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Friday, August 22, 2014

HIGH GRADE ALERT: TMNT #3 NYCC "White Lairds Photo" Variant CGC 8.5 VF+

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 NYCC "White Lairds Photo" Variant
Volume 1
Print Run: 500 copies
 Published: 1985
Publisher: Mirage
Writer: Kevin Eastman
Penciler: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird


eBay - A high grade 8.5 VF+ has been located on the might eBay. Not the highest grade, but it's reasonably priced for this rare comic that's in demand.


For all you variant lovers and low print run chasers, this rare comic is definitely one that you should consider getting your hands on and adding to your vault. Although the Michael Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's movie has given many of the early TMNT comics a boost in demand and value, this NYCC TMNT #3 is a super low print run and rare variant that's in demand.

Before the first print for this comic began, 500 copies were printed specifically for the New York Comic Con back in 1985. Yes, you read that right...only 500!

During the printing of these 500 copies, the whites seemed to pop out more than the main print run or original 1st printings. Whites on the VW van where whiter also, but the distinct feature is the white on the "Lairds Photo" sign next to the van and under the comic's titled logo. 

The original first printing has the sign more of a dull bluish color, and this is why this comic is known as the "White Lairds Photo" variant. Any high grade copy would be a rare find, and high grade CGC copies are dropping between $1500 and $2000 buck-a-roos currently. Even the original 1st printings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 is a sought-out comic right now, as well as earlier issues with the volume one titled series.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have proven themselves as pop culture icons, and Michael Bay's movie will no doubt introduce the characters to a whole new generation. Even the 1st printings of the early TMNT comics were low print runs, as the comic started off as an independent title. The 80s and 90s era of comics did see the rise of more independent comics. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were the few that really hit it off with Donatello, Michelangelo, Rapheal, and Leonardo.

Most know what I think of variants, but that doesn't mean you have to feel the same way. So for those who are into low print, rare comics and variant hunters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 NYCC "White Lairds Photo" variant should be one on your want list. 

If you have a bunch of TMNT comics from volume one, may want to check your collection to see if you have this rare variant. You never know if you got it from someone who didn't know better at the time.

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