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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tomb of Dracula #1 Values


Well, we've looked to see how two Golden Age horror key comics have done over the years concerning value, demand, and whatnot, and I wasn't all that impressed. Those two were EC Comics and suppose to be two highly desirable keys in the Tales from the Crypt titled series, which is pretty iconic.

So, what about the resurgence of the horror genre during the Bronze Age of comics? This period is known for bringing it somewhat back, and for the Comics Code loosening up their standards somewhat.

The ban on "undead" vampires was lifted, and Marvel's success with Morbius prompted the publishing company to launch a full fledged title starring the most popular and well-known vampire of them all based on Bram Stoker's Dracula.



Has Bronze Age horror comics had better results as comics to invest in? They are without a doubt more abundant than Golden Age horror comics, but that doesn't mean demand for them isn't stronger.

Well, let's take a look at Tomb of Dracula #1 that came out in 1972. As usual, here we are with some Overstreet values.

It seems pretty apparent that most comic collectors really didn't care much for Tomb of Dracula #1 throughout the 80s and the very early 90s. Who knows, but after '91, maybe collectors started noticing this Bronze Age bad boy.

What is clear is that by the early 2000s, interest for this comic did perk up, but from 2002 to 2014 didn't really see much of an increase in value if you take 12 years into account.

From then and more recently, the values seemed to stagnate according to the Overstreet Price Guide from 2014 to 2017.

GD to VF movement are extremely unimpressive for a 15 year spread. Then again, this is the OPG, and we all know that online values or sales are very different than on print.

CGC 9.2s, 9.0s and 8.0s could have had much better movement in the real time environment of internet sales. So, and as usual, we shall explore a bit deeper into this matter and see what's really going down with this Bronze Age key horror comic. 

Alright, up first is GoCollect as usual and then we'll look at some Heritage Auction's archives. If you do not know what the hell GoCollect is, it is a site that records eBay sales but only for slabbed copies (CGC and CBCS) at the moment. Wouldn't doubt if that changes in the near future to include raw copies as well.


OVERSTREET GUIDE
82-83 12TH EDITION 

Mint $8.00
Fine $4.00
Good $1.50


OVERSTREET GUIDE
90-91 20TH EDITION 

Near Mint 8.00
Fine $4.00
Good $1.35


OVERSTREET GUIDE
2002-03 33RD EDITION

NM $180
VF/NM $14
VF $100 
FN $42 
VG $28
GD $14

OVERSTREET GUIDE 
2014-15 44TH EDITION

NM- $360
VF/NM $233
VF $105
FN $45
VG $30
GD $15


OVERSTREET GUIDE 
2015-16 45TH EDITION

NM- $360
VF/NM $233
VF $105
FN $45
VG $30
GD $15 

OVERSTREET GUIDE 
2016-17 46TH EDITION 

NM- $360
VF/NM $233
VF $105
FN $45
VG $30
GD $15 

OVERSTREET GUIDE 
2017-18 47TH EDITION 

NM- $360
VF/NM $233
VF $105
FN $45
VG $30
GD $15


Comparing this data to the two Heritage sales below, it does look like there was some recent growth. I mean, take the earliest sale back in 2005 at Heritage for $1955 and track the trajectory.

There was a massive dip in demand from 2005 to 2011 and in early 2013. By summer of 2013, interest in this comic increased, and we had a nice rebound in October of last year. Then March of 2017 saw a nice jump, beating the 2005 Heritage sale.

Okay, that could be an outlier, but it could be a solid sale. I do expect a decrease as there is a CGC 9.8 right now on eBay for only $1,795.00. Just saying is all.

There are only two 9.8 copies on ole eBay at the time of this writing, and when it comes to 9.6s, there are quite a bit of past sales data that Heritage Auctions has. We shall compare the two among other things.






HERITAGE CGC 9.6

2003
Jul | $632.50
Oct | $603.75
 Nov | $552.00

2005
May | $575.00


2007
Aug | $657.25
Nov | $776.75
 
2013
Nov | $657.25

2014
Feb | $489.95
Mar | $501.90
Jun | $406.30
Jun | $430.20

2016
Oct | $430.20

EBAY CGC 9.6 LAST 2 SALES

When it comes to comparing data for both eBay and Heritage, it's obvious that eBay has more sales per year, but GoCollect's data or archives does not stretch as far back. We will only compare years where both had sales, and for GoCollect, it will be the last two sales of the given years that can be compared.

2013
Jul | $449.44
Oct | $576.67

2014
Oct | $645
Nov | $455

2016
Sep | $549.99
Nov | $400



Last two sales in 2017 so far have been $750 and $685.99. I don't really see impressive growth for CGC 9.6s of Tomb of Dracula #1 either. 

Movement is janky and all over the map even on eBay, but it seems that this comic's value has fallen within the $400 range the most so far on eBay. It's probably the same if you combined the 5 year eBay data with the 13 year Heritage data, but it's apparent that there is a disparity between CGC 9.8s and 9.6s in terms of potential growth.

However, that should be proportional to the size of the census or how rare/scarce a comic's grade is available or accessible.



Should we even look at 9.4s? I'm pretty horror comic'd out, but I suppose we'll see if 9.4s have done anything impressive. I'm just going to start off with the beginning data or the oldest data available on GoCollect and then the most recent.


At least this grade is steadily growing upward with a few pitfalls here and there. It finally hit the $500 range in 2016 and did so twice this year of 2017. Heritage actually looks somewhat similar, but there isn't any sale in the $500 range. Growth looks a lot more stagnate.



I am going to stop there. I cannot imagine any amazing at grades lower than 9.4, and after perusing some data, it looks the same. Growth, if any, is minimal for this Bronze Age key issue as a comic investment.

I am surprised. This is the first appearance of this version of Dracula, specifically meant for the resurgence of the horror genre during the Bronze Age of comics. Morbius, Ghost Rider, Blade, and even some other 2nd tier horror characters from the era are getting more bite, and yes, pun was fully intended. 

Up to you. Some could see horror comics as a barely mined genre and others could see that the reason for that is a large lack of interest for most of these horror comics as comics to invest in. Hey, neither perception would be wrong. 

Does this deter me from wanting a Tomb of Dracula #1 like I mentioned in the Comic Book Brigade Halloween Special Part 1 video? Nope. 

I still do out of fandom and because it was part of Marvel's resurgence into the genre again. And, yes, that story about Marvel Spotlight #2 in the video is true. 

I still do want that book, but do I want a mid or low grade copy? Nope. Do I want to pay the prices now for a high grade copy? That is answered in the first sentence of this paragraph.

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13 comments:

  1. With Ghost Rider and Blade being the only characters to have any media attention lately outside of comics. I think the others are popular characters among certain fans but might need extra mainstream coverage via a TV show or movie to get that next level of interest among collectors.

    Nate

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    1. This probably needs more pumpin' from them G+ comms but then will just live and die in that specubator pool after the herd are done with it. Should be a great "horror comic" to get, but it seems Son of Satan is the one currently being pumped and 1st Legion of Monsters.

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  2. Hey Comic aficionados!!!

    All stellar comics you are representin' here!
    Would like to have a Tomb 1 in my collection,
    but I' m more than happy to have the first
    appearance of Blade. Cool issue, that number
    10, I reasure you. Recent snags? I was happy
    to get a Fables 2 in NM for 10. Overlooked in
    my opinion but not a key of course. I could
    complete my Fables run 1 - 6 and that gave
    me some joy...

    Stay on board, collectors!

    Ace

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    1. I can see that series being either a TV show or movie. It ran for 150 issues. Pretty long series for the DC Vertigo imprint. So I picked up a NM copy of issue #1 Alex Maleev cover last year for $15.

      Nate

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  3. Hi Nate,

    great Deal! Allthough I like the covers
    by James Jean better. By the way: got
    the Amazing Spiderman Vol. 2 Nr. 36
    black cover for 3 bucks in NM. Hope it'
    s the first print - that would be a deal!

    Ace

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    1. I've had a NM+ copy of that issue for awhile now. Can't even remember how what is was. As far as I know there is not a 2nd printing for it though. Just direct market and newsstand editions.

      Nate

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    2. Hey Nate,

      just read the Spiderman 36 issue and man I must
      say: In my opinion it' s one of the most important
      modern comics. The whole Trump America should
      read this comic right now! My favourite passage:

      What do we tell the children?
      Do we tell them evil is a foreign face?
      No. The evil is the thought behind the face,
      and it can look just like yours.

      Just great. Some might find it to pathetic
      but I think Straczynski and Romita Jr. did
      a good job here.

      Ace

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    3. I never read my copy just wanted one for remembering 9/11 and being a Spider-Man fan. If you want to check out my latest buys. I posted them on the comment section of the Mayhem's last posting Horror keys Part 16.

      NATE

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  4. What' s up fellow collectors!

    Need your opinion on this one: Spawn 183,
    2nd She Spawn, first Morana. Should I
    invest in a NM copy for 15? Never heard
    about this one before...

    Max Rebo

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    1. Yes, these have low distribution or unit sales to North American comic shops...over-looked, under-valued and pretty much untapped segment of Spawn comics to invest in. This was in the Spawn key issues list done a while back, Rebo. You musta been one of them who dismissed it over the Valiant keys being pushed then.

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    2. Thanks pal!

      Just checked the old post again. Still
      no graded issues on gocollect... Prices
      on ebay go from 14 to over 30 bucks.
      Strange phenomenon. Hope Todd
      does something good with that character...

      Max Rebo

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    3. I agree with Mayhem. If your a Spawn fan those late 100 issues where low printed. Also some the Homage covers of the 200's have become quite popular and should have low print runs as well. Newsstand editions in the series are starting to get some notice too.

      NATE

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