Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we see a Sienkiewicz variant hit its highest sale ever, a Sandman error print jump in and out of the aftermarket, and strangely… a couple of Prince-themed sales.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 SARA PICHELLI 1:30 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011) Is a variant that usually sells for $20 to $50 raw. With that said, today’s sale of $500 for CGC 9.8 came as such a surprise that we even had to do a double-take on our data. However, researching this book, 9.8’s appear to be very hard to come by. Our last recorded sale was back in June of 2018 for $269.95. We love gap books like this. This tells us two things: (1) buying NM+ copies and grading them are a must & (2) raw copies are due for a market correction (copies dry up and the price increases). This is definitely one book to keep an eye on. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SANDMAN #18 (BLUE PANELS) ERROR EDITION (VERTIGO, 1990) We love it when rare error/recalled books come up for sale. Especially when it’s one we’ve been personally hunting for quite a while. Today, a copy of this rare blue paneled edition had a CBCS 9.0 sell for $1,911.75. This is the highest sale ever for this book. This is a book that you should always keep an eye out for when you’re flipping through Sandman back issues. Pick it up, flip to the first page with the cat at the top right panel. If the top panels are yellow, it’s the standard print. If it’s blue, then you just found a gem of a book. Happy hunting! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
Even with a film stuck in development hell, there is no stopping SPAWN books. The number of rare and expensive books he has is large and growing, especially now with the massive heat behind the 2019 SDCC variant. With that variant hitting $500 (as of August 1st), today’s small burst of big Spawn sales is hard to ignore. We’re not sure if it’s because of 90’s nostalgia, Toddfather love, or if Spawn is simply just an awesome character. The answer is probably all of the above. Today had 3 notable sales: SPAWN #166 at $209.99 for a raw copy (highest raw sale ever), #186 2nd Print at $124.90 (for a VF/NM-) and #240 at $150 raw (highest raw sale ever). Spawn was pretty much ignored 6 years ago. So, this has been an interesting trend in comic collecting over the past several years. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: PRINCE #1 (DC, 1991) We can’t believe that it’s been over 3 years since Prince died (d. 4/21/16). If you can recall, this book had a surge in popularity and price after his death. Yes, it’s in bad taste to profit off a death… but it happens every time. After a few months after his death, this hard to find book settled to an average $20 price, with high-grade copies hitting $40 to $50. Today’s NM raw saw a surprising sale of $148 for a raw copy. On 7/18, another high grade raw sold for $95. We’re not sure why there’s been a surge in prices like this, especially since there’s no shortage of affordable copies listed on sites like eBay. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 NICK BRADSHAW 1:25 HOMAGE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015) We’ve chatted about this book twice now (4/28/19 & 7/8/19). The last time was for a huge $500 sale for a CGC 9.8. Today we felt we had to re-mention this book as a raw copy sold for $159.99 and another for $100 on the 16th. Collectors tend to get a little burned out on frequented homage variants… yet this specific homage tends to have a diehard collector base, hence the price. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: WOLVERINE #145 CGC 9.8 BILL SIENKIEWICZ NABISCO MAIL-AWAY VARIANT (MARVEL, 1999) This mail-away variant is incredibly hard to find in the wild. And those that do exist are all pretty beat. Nabisco didn’t have the experience that us comic fans have in order to properly handle and ship comics to fans. These were sent in a manilla envelope with a thank you note… and that was it. On top of that, this all-black cover shows every flaw. Add in Bill Sienkiewicz’s fan base (he was recently added into the Eisner’s Comic Hall of Fame) and this book is a no brainer must-have for collectors. Today’s CGC 9.8 sale at $1,376 is the highest ever… and we believe that it should have gone for more. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SNAKE EYES AND STORM SHADOW #19 (IDW, 2012) Today’s raw sale of $449.95 cements this new $400+ price that was established with 7/2/19’s $499.95 raw sale. Yes, we realize that 2 sales aren’t the hard proof needed to make this the de facto price… but when this book only sells 4 copies in one year (like this one has), then this pretty much sets the price. Interestingly it’s the Purple Rain homage cover… people do love them some Prince. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: ZOMBIE TRAMP #2 DAN MENDOZA 2014 COMIC-CON VARIANT (ACTION LAB, 2014) Zombie Tramp is another character with a strong fanbase that seems to keep growing. Fans are really hunting and paying for the earlier/ harder to find variants, like this 2014 Comic-Con variant for issue #2. With it being limited to 100 copies, it’s truly impossible to find in person. So much so that one fan even shelled out $371 for a raw copy today! (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: COW PUNCHER #7 (AVON, 1949) Avon books are rare. We haven’t seen a copy hit the market in quite a while. So, no surprise that today a raw (5.5 condition) sold for $660. We love this JIMMY THOMPSON cover, it reminds us a lot of Dave Stevens style. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: HARLEY QUINN #1 ADAM HUGHES 1:25 VARIANT (DC NEW 52, 2013) When the NEW 52 was ending, collectors panicked with the thought of their books plummeting in value… and they pretty much did. With the re-launched REBIRTH line, many high profile (and expensive) New 52 books were obliterated market-wise. This Adam Hughes variant was one of those. Granted, it was never below $100, but it did drop from some significant highs. Since October 2018, this variant has been slowly climbing, bringing it’s highest raw sale ever today at $455.11. While this price is specifically thanks to Mr. Hughes’ popularity, maybe there’s still hope for other New 52 titles? (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SIEGE #3 DEADPOOL J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010) This rare Campbell cover is one of the industry’s top variants. They seldom come up, so we like to call it out when one sells. Today a CGC 9.8 sold for $2,199 which is significantly under June 2018’s highest sale of $2,950 for a 9.8. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: POCKET COMICS #1 (HARVEY, 1941) This was a fun book to see this show up today. This classic Joe Simon features the 1st appearance of Harvey Comics’ BLACK CAT. Today’s sale was for $1,186 for a CGC 4.0. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: UNTAMED #1 1:10 VARIANT CGC 9.8 (STRANGER, 2011) With no news over the past couple months with the Asunda/ HBO deal, plenty of chatter spread at SDCC with some big behind the scenes rumors on this series. Apparently, HBO is super gung ho on the Stranger Comics Asunda world. Upon that gossip, CGC 9.8’s have been moving back up at $400 for this variant of Niobe’s first appearance. (Find on eBay)
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