Covering the Spread 34: Toon Town

Hello again comic book investors! Last week's article seemed to be a big hit so I wanted to do something along the same lines this week.

I wrote an entire article about how nostalgia affects comic book purchases in a negative light.  However I've also discussed situations where shelling out the cash for a book that makes you nostalgic is a good thing, like G.I. Joe or ROM Spaceknight.

This week I wanted to go for a combination of these things, and highlight a few books that you might not know about, but will have lots of nostalgia working in their favor as investments.  Sound good?  Well, fasten your seat belts and let's get into it.

 

Voltron 1 1985

Voltron 1

Now here is a blast from the past!  This book has a lot of things going for it.  First of all the obvious nostalgia factor, but that might grow even more in the future.  Netflix just wrapped up the 8th and final season of their version this month and from everything I've heard it's phenomenal.  I also think because this was printed by Modern Comics (an imprint of Charlton) it's flying under a lot of people's radar. I can't really say what the print run on something like this is, but there is a decent amount available online so they may be hiding out in the wild.

But at eBay prices how does it look as an investment?

Average Raw Price 16.75
10 Copies 167.48
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 64.20
Total Costs 511.68

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
115 62 39 70
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
230 186 156 70 642

Right of the bat there are a few things that needed to be pointed out here.  Look at the price for 9.2 vs 9.4.  That is why I recommend buy it now vs auction unless you have a scorching hot book.  Also when I mentioned that there are a good amount available online, I want to mention that most of them are being sold as sets.  I don't think that's a bad thing because that average raw price includes a little extra value for you but might be inflating the raw price.

Anywho, we would have an upfront investment of $447.48 and we would come away with $130.33 in profits.  That's a modest spread of +13 and an ROI of 29%.  Not the best investment we've covered but this is a cool book that I think is in a good position to gain steam.

 

Godzilla Vol 1 Issue 1

Godzilla 1

Okay this is a book that I had no idea existed.  I mean I'm not surprised to hear that Marvel made a Godzilla series but I don't think I've ever bumped into one in the wild.  But I do know that people buy Godzilla collectibles like hotcakes.  This might end up being one of those books that has a market outside of comic book collectors.

Average Raw Price 29.99
10 Copies 299.88
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 90.50
Total Costs 670.38

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
186 72 65 57
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
372 216 260 57 905

For this issue we would have upfront investments of $579.88 and come away with profits $234.62.  That's a spread of +23.46 and an ROI of 40%.  Much better ROI on this one.  The other big note here is that the Canadian Newsstand variant is almost non existent.  A CGC 3.5 sold for $99 recently.  If you can find one, buy it!

 

Thundercats Vol 1 Issue 1

Thundercats 1

HOOOOOEE! You don't need sight beyond sight to know that I loved Thundercats when I was a younger man.  I don't think you will find a lot of 80s babies who aren't nostalgic for this series.  So does that mean this is a good investment right now?

Average Raw Price 28.56
10 Copies 285.63
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 107.3
Total Costs 672.93

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
227 94 73 45
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
454 282 292 45 1073

For this issue we would have an upfront investment of $565.63 and have profits of $400.06.  That's a spread of +40 and an awesome ROI of 70%!  That's already a great investment, and if this new reboot does well there could be even more Thundercats fans out there looking soon.

Wrap up

Well that's all I have for you this week.  Did you know about all of these books, or at least the prices they went for?  Are there any comics based off old properties that you think are good investments? Let me know in the comments and I'll see you all in a week!

Thanks as always to the comic collateral app for our pricing data.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Blessed Yule!

 

 

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