Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This week we explore some common Price Variants, showing some examples along the way. For those of you new to the newsletter, each week our clever CovrPrice crew look over the major movements and news of the week and report what we find.
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SHAKER: NIOBE #1 Hoknes Variant (Limited to 100 copies) (Stranger Comics, 2015) sold for $700. The last CGC 9.8 sale was in February and sold for $350. The last raw went for $150 back in November. With HBO developing Niobe and the entire Asunda world, who knows how high this could go. (Find on Ebay)
SHAKER: CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 (EC, 1954) sold today for $2,199.99 raw. We LOVE this pre-code horror classic. If there was any book we would tell you to invest in, it’s this one. Even at this price, it’s low. For example, a .05 CGC sold for $1k in November 2018. The 3.0 to 5.0’s all float around $2K. With so much heat on pre-code, this will keep climbing. Also, just to note, there are plenty of homage variants to this cover, including our favorite WOLVERINE #55 (“death” of Sabertooth via decapitation… yeah, he got better). (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 Henderson Paris Con Variant (Marvel, 2015) sold a CGC 9.8 for $750. Spider-Gwen has several rare books, however, this seems to be in high demand for high-grade copies. Raw copies only sell for $45 to $62. That $750 9.8 jump in market value makes this a perfect gap book. (i.e. books that sell for a lot more when graded as compared to raw) (Find on eBay)
SHAKER/HOT: IMMORTAL HULK #2 Gerardo Zaffino 1:25 Variant (Marvel, 2018) sold two CGC 9.8’s today for $850. EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!! Raw copies sell for $250, which makes this another excellent gap book. Basically, if you have a high-grade copy, you can expect $500 by grading. Immortal Hulk is just unstoppable right now. This first appearance of Dr. Frye is officially the most valuable book in the series. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SHAZAM #1 (DC, 1972) sold a CGC 9.8 for a huge $999.99. (Update: another 9.8 sold for $1,300!). Sales have been strong for this first appearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr. since their Golden Age appearance. However, with positive reviews for the new SHAZAM film, collectors are just now feeling comfortable sinking big money in this book. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: CRIME PATROL #15 (EC, 1949) sold a CGC 3.0 for $1,825. This book features the 1st appearance of the Crypt Keeper and rarely comes up for sale. With rumors of a new TALES FROM THE CRYPT tv show coming, this should see continued increases. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER/ HOT: DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 Alex Ross Variant (DC, 2019) is the king of the TEC 1000’s. It’s hitting $200 raw and $350 in a CGC 9.8 (update: as of 4/2 it’s now $250 raw and $440 for a 9.8). Man, what a ton of variants. So much so, our staff are still trying to input them all. However, this Alex Ross variant needed to be called out. Mr. Ross has been extremely undervalued for the past several years. His variants tend to drop quickly in value in a remarkably short amount of time. To see so much love for this variant feels like a well-deserved turnaround in market favor. It might be time to look at some older Alex Ross rare variants. We’re looking at you,1:300 Marvel 75th Anniversary Sketch variants… (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SWEET TOOTH #1 (Vertigo, 2009) sold a raw copy for $50. Back in November 2018, a pilot for SWEET TOOTH by Jeff Lemire was ordered by Hulu. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything, however, the “streamers” like Hulu have a solid track record of seeing projects through. For that reason, collectors are now paying $50 for what was once a $1 cover priced book. Check your shops’ back issues. With such a low cover price, many stores over ordered and likely put them in the $1/ back issue bins. This is a perfect book to dig for. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SHOWCASE #8 (DC, 1957) sold a CGC 4.0 for $1,900. This is the second silver age appearance of THE FLASH. As with most books today, when prices for a 1st appearance get FAR out of reach for the average collector, we turn to the 2nd appearance. Hence, this one is starting to get more attention. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: STAR WARS CLONE WARS #1 VARIANT (Limited to 1000 copies) (Dark Horse, 2008) features the first appearance of Ashoka Tano. Ashoka is a fan favorite character and one of the few female characters in a male-dominated Star Wars universe. She played a significant role in the 2008 animated film STAR WARS: CLONE WARS as the Padawan apprentice of Anakin Skywalker. Her first appearance in this comic has been a steady seller at $75 raw. However, this variant hit a massive new height at $748.52 for a CGC 9.8. Here’s another great gap book. Buying high-grade raws at $75 seems like a no brainer to send in for grading. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: HARLEY QUINN #1 Adam Hughes 1:25 Variant (DC, 2013) sold a CBCS 9.8 for $720 and a CGC 9.8 for $740. These are the highest prices ever for this variant. When DC’s “The New 52” ended, many high priced books in that run significantly dropped. This was one of them. Granted, that drop didn’t last long as it’s been climbing back up to where it is now. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA MAGAZINE #1 (Warren, 1969) sold a CGC 8.0 at $1,001. The last 8.0 sold a year ago for $710. We mentioned how this book is quickly increasing in value back in our newsletter for the Week Ending 1/20/19. Check it out! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKERS: 35 Cent Variants – In 1976, Marvel was nervous to increase their prices from 25 cents to 30 cents. Scared of backlash from consumers, they cautiously tested this increase in 6 markets from April to August 1976 and permanently adopted the new 30 cent price shortly after. Since that went so well, less than a year later from June to October 1977, Marvel again tested another 5 cent price increase from 30 cents to 35 cents within 6 markets (though some think it was as low as 4 or 5). The 30 cent variants varied significantly in both price box, color and font size. However, the 35 cent variants were uniform with the normally priced copies and were barely given a thought, until about 10 years ago. These 35 cent variants now hold significant value and are considered some of the most valuable modern day comics. Yes, a 5 cent cover price difference can mean thousands more in value. This week, we had three of the big dogs sell:
- ETERNALS #15 35 cent variant (Marvel, 1977) sold a CGC 9.8 for $2800 on 3.29. Collectors are getting REALLY excited for the MCU’s ETERNALS. This is easily one of the rarest books in that series, so this massive new jump in no surprise. It’s simply a market correction. (Find on eBay)
- IRON FIST #14 35 cent variant (Marvel, 1977) sold a CGC 4.5 for $2300 on 3.31. This features the first appearance of Sabertooth and is also an iconic cover. Having a 35 cent version has just driven this to higher and higher sales every year. This outpaced a CGC 6.5 that sold just this past December at $1,999.99. (Find on eBay)
- STAR WARS #1 35 cent variant (Marvel, 1977) sold a CGC 6.5 for $4,178. For comparison, the last 6.5 sold in April 2018 for $3,750. The bronze age (1970 to 1985) is packed full of valuable comics. This definitely sits with the best of them. (Find on eBay)
*Note: Don’t confuse the 35 cent variant with the 35 cent Whitman variant. The above mentioned 35 cent variant has the normal square box as the standard cover. The Whitman variant (which was sold in sealed pre-packs) has the 35 cent price within a diamond and also has a blank box where the UPC code would be. (see image below)
SHAKERS: VARIANTS are a big part of modern-day collecting. Some sell for the fantastic cover art while others contain notable first appearances. Love them or hate them, they sell for A LOT. Today, there were several big variants with notable sales.
- MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE #3 Tomm Coker 1:50 Variant (Marvel, 2013) sold for $275 & $276. This hard to find variant last sold for $100 in February 2019. With a MORBIUS film on the way, collectors are looking for his hardest to find modern books. This is one of them. (Find on eBay)
- SHE-HULK #1 Siya Oum 1:100 Variant (Marvel, 2014) sold for $375, which is actually a bargain seeing that it last sold for $700 raw in November 2018 and a CGC 9.8 sold for $1,200 in January 2018. This variant VERY rarely comes up for sale and has proven to legitimately be quite rare. (Find on eBay)
- AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #13 In-Hyuk Lee 1:50 Variant (Marvel, 2012) sold for $304. Here’s another variant that rarely pops-up. This is the highest raw sale yet. Keep an eye out for this one as it will keep going up. (Find on eBay)
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 J. Scott Campbell 1:50 Lizard Variant(Marvel, 2012) sold for $406.69. This isn’t the highest raw sale ever, but it’s in line with its average sale. Many point to this specific cover as being Campbell’s best work, specifically because it diverts from his female-focused covers. It is absolutely awesome and a cover that makes sense to see it hit high sale after high sale. A 9.8 sold for $1,500 back in February 2019. (Find on eBay)
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