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Low $300
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Mid $900
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High $2.4k
  • 🏅#10 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher
  • 1st appearance of the Jackal
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.2 sold for $5,300 [$4,680 in Feb] +13%
  • 8.5 sold for $3,200 [$2,575 in Jan] +24%
  • 7.0 sold for $2,100 [$1,850 in last week] +14%
Low $35
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Mid $130
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High $365
  • 🏅 #9 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Deadpool
  • 1st appearance of Copycat, impersonating Domino
  • 1st appearance of Gideon, a member of The Externals
  • [November 2020 - Deadpool 3 is greenlit at Disney with the writers of Bob Burgers to script]
  • THIS WEEK’S RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.8 sold for $2,750 [$2,000 last week] +37%
  • 9.6 sold for $1,000 [$873 in last week] +15%
  • Two weeks ago, New Mutants #98 graded 9.8 had a new record-breaking sale but fell short of the $2k milestone by $1.00
  • This week, that record was broken 6x and for now, a 9.8 Direct Edition is comfortably a $2,000+ book
  • The 9.6 high sale was broken twice
  • But unfortunately we can’t report any big wins for 9.8 graded Newsstands this week because there weren’t any sales
  • Not because they’re too pricey but there are zero copies graded 9.8 for sale except for one live eBay auction
  • Why? Why are you so hot Deadpool?
  • This is a no-brainer investment issue that is being scooped up by those who are new to the comic space and just getting their feet wet in comics
  • It’s a comfortable investment because it has already been confirmed that a new era is coming for Deadpool with an R-rated movie in development FROM DISNEY!
  • Disney is no stranger to producing R-rated movies but never under the Disney banner and even though Deadpool will be a Marvel production, the two companies are one-in-the same in the eyes of the public which could be the biggest threat to the future of this collectible if the movie is a watered-down representation of what has already been established
  • The only way around this is to amp up the action and leave less time on the table for raunch and if done right, could be acceptable
Low $20
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Mid $80
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High $250
  • 🏅 #8 on the Hot 10
  • 3rd appearance of Venom
  • 1st full cover appearance of Venom
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.8 sold for $1,300 [$995 in Nov] +31%
  • 9.2 sold for $300 [$220 in Jan] +36%
  • 9.0 sold for $180 [$130 in last week] +38%
  • For the first time, a Direct Edition 9.8 surpassed the $1,000 mark this week and it happened 3x!
  • Newsstands in 9.8 are scarce. Mark Jewelers are even more scarce
  • As mentioned last time when this issue was on the list, months ago, FIRST COVER APPEARANCES of major characters are going to be an increasingly sought after niche collectible
  • We live in an era of encapsulation, entombing a comic book in plastic. Physically witnessing the first in-story appearance of classic characters is an experience that many comic fans are getting less likely to observe
  • But the first consumer-facing image of the character is something that doesn’t suffer from encapsulation
  • Collectors also enjoy displaying these issues and other iconic covers in their homes. It wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the strength behind this issue’s increasing value is for that exact reason alone
  • Keep an eye on Ultimate Fallout #4, second printing which is seeing remarkable action over the past couple of days and for more iconic covers, visit the category under the Top 100 Lists button
Low $2.6k
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Mid $6.5k
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High $20k
  • 🏅 #7 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Doctor Doom
  • [November 2020 - speculation that Doom will be hinted at or appear in the Black Panther sequel as well as other MCU projects]
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 8.5 sold for $39,777 [$24,000 in Sep] +65%
  • 4.5 sold for $8,400 [$6,700 in 2019] +25%
  • 3.0 sold for $7,610 [$6,180 in Jan] +23%
  • 1.5 sold for $4,000 [$3,000 in Nov] +33%
Low $12
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Mid $40
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High $125
  • 🏅 #6 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of a colorless Vision
  • [🚨 Key Issue Alert February 2020 - increase in value due to a scene in WandaVision]
  • THIS WEEK’S RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.8 sold for $1,500 [$650 last week] +130%
  • 9.6 sold for $625 [$120 in Jan] +421%
  • 9.4 sold for $300 [$108 in Feb] +131%
  • Bear witness to the changing face of the hobby as it is happening my friends
  • WandaVision was the first stride into a new era of programming that has a seemingly endless road of projects ahead, powered by the 36th largest company in the world, Walt Disney
  • If WandaVision taught us anything, it’s that Marvel Studios is not planning on pie-smashing us in the face with show after show of high-octane action. Their aim is to tell stories for everyone: comedies, action, drama, kid’s shows, sci-fi, R-rated, horror - while utilizing established characters who have been tirelessly adventuring in comics for decades
  • Is there any collectible that has as much potential as comic books?
  • Many would agree that the long term prospects are undeniable. The migration of investors into our hobby is evident in these weekly market analysis recaps
  • Investors?!...IT’S THE 90s ALL OVER AGAIN!
  • But it’s not. Not even close but that’s a whole separate topic
  • It’s not just investors or speculators that are showing interest in comics. Marvel has a rapidly expanding, global fanbase who are emotionally connected to the characters brought to life onscreen since 2008
  • EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED. This is the most critical aspect to the perseverance of the hobby
  • This is a diverse and vocal community and culture who cause Marvel-related topics to trend on social media almost daily and they don’t resemble the comic fans of yesterday
  • “But they don’t collect!”
  • Can we be sure of that?
  • On March 5th, there were twice as many sold listings of Scarlet Witch and Vision issues than on the 4th and this was AFTER many collector/speculators turned away from the books once the many theories didn’t materialize
  • While investors are driving up values on books like Ultimate Fallout #4 and New Mutants #98 anticipating future monetary returns, there is an emerging fanbase who have an emotional investment and a desire to own a representation of what is adapted into live action
  • Some of these are not the traditional first appearance key issues. These are “event” key issues like when Captain America lifted Thor’s hammer in Endgame, elevating Thor #390 from the dollar bins. And it’s still a $30 book today!
  • Many collectors will take to social to publicly shame people for how they choose to spend their own money though many of us can identify with knowingly overspending on something that is meaningful to us that others might not understand
  • Furthermore, not every comic that is purchased at top dollar is for the purpose of investing
Low $50
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Mid $500
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High $1.5k
  • 🏅 #5 on the Hot 10
  • 1st cameo appearance of Wolverine
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 8.5 sold for $2,300 [$1,700 in Feb] +35%
  • 8.0 sold for $1,550 [$1,350 in March] +41%
  • 7.0 sold for $1,550 [$1,050 in Feb] +47%
  • The Incredible Hulk #181 graded 9.4 sold for $21,350 this week on Comic Link, +$5k higher than the record sale from January
  • As the cost of #181 skyrockets, collectors begin to look at other key issues
  • Hulk #180, Wolverine’s first (cameo) appearance is up 35% - 47%
  • In fact, in many grades it’s selling for 50% higher and up to double the amount it went for one year ago
  • Still, this issue is undervalued:
  • #181 graded 9.6 sells for $18k versus #180 at $4,500
  • #181 graded 6.0 sells for $3,500k versus #180 at $675
  • #181 graded 2.5 is $2,000 versus #180 at $350
  • The market will increase on Hulk #180 because believe it or not, as much as the issue is debated, many collectors are still unaware that Wolverine has a significant appearance on the last page (tap cover and swipe to view image)
  • The #180 vs #181 debate will only die as the sun sets on humanity’s last day
  • In fact, it may even be what brought the term cameo to predominance
  • Here’s a timeline of how this issue was recognized by Overstreet price guide:
  • 1972: Hulk #180/#181 published
  • 1978: Hulk #181 gets a notation that reads ‘WALVERINE’
  • 1981: #181 -1st app. Wolverine
  • 1982: #180 1st app. Wolverine / #181 Wolverine cameo / #182 Wolverine cameo
  • 1983: #180 – 1st app. Wolverine (cameo) / #181 – Wolverine app / #182 – Wolverine cameo
  • 1993: #180 – 1st app. Wolverine (cameo) / #181 – 1st full Wolverine story
  • See images by tapping the cover and swiping (available on mobile app only)
  • So as you can see, the debate on #180 as Wolverine’s first appearance or #181 was born from an oversight by Overstreet. They were unaware that #180 introduced Wolverine
  • Even though it may have been corrected, it is in the comic shop’s best interest for #181 to be the big book due to increased orders that resulted from a new character appearing on the cover. Things weren’t much different than they are today in that a store will order more copies based on a first appearance
  • Consider Amazing Spider-Man #300 being an anniversary issue, ordered in higher quantities. It is much more lucrative for Venom’s first appearance to be in #300 due to there being a significantly higher quantity of issues in circulation
  • The confusion regarding Wolverine’s first appearance was so widespread that even Marvel couldn’t make a decision on it (see additional images)
  • As we all know, there’s nothing collectors love more than controversy and this issue is one of the most debated
Low $80
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Mid $600
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High $2.3k
  • 🏅 #4 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Mephisto
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.6 sold for $15,950 [$9,700 last week] +64%
  • 9.4 sold for $8,000 [$5,250 in Feb] +52%
  • 8.5 sold for $2,800 [$2,325 last week] +20%
  • This issue has received a TON of attention lately due to speculation that Mephisto would be introduced in WandaVision
  • Hopefully by now, we all know that didn’t happen but the theories granted Mephisto attention like no other time in the character’s 30+ years of existence
  • But Silver Surfer #3 began increasing in value months before the WandaVision theories made the rounds
  • Remember in November, a 9.8 sold for $38,000. The last time a 9.8 sold was back in 2011 for $5,700
  • 9.6s were sitting at $5,000 which is a huge disparity from 9.8
  • In other words, a full pricing correction was set into motion with the November sale and though WandaVision likely had a part in accelerating the process, these values were due to increase on their own
  • These recent increases are not due to false hype but it will be interesting to see if bad speculation has a detrimental effect on this previously undervalued issue
Low $925
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Mid $2.8k
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High $6.8k
  • 🏅#3 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of the new X-Men: Storm (1st), Nightcrawler (1st), Colossus (1st) Thunderbird (1st), Wolverine (3rd)
  • 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin (Magik) as a child
  • 1st appearance of Krakoa, the living island
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.0 sold for $10,550 [$7,350 last week] +44%
  • 8.0 sold for $7,350 [$5,040 in Jan] +46%
  • 3.5 sold for $2,700 [$2,000 in Feb] +35%
Low $445
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Mid $1.8k
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High $8.5k
  • 🏅 #2 on the Hot 10: 1st team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Magneto
  • 1st appearance of Scarlet Witch
  • and Quicksilver
  • 1st appearance Mastermind, later becomes Jason Wyngarde
  • 1st appearance of Toad
  • 2nd appearance of Magneto
  • Although the Scarlet Witch's costume is colored green on the cover, it is red in the story
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 8.0 sold for $8,700 [$7,812 ] +11%
  • 6.5 sold for $4,778 [$3,450 in Feb] +38%
  • 3.5 sold for $4,000 [$2,150 in Feb] +86%
Low $50
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Mid $180
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High $600
  • 🏅 #1 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Miles Morales, Spider-Man from an alternate reality
  • Distributed in a polybag
  • [October 2020 - An inside source tells Key Collector that Miles Morales has already been cast and a director is being sought out for a live action spinoff]
  • THIS WEEK’S TOP 3 RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]:
  • 9.8 sold for $2,692 [$2,100 last week] +28%
  • 9.6 sold for $975 [$725 in last week] +34%
  • 1:25 graded 9.8 sold for $15,800 [$14,400 in Jan] +10%
  • Last week gave us a new 9.8 high sale of $2,100 and this week it was broken 16x!
  • Last week’s 9.6 high was broken 12x this week
  • Not often can we say who specifically holds the record for the highest sale but Pharcyde Comics reached out to Key Collector on Instagram with proof of sale that a couple of the record-breakers this week belonged to him
  • Pharcyde explained that the 1:25 was an investment to be given to his daughter, 15-20 years from now
  • This begs the question, is that what is happening with the majority of the high graded 1:25s of the Ultimate Fallout #4 variant and the ridiculously few Newsstands graded 9.8 (possibly only two known to exist)?
  • There are now 644 1:25s graded (CGC/CBCS) and 151 are graded 9.8 which is approximately 6% of the standard cover quantities in the same grade