It started with that simple question from my younger brother six months ago and the next thing I knew, I was collecting comics again after a fifteen year hiatus.
I purchased like a fiend/investor from the 70's to the mid 90's, and I had about 3500 or so issues to try to sort and appraise. Back in the day the only option at this point would have been busting out an overstreet guide and a calculator. Thankfully computers came along and make the process a lot easier these days.
I searched around for what software is available and what various comic sites offer to organize and value your books. The biggest challenge was finding updated pricing information. I ended up settling on Comic Base from Human Computing .
This made it easy enough to enter everything I had and get weekly updates on price changes. More importaintly, as a programmer, it provides me with data I can export to use in my own apps from the phone or a broswer when I'm at a convention or a shop. The one I use from the web is located here:
Here's a screen shot of the left half:
This is where I can quickly narrow in on the volumes worth pursuing and list what I need to complete it.
I'm interested to see how other collecters go about this and if any have found reliable solutions.