the value of the house in which they are stored. Get the full picture of net worth by including the collectible items in the plan!
  • Insurance Protection – Most insurance companies will need an expert evaluation to ensure the collection is properly backed by the right plan. Based on the nature of the policy, sometimes it is acceptable to ballpark the total value but in other cases it requires a line-by-line detailed review.
  • Planning for Downsizing – What items may one day need to be sold vs. donated or in the worst case just disposed of? An orderly process that has time to come to proper fruition will have a significantly better outcome than last-minute decisions and short deadlines.

Call Back to the Past Collectibles today and let us put our team of experts to work for you!


Answers to frequently asked questions about evaluating collectibles.

How do you evaluate a comic book?

It’s easy to find out how much your comic books are worth. Begin by checking the prices of comparable comic books that have been sold to get an idea of what they’re worth, but make sure you are comparing the same condition, printing, and issue! Then request an auction estimate from a reputable evaluator for a more specific dollar value.

What determines the value of a comic?

The value of a comic is determined by many factors, including its rarity, condition, and age. The most important factor, however, is often the character or story arc featured in the comic, often referred to as being a “key” issue. For example, comics featuring popular characters like Superman or Spider-Man are typically worth more than those without these characters.

How is sports memorabilia evaluated?

The best way to get your sports memorabilia valued is to submit it for grading first. Once your items have been certified, you can then submit them for evaluation.

How do you price sports memorabilia?

Sports memorabilia can be a great investment, but only if you know how to price it correctly. The four main factors that affect the value of a signed item are the quality and condition of the signature, the rarity and desirability of the item, the historical importance or fame of the player, and the confidence you have in its authenticity.

Does signed sports memorabilia increase in value?

As any collector knows, the value of an autograph can vary greatly depending on the person who signed it. Athletes who are considered to be sports icons usually have signatures that maintain their value or increase in value over time. Some of the most popular athletes with valuable signatures include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Michael Jordan. For collectors, these signatures are highly sought-after, and they are often willing to pay a premium for the chance to own one.

How much does it cost to get sports memorabilia evaluated?

The prices start at $200 and go up to $1,000, but vary depending upon the value of the item and the specific company you use.

How do I find out how much my memorabilia is worth?

To find out what your memorabilia is worth, the best thing to do is contact your local dealer. They will be able to take a look at your collection and provide an evaluation. Once you have found a few dealers, you can compare their evaluations to get an idea of what your collection is worth.

Does memorabilia go up in value?

The value of memorabilia varies in tandem with market rates. In recessionary times, costs may decrease. However, there are additional elements to consider when determining the price of a particular object. For example, if a player wins a sports championship, the value of their collectibles would likely increase. Player popularity over time is a factor as well.

How do you evaluate a coin collection?

A coin collection can be a fun hobby, but it can also be a valuable investment. If you’re thinking of selling your collection, or if you just want to get an idea of its value, you should take your coins to an expert in coin valuation who can give you an honest assessment of your collection’s worth.

How do I prepare for a coin evaluation?

First, leave the coins in their albums or books. Second, don’t remove the coins from their holders. Third, separate the loose coins by type and denomination. This will help keep them organized and intact for evaluation. Providing as much information as possible will make it easier for the evaluator to give an accurate estimate of the value of your collection.

How do I sell coins?

There are a few different ways that you can go about selling your coins. One of the most popular strategies is to sell them directly to a rare coin business or coin dealer. This is a good option if you want to get the most money for your coins and if you obtained your collection from this type of business in the first place. Another option is to sell them to a friend or family member. This is a good option if you are looking for a quick sale and if you do not mind getting less money. Whichever option you choose, make sure that you are clear about the terms of the sale before you finalize anything.

How much does it cost to have a coin collection evaluated?

A basic idea of the price of a pile of coins might be quick and free. For deeper line-by-line evaluations, the price may be $1,000 or more to get a comprehensive listing of values. It’s important to have an evaluation done so that you can be sure of the value of your collection in case you ever need to sell it or insure it against loss or damage.

Is there an app to scan coins for value?

There are many apps on the market that scan coins for value. Simply take a photo of a coin with your phone’s camera, and these apps will display a list of comparable coins and their sale prices.

What is the best way to sell old coins?

When it comes to selling old currency, the best method is to take it to a local coin shop or auctioneer. Coin shops are a safe bet for selling low-to-mid-range old coins like wheat cents and rare silver dollars. Choose a few to visit based on online reviews. Keep in mind that most coin shops will offer you less than the coins are worth, so don’t expect to get full value for your money. However, selling to a coin shop is a quick and easy way to get rid of old currency, and it’s a good option if you’re not interested in selling online or through an auction.

How do I get my coin collection evaluated?

You can have valuable coins in your collection assessed by a certified dealer. Once you’ve found a dealer, make an appointment to have your collection evaluated. The dealer will look at each coin and assess its value. They will also give you an estimate of how much your collection is worth as a whole.

How do I find out if my coins are worth anything?

If you have a coin that you think might be valuable, you can get it evaluated by a professional coin evaluator. They will examine your coin and compare it to similar coins that have been sold recently. This will give you an accurate estimate of its value. Keep in mind that the value of a coin can change over time, so it’s important to get an evaluation from a qualified evaluator.

How long does it take to get a coin evaluated?

Most professional evaluators have a working knowledge of older coins and can evaluate them within minutes. However, for rare or unusual coins, or large collections, it may take longer to get an accurate evaluation. This also depends on its condition. Coins with mint marks are easier to evaluate. A mint mark on the coin explains how many were made, where they were made, and the year.

What should I expect from a coin evaluation?

Evaluations are conducted without any obligation to sell. There may be a cost involved for a line-by-line evaluation, but general “how much is the pile worth?” types of evaluations may be free of charge. The evaluator will start by asking you some questions about the coin, such as when and where you got it, whether you know anything about its history, and what condition it is in. He or she will then take a close look at the coin, inspecting it for any signs of wear or damage. Once the evaluation is complete, the evaluator will provide you with an estimated value for the coin. This value is based on a number of factors, including the coin’s age, condition, and rarity. In some cases, the evaluator may also be able to give you some advice on how to best care for your coin.

How do you trust a coin evaluator?

It’s important to do your research to ensure you’re working with a reputable and qualified professional. First, check their experience to see if they have the knowledge and expertise to give accurate evaluations. It’s also important to verify that they have real assets, such as a bonded warehouse or insurance, which can protect your coins in the event of theft or damage. In addition, take some time to read online reviews and see what other people have said about their experience with the evaluator. And finally, be sure to ask about what would happen in the event of a dispute and what your recourse would be. By taking these steps, you can help ensure you’re working with a trustworthy coin evaluator.


This list provides a sample of collections we’ve bought and sold. It’s merely a fraction of the vintage collectibles we handle.

  • Comic Books
  • Action Figures
  • Advertising Signs
  • Baseball Cards
  • Batman Memorabilia
  • Bettie Page Magazines
  • Bronze Age Comic Books
  • Celebrity Autographs
  • Clocks
  • Coins
  • Collectible Toys
  • Comic Books
  • Figurines
  • Film Props
  • GI Joe
  • Gold & Silver Coins
  • Golden Age Comic Books
  • Graded Comics and Cards
  • Kenner Star Wars
  • Marvel ToyBiz
  • Marx Playsets
  • Memorabilia
  • Mickey Mouse Watches
  • Movie Posters
  • Movie Stills
  • Music Posters
  • Original Art
  • Pinball Tables
  • Rock and Roll Memorabilia
  • Silver Age Comic Books
  • Simpsons Merchandise
  • Star Trek Memorabilia
  • Star Wars Merchandise
  • TMNT Toys
  • Vintage Men’s Magazines
  • Vintage Photos
  • Vintage Toys
  • Vinyl Records
  • X-Men Merchandise
  • And much, much more!


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When you step into our Wixom headquarters it’s obvious that we possess a relentless passion for vintage treasures. You’ll always find something new in our weekly auctions or on our eBay store with new inventory being listed every week!

If you’re looking to make some cash or do some trading with your comic books, figurines, vinyl, magazines or just about any vintage collectibles or memorabilia, we’d love to meet you.

Come and visit! You’ll feel right at home.