Ducks, Spiders, Beetles, and a God
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.
Take for instance Kaboom Comics Darkwing Duck and Ducktales crossover, Dangerous Currency. This TPB collects DuckTales #5 – 6 and Darkwing Duck #17 – 18. 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.
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 #1 – 6. 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.
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) #6 – 11. 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.