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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fantastic Four #48 CGC 3.0

This is the third comic I received in my most recent batch I got back from CGC. As most collectors know, Fantastic Four #48 is the first appearance of Silver  Surfer and Galactus, and it's one of the many Fantastic Four key issues that are highly sought after. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, both Galactus and Silver Surfer have become iconic characters within the Fantastic Four mythos as well as the cosmic side of the Marvel Comics Universe for sure.

As for this particular copy, I admit that I just wanted it to have it. Just one of those comics where I settled with a low grade copy and didn't really think much of the comic investing aspect of it until later.

I got this at the local I've been investigating with my last recent batch a while back, but I know it was after the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie. 

I think I picked this up right when Captain America The First Avenger was announced to become a film, because I remember picking up Captain America #100 at the same time. The comic was advertised as a GD and I thought it might be better after inspecting it the first time. I thought it might be a VG the most.

 I've always liked the Silver Surfer, though many think the character is boring, and I admit that he can sometimes lean towards that way depending on who is writing him. Other than Stan Lee, Jim Starlin usually knows what to do with the character and has put him in some of the best stories and crossovers to date.

So I picked this issue up. It was on consignment as it was the new owner not the old one, and it cost $50 bucks. No haggling.

Before I sent it in, I inspected it and thought it might be a 5.0 VG/FN like the Amazing Spider-Man #6 I sent in. I could've swore that it looked around that grade.

However, when I got this puppy back from CGC and looked at it again, the comic's shape is pretty dead on as a 3.0 GD/VG. I'm not even sure if it's the same copy I sent in, cause it looks a lot worse than what I remember. Once again, before I send comics in from now on, I'm taking scans and a boat load of pictures to make sure:

1. CGC didn't screw up my comic while in their care.
2. It's my copy that I get back.

To be honest, I don't think they swapped my comic out with another person's Fantastic Four #48, but like I've said before a few times, I'm not one of those, "It won't happen to me," kinda people. So, good lesson learned that I should've done before when it comes to snapping pics of the comic before submitting it.

Happy that this comic wasn't over-graded when I purchased it and it came back higher than it was advertised. But, when it comes to this as an investment comic, I wouldn't be all that happy settling for such a low grade copy of the first appearance of Galactus and first appearance of Silver Surfer.

A Justice League of America #1 in GD, Amazing Fantasy #15 in GD, or Golden Age Batman and Superman major keys in GD are acceptable investment comics. Fantastic Four #48 is, in my humble opinion, not that great of a comic investment at this grade. 

At least for now, that is. Maybe it might always stay that way. It's been 48 years and low grade copies of this issue are probably just under the $200 mark. It surely is moving up in value at a turtle's pace.

Despite that fact, this one goes in my vault and will be there for the long haul for sure. I think I'd pretty much broke even on this purchase if I threw it up on eBay now. Dunno, haven't checked that out yet. I kinda just like having this comic just to have it, which is strange because there aren't too many comics I feel that way about.

So, the comic shop with the new owner sells some pretty decent comics and doesn't over-grade that much. So far it's 2 out of 6 comics I've sent in that came back lower grades than what I bought them for. The other four have been graded above what was advertised when I snagged them. Zero so far that's been right on the money in terms of comic shop snags.

Funny because Gerry has two eBay raw copy purchases that came back from CGC right on the money. I only have one raw copy eBay purchase that was advertised exactly the grade I got back from CGC.

Didn't include Thor #165 VF 8.0 in this test, because that was purchased from the old owner. Not really fair to compare the comics I got under his command with the comics I got from the new owner. However, the next Vault posting will be a comic from the old owner, and it is a Restored copy.

Stay tuned to find out what comic it is, and if you want to read more of my snags from The Vault section, feel free to click the link and do so. 

In the meantime, I gotta get back to grinding out a few key issues lists that are in the works. Silver Surfer key comics list is all done, so if you haven't checked that out, just click the link.

Thanks for reading and hope this story has helped you somewhat in your own comic hunting quest.


  1. Awesome article on one of my favorite books ever! I love Kirby, Silver Surfer, Galactus and Marvel Cosmic...and they all collide in this issue!

    I bought a copy of this in 8.5 - 9.0 condition on ebay for around $280 last year! I thought it was a steal. I also got a 9.0 Iron Man 55 on ebay for $580.00! My cosmic collection is getting pretty awesome!

    Btw, I love this site! Thank you for making such a great resource for us collectors!

    1. Heya J Kadefer...thanks...great snags there. Fantastic Four #48 is surely one of the best cosmic keys in the Marvel universe for sure. Glad this site is helping you in your comic collecting or investing ventures!

  2. nice article never thought of taken pictures before sending comics to cgc. silver surfer comics surpassed expectations thanks. JW

    1. Heya JW! Yeah, I'm gonna have to start taking pics or scans before I start sending em off to CGC from now on. Glad you liked the Silver Surfer keys list.

  3. Very interesting article, it seems cgc has no (zero) liability for bends and creases that occur during grading, because they are perfect and never make errors or damages during grading

    1. Yeah, they do have a zero liability policy, and I can see why they do but it still makes me uneasy.

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