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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Key Issue Investment Comics Between $100 to $200 Part 4

Continuing this price range key issue investment comics between $100 and $200 with Part 4. Must say it's getting harder and harder to find comics within this price range, especially at CGC 9.8 grades. 

Alright, let's stop beating around the bush and get on with this. If you missed Part 3, just click the link to go back. If not, enjoy Part 4.

The Uncanny X-Men #256 December, 1989 (CGC 9.8)

I forgot to put this comic in the X-Men key issues list, which reminds me that I need to do so after I publish this price range list. This issue is the first new Psylocke as Lady Mandarin, and is part of Jim Lee's famous run on the Uncanny X-Men

It was the X-Men run that brought Jim Lee to fame as one of the best comic artists in the biz during the Copper Age of comics.

This issue just barely cracked past the $100 mark for Universal CGC 9.8 copies. Gonna have to take another look at my copy and see how it stacks up.  

eBay - At the time of this writing there are no CGC Universal copies just yet. There are two CGC 9.8 Signature Series signed by Chris Claremont. Both are under the $200 mark as well. If SS series ain't your thing, might wanna keep an eye for a CGC Universal 9.8 to pop up on ole eBay.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21 March, 1984 (CGC 9.6)

One of the most sought out G.I. Joe A Real American Hero keys from the first Marvel series. Known as the "Silent Issue" because it doesn't have any dialogue, this issue also has the first appearance of Storm Shadow and features Snake Eyes in a solo mission.

Although the movies are crap, this issue has been steadily rising and getting closer and closer to the $200 mark on average for CGC 9.6 sales in this month of June. 9.8 copies are already past the price range for this key issues list, and the copies currently on eBay for CGC 9.6s are over-priced. Probably best to keep on the look out for an auction or a Buy It Now that's under or at the $200 mark.

eBay - There are two 9.6s here. One is a Signature Series though and past this price range. The other is a Universal 9.6 and is listed as a Buy It Now at $225 but has a Best Offer option. May be able to get this at $200 or under if you're lucky. One in May dropped at $200.

The Uncanny X-Men #130 February, 1980 (CGC 9.6)

Quite surprised that the first appearance of Dazzler has taken off in a big bad way for CGC 9.8s. No movie appearance, no television appearance, no hype! Just good ole fashion demand for a fan-favorite X-Men character. 

Even CGC 9.6 copies are nearing the $200 mark for Uncanny X-Men #130, but still under $200 for Buy It Nows. Auctions in the month of May have been bid up to the highest of $180 for CGC copies at this grade.

eBay - Around four CGC 9.6s on eBay within this price range. There's a copy that has the old Modern red label. Cheapest Universal is a $179 copy. Other options are still under the $200 mark except for a Signature Series copy.

Transformers #10 Volume 2 November, 1985 (CGC 9.8)

Okay, despite the new Transformer movie, which I heard was complete garbage and not surprisingly has terrible reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Transformers #10 has absolutely nothing to do with Transformers 4. It actually has to do with the Transformers 3 movie in which we first see Devastator in a lousy Michael Bay live action version of the character.

Transformers #10 holds the first appearance of Devastator, and as someone who grew up with the Transformers toys and cartoons (probably the best friggin' toys of the 80s era), this key transformers comic issue is still pretty affordable in CGC 9.8s. The last two have dropped at $100 bucks, but they are pretty scarce finds at high grade 9.8s.

eBay - Zero CGC 9.8s for this key issue at the moment, but I'm sure they'll pop up again soon. A few did drop in July for a little over a hundred bucks.

X-Factor #5 Volume 1 June, 1986 (CGC 9.8)

We're back with this key issue and it's taken quite a bump in demand since the announcement that the follow up movie to X-Men Days of Future Past would have Apocalypse. This is the first brief appearance of Apocalypse but the industry calls it the first cameo appearance of the character. Perhaps it's because the character is only shown in shadow on the last page?

Whatever. In the month of June, this comic has been dropping above $100 on average on eBay. That's for auctions, not Buy It Nows. Not too many key issues in the first X-Factor series worth much, but this one definitely is showing great potential growth.

eBay - A few CGC 9.8 copies for this key. Most are reasonably priced but only one auction going on at the time of this writing. May be able to get it below or around a hundred.

Alright, there's five more key issue investment comics between $100 and $200. I have no idea when I'll be able to get around to doing more of these price range lists. Quite a few great suggestions have been tossed my way and need to start whipping those puppies out.

If you missed Part 3, just click the PREVIOUS link below. Thanks for reading and happy hunting!


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