I’m no comics expert. That didn’t stop me from volunteering to take a peek at a treasure chest of old comic books that once belonged to my friend’s brother. Immediately, my mind raced with possibilities: could the holy grail of comics be in among this pile of ‘80s back issues? With little awareness of what constitutes a must-have comic — except for Action Comics #1 and New Mutants #98 — I turned to the tools at my disposal: the internet and the lifelong experiences of a dedicated comic book collector. Along the way I picked up a few helpful guidelines for the average reader who might consider turning a casual hobby into a serious pursuit. I also managed to put a price tag on my newfound collection of nostalgia.