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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hot Comic Investments of 2015 Part 7


Here we are with more hot comic investments of 2015 and welcome to Part 7. This will be a long one, so I'll make this intro short.

If you missed Part 6, the link will bring you back. Otherwise, here's the next batch.



STAR WARS #1 REGULAR CENT
1st issue to comic series 
Movie adaptation

A lot of people are excited about the new Star Wars flick coming real soon, and since the 35 cent variant ended Part 6, it's only fair to take a look at the regular 30 cent. This is a comic that I watched pretty closely throughout 2014 and this year as well.

In Part 6, there was a few flabbergasted comments about what people were paying for considering the 35 cent variant for during the year. Now, I'm not saying that I would plop that much money down for the 35 cent version of this issue, but I'm not going to base this looksie on what I can afford or am willing to pay for.

Like I've done throughout this series, the numbers itself will do most of talking. I'm not going to try to convince anyone either way, but I will be fair when it comes to the numbers.
Taking rarity into account, which should be done anyways, the total submitted amount of Star Wars #1 regular cent in the CGC Census isn't exactly high nor low. This is just for CGC also and doesn't include PGX or CBCS.

However, was demand high enough to overshadow rarity or lack of for this comic?

In a 12 month span on eBay alone, there were a total of 651 sales at the time of this writing. If you want to compare that to a big boy Bronze Age comic like Giant Size X-Men #1, the total amount of copies that sold in the market on eBay alone for GS X-Men #1 in the last 12 months was 264.

Furthermore, GX X-Men #1 has 5,529 total copies registered in the CGC Census at the time of this writing. That is quite a bit more. The numbers to me signal that a lot more people were willing to sling the regular cent version of Star Wars #1 into the market instead of keeping them in their vaults and that the actual demand for Star Wars #1 was a bit lacking also.

Some of the number of sales for each of the individual grades were pretty high for higher grades. In terms of CGC 9.8s, there were 65 total sales on eBay at the time of this writing. Compare that to total eBay sales of GS X-Men #1 CGC 9.8s within a 12 month period, and it's a noticeable gap since GS X-Men #1 only had 3 sales in that amount of time. GS X-Men #1 are considerably more expensive in 9.8s than Star Wars #1 for sure, but consider that there were and still are less CGC 9.8s for GS X-Men #1 than opposed to Star Wars #1 CGC 9.8 in the market currently also.

Demand isn't as strong for this key obviously. However, let's see how actual sale values did in 2015. First up are 9.8s as usual, and this grade did have a pretty good year. With 389 registered in the CGC Census as of this writing, there were 65 sales clocked on eBay in the last 12 months.
The numbers show how this comic at high grade CGC 9.8s struggled from June to October. It did surpass the $3,000 mark in July, but that seems to be a pretty bad purchase. By August, however, this grade just seemed to slip from the higher $1900-$2000 range back into mid to high $1,000 range.








From mid June to January this grade has been sporadic as well. It did see a good jump in the beginning of this year and finally crossed into the $1000 range.

In early February, CGC 9.8s for Star Wars #1 did jump into the higher $1,000 range and in May this beast at 9.8s struggled all over the place in-between the higher $1,000 range and $2,000 range. With the last two months of 2014, you can see CGC 9.8s have jumped from the hundreds into the thousands during 2015.

If you take the last December 2014 sale to the most recent sale in October, it's about a $770 increase, but since September of this year, this comic has dipped and demand was not able to sustain or keep pushing the value of this grade up. That analysis, of course, is in correlation to the amount of copies out there on eBay currently to what people are willing to pay for this one right now.


CGC or CBCS copies for 9.6s also did somewhat good as well but not great. There were a whopping 150 sales within a 12 month period on just eBay alone, and if you want to do the math, it's an average of 12.5 copies sold each month in that market place. However, go check out eBay right now and see how many CGC 9.6 copies are up on there currently. There's no shortage of them for this one either! Not good.

In two years, this grade has had 209 total sales on eBay. Yikes!

Since there's so many damn sales for this copy in just this year alone, I'm gonna section this looksie off into different parts. So let's start off with the most recent months of October and November.

October just by itself has quite a bit of sales and if you look closely, this grade has struggled between the $400 and $500 ranges during these months. However, take a closer look at Fixed Priced auctions and bidding auctions.

Every single sale in the $500 range was a Fixed Priced auction except for one bidding auction for $525 in October. Of course, that bidding auction only had one bid. Six bidding auctions ended in the $400 range.


Let's see how this comic's grade started off at the beginning of this year though. This one clearly started off in the $200 range in late 2014.

The first sale in January had a Best Offer accepted at $275, and just when it looked like it was going to continue to go down from the previous sales of $282 and $299.95, this sucker jumped up and sneak into the $300 range in early January. No shortage of sales or copies being flung back in the market during this time either.

All of the sales that hit past the $300 mark were Fixed Priced or Best Offers early in the year though. The very few bidding auctions still ended up in the higher $200 range all throughout January. However, CGC 9.6s also seemed to effortlessly and briefly nestle into the $300 range early in the year as we'll soon see.


When it comes to demand for this comic, this grade saw a quick jump early in the year as well. In February, it looked like it would hit light speed past the $400 mark into the $500 and $600.

Not quite sure why this peak happened. More and more things were being teased for Star Wars during 2015, but it's hard to pinpoint one event or news hype. Around this time, CGC 9.8s also saw a quick warp in value as well if you look at the sales data for both grades.

What is certain is that there was good demand during this time, but unfortunately a lot of copies as well. For most of the year until the most recent months, this comic puttered in the $500 and $600 range.

Once again, that was due to the amount of copies available in the market. 150 sales is no small amount, but despite that new Star Wars The Force Awakens flick only has about a month away from hitting the theaters, the regular cent Star Wars #1 obviously does not have the demand that New Mutants #98 has going for it currently.

In Part 6, I talked about disparity and gaps. There is a bit of a gap between 9.8s and 9.6s, but in order to somewhat predict potential growth for 9.6s, you have to take in the rarity and demand factors.

With the amount of copies speculators or collectors are willing to let go plus the amount of copies out there in existence, I am not surprised that this comic has been puttering along and now running on fumes.

I'll illustrate a personal example. Oh, why, oh, why did I let my CGC 9.4 Star Wars #1 copy go this year? You may not agree with it, but I'll tell you.






















To say that there was a pretty high amount of copies in the CGC Census didn't bother me would be a lie. The thing that bothered me was that the highest total submissions were 9.6s and 9.4s. It wasn't a huge major factor, but I do have to admit that having CGC 9.6s and 9.4s as the highest total registered copies did make me a bit wary.

As I said before, I watched this comic throughout 2014 and 2015, and it just seemed to putter along. With all the hype surrounding Star Wars The Force Awakens, demand for this comic or grade was less than impressive to me.

Little by little, I watched more and more copies of this grade start to flood eBay beginning in February of this year. Therefore, it just boggled between the $200 to $300 range continuously for most of the year.

This sucker just would not stabilize whatsoever (more availability, more competition to sell, more lower prices sellers are willing to sell it for) or continually push upward. $200 to $300 back to $200 up to $300 back to $200 and $200 again then $300 and so it continually went. By May, I noticed that there were less copies in market.

I also noticed that a batch of recent sales in May finally starting to sell in the $300 range. A good portion of bidding auctions in the month prior were also landing in the $300 range.

That's when I finally decided to sling my 9.4 copy back into the market without hesitation. I had a feeling that it would just boggle in-between the higher $200 range and $300 range afterward until demand ran out of steam.

My copy was sold on May 31st. GoCollect recognized the sale June 1st. I marked it in yellow in the image to the right. I didn't have my Fixed Priced up there for very long.

Actually, I could've sold this by mid-June as there were also less copies in the market that time also. CGC 9.4s did sustain in the $300 zone for the month of June, but by July more copies were being flung into the market once again.

In the month of August, there were a total of 16 eBay sales recorded and it started to boggle in-between the $200 and $300 realm. However, most were once again landing in the $200 range.

Surprisingly, there were not many sales in September. There were only four, but it was an even amount of bidding auctions and Fixed Priced auctions. Once again both bidding auctions landed in the $200 range and both Fixed Priced sold in the $300 range. Lack of demand? I think so.

So how did this beast do recently? I'm sure you can figure it out, but here's the GoCollect data for it anyway.

So far I see 37 slabbed 9.4s on eBay at the time of this writing, so it's not exactly scarce in the market in correlation to the demand of this book.

When it comes to this comic, there's plenty of graded copies out there. Demand is not as strong as it should be.

Perhaps this comic might get a bump if the new movie coming out in December just blows people's minds and creates some kind of crazy fan frenzy for Star Wars #1, but actual demand needs to pick up over-all for this key issue in order to continually push it upwards.

Also, in order for values to stick or rise, this comic at any grade needs to stay in people's collections instead of flooding the market. It appears that quite a few are merely speculating or flipping this comic to the point that demand isn't enough to overcome the amount of copies being put out in the market.












What would this market be without funkiness or clunkiness pertaining to certain grades for a specific comic? With all the sales for this key issue, is it really any surprise?

Of course, not! So CGC 9.4s, 9.2s and 9.0s are pretty much bunched up near the same values. Within a 12 month period, 9.2s had 95 sales on eBay while 9.0s had 62.

Now some would think that CGC 9.4s and 9.2s would need a bump in value, but it isn't logical since I've already said over and over that 9.4s currently have quite a bit of copies in the market and a whopping 137 total sales in a span of 12 months. Unless demand hits a feeding frenzy of sorts like Batman Adventures #12 or New Mutants #98 for this comic and it becomes increasingly more rare in the market, Star Wars #1 regular cent will continue to putter a long until it fizzles and prices drop.

It will be really interesting to see how the movie affects this comic after it's release or even early next year. Will demand shoot it up or will even more speculators flood the market and dump this book?

We shall see! On that note, I have no regrets about letting my CGC 9.4 copy go for the regular 30 cent. With too many letting it go and not enough demand to back this one up, I'm also gonna let it go while I can still get a decent profit.

I did buy my CGC 9.4 copy for $140 back in late 2013, so I got a minimal profit of a little less than $200 bucks for this one. And, yes, I did not say anything about it at the time I sold it, because I wanted to see how it played out first without my input.




GREEN LANTERN #59
1st appearance of Guy Gardner

Ah, this one here brings up a frustrating moment in my comic investing/collecting adventure.

Back in late 2014, I wrote up a Vault post about Showcase #23 CGC 4.5 and the total screw up that happened. So I got a Showcase #23, 2nd appearance of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern, because the seller accepted my Best Offer for a CGC 9.2 Green Lantern #59 at $385 but supposedly had a buyer purchase this copy before me at their actual site!

Now, I had a eBay Bucks coupon to use with this purchase so it came out to only $346 bucks. Then the next day the guy emailed me and said some guy bought the exact comic a minute before I did on their website.

So since I already paid for it and used my eBay Bucks, I substituted the #59 for the Showcase #23.  Oh, well, it's life

So now with Warner Bros. confirming that the new Green Lantern movie will be called, The Green Lantern Corps, it ain't no surprise that the 1st appearance of Guy Gardner and John Stewart had become increasingly scarce on the market for higher grade slabbed copies. No surprise that both 1st appearances are pretty hot in the market right now as well.

Green Lantern #59 is extremely scarce in the market concerning 9.2s and up. And for good reason so far.

I'm totally surprised that GoCollect doesn't show my December 2014 Best Offer sale, but for the record their was a sale and the agreed upon price was $385. Oh, I'm pretty sure that value has more than doubled since then.
Because of the scarcity of this comic concerning slabbed copies, 9.8s, 9.6s through 9.2s only had sales in 2014 on eBay. There were sales this year for 9.0s and 8.5s. 

You can see that both grades are starting to get near each other in value, but they both did get a slight boost this year. High grade CGC Universals are almost non-existent on eBay currently. 

One 8.5 on there right now is way over-bloated in terms of price. If that sucker sells, you know whoever bought it doesn't read this site, nor is researching his or her purchases very carefully.









Wow CGC 8.0s got a nice jump in value this year also. 7.5s looks like it will nestle into the $200 range quite soon, or depending on movie news hype, it just may over shoot into the $300 range if 9.0s move up into the $500 range.

Hard to say where and which grade will get the next boost since they all seem to marinating in collector's or investor's vaults currently. We still have a few years to go concerning the Green Lantern Corps movie, but Green Lantern #59 will definitely be a fun one to watch.





BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1
Classic Frank Miller Batman series

This one is a surprise and not so much of a surprise. Despite being a fan-favorite Frank Miller tale of Batman, there's little doubt that movie hype for Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice skyrocketed Batman The Dark Knight Returns #1 into the ridiculous zone during the past few years.

There's no shortage of copies out there, and this Copper Age key is an example of hard demand when rarity seems to be over-looked. Go figure.

This bad boy is also a Copper Age goodie, so I highly doubt that there's a problem finding high grade raw copies despite what the CGC Census says. Also, it was not that long ago that this comic started heating up in the market and deemed as a comic worth getting graded on a big scale.

So far there are 341 CGC 9.8s in the CGC Census and 719 CGC 9.6s has the lion's share as of this writing. If you compare this one with Star Wars #1 regular cent, I'd logically assume there are a lot more high grade raw copies for this one out there.

However, unlike Star Wars #1, CGC 9.8s, this comic have not been all that plentiful on the market. There are 2nd and 3rd prints and the TPB, but for the most part, more collectors have been willing to hold onto the 1st prints during 2015.

Once again, that is comparing it to the total CGC registered copies for Star Wars #1 CGC 9.8s, which is currently at 389. So, it's not that far off as of now. 

Also, this is comparing it to the actual sales volume for 9.8s. I mean, 35 sales to 65 sales in a 12 month period may not seem that much, but it can make a difference.

It's almost half. If you have GoCollect, which I highly recommend, you can count how many sales of 9.8s where in 2014 compared to 2015. 

2014 only had 20 sales for this grade and 2015 has 32 so far. Still, demand is pretty strong for this one, especially taking into account that it is a Copper Age comic and most likely not a low print indie. However and just food for thought, if more people slung an extra 30 copies of this comic at this grade in the market during this 12 month period, would it dip in value?

Maybe or maybe not. We shall see when we take a closer look.
From March to October, this comic has been bobbing in-between the $600 and $700 range mostly. You can see by looking at the months, there hasn't been a bombardment of sales for this grade. The highest seem to be in October and July. 

This comic at this grade did get a slight bump in value from where it started in the November and finally crossed over into the $700 range, but it wasn't much. Quite a few people asked me early this year if this comic was a good one to get, and I almost always said for short-term.

It also depends on what the price was during the time. You can see that getting one in the higher $600 range and what the most recent sales are going for isn't much of an increase if you take out eBay and Pay Pal fees. If you were lucky to sell this puppy at the two fluke buys of $800 and $900 then sure it might have been worth it, but on average, probably not in my opinion.

When it comes to CGC 9.6s, this sucker had 78 sales within a 12 month period. I'm not even going to go through the entire year because it looked pretty much the same.

Yes, it boggled in-between the higher $100 range and $200 range pretty much the entire year. Right now on eBay, there a quite a few 9.6s listed.

What can be said about 9.6s is that this grade has had more sales in the $200 range as opposed to all of last year. However, if this comic is struggling within the high $100 range and $200 range, it can mean that demand needs an umphf or the amount of copies in the market needs to be scaled back.

Maybe even both. In terms of 9.4s, it looks like it had the same year it did back in 2014. It has been selling in the $100 range and does not appear to be threatening the $200 range.

This is just my opinion, but I am definitely wary about this comic sustaining. Much of the demand is due to the Batman v Superman movie and how the movie is loosely based off it.

If I am going to take into account of what happened with the first Wolverine limited series in 1982 after the Wolverine 2 movie hype fizzled once it stopped playing in theaters, I'm going to predict the same will happen with this one. 

After all Wolverine 2 was based on the story line from the Wolverine limited series. It may or may not take a dump like the latter, but judging from the past concerning comics like this, it is definitely something to think about.




You do not have to agree with me concerning the stuff I look at when it comes to comic investments. In the case of Star Wars #1 regular cent, I am looking at how it performed and why there were so many sales during 2015.

I let my 9.4 CGC copy go based on what I was seeing in the market during the time. It was not a biased decision.

In fact, it was anything but. Trust me, I would've loved to have had that CGC 9.4 be even more valuable than the market deemed it at the time.


However, I had no idea why so many were cashing out concerning that key issue. I made a call based on observation and lucked out.

It very much could've went the other way as well. What if even more collectors slung that grade into the market during May and June? It could've dipped in value even more.

Even more so, what happens if the new Star Wars movie is super crazy awesome and creates a fan frenzy for that comic? With a boost in demand like that, it could very well start increasing in value also.

Then again, as I've pointed out, demand for the book has to increase or the amount of copies hitting the market has to be scaled back in order for that particular comic to see growth. It would be best if both happened to be honest, but in the case of New Mutants #98, we definitely know that comic has super crazy demand going for it currently. 

Star Wars #1? Not quite on the same level as of yet.

Once again, I don't want to convince anyone either way. It's just how I look at it and interpret the data. You may very well see something else.

These posts do absolutely nothing for me. I do not write them for myself. I write them to show people certain things to possibly look out for or watch out for or keep in mind and that's all. 

In the end and as it always will be, it will be up to you to research and come to your own conclusions concerning comics to invest in or dump. 




17 comments:

  1. I think there might be a little misunderstanding about the comments on the Star Wars 30 and 35 cent comic in the last post. I don't think anybody was saying that book didn't belong on this list. It does for sure based on rarity alone and the prices paid. It looks like what people where saying is that since the book is out of the range of most comic collectors/investors that there happy with just having a nice copy the 30 cent edition. I bought my 9.2 range copy for only $25 several years back, so I understand. I think most people including me would definitely love to have that 35 cent edition in there collection. Might should of held on to that mid grade GL 59 I sold last year.

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    1. I didn't take it as a misunderstanding. I don't presume to know how much or how less people earn or what they're willing to pay or not. There's no way I can predict that, and I'd rather not to be honest.

      I sure as hell can't afford it, but I'm not gonna judge or question someone who can. As for the Star Wars #1 regular cent, I wasn't implying in the post whether someone should or shouldn't buy. I was stating the numbers and why the prices were fluctuating up and down constantly due to demand not quite overshadowing the amount of sales or copies being put in the market yet.

      Not sure why so many were cashing out already with Star Wars #1, but I didn't imply whether or not one should be happy having Star Wars #1. Nor did I say that just because I dumped my copy that everyone should.

      I think people are forgetting that this series isn't about go this one and go get that one. I am not recommending or campaigning or suggesting any in this specific series. It's just a performance review. Nothing more...nothing less.

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  2. Hey TCM,

    New Mutants 98 and Star Wars 1 not on the same level yet? I agree. But based on the trailers of both upcoming movies I would say Star Wars 1 has a much bigger potential. Deadpool will definitely be a nice fun action flick for the aged comic geek, but Star Wars might really turn on all kind of generations. And if you throw in the merchandise machine that is already starting to roll, I would put all my cash on the space opera coming out as the big winner.

    Ace

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    1. Heya Ace, no they're not on the same level yet...which is why I used the yet amigo. Not really comparing NM #98 and Star Wars #1 regular cent as investment comics or which one is better than the other. Just comparing the hype currently driving the two comics since NM #98 and Star Wars #1 regular cent both had quite a lot of sales in 2015 alone.

      I think people are reading the post and misunderstanding that I'm saying NM #98 is better than Star Wars #1. No, the entire series function isn't about which is better. It's not even about what I suggest or recommend.

      I used the examples of GS X-Men #1 and NM #98 for two specific and different reasons. GS X-Men #1 doesn't have a small amount of copies in the CGC Census for sure and neither does NM #98. With NM #98, I used the example to compare hype/demand because both have a whopping number of sales on eBay.

      Good stuff, thanks for commenting.

      It wasn't to imply which one is better or which one someone should get over the other. I'm not comparing the actual comics, but comparing the current demand for them.

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  3. Hi Mayhem,

    I bet you gonna bite in your behind that you sold Star Wars 1! At least by the end of the year this one will double in price. I even predict spot numero uno on gocollect.

    Max Rebo

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    1. OMG! That Rebo guy might be right! Star Wars 1 just entered the 2nd spot on gocollect an pushed Amazing Spiderman 300 to the 3rd place! Fantastic.

      Ace

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    2. Rebo, I don't regret when I dump a comic. I move onto the next and don't look back. Most of the time, I dump a comic to help fund another comic investment I've got my sights on. I will regret snagging a comic and having it perform miserably, which means it falls past the price I purchased for it.

      I have no doubt that after the movie release Star Wars #1 will get a bump in demand. I even mentioned in the post that if the movie is super awesome, it may create a feeding frenzy for the book. I'm just pointing out the factor of demand isn't outweighing the amount of copies in the market just yet.

      The CGC 9.4 Star Wars #1 comic that I dumped helped fund a golden age key that's exceptionally more rare. I also got a 7.0 slabbed for the price of a FN in Overstreet, so it was a snag too good to pass up.

      You fellas are looking at the most activity rankings on gocollect. Star Wars #1 regular cent moved into the #2 spot of "most sales" on eBay. Most sales doesn't equate to top value performance. As I said in the post, demand has to overshadow the amount of copies being flung in the market.

      Yes, the movie release could do this and it probably will. I truly hope it does for those of you who still have the book.

      All that was said in the post was that demand had to pick up or the amount of copies in the market needed to be reduced or hopefully both. Nothing in the post said that just because I flung my copy back into the market anyone else should. Nor does this entire series say anything about how anyone should buy any of these comics or sell.

      It's a performance review of hot comics during the year, and that's all. I compared Star Wars #1 to New Mutants #98 to illustrate the demand factor...not to imply which comic is better or worse. Also comparing GS X-Men #1 was to illustrate that more collectors were holding onto that as opposed to Star Wars #1 during the year since GS X-Men #1 has quite a bit of copies in the CGC census alone. It wasn't about which is better or worse, nor is it a competition of which comic is better than whatever.

      It's just a way to research what's going on and hopefully entertain a few people a long the way.

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    3. Hey Mayhem,

      thanks for always taking your time to answer our ranting and babbling. I once bought a comic pack at wall mart which had the complete Infinity Gauntlet mini in it. Sold it 3 years ago for almost nothing. I seriously never ever expected this comic to be worth more than a dime. Goes to show:

      EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN OUR BUSINESS!

      Max Rebo

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  4. I wonder if any of these books will make the upcoming list. FF 45, FF 52, Strange tales 110,115,126,169, Doctor Strange 169, Batman:Harley Quinn 1st print, Harley Quinn 1 AH variant, Ms. Marvel 17 2nd print variant, Preacher 1,2,13, Batman 227,232,251,357, ASM 194,300,361,601,606,607
    TMNT #1 1st, 2nd, 3rd prints, Action Comics 252, Alias 1, Shazam 28, Avengers 181,196, Marvel Premiere 47, Eternal Warrior 4, DC Comics Presents 26, Batman 1 new 52, Aquaman 35, Superman Adventures 5. Just to name a few...

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    1. I love this site. Thank you so much for putting in the time to inform us about comics. I like getting ideas and then like you said doing my own research for a certain book. Thank you again so much........Kevin

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    2. Hey Kevin, glad this site can help you in any useful way. This is just a way to look at certain things that may or may not be able to help one out. It's not a written in stone thing at all. Thanks for reading.

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    3. Thanks for the reply. I do have 1 question? If you had $200 to invest in silver age books. Would you buy 1-$200 book or 2-$100 books or 4-$50 books. I cant seem to make up my mind. I was just wondering what someone else do. Thank you again for all you do I look at this site daily......Kevin

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    4. To be perfectly honest, it depends on which books I'm actually looking at and it does vary as to how I'm feeling. For example, I feel cheap right now, so I would probably go for the 2 for $100 split but it really depends on the comics and or the situation at hand.

      For instance, if I happened upon an Aquaman #35 (just an example of a hot book) that was miraculously priced at $200 at a comic con, comic shop, or eBay, etc, I would drop $200 on that in a heart beat.

      With my want list, it would be extremely hard for me to find 4 $50 silver age books, but if I did chance upon them, sure I'd do that. It really depends on what I find at the given moment or where I might happen to be. Sometimes I can find great deals at some places, sometimes I can't.

      I would always keep all options open. For example, you never know if you're at a con or a comic shop or just browsing online and find an Aquaman #29 in FN condition for $18 bucks or an Aquaman #11 for $25 (forgot how much I paid but it was $20 something). I did find those two at comic shops though and at different times.

      So I really don't worry about quantity of purchases, but the quality of what I can find where ever I am hunting, meaning type of key comic that's hot and the deal I can find. If you bring a list that details a comic or comics that are selling for a lot more on eBay, but find spectacular deals on them elsewhere, then it is really a toss up of how many purchases you'll be able to make at that given time.

      Sometimes I bring a certain amount of dough at a comic con or comic shop and never spend all of what I brought because I didn't find that many deals. I could bring a hundred bucks and only use 25 of it because I only found one comic that was a steal or a good deal.

      Even for eBay...sometimes I'll have a budget of whatever and find absolutely no good deals at the time I'm browsing the site. So I don't buy anything. Sometimes, I do and either spend my entire budget or even go under it, depending on the comic I stumbled upon and the price it's at.

      I really need to get better at explaining things so my replies aren't so long, but the jist of it is it's not about the quantity but the quality of comic/comics and the deal/deals you can find at a particular moment.

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  5. Hey mayhem, My man from across the land,
    Random question……. how rare are strange tales books? say numbers 101-120.

    Thanx man, hope things are going well for you.

    Also how much potential does the preacher series have for value gain, are they low print?

    Sry for the random questions! Thanx again

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    1. What's up Wayne? Good to hear from ya down yonder.

      Surprisingly, Strange Tales 101 through 120 aren't exactly plentiful in the CGC Census...even for Strange Tales #110, 1st appearance of Dr. Strange. If you compare ST #110 to Amazing Fantasy #15, AF #15 has about a thousand copies more in the census.

      There are raw copies still out there, but if you compare it to AF #15, I doubt there's a boat load of them still raw, or someone's hoarding a shit load of raw copies in a man cave somewheres.

      Preacher #1 has an estimated 28,000 print run. Not anywhere near high nor extremely low either but it is extremely hot right now. I dunno, this one is bobbling up and down between $800 and $900 for 9.8s. It did finally break the $1000 mark once recently.

      Comparing Preacher #1 to Caliber Presents #1 with the 1st Crow (10,000 estimated print run), I'd say that Caliber Presents #1 currently has a better potential of value gain. I'd even say the 1st Crow series (1st prints) are pretty over-looked and under-valued right now.

      Hype is all over Preacher #1 like white on rice currently, but hype is pretty minimal for the Crow at least right now.

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  6. Thank you Mayhem for the reply. I was just wanting someone else's thought process. I understand about what you may find at any giving time. ( deals ). I live in east Tennessee and comic con's are far and few. And the closest comic shop is 45 min. away. And ebay is crazy right now with all the high prices..Keep up the good work this site Rocks......Kevin

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