Making money in the Valiant Universe Part 2
When I wrote my last installment regarding the Valiant Universe, I had no idea that it would turn into the speculation beast that it is right now. Here are my thoughts on some important books.
Rai 0 – There are a ton of these. Buy only the highest grade that you can (raw). Flip what you have right now and keep a couple minty ones for the future.
Eternal Warrior 4 – Pick these up whenever you can. This will be the Bloodshot issue to have as it seems like there’s only one of these for every 20 Rai 0s.
Archer and Armstrong 0 – Keep an eye out for the gold variant. I just sold a NM- raw copy for $100 after turning down numerous offers for $80-$90. This book has some serious steam on it right now! Buy regular copies whenever you see them for cover. These are shaping up to be solid 20 dollar bills!
Archer and Armstrong 8 – 1st appearance Ivar the Timewalker. This book is still cheap but people are starting to take notice. Buy a few of these for cover and let them hang out in your long box for awhile.
Harbinger 1 – There are a few crazy people trying to get a $1000 on ebay right now for their CGC 9.8 #1s. I don’t think this will be crazy a year from now. There are less than 300 9.8s on the CGC census. Most of these books are incomplete since they’ve all had the coupon clipped out to get Harbinger 0. That’s a whole other story right there…
Harbinger 0 – In order to get this book, you had to clip the coupons out of issues 1-6 and send them in for this limited edition book. Many NM issues died to make this book possible. Buy it and hold it for future posterity.
Solar 3 – 1st appearance of Toyo Harada, the Thanos of the Valiant Universe. Get this book right now. Toyo Harada is the number one villain in the world of Valiant.
Solar 10 – 1st appearance Eternal Warrior. Good luck finding this in a decent grade, if at all. There is a worthless second printing that is also the same color so be careful.
Magnus 5 – 1st appearance Rai. This is easily a $20 book right now and will continue to shoot up in value. Rai shares the same super powers as Bloodshot and is a key player in the Valiant universe.
Rai 1-5 – A nice minty copy of Rai 1 should be had for under $10 easily. Issues 2-5, other than being extremely badass covers, are also extremely limited. Keep an eye out for these books and buy them whenever you can for cheap (NM $10-$15). The scarcity of these issues has not yet been fully recognized but will be once the speculator masses jump on the Rai bandwagon.
X-O Manowar 1 – 1st appearance X-O Manowar. Valiant has so many super heroes that translate so well into movies. This first appearance features a classic cover with X-O smack dab on the front. I really enjoy when a 1st appearance features the character on the cover.
If the movies take off, then this book will soar. People are asking for $20-$25 on eBay for high-grade raw books. I don’t think this is unreasonable. X-O is the Valiant version of Iron Man and is almost guaranteed to be in upcoming movies. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more money to get a high-grade copy. This book should be safe.
X-O Manowar 4 – 1st appearance Jack Boniface (Shadowman). Already going for $20 on eBay, this book is getting real hot real quick. You still might be able to find this for cover at your LCS.
Shadowman 1 – 1st full appearance Shadowman. This is a $20 book on eBay right now. Most dealers have had this marked up since the 90s so it may be hard to find one for a decent deal. Don’t be afraid to pay full retail, just make sure you get the nicest copy(ies) you can.
Shadowman 8 – 1st appearance Master Darque. Full retail for a NM copy is around $10 on ebay. These had a fairly higher print run compared to earlier issues so scour your neighborhood resources before you start paying full retail. If you still can’t find any, don’t be afraid to spend $10. There aren’t too many villains in the Valiant Universe so it’s a pretty sure bet that Master Darque will play an important role in the movies.
Bloodshot 6 & 7 – 1st appearance Ninjak. These can be bought as a set on eBay for under $10. Buy a few of each.
A high print-run will not stop these books from going up in value if Ninjak is used in a movie. I buy these for cover whenever I see them.
Please keep in mind that none of these books are guaranteed. The future looks promising for Valiant but ANYTHING could happen. Please don’t go spending your rent money or kids college fund on ANY of these. You do have a better chance than Vegas, though!!!
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