This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced coin price guide pdf may be challenged and removed. Begun in 1970 by Robert M.
Overstreet as a guide for fellow fans of Golden Age and Silver Age comics, the Overstreet guide has expanded to cover virtually the entire history of the American comics publication as far back as the Victorian Age and Platinum Age. Overstreet’s annual guide to the comic book collecting hobby has itself become a collectible, and since the 1980s each edition of the Price Guide includes a page listing collector’s values for older editions, with hardcover editions, in particular, selling for a premium. Currently, the Price Guide is published in three formats: hardcover, softcover, a larger, ring-bound edition and an electronic edition, often with multiple covers for each version. Overstreet grew up as a comic book, coin, and Indian arrowhead collector.
In the 1960s, after abandoning a project to create an arrowhead price guide, Overstreet turned his attention to comics, which had no definitive guide. Comic back-issue prices had stabilized by the end of the 1960s, and, Jerry Bails, who had recently published the Collector’s Guide to the First Heroic Age, was considering creating a comic book price guide.
He was contacted by Overstreet, who was doing the same thing. Bails’ extensive notes, supplemented by Overstreet’s study of dealer listings, “became a backbone to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.
Under the auspices of Overstreet Publications, the first Comic Book Price Guide was published in November 1970. Among other things, Overstreet’s guide included inventory lists, and it instantly became an invaluable resource tool for comic book collectors and dealers. By 1976, the guide had achieved national distribution. An early decision was made by author to exclude the niche of underground comix, an adult-oriented expression of the genre that Mr.
Overstreet had no interest in documenting, for reasons he has never made public, despite the book being promoted by its publisher as “the most complete listing of comics from the 1500s to the present. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Overstreet also produced publications that would serve price updates regarding newer comics releases from the present, to selected titles dating from the Silver Age, including a price guide to current and valuable comics, as well as comic book and collector news, and interviews. There was also some editorial content from the publishers, and from polled bookstore owners.
Overstreet’s Comic Book Price Update, Overstreet’s Comics Price Bulletin,Overstreet Comic Book Monthly, and Overstreet’s Fan, with this last incarnation showing a great deal of similarity to the successful comics news magazine Wizard: The Guide to Comics. Overstreet also published twenty-one issues of Comic Book Marketplace between Mar. Ultimately, most titles were canceled, including Overstreet’s Fan which ceased publication in 1997.