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Friday, March 14, 2014

Avengers #1 Values

The holy grail of Avengers comics, and one of the best silver age comics to invest in, Avengers #1 has been a sought out key issue for a long time, but now it's extremely hot. No doubt the movies are a major factor in giving this Avengers key issue a huge boost in demand and value, and it doesn't look like it's going end anytime soon.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Avengers is one of the most popular Marvel superhero teams, as well as one of the most iconic in the world of comics for 51 years at the time of this writing. Amazing how this title is still beloved by so many comic fans.

So how has this silver age comic performed over the last few decades according to Overstreet Guide? Let's take a look:

Overstreet 1982-83 Guide 12th Edition: 

Mint: $340
Fine: $160 
Good: 55

Overstreet 1990-91 Guide 20th Edition: 

Near Mint: $725
Fine: $315 
Good: $105

Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:

Near Mint: $4200
Very Fine: $2,043
Fine: $681
Very Good: $454 
Good: $227

Overstreet 2013-14 Guide 43rd Edition:  

Near Mint (low): $28,000
Very Fine: $7,200
Fine: $1,800
Very Good: $1,200 
Good: $600

A pretty good investment comic throughout the decades for Earth's Mightest Heroes and their first origin issue, detailing the first time original members Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the Hulk assemble to do battle with Loki. No Captain America yet.

As you can see, from 2002 through 2013, all grades for this silver age key issue exploded in value pretty drastically, but the Avengers #1 values for each grade has moved up steadily beforehand as well, especially in the NM range.

In 2012, an Avengers #1 CGC 9.6 sold for a whopping $250,000 smackers. There are four other 9.6s, one is a restored copy, so that makes 3 Universal copies that are tied for the highest Avengers #1 grade.

In March of 2012, a CGC 9.4 copy sold for $100,000. There are only 11 recorded CGC copies for this Marvel Comics key issue in that grade so far.

Who knows how much more the Avengers #1 values will skyrocket in the next 10 years or so when this Marvel Comics key issue hits 61 years old? From the looks of it, though, it does look good. Avengers #1 was published in September, 1963.

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