Proudly serving the Ames and Des Moines areas for over 29 years, Mayhem Collectibles carries a vast selection of new and back-issue comic books, statues, Funko POP, toys, posters, manga, Japanese foods, board, card and role-playing games, and miniature games. We are a clean and friendly place to catch up on your favorite series, try out a new game, or play in one of our public events!


Frequently Asked Questions

With the COVID-19 pandemic, am I required to wear a mask into the store?
Yes, at this time we are requiring all customers to wear a mask into the store. For customers unable to comply with this restriction, we still offer curbside pickup! Please call us to set up your order.

Do you buy comics or trading cards?
Yes! See "Sell to Us" below for details.

I'm a creator. Can I sell my book through you?
We are proud to carry the works of local artists and comic teams! If you are interested in having Mayhem carry your comic book series, please contact our Ames store and ask for Rob Josephson.

Do you sell gift cards?
Yes! You can purchase a gift card in-store or via our online checkout process.

Do you have a subscription or pull box service?
We have pull boxes available at both our stores as well as via mail!

Can you do special orders or pre-orders?
Definitely! We can special order or pre-order most games, comics, and toys. Fill out a hold tag the next time you're in the store and we'll do our best to get it for you!

Work For Us

While we are not always hiring, we do hang on to resumes. Feel free to drop your paper resume off with us at the store (do not email it---digital resumes are not kept track of). You can also keep an eye on our Facebook page, where we always post if we have a new opening!

Sell to Us

We buy vintage comic books as well as Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon* cards! Our Des Moines location also buys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, with caveats  (see below). We do not purchase baseball cards, toys, board games, or other collectibles. To sell us your individual item or collection, you must bring it into the store. We CANNOT make ANY offers sight unseen. If you have a particularly large comic collection, please call us ahead of time to make arrangements. For all items except Pokemon cards we offer cash as well as store credit.


To sell us comic books, please pick your preferred store and refer to the information that follows.

Ames Location
Please bring in your comics between the below hours and ask for Rob Josephson. If you have a large collection, please call ahead at 515-292-3510.

  • Mondays 10AM-4PM
  • Wednesdays-Fridays 10AM-4PM

Des Moines Location
Please bring in your comics and drop them off. We will have you fill out a contract and evaluate the collection for you.

SELLING Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

Our Des Moines location will purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. We do not offer contract holds. Our Yu-Gi-Oh! specialist is available to make offers during the following hours:

  • Sunday 11AM-5PM
  • Tuesday 10AM-1PM
  • Thursday 5PM-8PM

* We can only offer store credit for Pokemon cards. Additionally, we only purchase Pokemon cards printed by Nintendo, and do not buy cards produced by Wizards of the Coast from 1998-2003. If you are unsure of which company printed your card, check the copyright text at the bottom of the card. Below is an example of a card we will not buy.