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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 04, 2018, 04:08:28 am Has there ever been a guide published to Archie collectibles, like by Schiffer or Krause or one of those publishers that specialize in collectibles guides?

Good to know!

I haven't seen or even heard of one, but I've come across a few Archie collectibles (board games, Welches drinking glasses, etc) mentioned in collector's guides focused on toys from television shows.
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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 03, 2018, 11:11:13 am
Quote from: archiecomicscollector on June 02, 2018, 08:40:24 pm
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on February 16, 2018, 04:08:02 am
I've been pondering the idea of collectors and collecting for a few years now, and what it is that motivates me and other collectors. There seem to be a few different psychological components to the collector mindset, which may differ somewhat among individuals. There's a definite obsessive-compulsive aspect that compels a person to focus their thoughts and energies into collecting, but it seems to start with a emotional component, an attachment to things which is sentimental and/or nostalgic. A person's unique sense of aesthetics and personal identity are a big part of it as well, and the desire to surround ourselves with objects which are representative of our inner selves -- we are what we like or enjoy.

The bright, colorful and humorous Archie comic covers initially drew me in, but, after my parents bought several issues for me, I started to fall in love with Archie's zany antics. My mom's best friend saw me reading a digest shortly thereafter, and told me about her personal collection. She read Archie comics as a child, and, as she stopped buying/collecting them, she gifted 300+ digests (c. 1970s-1980s) to me. I was always reading them, so gradually all my friends and family members started to buy me Archie comics. Over the past few years, I've focused on buying vintage Archie comics (c. 1940s-1960s) and growing my Archie collectibles collection (c. 1960s-1990s). With that being said, I continue to collect Archie comics and collectibles because it reminds me of my childhood, and, as many avid fiction readers can attest, I often felt like Archie and his friends were my also my friends. I could easily see myself attending Riverdale High School and drinking Pop Tate's famous milkshakes.



I can see where if you grew up reading Archie stories as a young kid, you'd have this idea that they reflect the actual high school experience you would look forward to having, but my own high school experience was closer to Peter Parker's (minus the parts about him being a science whiz, and fighting supervillains as Spider-Man) than Archie Andrews'. Since I never read that many Archie comics before starting high school, looking at them in hindsight gives me a heightened awareness of how much of Archie portrays an idealized fantasy high school experience that will never be attainable for most people (except maybe for the detention parts) -- where every girl in town (except for token characters like Ethel Muggs and Ophelia Glutenschnable) is not only pretty, but will settle for dating an average dweeb like Archie, and the only real problems involve keeping your various girlfriends and dates separate. Not that that's a bad thing necessarily -- in fact, trying to tone down that idealized version of high school and make it more realistic pretty much ruins Archie comics, IMO. If I can accept the premise of someone getting superpowers from being bitten by a radioactive spider, then I guess two gorgeous girls fighting over a big nothing like Archie shouldn't seem like that much of a stretch in terms of suspension of disbelief. The most important thing is how many interesting variations on the basic idea they can come up with, and how many slapstick antics and comedic situations they can wring out of the stories.



Yes, I did see it (and all the television shows and movies I watched growing up) as an ideal high school experience, but, as we all know, high school is vastly different. I did, however, regularly frequent my city's version of Pop's, as it was just a few blocks away from my high school. 
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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 03, 2018, 04:57:40 am
I see you have a number of the Bantam mass-market paperbacks from the 1970s, and the Mike Pellowski RIVERDALE HIGH novels from the 1990s. Here's a list of some other ones you should be on the lookout for if you don't already have them:

Price Stern Sloan   BETTY & VERONICA Mad Libs by Roger Price and Leonard Stern   Sep-05   
Price Stern Sloan   ARCHIE loves BETTY & VERONICA Mad Libs by Roger Price and Leonard Stern   Dec-14   
         
Hyperion/Miramax Books   Are You A BETTY or VERONICA? - A Quiz Book   Apr-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   BETTY & VERONICA's Guide to Life by Jasmine Jones   Apr-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   BETTY & VERONICA: Best Friends Forever by Jasmine Jones   Jun-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   The Ultimate BETTY & VERONICA Quiz Book #2   Sep-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   BETTY & VERONICA Stories: What A Catch!  by Jasmine Jones   Oct-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   BETTY & VERONICA's Guide to Crushes by Emma Harrison   Dec-05   
Hyperion/Miramax Books   BETTY & VERONICA Stories: She's Got The Look  by Jasmine Jones   Apr-06   [ unpublished? ]
         
Cider Mill Press Books   BETTY AND VERONICA: A Girl's Guide to the 'Comic' World of Dating by Amy Helmes   Dec-06   
         
Grossett & Dunlap   xoxo, BETTY & VERONICA: Living the Dream by Christa Roberts   May-11   
Grossett & Dunlap   xoxo, BETTY & VERONICA: We're With The Band by Adrianne Ambrose   May-11   
Grossett & Dunlap   xoxo, BETTY & VERONICA: In Each Other's Shoes by Adrianne Ambrose   Sep-11   



A key vintage Archie collectible to find if you can would be the Post cereal boxes from the late 1960s that had The Archies singles printed right on the back of the boxes, and the later Kellogg's cereals Josie & the Pussycats singles. While they may seem quaint in this age of downloadable MP3 songs, it's important to remember that at the time they first appeared, the idea of giving away song recordings as a cereal prize represented a then-revolutionary new cutting-edge technology. Only recently had print technology reached the point where an extremely thin clear plastic sheet could be imprinted with sound recording grooves and adhered over a colorful cardboard box, that could then be cut out using scissors by kids and played just like a normal 45 RPM vinyl single.

The rarest, most pristine condition would be to find an unopened cereal box, completely intact and carefully preserved, but it's doubtful there are actually any extant examples of that case. Next in desirability would be just the box with the top flaps unsealed and the inner bag of cereal removed, but otherwise just as originally sold. Completely acceptable to most collectors though, would be the complete cereal box where both top and bottom flaps had been unsealed and the box carefully flattened. Much more commonly found would be examples where the free prize cardboard single had been cut from the box, played a few times, and then saved (but beware of surface scratches that might render the song unplayable). Still, the graphics are nice, and since the songs themselves are commonly available recordings, you won't really be playing the record. Where the value fluctuates a lot is in how carefully the detached record was cut from the box using scissors (some kids were extremely careful and neat... others, not so much), and the hole for the record player spindle needed to be punched in the exact center of the cardboard (or pretty close) for the record to play correctly. Also beware of misprints -- some of the songs don't match what the label on the disc says, because they were doing several different premiums on different cereal boxes and there exist examples where the factory got the wrong vinyl overlay stuck on the wrong cardboard backing. Even if you manage to find just a sloppily cut-out cardboard single where the surface of the vinyl is scratched and unplayable, as long as the graphics on the backing cardboard are intact, it's worth something.



Thanks!  :smitten:


Yes, I have two versions of The Archies records by Post. They were cut perfectly from the box, but I haven't tried playing them. I also have one unopened mail-ordered Josie and the Pussycats record from Kelloggs.
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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on February 16, 2018, 04:08:02 am
I've been pondering the idea of collectors and collecting for a few years now, and what it is that motivates me and other collectors. There seem to be a few different psychological components to the collector mindset, which may differ somewhat among individuals. There's a definite obsessive-compulsive aspect that compels a person to focus their thoughts and energies into collecting, but it seems to start with a emotional component, an attachment to things which is sentimental and/or nostalgic. A person's unique sense of aesthetics and personal identity are a big part of it as well, and the desire to surround ourselves with objects which are representative of our inner selves -- we are what we like or enjoy.

The bright, colorful and humorous Archie comic covers initially drew me in, but, after my parents bought several issues for me, I started to fall in love with Archie's zany antics. My mom's best friend saw me reading a digest shortly thereafter, and told me about her personal collection. She read Archie comics as a child, and, as she stopped buying/collecting them, she gifted 300+ digests (c. 1970s-1980s) to me. I was always reading them, so gradually all my friends and family members started to buy me Archie comics. Over the past few years, I've focused on buying vintage Archie comics (c. 1940s-1960s) and growing my Archie collectibles collection (c. 1960s-1990s). With that being said, I continue to collect Archie comics and collectibles because it reminds me of my childhood, and, as many avid fiction readers can attest, I often felt like Archie and his friends were my also my friends. I could easily see myself attending Riverdale High School and drinking Pop Tate's famous milkshakes.
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I have nearly 2000 Archie comics. I've been collecting them since I was 10 years old (just over 20 years ago). I started cataloging my collection a few years ago, after realizing I had duplicates, and now I keep track of my collection through Comics Price Guide's website.

My oldest comic is Archie #33, but my favorite comic is now Reggie and Me #21, as I was able to purchase the original art for "Get Well" last year from Tri-State Original Art at NYCC. The 5 page story features both Archie and Reggie fighting over a sick Veronica's affections in a greeting card store. I work at Hallmark, so I immediately fell in love with the story.

http://tri-stateoriginalart.com/william-vigoda/william-vigoda-1966-complete-5-pg-archie-story/
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Speaking of crossovers....I'd love to see CW's Supernatural crossover with Archie's Weird Mysteries, similar to their Scoobynatural episode earlier this year. I loved watching Archie's Weird Mysteries in the early 2000s.
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I just purchased a few Archie pins, c. 1987 on eBay. I'm gradually sharing my Archie collection, including my recent purchase, on Instagram under @archiecomicscollector, if you are interested.
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I generally collect vintage Archie comics, but I just purchased subscriptions for Archie Meets Batman '66 (starting July 2018) and Vampironica. I'm SUPER excited for the Batman crossover! I plan to share it with my dad, as he grew up watching the campy live-action television show when it first aired. And I've heard good things about Vampironica from other fans. I'm looking forward to reading the series, especially as artist Greg Smallwood is local and he's a former coworker.
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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on June 02, 2018, 07:12:01 am
Nice collection, Samantha! I have a few of the same things. The Archie Hot Wheels cars, the Betty and Veronica Toon Tumblers (I also have one of Josie & the Pussycats), the trading cards, a few pins, and of course a whole bunch of regular comic books and digests (and a ton of trade paperbacks and hardcovers). I haven't counted them, so I don't know how many. About four of those short comic boxes for the regular comics (and another one for Archie superhero comics like the Mighty Crusaders, The Fly/Fly-Man, The Jaguar, etc.). So how many is that? Maybe somewhere around 1200 regular comics, plus 6 or 7 boxes (the ones Diamond Comic Distributors ships comics in) of digests -- which again, I haven't counted, and maybe around 60 or 80 trade paperbacks & hardcovers.

Did you also get the Mattel Betty & Veronica dolls?  They're pretty nice.



THANKS! Good to hear! Yes, I do have Mattel's Betty & Veronica dolls  :smitten: I have a lot more to post on Instagram, and, of course, I'm always adding to my collection. 


I started cataloging my comic collection (and my dad's) on Comics Price Guide's website a few years ago, and now I simply double check my collection and add my latest purchases to the database. It's definitely helped in preventing duplicates, as I think I had roughly 100 duplicates (and a few triplicates) before cataloging my collection.
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Welcome/Introductions / Archie Comics collector
June 01, 2018, 10:16:21 pm
I'm brand new to the forum, but I'm a HUGE Archie fan!

I started collecting Archie comics 20 years ago, when I was just 10 years old. I have nearly 2000 comics (including digests) and over 100 associated toys (i.e. dolls, lunch boxes, puzzles) in my collection today. A glimpse of my collection can be found on Instagram under @archiecomicscollector.

I hope you enjoy it, as much as I do
:D  #cantstopcollecting.

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