Variant Heat Check for 4/23/19

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Niobe #1 Hoknes Virgin Variant

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Once Niobe was announced, it was only a matter of time until the ultra rare Hoknes virgin variant made its way to the market. What’s crazy is seeing five sopies come to market in the same week, and all of them sold very well. The raw copies sold for around $1,100, while a CGC 9.8 was bundled with a few books and sold for $1,400! That poor soul who sold a CGC 9.8 for $350 back in February must be kicking themselves right now, but we’ve all been there.

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Naomi #1 Lupacchino B Variant

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Not much to say here that hasn’t been said before. Tons of sales, with prices ranging between $35-70. No one really knows where this character will go, or what she will become. She could be the next Kamala Khan or Riri, only time will tell.

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X-men #106 Price Variant

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35 cent price variants are all the rage, and apparently this one is very rare. I honestly had no clue X-men even had price variants. A CGC 9.6 sold for a whopping $2K.

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15 comments

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    When I couldn’t find Naomi 1A I bought the B cover first. I was already a fan of Lupachino’s Valiant work so it felt like a sound investment. Then I read it. One of the most engaging stories I’ve read in years and 4 issues in still nothing has really happened! That’s Bendis’s artistry at work. Great pencils too.

    • Keith S.

      I’m glad you are enjoying the story. most people are just blindly buying the 1st app.

      • accustomfigures
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        Yeah, that’s happening a lot these days. No idea why people don’t read the comics they’re “investing” in. That’s not an investment. I’d never buy stock in Potatoes R Us without tasting them first.

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          Not sure why anybody assumes nobody read the book before investing in them. Sounds like a false assumption. I bought a copy, loved it and bought a few more when the fan base kicked in.

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    How about this poor soul kicking himself for not buying that 9.8 for $350?

  • Mike Morello

    Wow! I have an X-Men #106 price variant. Only one I have. Had no idea it was worth nearly that much. Whoh! Thanks for the heads up.

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    I think there’s a $0.30 price variant to X-Men #100 to the standard $0.25 price, as one that’s sought after. I need to check my X-Men #106, it’s a really lackluster cover and issue, compared to #100, but I guess it’s pretty rare, probably more so than the X-Men #100

  • Mike Morello

    So, I just read up a bit. Appears that x-men #98, #99 and #100 have 30 cent price variants and #105, #106 and #107 have 35 cent price variants. I assume, like other titles, the 35 cent ones are a little rarer than the 30 cent ones. All are pretty scarce, though.

  • eye_ess

    I feel the Naomi #1 cover B is an underrated book up on the spec market. Cover A is flying up high but not many people specing on cover B. People aren’t realizing that about 75% or more of the sales on eBay are only of cover A and there is no way the actual print ratio of cover A and B are 50/50. Most shops only order cover A, so id be interested to know if the numbers drop showing cover B being lower print run, will it go up past cover A pricing?

    • accustomfigures
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      Is there a way to really find that out? I don’t think comichron differentiates.

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        No real way to know…but I think the number of sales/auctions post d on eBay is a good estimator.

      • eye_ess

        I am not sure TBH. I think we will only be able to tell by looking at sales online at this point. ComicHRon shows total print run of 25,252 for Naomi 1, but does not differentiate. Shops could order any number of each cover as there were no restrictions to the variant covers, but some shops order more of 1 type of cover over the other. Some shops who are uncertain of titles will order just Cover A, where some will order a combo of both. So based on that, and the For Sales numbers on eBay, it is easy to assume that Cover A is just more readily available.

        I know people are specing saying that Cover A is just more sought after because of title and/or image, but I just think it is because that is where the buzz is and where all images pertaining to the media covering its popularity is coming from. When people start to consider print runs on the 2 covers, and the price starts to cap off, the Cover B will catch up and surpass Cover A.

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