Managing your comic book collection with collecting software

How do you catalog your comic book collection?

I remember being a kid in the ’80s with a spiral bound notebook, but this had very limited usefulness. I mostly just had to try to remember which issues I had and try not to buy them again.

Now that computers are a thing, a number of different software programs and websites serve this need.

One way is to use MS Excel (or another spreadsheet program) to create a sortable, printable list. With multiple columns, you can record as many details as you would like, but it is a no-frills option.

Several programs specifically designed to manage your comic collection are also available. Two of the most popular (based on a quick informal survey of several comics forums) seem to be:

Collectorz.com Comic Collector (http://www.collectorz.com/comic/)

This program sells for $29.95 for Standard or $49.95 for Pro. There is a free trial version, limited to 100 comics.

The features are fairly standard for a comic collecting database software, including the ability to sort, browse and run reports on your collection. Connecting online allows for automatically importing details and cover images of the issues in your collection. Nothing really fancy, though. Yet to get even all of these features, including the ability to export a collection, you have to purchase the more expensive Pro version. They also have an app for your smart phones ($14.99) that will allow you to add comics on the run, and it syncs with the Comic Collector software at home.

Comic Collector Live (http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/GetOrganized.aspx)

This program has a free 30-day trial and then costs $29.95 for a one-year subscription.

Comic Collector Live might be worth trying out. It has most of the features of the above software—the “standard” features you would expect. In addition to these, however, it also allows you to record other collections, like action figures and trading cards, as well. The “Gap View” shows which issues of a run you are missing.

The $29.95 subscription price includes updates to the software, and presumably comic values, etc. The website does not provide full details about what the subscription entails. A separate $14.95 monthly subscription fee pays for the ability to open your own store to sell comics on the site’s Live! Market. You can also purchase comics from others’ stores, making the site a worthwhile visit whether you use the software or not.

Other options

I have been trying out a third option for a month or so:

StashMyComics (http://www.stashmycomics.com/)

This site is free but does not include a desktop version; it is entirely online.

StashMyComics provides all of the features as the others, including the ability to “stash” the issues in your collection. You can search by title and issue (single or a range). The cover images appear to be crowd-sourced, and you can earn “points” by uploading scanned covers or adding or updating comics details.

The site also includes a number of blog-like columns and numerous comics-related message boards.

So far I love the site—likely based on the price point. Like De La Soul said, “Free is the magic number.”

How about you?

What systems do you use to manage your collections? Are there other sites for collectibles other than just comic books?

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