Dreck Check is a free to use search engine for comic book collectors and dealers. Our search engine aggregates data on collectible comics. Cutting-edge technology creates real-time price guides based on auction information across the web. This site is designed with the serious collector in mind. Members have 24/7 access to the fastest data on the market today.
Brian Swingle's Bio: Brian brings 16 years of software engineer experience to Dreck Check. His technical expertise includes search engines and integrations. He has worked on products focusing on both the consumer and server sides. Brian graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelors of Science in Technical Business Management with a focus on Software Engineering. He holds a certification in Business Application Development from CHUBB institute. In his personal time, Brian enjoys hiking and fly fishing in remote areas of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Wind River Range.
Tom Dodd's Bio: Tom wants to live in a world with real resources for collectors. For over 30 years, Tom has been collecting comics, coins, sports memorabilia, and sports cards. He knows the pain that comes with not realizing the value of a collectible. When he started, there were no trusted resources for collectors to use, and he saw the growing pains of the hobby. Today, Tom’s portfolio includes Batman #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, a 1793 chain cent, and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card. Tom, a decorated Marine, was on active duty from 1994 to 2004.
Andrew Swingle's Bio: Drew has spent the last 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry focused on FDA regulations and Regulatory Information Management. Drew, as everyone calls him, has been collecting since he was young. While every child enjoys playing with their toys, Drew also wanted to save his. Drew’s collector interests primarily involve Hess Trucks, Comic Cards, Baseball cards, but is not limited to those few. Drew may not be a prominent collector, but he sees value in all collectibles and suspects you do too.
Ankur's bio: During a brisk fall in 1990, I was introduced to something which would have an everlasting effect on me. Marvel Cards. Many of my fellow 6th grade class mates would bring the cards to school and trade them. While some of the colorful figures on the small cardboard rectangles were familiar to me, many were a mystery. Wanted to be like the cool kids, I asked my parents if I could have some. My good friend told me where to buy them, and the rest was history. The more cards I collected, the more I learned about this amazing characters.
Eventually, collecting the cards went into collecting and reading the comics. I was collecting during the big comic boom of the early 90's, which meant comics were plentiful. A local shop which was minutes from my home was my first stomping ground. At that time we all dreamt of buying McFarlane's Spiderman number 1, the hot book at the time. As my collection grew, I started attending local shows much to my parents chagrin. It was here, along with purchasing an Overstreet guide, that I was introduced to the world of vintage comics. I realized that many of the books I gawked at, were within reach in lower grades. In the late 90's I started collecting silver and golden age comics. During college, I managed to buy and sell many keys including almost every major Marvel key and many early Actions and Detectives. Luckily, I was able to hold on to most of the Golden age books. It is amazing how the market for them has changed, and many are out of reach for me had I not purchased them years prior. Whether the trend continues or now, they will always be near and dear to me.
My first experience in the art world happened during a trip to Wizard World Chicago in the early 2000's. It was a summer show, and my first major convention. I saw that Alex Ross was attending, and I loved his art having recently read Kingdom Come and Marvels. At the show, I saw his amazing art, and saw that some of his pencil drawings were very reasonably priced. I purchased one of them, and remember starting at it for hours at the hotel. How simple the lines merged to form magnificent images. Attending more shows and with the invent of Comicartfans, the exposure to art kept growing. My focus shifted from older comics to art. The more I bought, the more I wanted. It was all one of a kind, and some truly amazing. My favorite artists early in collecting included Alex Ross, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes and Jim Lee. Today I still love those artists, but have expanded to vintage art as well. The art market continues to grow exponentially. Anything purchased in those early days looks like a steal compared to today. How long will it continue? Only time will tell. No matter what happens, make sure you enjoy what you collect.