WEEK IN REVIEW

January 14th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

Note: Starting with this week’s report, we’ll be moving these to every Friday morning (or lunchtime for you east coasters). Thanks for sticking with us and thank you for letting us take you into the weekend!

After two weeks of no market report, hopefully you missed us and are happy to see it return. Though, last week’s year-end review of the top books of 2021 was a fun interruption! Moving into this week’s report, if you feel like Star Wars has overtaken your comic feeds, then you’re not alone. The market wave on the massive franchise is on the move and is blowing up aftermarket sales. And yes, we can’t get away from it in this newsletter either. While SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is so last year, Spider-verse-related books are also rocketing in value. Several of these key books make this week’s list. With that said, there’s enough here that’s spread out amongst multiple publishers and featuring new all-time high sales.

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COMIC BOOK SHAKERS

Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our sweet Shaker List here.

 

SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 – UK PRICE | MARVEL | 1971

By Matt Day

Fast on the heels of Sony’s VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE comes another Spidey-Verse character origin film – Morbius. Due out on January 28, 2022, fans are clamoring for a piece of the vampiric anti-hero. And while those ASM #361’s have been dropping like a rock, Morbius’s 1st appearance in ASM #101 continues to rise. We’ve been seeing high sales across pretty much all grades, and there’s no exception for the oft-shunned UK Price edition of ASM #101. Despite being printed and released simultaneously as their US counterparts and notably more rare, UK Price editions continue to underperform. Canadian and Australian Price editions commonly command a premium over US editions, but there is no such love for the UK Price editions. Case in point, a CGC 7.0 UK Price copy just sold for an all-time high in grade of $1,009.99. Not bad, not bad! BUT, around the same time, a couple of US edition CGC 7.0’s sold for $1,560 each – over a $500 premium compared to the UK Price edition. Where else in comics does the rarer book with the same cover art go for so much less? Want to own a silver or bronze age Marvel key? Like owning rare variant covers? Grab a UK Price edition and save some money for your next cool key. As a bonus tip, don’t fall for the 1992 silver cover reprint trap – it’s not the first reprint of ASM #101. That honor goes to Marvel Tales #252, released more than a year before the silver cover reprint, and features a six-arm Spidey turning the tide on Morbius. Happy hunting!

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 | MARVEL | 2001

By The Professor

In this issue, Peter Parker meets Ezekiel – a man who warns Peter about Morlun – an ancient vampire hunting the multiverse for totems (beings that bridge the gap between animal and man and possess the powers and abilities of both). When Spider-Man and Morlun first meet, Morlun gets the upper hand in combat. Peter soon realizes his biggest strength in beating Morlun is his blood! Morlun wins the battle when they meet next, but as he feeds upon Peter, his body is destroyed by the high levels of radiation coursing through Peter’s veins. Later in the run, we find Morlun is back as his kind, the Inheritors, can upload their consciousness into new bodies. There is a lot of speculation on this comic as there are excellent odds for Morlun making an appearance in either the MCU Multi-Verse or the next Miles Morales animated film. Further, we saw a Hasbro Morlun action figure released this past year, and being that Morlun himself is a form of vampire, he may very well end up in one or more different MCU-type projects in the coming years. Regardless, we have seen a serious number of copies of this comic book sell over the past few weeks, including a record CGC 9.8 (Direct Edition) reach $350 (with numerous $300 sales), and record raw copy sales just shy of the $100 mark.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO – CONNECTING (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

Last week, this Spider-Man Dell’Otto 1:25 sold for a big sale of $630 for a CGC 9.8. It features the 2nd appearance of Spider-Gwen and the first time she’s introduced into the core 616 universe. It’s been a book that people have been highlighting for years but is just now gaining traction. This book is leveraged from both Dell’Otto’s #10’s 1:25 shared connecting cover heat (first appearance of Spider-Punk) and the recent jump in value for Spider-Gwen. It’s worth noting that she appears on the cover of the Comicxposure variants for this issue. It’ll be interesting to watch the rest of the covers begin to increase.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 – JEFF WAMESTER – SPIDER-VERSE (1:10) | MARVEL | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

Speaking of Spider-Punk, this 1:10 of his first appearance also saw a big jump in price this week, going from $20 to a new high of $76. When Punk first began tracking, the A cover hit $40+ raw, while this 1:10 was still hovering around $15. That appears to be over.

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SHAKER: BATMAN BEYOND #1 – DARWYN COOKE (1:10) | DC | 2011

By Matt DeVoe

Darwyn Cookie is a big name in comics. His covers are very distinctive and have an older, animated feel. This style lends to Batman Beyond very well, making this a fantastic cover that flies under the radar. If you recall, 2011 was a low print time for all publishers, and this was no different for this series, with an estimated run of 35K. After eight issues, 2011 was also the year DC controversially revamped their entire comics line into “The New 52”, killing this series. Batman Beyond was not part of the New 52. Also notable is how this was the only variant for the 2011 run. All of these factors together support this week’s raw sale of $150 and an all-time high sale of $200 back in April 2021. 

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SHAKER: BATMAN GRENDEL ASHCAN #1 – SILVER MOON (LIMITED 25) | DC | 1993

By Matt DeVoe

As a competitor to Wizard Magazine, Hero Illustrated premiered in July 1993 and included two ashcans, one for “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” and another for “Batman/ Grendel” (we constantly come across those Deep Space Nine ashcans). Batman/Grendel has three different ashcans out there, a typical red moon version, a gold edition (which was sold in a sealed limited edition set), and the ultra-rare silver. This rare version was offered via a competition to the first 25 readers to respond to the cover artist for the ashcan (which was Matt Wagner). It’s unknown if more were printed (for comps or damages), but that’s the only concrete number out there. This week’s high sale of $1,400 for a CGC 9.4 (and the fact that we couldn’t even find clean image of this cover to use in this article) does support its significant rarity.

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SHAKER: BATTLE OF THE PLANETS #1 | GOLD KEY / WESTERN | 1979

By Matt DeVoe

This ’80’s fan-favorite series was picked up for development by Joe and Anthony Russo back in 2019. While there’s been no new news, this first appearance had a big jump in price to a new raw high of $189 and a new graded high of $1,480 for a CGC 9.8. The continuing nostalgia effect around the ’80s and ’90s properties could also be pushing this higher.

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SHAKER: CHAMPIONS #1 ALEX ROSS 1:100 | MARVEL |2016

By DiodeLad

Champions #1 from 2016 is one of the most significant Kamala Khan comics. Out of nearly 50 variants, the 1:100 Alex Ross featuring Ms. Marvel burning her Avengers membership card is one of the best. It’s been creeping up in price for the last couple of years, and we covered a high sale in July of 2021 of $1,595. Since then, it’s settled back to the $800-$900 range, well above the $300 average of the previous year. This week an eBay auction closed for $818.88, reaffirming this new ground for the variant. In this issue, written by Mark Waid, Ms. Marvel quits the Avengers on the basis of ethics, telling her fellow “Next-Gen” heroes that “Grownup heroes broke the world with this dumb war and they don’t seem interested in putting it back together.” Later in the story, she articulates the ethics for a new kind of heroin, a moving speech that sets her up as a leader of the next generation, which could be a mantra for teenagers everywhere. In front of a live crowd broadcasting her speech live on social media via their phones (of course), she says: “People with power, punching down, taking lives when they don’t have to… we can be better than that. We have to start enforcing justice without unjust force… Help us win the hard way – the right way – not with hate, not with retribution, but with wisdom and hope. Help us become Champions.” It will be interesting to see how Ms. Marvel gets positioned in the MCU, particularly around the more senior Captain Marvels. Here’s hoping that the movies will honor this leadership quality Kamala Khan shows in this issue. To quote Miles, post-speech, “Hanging with Ms. Marvel? Where do we sign? #Champions”

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SHAKER: CHEW #1 | IMAGE | JUN 3, 2009

By Matt DeVoe

If you’re new to collecting, you may not remember how hot this book was back from 2009 to 2016. It got costly. Of course, this seven-year-long series received two Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards. It was picked up for development by Showtime in 2011, which was then canceled. Heavy Metal picked it up in 2014 only to cancel development in 2017. For fans, speculators, and collectors of Chew, many remember this one of the “once was hot” books. However, with a $69 raw FMV and an all-time high sale this week of $580 for a GCC 9.8 proves that some books may be down, but it’s definitely not out.

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SHAKER: DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #2 – YASMINE PUTRI – CHARACTER SHEET (1:25) | DC | 2021

By Topher S

Of all the fantastic covers from Tom Taylor’s new DC series, I would not have guessed that this 1:25 variant would be the market standout. I love Putri’s work, but I cannot figure out why this one is generating so much heat. There are some genuinely amazing variants for this series that I feel people are already sleeping on, with some being much harder to find. Regardless of my views, this is the book people are gravitating towards. Recent sales are between $30 to $40, and current auctions are well over those figures for high-grade copies.

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SHAKER: EARTHWORM JIM #1 | MARVEL | 1995

By Matt DeVoe

We mentioned nostalgia playing a significant factor in today’s market movement, and this is a huge case in point with Earthworm Jim #1 hitting a substantial new high of $744.98 for a CGC 9.8 last week. Wow. Swinging into the SNES or SEGA GENESIS in 1994, this title stood out in originality and fantastic graphics. The character had several games across multiple platforms throughout the rest of the ’90s, and he was everywhere at the time. Electronic Gaming Monthly awarded it BEST GENESIS GAME in 1994 (which was a big deal back then). Nintendo Power was a little harder on it and ranked it 114th out of 200.

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SHAKER: G.I. JOE #21 – 3RD PRINT | MARVEL | 1984

By Yves Navant

G.I. Joe was the hottest comic of the 1980s. I swear. The third print of this issue just sold for an all-time high of $1,350, in a CGC 9.8… a third print. Now listen. This issue was published in 1983; it is the first appearance of fan-favorite and pop culture icon Storm Shadow, the Cobra Ninja, wearing a white gi to oppose Snake Eyes in his faceless, commando black. This is also the infamous silent issue; no text, narrative, or dialogue appears throughout the story. The issue features Snake Eyes breaking into terrorist Cobra headquarters to rescue Scarlett, his teammate, and his romantic partner; the adventure culminates in the revelation that Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow possess the same hexagram tattoo. All of this with no words or dialogue. Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe comic book series began as a mere licensed toy tie-in, but with veteran Marvel writer Larry Hama (Master of Kung Fu, Iron Fist, Wolverine) and initially, artist Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), the book became the hottest comic book of the 1980s. Do you have an 80’s-era back issue on hand? Check out the ad for American Comics and read how they describe this series next to the X-Men and Batman. To put this in perspective, Phoenix’s death in the X-Men did not have 2nd or 3rd printings. The introduction of Spider-Man’s black, alien symbiote costume did not have subsequent printings. Marvel’s G.I. Joe began with a lower print run, making back issues scarce and in-demand once readers noticed the book. Thus Marvel offered reprints to meet demand. Several issues of G.I. Joe received additional printings, and this issue is probably the most beloved of them all. In 2022, some of those 2nd and 3rd printings are themselves scarce; combine that rarity with a cherished characters’ first appearance and a beloved storyline, and you get a book that rightly sold for $1,350 this week.

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SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #105 | MARVEL | 1968

By Matt Day

The Incredible Hulk is well known for gracing some fantastic comic book covers. Many of those covers feature battles such as Fantastic Four #25, Fantastic Four #112, Incredible Hulk #141, Incredible Hulk #144, Journey Into Mystery #112, and of course Incredible Hulk #181. Hulk, however, doesn’t need a co-star to make an iconic cover. Take The Incredible Hulk #105 – with Hulk coming up from the ground, reaching out to the reader. This cover masterpiece by award-winning artists Marie Severin and Frank Giacoia received an homage on the hugely popular regular cover for The Immortal Hulk #1. A #105 just sold for an all-time high of $1,500 – beating the record set back in 2011. What’s impressive is how this record was set by a CGC 9.6 sale, not a 9.8. We haven’t seen a CGC 9.8 copy sell in years – it seems the owners of the meager eight copies on the census just aren’t selling. The 9.6 is no slouch either, with only 34 universal copies on the census. The nice part about this book (and many of the post-Tales to Astonish Hulk series books) is if you don’t need that super high grade, very solid FN to VF copies are pretty affordable.

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SHAKER: MAD #1 | EC | 1952

By Matt DeVoe

This long ongoing comic magazine was a right of passage for multiple generations of kids. Its influence on pop culture, celebrities, musicians, comics, and comic creators. Everyone from Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, Weird Al, Johnny Carson, Robert Crumb, Michael J. Fox, Roger Ebert, etc., have all gone on record how it influenced them in their careers. So, when we look at all the comics gaining traction today, this deserves far more recognition. This week a CGC 7.5 sold $5,500, significantly more than the same grade sold for last year at $3,700. This is also creeping close to an all-time high sale of $9,900 for a CGC 9.0. This book is trending up.

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SHAKER: NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM SNEAK PREVIEW | ACCLAIM / VALIANT | JAN 1, 1990

By Matt DeVoe

We’ve mentioned this first official Nintendo titled comic multiple times previously. However, it garners much attention when copies come up for sale. However, we were shocked by this week’s raw sale of $631. Granted, this is probably a steal for a book that sold a CGC 9.8 copy for $8,000 back in August 2021.

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SHAKER: THE PUNISHER #218 – NETFLIX – PHOTO COVER | MARVEL | 2017

By Matt DeVoe

There is prevailing speculation that The Punisher will be introduced into the MCU via Armor Wars, wearing a version of the War Machine armor. Seeing that this happened in the comics, it has exceptionally escalated in value in this particular issue. Recently, there’s been more and more chatter about Jon Bernthal reclaiming the role, which has now boosted this photo variant of Bernthal in his Netflix Punisher role. It hit new raw highs of $175 and $200, with a new high 9.8 sale of $600. This is quite the gamble, but all we can do is wait to see how this plays out.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-VERSE #6 | MARVEL | 2020

By Matt DeVoe

Many expected this issue to hit our Top 10 last week, with many reaching out to ask why it didn’t. And the answer is that a certain Wookie just took the market by storm. It simply out-sold and out-trended everything but Thor last week. A TON of new Spider-based characters were introduced throughout Dan Slott’s various Spider-Verse and Spider-Verse-related series. Many have developed a significant fanbase. Some are serious Spider-Man variations, while others are more tongue-in-cheek (like Spider-Cop, who we LOVE). This issue saw a big jump in price to a high of $140, settling down to an FMV of $90. It features the first appearance of The Spinster, Sea-Spider, Spider-Requiem, Garden-Spider, Spider-Sting, V, Sun-Spider, Spidair, and White Widow. Now, SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE does promise a fun romp through dimensions. This will, of course, introduce plenty of new Spider-Folk. Many have already been rumored to appear, like India & Punk. However, which Spider-character will get those “blinks, and you’ll miss it” cameos? It could be any of these. With that said, keep in mind that these high prices are driven by speculation. It’s essential not to rush online. Take this time to hunt for these in the wild. They are out there.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #10 | DARK HORSE | 1999

By Matt DeVoe

In THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT, Fett’s story highlights his escape from death in RETURN OF THE JEDI focuses on his time with the Sand Raiders. During this time, he forged a friendship with one of the young Raiders. It’s well-thought that this kid is A’Sharad Hett, who later becomes Darth Krayt (we have also directly heard this). If this is true, then this first appearance of A’Sharad Hett will go even crazier than this week’s new high sale of $611 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #58 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER – NEGATIVE SPACE (LIMITED 1000) | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

After taking 2021 off (for the most part), Star Wars books are again on fire. Also hot are John Tyler Christopher’s negative covers. After he announced his most recent upcoming sale of a Negative Boba Fett for War of the Bounty Hunters #4 2nd print, collectors must have gone searching for “Star Wars Negative” and come across this Emperor negative, which sold for a new high of $325 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 – ALEX ROSS – SKETCH (1:200) | MARVEL | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

This first appearance of the Wookie, Black Krrsantan, was the 2nd hottest book of the week, though BK dominated most of our Top 10 with a total of six Black Krrsantan related books. However, we all wondered where the heavy hitters were. The 1:100 color version showed up, selling for an FMV of $157 and a new high of $439 for a CGC 9.8. But where was this 1:200? Up until Monday, it had one raw sale of $225. This seemed reasonable until the recent huge 9.8 sale of this book for $1,500! Star Wars is loaded with these high ratios/ rare books through the Marvel series. If Black Krrsantan can demand this high price, what other characters can? Congrats to those who knew the Marvel Star Wars series could be such a gold mine.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN VS. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | MARVEL/ DC | 1976

By Matt Day

Crossovers. The comic book fans’ opportunity to see their favorite characters from different universes battle it out or work together or both – often written and illustrated by some of the best artists and writers of the time. Sadly, we haven’t had a DC/Marvel crossover since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean interest has waned. At CovrPrice, we’ve recorded over 200 sales and just saw an all-time high sale of $1,200 for a CBCS raw-graded 9.6 for the first DC/Marvel crossover book – Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man published in 1976. This book features a collaboration by some greats like Neal Adams, John Romita, Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and others. It took the best of both worlds – Supes and Spidey, their ladies (Lois Lane and Mary Jane Watson), and their nemeses (Lex Luthor & Doc Oc) – and threw them together in an alternate universe Earth-altering adventure. This Treasury Edition size book makes for beautiful reading. Still, it falls into that unique category of books not currently available for slabbing by CGC or CBCS, so the only option for a professional grading experience is CBCS’s “Raw Grade.” That also means you won’t see historical pricing on CovrPrice competitors such as GPAnalysis and GoCollect – they only focus on slabbed book sales. If you’re interested in viewing historical pricing on this DC/Marvel crossover classic, head on over to CovrPrice for a free trial. 

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SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS: ALL HAIL MEGATRON #1 – COVER RE – APOCALYPSE COMICS EXCLUSIVE CASEY COLLER VARIANT | IDW | 2008

By Matt DeVoe

This Casey Collet cover is an homage to the classic comic BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE published by DC Comics in 1988. This Variant Cover was a retailer exclusive by Apocalypse Comics with a print run of 1,000 copies. While, by today’s standards, 1,000 is no longer considered rare. However, 14 years later, this is one challenging book to find. It’s highly regarded as a variant grail for Transformer collectors. Though, it’s always been relatively affordable, with 9.8’s at an FMV of $300. Well, those days are gone after this week’s raw sale of $400 for an NM copy. We can easily see this hitting $1K for a 9.8 soon.

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SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #28 – J.G. JONES – STEAMPUNK (1:25) | DC | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

We kind of miss the theme months that DC did in the early to mid-’00s. Their steampunk month was a tad hit or miss. However, the Batgirl cover and Superman/Wonder Woman were quite popular. With that said, it was this J.G. Jone Wonder Woman cover that has been the most in-demand since 2014, hitting a new high sale this week of $1,000 for a CGC 9.4!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: LADY ZORRO

By Matt DeVoe

Screenrant reported, “Robert Rodriguez’s Female Zorro Series Moves From NBC to The CW.” This initial NBC announcement was reported back in early December, and this news has had minimal effect on her first appearance values in Zorro Rides Again #9.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6 | MARVEL | 1968

By Yves Navant

Annihilus is The Living Death That Walks, and his first appearance here is a book to watch! A CGC graded 8.5 copy of this book within the last week sold for $1,680. Even more recently, a graded copy in 6.5 sold for $600. A raw copy just sold for $100. There have been no official announcements about Annihilus joining the MCU. Still, Marvel’s micro-verse has been reimagined for the films as the Quantumzone, and we all know ANTMAN: QUANTUMANIA is fast approaching. Could Annihilus be far behind? Additionally, Marvel & Disney have their Fantastic Four film on the horizon, and Annihilus is one of the FF’s most riveting and recognizable adversaries. He is also The Living Death That Walks, and how bloody cool is that?!? In his premiere appearance, Annihilus possesses the power Reed Richards needs to save the lives of his wife, the Invisible Girl, and their unborn son. The issue also serves as the first appearance of Franklin Richards. The Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issues of the Fantastic Four are utter soap opera brilliance, with impossibly high stakes, more danger, and the highest of beloved Marvel storytelling precedence; this book is a quintessential example. There are so many variables that make this book a desired commodity now and in the very near future.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: WOLVERINE #8 | MARVEL | 1989

By Matt DeVoe

This classic Wolverine/ Mr. Fixit cover is a sneaky newsstand featuring the logo on the back cover. Popular comic covers like this have also been rapidly increasing in value over the past year. So, when a newsstand 9.8 came around for this book, it sold quickly for a new high sale of $1,000. This easily beats the direct edition’s highest all-time sale of $610. Though, that will most likely also see increases with the next 9.8.

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