High Grade Keys
I am going to try something a little different this week. I am going to compare similar characters/storylines from the Copper/Bronze ages in quiz form (books will be revealed with recommendations at the end).
Since there are no print runs for these eras, I am going to use CGC census numbers, just as reference. I am also only going to use the highest grades possible (9.6 and above). Average sales are based on the last 6 months.
Let’s see if our want list matches up with what the numbers say…
Scenario #1: Origin Stories
|9.8:||1331 copies.||Sells for $138.|
|9.6:||642 copies.||Sells for $81.|
|9.8:||372 copies.||Sells for $160.|
|9.6:||333 copies.||Sells for $60.|
Both issues feature origin stories of iconic characters. Both issues have iconic covers. Which would you buy?
Scenario #2: 1st Appearance of a Major Villain
|9.8:||310 copies.||Sells for $475.|
|9.6:||376 copies.||Sells for $250.|
|9.8:||568 copies.||Sells for $1000.|
|9.6:||1711 copies.||Sells for $410.|
Both issues feature villains who have had their own title. They have also both been featured in either TV or film. One has the villain on the cover, the other does not. One is a true first appearance, the other had prior cameo’s. Which would you buy?
Scenario #3: 1st Appearance of Minor Heroine
|1)||9.8:||34 copies.||Sells for $408.|
|9.6:||36 copies.||Sells for $139.|
|2)||9.8:||51 copies.||Sells for $365.|
|9.6:||88 copies.||Sells for $159.|
Both feature athletic female characters. Both are of characters who are/will be in TV or film. Which would you buy?
Scenario #4: Popular Major Character
|9.8:||1189 copies.||Sells for $373.|
|9.6:||1667 copies.||Sells for $186.|
|9.8:||357 copies.||Sells for $285.|
|9.6:||351 copies.||Sells for $150.|
Both are very popular characters, but not main characters. Both have been featured in their own titles. 1 has an upcoming movie. Which would you buy?
Book #1 is Batman: The Killing Joke. Book #2 is Batman #404. Clearly, TKJ is much easier to find in high grade, but it sells for a similar price in 9.8 and more in 9.6. Batman #404 is the bargain.
Book #1 is The New Teen Titans #2. Book #2 is Amazing Spider-Man #300. Yes, Venom is more loved than Deathstroke, maybe. Yes, ASM #300 has been cover swiped a million times. And yes, Todd McFarlane is more popular than George Perez, but does the book that is twice as plentiful deserve to be selling for twice the amount?
Book #1 is Marvel Team-Up #95 1st Mockingbird. Book #2 is New Mutants Annual #2 1st Psylocke. This one is a push. Both appear to be priced accordingly based on their rarity (although the MTU 9.6 may be a little undervalued).
Book #1 is Uncanny X-Men #266 1st Gambit (full). Book #2 is Tales of the Teen Titans #44 1st Nightwing. Yes, Dick Grayson had been around for decades and Remy LeBeau had not. Remember, though, UXM #266 is not his true first appearance either. TTT #44 is a much more difficult book to find in high grade and comparatively, is undervalued.