We found an old article in a 1994 Money Magazine that made us wonder. Almost everything collectible at that time went up and down in price. Only two things were able to go up over the 14 years (1980–1994) they studied—1960s comic books and American art pottery from the 1880s to 1920s. Looking back now from 1995 to 2021, we suspect the comics have gone up even faster. The most original comic art in the 1980s wasn’t offered for sale yet, and the art pottery now includes many more potters. The most expensive Rookwood pottery vase listed in our Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide cost $2,250. There were no comic books listed because most comics collectors were young readers who saved their old comics. Back then, no one wanted the original art, not even the Comic Museum. Times have changed!

comic book and art pottery vase

Photos: Chaz George collection; Craftsman


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