Restoring a collectible implies adulteration of the item from it’s original, un-restored state. It should not be considered lightly, and should only be attempted by professionals. When amateurs attempt to restore a comic on their own, the result is usually a devaluation to the comic. Examples include color touch, tape repairs, trimming edges, cleaning, reglossing or other efforts to enhance appearance. On occasion, restoration is appropriate and may be the only way a comic can be structurally sound and enjoyed.
Ex: a “Crazy Ed Archive” Collectible undergoing Restoration
Comic Book Example: restoration made sense for this copy of the 1st appearance of Iron Man (TOS 39 from 1963). The cover, although vivid in color, had numerous tears and several chips. The interior was solid “as-is.”
At Right: the before picture (and Restoration Report!)
Below, the after restoration shot of a “apparent high grade” comic; something that could now be enjoyed:
Unfortunately, some buyers of expensive, older comics may not be aware of the restoration work. With an informed buyer understanding what he is paying for the owner of a restored comic can be very happy with the result:
The Happy purchaser, buying a book that appears VF/NM (which would sell today for about $20,000) for only $1,500.00 (this was in 2002, by the way)