1 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 Joe Quesada 1:250 Sketch Variant

WRITER: Dan Slott
ARTIST: Adam Kubert
Forgot about this one?  Yeah, I think anyone who bought this in 2015 wants to forget.  Initially selling for close to $400, this has plummeted all the way down, to, do I want to say, ……..$10-25 (with a VF copy going for $6).  I don't know if this is a historic drop, but it certainly is why it lands at #1.

2 Harley Quinn #1 Gabriele Dell'Otto Pink Variant

WRITER: Amanda Conner
ARTIST: Chad Hardin
This book feels like what most people felt after the housing crisis and being way upside down.  Almost reaching $1000 in 9.8 at its height, the most recent copy sold for less than $350.  That still isn't terrible for the initial investment, but for those that bought high…ugh.

3 Outcast #1 SDCC B/W Variant

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Paul Azaceta
The promise of a Cinemax show, which happened (but nobody watches Cinemax), coupled with the SDCC buzz caused this to peak around $125 back in 2015.  Copies can now be had for around $25 (insert Price is Right losing sound).

4 Savage #1 Lewis LaRosa 1:50 B/W Variant

WRITER: B. Clay Moore
ARTIST: Clayton Henry
Yikes.  This was being hailed by some as the hot book of the fall when there was a sale recorded for $880 just after release (or just before, I can't remember).  The last sale was for $200 and multiple copies are sitting stale on eBay with Best Offers enabled.

5 Batman (Vol. 3) #1 Michael Turner Aspen Sketch Variant /1500

WRITER: Tom King
ARTIST: David Finch
The book that started the store variant craze last summer has hit rock bottom.  What was once a $150-200 book raw can now be had in graded 9.8 condition for $80 or less.  I guess a 1500 print run isn't so small after all.

6 Once Our Land #1

WRITER: Peter Ricq
ARTIST: Peter Ricq
Small independent book that everyone was clamoring for late last summer, it moved up in price to $25-40.  Copies can now be had for less than $10 and graded 9.8's go for around $30.

7 The Walking Dead #108

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Charlie Adlard
Anticipation of Ezekiel on the show pushed 9.8 sales of this book close to $150 about a year ago.  The most recent sales (of which there are a ton) are in the $30-50 range.

8 Batman (Vol. 2) #1 Greg Capullo 1:200 B/W Variant

WRITER: Scott Snyder
ARTIST: Greg Capullo
Dating itself all the way back to our very 1st Hot 10 list, this book peaked in late 2015-early 2016.  Since the news that the New 52 was going away, this book has fallen on hard times.  What was a $1000+ book in 9.8 is now selling for less than $700–if you can find a buyer at that price point.

9 Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 Gabriele Dell'Otto 1:50 Variant

WRITER: Charles Soule
ARTIST: Javi Garron
Dell'Otto love caused this book to sell for $100 upon release.  Now just selling for $30, it is yet another lesson that the ‘variant of the week' (which I am now calling VOW) isn't always the best thing to chase.

10 Avengers #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
I may get hate mail for including this as the super high grades still perform well.  Looking at the common 4.0 grade though, this peaked about 8 months ago in the $2500 range.  Recent sales have been in the $1500-1750 range, which is not a very good ROI on a ‘blue chip key'.

X-Men #94

WRITER: Chris Claremont
ARTIST: Dave Cockrum
I'll be honest, while this is still a historically significant book, it doesn't really have much significance to this day and age.  Mid-grade copies are seeing a downturn across the board, but most significantly, 6.0's, which were $250-275 a couple of years ago, are now selling for $200 or less.

Preacher #1

WRITER: Garth Ennis
ARTIST: Steve Dillon
Maybe this book should have been #1 instead of the DM section.  Either way, this peaked last year before the show debuted and 9.8's were selling for $1000.  1 year later, they are now selling for less than half that amount.  Remember to take into account rarity when dropping big coin–this one isn't very rare folks. (Hint, hint…any New Mutants (Vol. 1))


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