Variant Heat Check for 1/3/19

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Amazing Spider-man #667 Dell’Otto Variant

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One of the holy grails of the variant world came up for sale, and it didn’t disappoint as a CGC 9.4 sold for a whopping $13K!!! I love it when people claim variants don’t appreciate in value and that you should only invest in silver or bronze age books. People like to collect shiny things that are rare. That’s a fact.

 

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Spawn #189 McFarlane Black and White Variant

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There are a ton of Spawn variants that sell well, and this one did very well this week. Supposedly limited to 100 copies, two of those copies came up for sale netting $560 and $700.

 

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Ultimate Fallout #4 1:25 Djurdjevic Variant

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I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a good cover. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Into the Spider-verse movie, and as the main character, the Miles hype train is full speed ahead. Plenty of sales with a raw going for $300 (mid grade at best), 9.2 for $400, 9.4 for $510, 9.6 for $825, and a 9.8 for $2K.

 

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Amazing Spider-man Omnibus Vol. 3 Kane Variant

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This has become one of the more desirable omnibuses because of the Morbius cover, with sealed copies hitting $280 and an open copy that sold for $220. Not bad for a $100 buy in.

 

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13 comments

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    Using the “rare” / “scarce” / “Low Print Run” appeal, I would think a lot of the collectors who clamor over the Amazing Spider-Man #667 Dell’Otto variant for $13k would migrate towards the Original Art sector of the hobby where every piece is a “one of a kind” single one and only one prestige. I wonder if the original cover for #667 sells (or sold) for more than $13k?

    • Ben C

      Thats an EXCELLENT point!!

      Could also be run collectors with deeper pockets fighting out to complete their run/set, though paying 13K, they must have ASM 1 in mid or high grade… If not, hats off for the confidence to spend that sort of money.

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        I liken the advent of Ratio Variants as the publishers manufacturing collectibles and creating scarcity, implying value. It’s sort of a supply and demand marketing, knowing their audience and appealing to their behavior. It’s very similar to the sports card hobby, creating these crash numbered (individually serial numbered) cards, with populations ranging from 1 of 1 to varied expanded numbers, which they refer to as parallel variants (and collectors try to complete their “rainbow” of every single version that was printed). It’s a whole lot of sizzle, but less substance. Similarly to the CGC market for high grade moderns, where most books are taken from the distributor, never read, barely touched, into bags n’ boards and submitted, so 9.8’s are not that impressive, whereas the older vintage comics from the early 80’s and prior, it’s a true challenge to get high grades and they’re more meaningful. You know there’s tons of speculators sitting on slabbed 9.8’s next to their bin of Beanie Babies waiting to cash out hoping it won’t crash down. I’m a proponent of if you’re going to invest, I’d recommend the “Hall of Fame” caliber vintage keys more so than trendy modern variants for the long term. However, if it’s out of fandom, then collectors could/should buy what they like and pay what they want of course.

    • Keith S.

      very prohibitive to get into the OA market. Most times you have to buy from the artist or their dealer, and the prices have already been marked up tremendously. But the right pieces can have a lot of future growth for sure.

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        OA is fun, even if it’s not “the right” piece. I’ve got of pages in my collection that were personal favorites, they cost me under $200, and I just love owning them. But hey, to each their own.

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    I love the inclusion of the Omnibus.

    • Keith S.

      There are plenty of OOP omnibus’ that sell for good money. Totally untapped market.

      • Father_fanboy

        That column is turning into one of my favorites on the site actually–trade secrets I think it’s called? Interesting stuff over there (not that this isn’t lol-I come here to marvel over what people spend on these).

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    Glad to know I’m not alone in not being the biggest fan of that Djurdjevic cover. I wonder what is the limit to this one?

    Although not a variant, I think the 2nd print cover with Miles face visible (otherwise same as the first print), could be an good and still affordable option with lots and lots of room to grow. I know I’ve mentioned it on here before, but for me that is a pretty vital difference and makes it more appealing than the A cover. Also very low print run as far as I’m aware! and still under the radar more or less. Just sayin’ 🙂

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    Over $13k for an 8 year old variant. Wow. But then again that ASM 667 has a very unique distribution history that practically makes it one of a kind in its own right. Plus, only 100-200 copies of any Spider-Man comic would probably produce a similar result. Not to mention, that cover really is nice, moody, intense and quite eye catching.

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