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MIB – Mint in Box – Product is in Mint condition and includes original box.
IB – In Box – Product is not in Mint condition, but includes original box.
MIP – Mint in Package – Product is in original packaging.
MOC – Mint on Card – Product is on its original card.
MINT – Product is in new condition. May show some minor handling signs, but nothing to detract from value.
EXCELLENT – has some wear or signs of use, but nothing major.
VERY GOOD – shows evidence of wear clearly, but still a nice looking piece.
GOOD – obvious wear from time and handling. Good as a filler piece, or the less picky collector.
FAIR – cracks, chips, folds or bends detract from the value and the display quality.
POOR – good for spare parts, restoration, or everyday usage. A non-collectible piece.
Collecting Peanuts Tips
Before buying an expensive item, it’s always a good item to know what it is worth. A good place to start are collector’s books. Click here for a listing of Peanuts Collectors Books.
It’s a good idea not to run out and buy collectibles without knowing what’s common. Examples of items you’ll see at EVERY flea market, antique mall, etc: Snoopy on a doghouse Chex banks, Camp Snoopy Glasses, Fawcett Crest books. Just because they’re common, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy them, just buy them at a reasonable price.
When I first see a collectible I may want to purchase, I don’t look at the price. First, I decide how much I would want to pay for the item. Then, I look at the price. If it’s within the acceptable range, I purchase it. If not, it’s time to talk to the seller.
Don’t be afraid of asking for a discount. Antique stores will sometimes give discounts for items over $10. If the price isn’t already a bargain at flea market or garage sale, consider talking to the vendor/owner. Suggest a price a little lower than you want to pay, but don’t be too unreasonable. Let the vendor talk you up to your price. If you’re buying multiple items, a vendor will be more interested in making a deal with you.
If you’re looking for a specific comic and want the book it is published in, visit https://www.aaugh.com/guide/. There you’ll find all the info on books and finding specific comics you need.
Peanuts items all have copyright dates of the year the characters were first in publication printed on them. Charlie Brown was first published in 1950, therefore everything with Charlie Brown on it will have that copyright date. Don’t let a dealer try and sell you something “old” just because of a copyright date. Read more on this topic in Peanuts Collecting 101.
Specialize. There are tons of collectibles out there – do you really want to own everything ever made with the Peanuts gang on it? Probably not. I suggest stick with one character: Snoopy, Woodstock, Pigpen, etc. Collect only a certain type of product: Avon bottles, books, Stuffed Animals, etc. Not only does it narrow your search, but it will save you money for the extra special collectible you just happen across.
The passing of Charles M. Schulz, in my opinion, has not raised the prices of the run-of-the-mill collectibles. There are still the same amount of collectibles out there plus all the new collectibles being mass produced at the moment. The only area this effects is Charles M. Schulz originals or signed pieces. They are unique and can no longer be produced, making them more valuable to collectors. Watch out for fakes!