Batman: Rebirth #1 Aspen Turner Variants (2016) DC Comics
We will be looking at what has happened to the market in the week following the announcement of the #1 book. Trends, listings, and sales prices will be tracked from the perspective of both raw and the highest CGC graded books (if available).
Due to the popularity of Michael Turner, in June 2016, Aspen released a Turner cover of Batman #1 to coincide with the DC Universe Rebirth event. Starting out of the gate, the Turner variants proved to be very popular and demand far outweighed the limited print run. The first printing sold out quickly and news has just been announced a second printing will be available soon.
As of 6/30/16, there are only 40+ active listings on eBay. Of these active listings, zero are for slabs. Raw values are ranging from the lowest at $60 to the highest at $100 for the color variant and $150 and $200 respectively for the black and white variant. Sets of both are ranging from $150 to $300.
There have only been 53 completed auctions/BINs in the week up to 6/30/16 with 0 graded sales. Raw sold listings ranged from $55 to $80 for the colored variant and $145 to $180 for the black and white variant. The set variants are going for $170 to $220.
Since the original offered prices started at $15 and $30 respectively, the Aspen Turner variants have done incredibly well with increases of roughly 300%. And this has been without any graded sales yet. I think this book will rise as sets come back from CGC/CBCS for grading and there is the strong possibility that 9.8 slabs could see some increased value if you hold on to this book for the long term.
Otherwise, this book should be a “sell right away” if you can get it graded quickly and be the first to market. If not, it will be a long term hold after the initial wave of books hit the market. With the limited print run and increased awareness of Michael Turner’s art, this could be a key book for collectors who are jumping into the DCU with the Rebirth event or simply for those diehard Batman collectors.