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Trade Secret #17: Value can be found in many different places.

 

Good day agents. I always try to bring you the most up to date intelligence from the field. I look hard for trade paperbacks and hardbacks among every inch of the collecting spectrum. 

What amazes me is I never fail to find examples of sought after volumes driven by market demand. I strike gold among the independent titles as well as the big boys.

 

 

Darkwing Duck Ducktales Dangerous Currency TPB 2011

 

Take for instance Kaboom Comics Darkwing Duck and Ducktales crossover, Dangerous Currency. This TPB collects DuckTales #56 and Darkwing Duck #1718. This limited print-run TPB sold recently for $85 and in December one even went for $175. If you picked one of these up for cover price back in 2011 you have stack of cash sitting on your reading shelf. 

The next two trades have seen an uptick thanks to the success of the Spider-verse movie, I assume. That being said, Spider-man always sells.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Volume 2 Marvel TPB

 

Volume 2 of Ultimate Spider-man Ultimate Collection reprints Ultimate Spider-Man (1st Series) #1427. It is currently selling for over $55. 

 

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Volume 2

 

The market loves Miles Morales as well as Peter Parker. Volume 2 of his TPB collection is hot. It contains Ultimate Spider-Man (3rd Series) #1328 and 16.1. It’s most recent sale was $71.

 

Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Metamorphosis TPB

 

DC’s B-list heroes have their committed followers willing to pay up for the stories they want. Take for instance Blue Beetle (New 52) Volume 1. It collects Blue Beetle #16. I find it interesting that the series only lasted 16 issues, but there is still enough demand to drive this $15 TPB to $39 in the aftermarket.

 

Loki Agent of Asgard Vol 2 I Cannot Tell A Lie TPB

 

Examples of popular non-major characters can be found at Marvel as well. Thanks to the MCU and Tom Hiddleston’s brilliant performance, Loki commands a loyal following. 

Loki Agent of Asgard Volume 2 brings in solid sales around $60 whenever it appears on eBay. It collects Loki: Agent of Asgard (2013) #611. As of now it has not gone into reprint. A classic case of demand meets market.

The books can be found everywhere my fellow agents. We just need eyes trained by experience to see the value. Keep them open wide and reap the benefits. 

Until next week, may you enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of success.

 

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6 comments

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    DO U HAVE A LISTING (OR WEB SITE) OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER TPB’S? ALSO, HOW DO WE FIND THE VALUE? FOR EXAMPLE: THE LOKI, AGENT OF ASGARD ONLY LISTS FOR $18 BUT U SAY THEY CONSISTENTLY SELL FOR AROUND $60. THANKS

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    Why would the TPB of Ultimate Spider-Man sell for that much? The single issues and the earlier prints of the trades are near worthless. I don’t get it.

    • Phil Newton

      In answer to your question, I do not know for sure. Here is one theory.

      If someone wants to put together a full library (for reading) of Ultimate Spider-man what is the easier thing to do: Scourer the internet and local shops to get every copy, preferably in order, or buy trades? Now put that person in rural Montana or overseas (I ship a lot to Europe and Russia).

      Trades go out of print and become hard to find. Demand meets the Market. That’s one of points of Trade Secret, find where the market has inflated and capitalize on it. Is there risk? Sure trades go to reprint every week. But the buy in on a nice used trade is small so why not?

      But, you have to do the research beyond this article. I’m just pointing the way. Look on ebay, see if there are consistent high sales. If you saw a regular comic book selling for $29 and you found it in bin for $5 would you buy and flip it? Why not TPBs and hardbacks?

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