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Friday, May 2, 2014

Key Issue Comics Between $200 to $500 Part 3

Here we are with Part 3 to the Key Issue Comics list Between $200 to $500 smack-a-roos. All the investment comics within this price range are at the time of this writing.

If you don't see a certain comic here yet, it may very well pop up in the later parts to this series. Suggestions are always welcome. Just pop them off in the comments section, and I'll see if that particular issue fits in on this list. Remember, these are for CGC high grade investment comics only as well. Okay, let's get this party started.

Avengers #181 March, 1979 (CGC 9.8)

Not quite that well-known or sought after, but this one should be. I predict when more people get wind of this comic it will. Scott Lang is a big deal now that it's been confirmed that the Ant-Man movie franchise will center around Scott Lang as Ant-Man

So right now people are gunning for Marvel Premiere #47, first new Ant-Man or Scott Lang as the new Ant-Man. However, Avengers #181 has the first appearance of Scott Lang. Right now this bronze age comic is in moderate demand, but I'm predicting it wont be long before more start setting their sights on this investment comic. This is one of the key comic issues to greatly consider.

eBay - Only one CGC 9.8 on eBay at the time of this writing. It's going for $325, which a recent auction also dropped at the same price. The last copy to drop was at $375. More people are catching on to this key issue. The only option there at the time of this writing ends in 2 days.

Uncanny X-Men #134 June, 1980 (CGC 9.8)

The first appearance of Dark Phoenix/Black Queen is an important key within the beloved X-Men Phoenix Saga story arc. The Dark Phoenix character already made it to the big screen in X-Men: The Last Stand. Not a particularly good film or adaptation of this fan favorite Chris Claremont story, but the comic book still holds fast. It's still a desired comic, especially for X-Men fans, and a good comic investment.

eBay - Three options here. Last auction dropped at $274, and a current But It Now is priced at $275, which is decently priced. I don't think be on there for much longer. The other two have Best Offer options. One is priced at $300, but I think it can be haggled down $275 as well.

Uncanny X-Men #266  August, 1990 (CGC 9.8)

Ever since I was a kid, I remember this comic being sought after. It's stayed that way consistently since and has a good track record of demand. 

Yes, and it all has to do with the character of Gambit making his first full appearance in this issue, even though Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 predates this issue and has Gambit in enough panels that should exclude it from being a so called "first brief appearance". Key word is "should" in that sentence, but whatever. I don't make the rules on first appearances.

With the rise in demand for Copper Age key issues, I'm a bit surprised this first appearance isn't more actually. 

eBay - Last auction dropped at $207.50 at the time of this writing. There are two auctions up on eBay currently that ends in about 2 days for both. Some Buy It Now options that are decently priced if you miss the auctions.  

mycomicshop - A crap load of CGC 9.8s here. Cheapest copy is for $200 smackers, but it's a PGX. If that don't bother you, then cool. Although some decent priced options here, your best bet will be those auctions currently on eBay at the time of this writing. If you miss those auctions, probably best to compare the prices here and the Buy It Nows on eBay.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 option for only $215, which is decently priced for this Copper Age key issue.

Incredible Hulk #182 December, 1974 (CGC 9.6)

Okay, let's see if I don't botch this up, because things get a bit screwed in terms of appearance labeling, if you haven't already noticed by reading a few key comic issues lists on here. Well, I suppose this should be considered, at least for now, Wolverine's 2nd brief appearance. He does show up in this book after all.

Here's where the sloppy seconds come in. On my CGC Giant Size X-Men #1, the notes say 2nd full appearance of Wolverine. However, Hulk #182 predates Giant Size X-Men #1, but on the slabbed CGC notes for Hulk #182 is just says Wolverine cameo.

Now, would this not be Wolverine's 2nd brief appearance then? I surely think it should be since the 3rd time Wolverine appears in comics is in Giant Size X-Men #1, which came out in 1975. Regardless, this comic is fast becoming one of the best bronze age comics to invest in.

eBay - This bad boy has recently been dropping around the $400 mark. Options currently on eBay are a few, and the cheapest is an auction starting at $459.99. Others are Buy It Nows and over the range on this price list.

ComicConnect - One CGC copy for $500 and bid up to $400.

Marvel Spotlight #6 October, 1972 (CGC 9.6)

None of the weirdness surrounds this comic like in Incredible Hulk #182. This is for now  known as the 2nd appearance of Ghost Rider, unless someone finds that he appeared in some obscure comic right after Ghost Rider's first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #5.

The last But It Now on eBay dropped for $395 in February. 2nd appearances are beginning to be sought after since many 1st appearances are already pretty expensive.

eBay - Two CGC 9.6s. Both are Buy It Nows, but one is below $300 at $299.99, which is a steal considering the price the most recent Buy It Now dropped for. Doubt it will be up there for long. The other is above the range of this price list.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.6 copy here. Pretty expensive. You can get that one option on eBay cheaper. If you miss it, this option is cheaper than the other Buy It Now on eBay.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6 at $500. Wow, no bids on it either. I wonder why. Lower the price to market, dude!

Astonishing Tales #25 August, 1974 (CGC 9.6)

This comic took a pretty big bump in demand at CGC 9.8s when it was announced that Deathlok would appear on the S.H.I.E.L.D television show. They did show a teaser image of how the character would appear on the television show and it was comical, nothing resembling the actual comic character.

CGC 9.6s, however, are still within this price range for now. Last Buy It Now on eBay dropped for $389.99 in early April for the first appearance of Deathlok at this grade. Not that easy of a find compared to other bronze age key issues at the moment.

eBay - Three options at the time of this writing. All Buy It Nows so far, and the lowest price on the mighty eBay is for $399.99 at CGC 9.6. The second is a solid $400, and the other is extremely over priced for the current market.

Alright, that concludes Part 3 to this key issue comics list between $200 and $500. Part 4 took some time, but it's now ready so just click the PART 4 link below to carry on with the key issue comic goodness.

If you missed the previous parts, just click the blue link below to check them out. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


  1. Good Stuff as Always! other news I just saw Amazing Spiderman 2 and all I can say is WOW!!!
    Best 3D Effects I have ever seen! IMAX RULES! And the Godzilla preview was SICK! lk

    1. Thanks LK and I'm looking forward to seeing Amazing Spider-Man 2 in IMAX 3-D as well! Rock On!!

  2. is it me or is hulk 102 seem undervalued, just a thought

    1. For what grade? NM copies are already near or over a thousand for Hulk 102, especially CGC copies.

    2. 9.2 cgc you can get often at 500 which is hard to get a cgc copy at price these days, for as much as he was a hit in avengers movie I would think it would pull more. JW

    3. I think you're right about CGC 9.2 Hulk 102s being undervalued at that grade! Good call, JW! I agree with you on that call!

  3. You might want to add Tomb of Dracula #10 FIRST BLADE to this list or another. Thanks

  4. You might want to add Tomb of Dracula #10 FIRST BLADE to this list or another. Thanks

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