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Sunday, April 6, 2014

More Entry Level Investment Comics for Entry Level Collectors

I'm expanding on what R.T. White started in his Top Entry Level Investment Comics for Entry Level Collectors post. I usually don't like doing these kinds of post, because by the time it's published or shortly after, the comics don't really stay "entry level" or under a hundred bucks for very long.

Copper Age comics are blowing up right now, though, and finding keys under a $100 for CGC 9.8s are becoming few and far between. Just note that these comics are currently ones you can still get under the $100 mark at the time of this writing. Most you'll have to wait for an auction to pop up, and some still have buy it now options that pop up here and there under $100 from time to time.

Those on this list are regulated to CGC and 9.8s only and may encompass Modern Age (Dark Age) or Copper Age comics to invest in.

X-Men #4 Volume 2, January, 1992 (CGC 9.8)

X-Men #4 comic pic
It's a Modern Age comic, and I use to get this comic for pennies on the dollar in comic lots not too long ago. Regardless, it's a comic that's starting to show signs of being on the up and up.

This Modern Age key issue holds the first appearance of Omega Red, and the character has become quite a popular villain. Also, there are rumblings about Omega Red being in a possible movie. Fans surely want it, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. You can still get this for under a hundred bucks if you wait for a good deal on eBay. There's one I almost bought that's $65 dollars with a "Best Offer" option. I did make an offer and the seller made a counter offer of $60. Only one, and I doubt it will last long up there.

eBay - Not many options for this key issue and first appearance of Omega Red on eBay. Two are below the hundred dollar mark and all are Buy It Nows. The one I mentioned above for $65 is still there at the time of this writing. It won't be for long, I'm predicting.

Uncanny X-Men #283 December, 1991 (CGC 9.8)

Uncanny X-Men #283 comic image
Although the first appearance of Bishop is blowing up right now because of his on screen debut coming up in X-Men Days of Future Past, this comic is surprisingly a sleeper.

Uncanny X-Men #282 is Bishop's first brief appearance and this issue is regarded as Bishops first full appearance. You can still get this cheap for CGC 9.8s, but as more and more do catch on to this issue's key comic status, it may quickly blow up as a definite investment comic to snag asap.

eBay - As of this writing, this first full appearance of Bishop is limited in CGC 9.8. I doubt it will stay that way for long. Best to keep an eye out for them, as I'm sure more will pop up with prices under $100 bucks. 

Punisher #1 Series 2 July, 1987 (CGC 9.8)

Punisher #1 comic cover
A personal favorite cover, Punisher #1 from the character's first on-going series is surprisingly still below the $100 mark for CGC 9.8 graded copies. Auctions for this Copper Age key issues are selling around the $60-$70 range, while Buy It Nows are getting pretty close to a $100 but still under. 

There is currently an auction with 7 days left for this key issue comic and who knows how many more will be sold through the auction format. You can click the eBay link below to see the search results for this issue. It's a definite comic investment to get in as early as possible.

eBay - The latest CGC 9.8 copy for this copy dropped on April 2 for only $61 dollars. It was an auction listing, and it would be best to keep an out for anymore auction listings that do pop up. Right now a Fixed Priced listing has their copy priced over a hundred, but you can still get it under if you hunt around for it. 

mycomicshop - Only one copy for 89.95 CGC 9.8 located here.

Crisis On Infinite Earths #8 November 1985 (CGC 9.8)

Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 image
The death of Barry Allen, the silver age Flash, is indeed on my Flash key issues list, and this comic is still dropping under a $100 for both Buy It Nows and auction formats on eBay. This comic is gaining steam, and auction formats do pop up every now and then. You'll have to watch out for them periodically for sure, and they are inching closer and closer to becoming a hundred dollar book..

eBay - A handful of copies at CGC 9.8 under the hundred dollar mark. One is for auction and ending 3 days at the time of this writing. There's also another auction that's ending in 2 days, but starting off at $79.99. 

Uncanny X-Men #313 October, 1994 (CGC 9.8)

Uncanny X-Men #313 picOnce a book that you could literally get for like 25 cents in a comic lot, this issue is fast approaching the hundred dollar mark. It's the first appearance of Blink, and I am sure that her character being in the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past has everything to do with the boost in demand for this Modern Age comic. 

Still, as of the time of this writing, this book has recently dropped under $100 for CGC 9.8 copies. Options are limited and drying up for new listings in this grade under the $100 mark.

eBay - There is one Buy It Now for $89.95. No auction listings as of yet, but that could change.

Uncanny X-Men #248 September, 1989 (CGC 9.8)

Uncanny X-Men #248 image
No doubt that Jim Lee is a rock star concerning Modern Age comic artists, and this is the issue that really sky rocketed him as one of the best comic artists then and still today. Uncanny X-Men #248 is not Lee's first work in comics, but it is his first work on the X-Men title. 

With a lot of Copper Age keys going for well above a hundred, I'm surprised you can still snag this one at CGC 9.8 for under that mark if you hunt around. I already did and found a few copies you can still snag at that grade for less.

eBay - This is a mycomicshop copy up on eBay. It's the only for under a hundred bucks. If you get eBay Bucks, you may want to consider it. I think it is cheaper on mycomicshop.

mycomicshop - Three copies here. All under a hundred. The cheapest is a PGX 9.8 copy for $70. One CGC copy is $76, and the other is $94.95 for some reason.

Well, that concludes this episode for now. If you missed the first list done by R.T. White, you can click the PREVIOUS link below to view that. There are still a few comics to invest in on that list that can be snagged for under a hundred bucks, but many have already passed that mark. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more comic goodness comic soon for sure.



  1. Another great post. i got a x men-4 last week for $51 lol and 283 for $40.00 a couple of months ago both 9.8's . think two undervalued keys at the moment are new muntants 16 (1st warpath) and x men 193 (1st hellions) and (1st warpath) in costume. snagged both of them as well both at 9.6 for a combined price off 45.00.

    1. Thanks and awesome snags. X-Men #283 just dropped a few days ago for $42. New Mutants #16 is already past the hundred mark for 9.8s. 9.6s for that issue is still under a hundred. 1st Warpath is costume is teetering on the edge of the hundred dollar mark for 9.8s currently.

      High grade Copper Age is definitely on the hot burner now. Time to look at my collection and see if I have any Copper Age keys that are high grade enough to submit.

  2. Yeah they are on the rise. people are are getting priced out of the upper markets.

  3. I went searching through my boxes to find my X-Men #4 to see if it was worthy of getting graded (I think it might be) and found an Uncanny X-Men 283 that I forgot I had. I think I got it in a long box I bought off eBay. Gotta love going through your old "junk" and finding something like that.


    1. Good stuff brutha! I need to get over my bias of thinking as these comics as "junk" comics, but I must admit it's hard since they were considered as such for the longest time. The market has shifted, so if you got other copper age goodies, time to break them out and give them a once over to see if they're CGC worthy.

      Remember Amazing Spider-Man #700? That sucker's going for near 80 bucks at CGC 9.8s! I know you have a copy, as I was present when you got one.

    2. ASM 700 is going for $80?!! Wow! I guess I should send it in to get graded. Hopefully it will come back a 9.8 or higher.

    3. It sure is. Good stuff. Hopefully it comes back a CGC 10!