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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Key Issue Investment Comics Between $100 to $200!

What I'm starting to wonder with all this "entry level" or "intermediate level" investment comic posts is what defines "entry level" and what defines "intermediate" or "advanced"? For example, is entry level really comics below $100?

Is intermediate between $100-200, and what's the price range between advanced? I've always been hesitant to label the investment comics in categories like that, because every one has different budgets. $100 to $200 may be mid-level to some, but to someone else mid-level may be $500 to $1,000 or even higher.

Also, I tend to stay away from posts like these because what constitutes as entry level now doesn't stay entry level for very long as values continue to rise. So, I'm just gonna do this by price range from here on out, and there's no guarantee that these comics listed here will hold up to the title "Between $100 to $200" by the time you read this. Regular readers should have no problem, but a few months to a year or two, the early parts to this series will be obsolete for sure.

But for the meantime, here goes:

Tarzan #1 Volume 1 Marvel Comics June 1977 (CGC 9.8)

There's been several comic series involving Tarzan Lord of the Apes. This is the Marvel version of the character, and believe it or not, some bronze age key issues at CGC 9.8 are still between $100 to $200 bucks. 

This is of one them. Most are dropping a little after $100. However, you can still get this for under $100 at the time of this writing if an auction pops up. As more and more bronze age comics are becoming increasingly expensive, more are starting to hone in on high grade bronze age comics that are still relatively cheap at CGC 9.8s. There are not many left. 

eBay - Only one available option so far at $129.95. Latest CGC 9.8 copy dropped for $125.

Shogun Warriors #1 February, 1979 (CGC 9.8)

Another bronze age comic that fits the criteria of this list. Shogun Warriors #1 is surprisingly nearing the $200 mark, but still dropping around $175 at CGC 9.8s.

Although the toy had it's own storyline, once the brand was licensed to Marvel, Shogun Warriors were rooted within the Marvel Universe and actually went up against the Fantastic Four and other characters like Iron Man, etc. Weird.

eBay - Only one option for this odd key issue bronze age comic as well at $175. Most recent one dropped at the same price.

Avengers Annual #10 August, 1981 (CGC 9.8)

First appearance of Rogue! It's surprising that auctions are still falling below the $200 mark for the first appearance of Rogue in Avengers Annual #10 at CGC 9.8, but it's true. No doubt that Rogue is one of the most popular X-Men female characters to come out. I'm surprised this book isn't already in the $300 to $500 range at 9.8 grades.

However, this key issue is nearing the $200 mark quite quickly, and it won't be long before this key issue consistently drops above $200 dollars. For a limited time, though, depending on how late or early you get to reading this, you may still get this one below that mark if auctions pop up on the mighty eBay.

eBay - One auction dropping real soon, in a matter of hours for this key issue. It's already near the $200 mark and just may go over it. The most recent auctions for this comic has been selling for around $185. Probably best to wait for an auction to happen for this key issue.

Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #8 December, 1984 (CGC 9.8)

The famous first appearance of Spidey's black suit or the alien symbiote costume that eventually becomes Venom. This issue in CGC 9.8 is still surprisingly below the $200 mark.

Some auction listings are going over the $130 mark. A Buy It Now recently dropped for $129. This is a comic to be on the look out for, as I'm sure the black spidey suit will make an appearance in the Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise soon. After all, Sony did announce that they plan a Venom spin-off movie. Even  some 9.6s are slightly going over the $100 mark.

eBay - One auction with a day left. You may not read this in time to get it. Quite a few at $150 with Best Offer options. 

mycomicshop - Loads of CGC 9.8 options. Cheapest is $144, but there is a buyer's premium. Still maybe cheaper than most of the options on eBay.

ComicLink - One available for $140. Definitely best to watch eBay to see if any auctions pop up.

John Carter Warlord of Mars #1 June, 1977 (CGC 9.8)

A bronze age goodie that's still surprisingly a sleeper. John Carter was immensely popular as a pulp fiction character and it was only logical that the character would later be published as a comic. Another of Edgar Rice Burrough's creations, John Carter was brought to a whole new audience when his first titled series hit the comic stands.

I loved the movie and hoped it would bring the character to a whole new generation of fans, but it fell short for some odd reason. Great artwork by Gil Kane. This bronze age key issue just barely sells for over a hundred for CGC 9.8 copies. Still a low bronze age comic to invest in and definitely one to consider soon.

eBay - Only a few copies in the $113 to $120 range on eBay, but all copies are no where near the $200 mark...yet!

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.8 copy available at $99.95 with a $3 buyer premium and shipping cost. May still be cheaper than the options on eBay.

ComicLink - One available at $137. The other is pretty pricey...well for now, that is.

Iron Man #282 July, 1992 (CGC 9.8)

What can I say except that this modern age comic is definitely hot at the moment. Most likely because of the Iron Man movies, but it's still pretty lame to deny that the first appearance of War Machine is getting up there in price fo CGC 9.8 copies.

The last few copies sold around the $120 mark but they were auctions. You may still get this around $130 to $140 for auctions when they do pop up. Best to keep an eye out for this one for sure.

eBay - No auctions at the time of this writing. One fixed price listing has a Best Offer option. Won't hurt to give that a go. 

ComicConnect - CGC 9.8 going up for auction May, 12, 2014. Other options are super over-priced for this issue. You can get it cheaper on eBay. 

Part 2 to this series is done so just click the NEXT link below to see even more key issue comics between $100 and $200. Thanks for reading!

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