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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 8.0










I was a huge fan of Wolverine while collecting comics as a kid. He was and still is my favorite character from the X-Men. I'd read X-Men comics just hoping that they'd finally let him really cut loose, or give more insights to his mysterious past. To be honest, I like the character when he was just known as Logan before the James Howlett crap.

I liked Wolverine for the same reason I liked The Punisher. Both were willing to take it to the next level. They were both extreme and walked a fine line between hero and bad guy. They are probably the best anti-heroes to come out from the bronze age of comics.


There's no doubt that the character of Wolverine has spoken to many comic fans, especially X-Men fans. After all, they completely twisted the X-Men timeline just to have the character in the X-Men movie, and he's the only X-Men character to be in all the movies, though X-Men First Class was just a cameo!

Furthermore, he's the only X-Men character to have a spin-off movie. So far, the mutie runt has had two! Wolverine just may be the most popular comic character to come out of the bronze age of comics. 

Like Amazing Spider-Man #129, I've had this bronze age key issue on my want list for quite a while. I personally love the character, and it's one of the top most desirable investment comics from the bronze age. 

Getting the first full appearance of Wolverine was actually my new years resolution in terms of comic investments. I made up my mind after getting Amazing Spider-Man #129 that this was the year I'd finally get an Incredible Hulk #181. 

But do I just want one to have, or do I want one with more investment potential? For one of the best comics to invest in, getting a high grade first appearance of Wolverine would seriously dig into my budget big time. They are pricey, and going that route would mean less comics this year.

I researched on eBay what the prices were falling for and realized that I could spend almost my entire budget for the year on a CGC 8.0 Incredible Hulk #181. There was no way I was going to risk getting this comic unslabbed, even if I got lucky with the Giant Sized X-Men #1 last time.

Because I can get eBay Bucks and use Bill Me Later to pay off the book without interest in 6 months, I decided I would purchase it off eBay. Besides there were no other CGC 8.0 copies anywhere else cheaper, and I'd get $40 back from eBay bucks to go towards another comic.

I finally found two copies that were the cheapest for solid CGC VFs. Both were $1299.99. So I watched both of them and started saving up more ducats. This is back in January, and I figured that I'd be good to snag this in April.

That was until a few days ago when I found out that one of the copies I was watching was snagged. I knew that if I didn't get the other one soon, it would drop as well and then I'd have to pay $50 bucks more for the third cheapest copy on eBay. This time I listened to my gut. So I pulled the trigger last Saturday.

It arrived today, and I do have to admit that getting the comic already CGC graded was less thrilling than receiving my Giant Size X-Men #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #6 back from CGC. Then again, it was a lot less of a gamble, and it was more exciting than getting my already graded ASM #129.

I definitely held it in my hands and looked at it longer this time around before putting it in my vault. The only downside was that book didn't come in one of those CGC plastic bags to protect the slab. I know, I'm just nitpicking there.

Needless to say, I'll probably only be getting two comic investments for this year. I know this copy is only a VF 8.0, which is the lowest in the high grade range for comics, but for what my budget allowed me, I'm confident in it as an investment. My just to have it grade was a solid FN.

Besides I've been recommending this bronze age key issue for so long, it was time I put my money where my mouth is. Regardless of personal bias, Hulk #181 is one of the best comics to invest in within the bronze age era. It just might be the best.

Guess I'm going to have to gun for Incredible Hulk #180, the first brief appearance of Wolverine, soon as well.


12 comments:

  1. Congrats man!!! That is definitely an awesome book to get. One day, hopefully soon, I'll be able to get a copy for myself.

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    1. Thanks a lot!!! It's been a long time coming. I should've gotten this last year to be honest. I truly hope you'll get this comic one day. It's been a solid investment for a long time. Thanks for the comment and reading.

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  2. Wow, great! I saw a CGC 6.0 of 181 a while back and didn't pull the trigger. It's haunted me ever since. Maybe next time... You're really putting us to shame, you know. ha-ha. Can't wait to find out what else you got.

    --Jeff

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    1. Heya Jeff, how goes it? I hope all is well. Been a while since I've heard from ya. I don't know about putting anyone shame. Quite a lot of others have this comic in a grade a lot better than mine, but I don't consider it a contest or anything. I hope that readers of my humble blog realize it's all about what investment budget and strategy works best for them concerning investment comics.

      Always great to hear from you! What comic do you have your sights on next?

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    2. I'm gunning for some of the big ones, like Amazing Spider-Man 3 (first Doc Ock) and 14 (first app. of Green Goblin). Also some early Silver Age X-Men. I managed to get a higher mid-grade copy of Flash 139, first appearance of Prof. Zoom aka Reverse Flash. Always wanted that one. Love the cover! You'll probably be posting a list of key issues on the Silver Age Flash soon (not sure if you have already). Anyway, as always, keep up the great work. Will go over some of your older posts and check out the goodness.

      --Jeff

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    3. Whoa, you are gunning for some big ones. First Doc Ock is in high gear right now, since the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer dropped all those spoilers. Can't go wrong with the first Green Goblin as well. See, now you are putting me to shame.

      You got a great snag with The Flash #139! A Flash key issue list is in the works, but it will probably be done by the end of the month. That will be another huge one.

      What are you gunning for in the X-Men realm? I love me some X-Men!

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    4. Oh, hi. The one I'm really after is X-Men #4, first appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. There should be absolutely no problem getting that key. I mean, it's not like a movie is coming out featuring the two and... Oh, wait. ha-ha! Yeah, that'll be a very tough one to get, and the price is continuing to skyrocket. It won't be an easy find for sure, especially with the movies.

      --Jeff

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    5. Aha ha - That one is unfortunately on the hot burner for those hunting it down. For those who already have it, they're seeing a nice bump in value and demand. Great issue to hunt for though, Jeff. I should've never let my copy go in the mid 2000s. I'm really starting to regret that one.

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  3. What is your opinion on Green label Qualified? Are they worth getting? Should they be avoided? Thanks. And keep up the awesome blog posts!

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    1. Hey thanks for this particular comment! You reminded me to write about this topic, and I just published a recent post on the subject. My answer is way too long for just a comment, but your question is answered in a full post! Thanks for the compliment. I'll try to keep up the awesome posts!

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  4. Awesome pickup bro, That book will do nothing but go up in value. I would love to have a higher grade copy but for the money I spent on mine It was a good price. I got a CGC 7.5 white pages. I know it's not a high grade copy but IMO not much a difference between a 7.5 & 8.0. I don't know if I'll ever be able to get a 9.2 but we'll see if next year is better for me.

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    1. It's all about what we can afford at the time. If I were to invest in this key issue again, I would actually go into the lower grade realm of VG or FN. Potential growth for those grades is quite appealing. A 7.5 is a nice snag regardless, considering that many just want a copy of this key issue to have. Then again, a 9.2 copy would be awesome to have as well. Thanks for commenting and hope next year is better for ya!!!

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