Overstreet has always been a great research tool, there is no question that they have helped tremendously in the formation of this hobby. They have cataloged a great amount of important discoveries, and I have been buying their publication for years, starting with the 1976 edition.
My concern is that the pricing in the book does not accurately refelect real market pricing, and hasn't for a long time. I am an active seller of vintage gold/silver/bronze comic books, both at conventions and online. I beleive the pricing information in the books will mislead people into thinking their comics are far more valuable than they really are. Most comics, regardless of age or type, sell for far less than this guide indicates, I don't care if it's low grade/high grade, gold, silver or bronze, all the pricing should be taking with a multiple grains of salt. I'm not saying all prices are inaccurate, just most of them.
This was echoed numerous times in the market reports by trusted dealers & comic historians as well. Overstreet needs serious pricing reform, I really didn't see that in this edition, though they said they made some "minor adjustments". When you see vintage comics selling (consistently)for 20%-30%-40% of the values listed in this book, why do they keep prices so high? They are suppose to be the leader in pricing, so I do expect much more out of Overstreet. I argued with people who say "it's a just a guide" and prices can fluctuate, I could agree with that statement if pricing were just a bit off, but not by the significantly large margins this book is off by.
Pricing is Overstreet's business, if they can't accuartely report true market pricing (which has never been so easy to find with the advent of Ebay/online sales), then why purport to be expert on pricing & publish a yearly guide that contains grossly inaccurate pricing info?
I appreciate the guide for what it has done in the past to catalog this great hobby, but I need accurate pricing info. I give the guide 5 stars on being a great general research tool, but only 1 star for realistic pricing info. That being said, I love Overstreet, I want them to continue forever, but they need a serious re-haul on pricing, a major impactful one, they need to go Freddy Kruger and start really slashing, be accurate!! Thanks!