Most people know that going to a major Comic-Con means they get to mingle with and get autographs from some of the biggest names in nerd culture. Big stars like Stan Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Steven Spielberg and many more make appearances at comic conventions to promote films and superhero merchandise. These people are the big draw for most of the those who come to these conventions.
But there’s ton more things to enjoy at comic conventions that you won’t find anywhere else. Probably the most overlooked one is the exclusive giveaways. Every year, the San Diego Comic-Con gives away promotional cards, patches, stickers and other merchandise that may not seem like much but that can be a real prize for collectors. Many people who get this free stuff at the conventions will turn around and sell it for a pretty penny online to the highest bidder.
Beyond free stuff that could be worth something someday, there is also the chance to grab sale items that aren’t so easy to find outside of the convention circuit. These are prized collectibles like rare comic books, statues, action figures and out-of-production t-shirts that can’t be found anywhere else. Some vendors and collectors only show off certain goods at major comic conventions, since they don’t have their own stores. These conventions are a great place to grab something that can’t be found anywhere else, which makes them must-attend events for some fans.