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archiecomicscollector

June 01, 2018, 10:16:21 pm Last Edit: June 01, 2018, 10:19:08 pm by archiecomicscollector
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.

DeCarlo Rules

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.

archiecomicscollector

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.

DeCarlo Rules

June 03, 2018, 04:57:40 am #3 Last Edit: June 03, 2018, 05:11:07 am by DeCarlo Rules
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.

archiecomicscollector

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.

DeCarlo Rules

June 04, 2018, 04:08:28 am #5 Last Edit: June 04, 2018, 04:13:50 am by DeCarlo Rules
Quote from: archiecomicscollector on June 03, 2018, 06:49:37 pm
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.


Yeah! That's a good one!

Josie and the Pussycats did have one commercially-released album, but if I remember correctly, there are cuts on the mail-away premium album that were never released either as singles or on the commercial album. I don't own the original vinyl, but I have a bootleg CD copy (that has all the cuts from both the commercial album and the mail-away record) of it, which I then played once to rip all the songs to MP3s and saved. The Banana Splits also had a similar mail-away album offer that had songs never released as commercial singles or on an album.

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?


archiecomicscollector

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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