Monday, August 22, 2016

White Mountain Collection

This collection hits close to home for me, quite literally. You see, I was born and raised in the same state that these comics were discovered and spent many days of my youth hiking, camping and generally having a good time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This large collection of around 5,000 comics was discovered in 1984. The titles span from the year 1948, all the way into the 70's. It was one of the first collections that included Silver Age comics to be recognized by the industry as a pedigree. Before this collection, pedigrees were only given to collections with nothing but Golden Age or earlier comics.

Fantastic Four #1
When it was discovered, it was considered one of the nicest Silver Age collections to date. Keeping these comics in such good condition must have been difficult to do in the hot humid summers in New England. I read that they were kept in metal boxes, and that's why the covers are so vibrant, and the pages white, but they must have also been stored in a basement which also kept them nice and cool.

The original owner must have loved science fiction. There are many complete runs of titles from publishers like EC Comics and also has many nice runs of Silver Age comics for titles like Fantastic Four and Amazing Spider-Man.

Amazing Fantasy #15
A couple of the highlights from this collection are the Amazing Fantasy #15 and Fantastic Four #1. The FF #1 is CGC graded a Universal 9.2 NM-. There are a handful of copies that are graded the same or higher than that. This copy was on the market back in 2012, and sold for an impressive $203,150 at Heritage Auctions.

The Amazing Fantasy #15, which is a CGC graded Universal 9.4 NM, was also sold at Heritage back in 2005. That copy ended up selling for $126,500. This copy would end up being put back on the market only two years later at Comic Link, and this time it sold for $227,000. 

Journey Into
Unknown Worlds #11
Looking at the sales for these two comics, it would seem like the White Mountain Collection is a solid investment, if you're able to afford copies. There are other comics from this collection that are far more affordable and still in high grade. For example, there was an CGC 8.5 VF+ copy of Journey Into Unknown Worlds #11 that sold last year for $956, and there are some auctions on eBay that range from a few hundred dollars all the way down to under $100. So, you don't have to be a millionaire to be able to afford a book from this collection, all you have to do is click on the links below and look through the search results.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Marvel Spotlight #5

Marvel - Aug. 1972

Key Issue Notes
First appearance and Origin of Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)
First appearance of Crash Simpson
First appearance of Mona Simpson
First appearance of Roxanne Simpson
First appearance of Zarathos

By now, we've all heard about Ghost Rider appearaning in the next season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but it's not the version that appears in this comic. If you'd like to read more about the version that will be on the show, you can read about him here.

Imagine, if you will, that you're a comic artist in the early 70's, and you've been given the task of creating a new character. Where else are you going to draw your inspiration from besides real life. As you sit down to watch T.V. or read the newspaper, you hear about this daredevil on a motorcycle named Evel Knievel, and you get the beginnings of the character you're going to create. Now, that's probably not how it happened, but it seem plausible enough.

Actually, Ghost Rider is based off of the character Stunt Master that was created by Roy Thomas. The villain know as Stunt Master is a motorcycle stuntman that went up against Daredevil. He made his first appearance in Daredevil #58, which was published in 1969.

Sometime later, Gary Friedrich approached Thomas to talk with him about creating another motorcycle riding villain. So both of the writers, along with artist Mike Ploog, came up with the idea of Ghost Rider.

Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider
There have been many incarnations of Ghost Rider, but the original is known as Johnny Blaze. In this issue of Marvel Spotlight, we learn how Johnny became the iconic character with the flaming skull. His origin would be expanded on in later issues, but let's start out with what happened in this issue.

After the death of his father, Barton Blaze, due a motorcycle stunt gone wrong, Johnny was taken in by Crash and Mona Simpson, and they raised him as their own son. The Simpsons (Crash and Mona, not Homer and Marge) were also a family of motorcycle daredevils.

Many years later, Crash Simpson develops cancer. Now, Johnny is devastated by this news and he will do anything to try and save his foster father. After doing a little research, he turns to the only thing that he can think of that could help him, Satan. So, Johnny makes a deal with the Devil to save Crash from the cancer in exchange for his eternal soul, but when you make a deal with the Prince of Darkness, there's always a catch. 

Roxanne and Crash Simpson
Satan kept his word and cured Simpson's cancer, but Crash crashes and is killed in his next motorcycle stunt show. And there you have it, that's how Johnny Blaze becomes the Ghost Rider. On a side note, Satan is revealed to be Mephisto in disguise in a later comic. Mephisto makes his first appearance is in Silver Surfer #3.

Now let's finish up the key issue notes. We'll start with Roxanne Simpson. She is the daughter of Crash and Nora Simpson and the love interest of Johnny Blaze. You could have probably guessed that she was related to Crash and Nora, since they share the same last name.

Finally, there is the demon Zarathos. He is a servant of Mephisto's and is forced to bond with Johnny Blaze after the deal to save Crash Simpson from cancer was made. He is the reason that Johnny turns into the Ghost Rider at night.

I was looking to snag a copy of this comic a few years ago but I missed out on it. Sales prices were fairly reasonable about three years ago, but in late 2014 and in early 2015, prices seemed to shoot through the roof. In June 2013, a CGC 9.4 NM copy sold on eBay for $1145. Now fast forward to the latest sale in April of this year for $2050. Other grades have seen similar value rises as well. 7.5 VF- copies have shot from $212.50 in April 2013, all the way up to $585 on Aug. 11th. This latest sale is after the confirmation that Ghost Rider would be appearing on T.V.. The sale previous to that was in May before the announcement and it dropped for $399.

I'm sure now that values for this comic are an the rise, more and more people are sending in copies to be graded. At the time of this writing there are 1762 copies listed on the CGC census, but you can expect that to change fairly quickly. Most of these copies are between 7.0 F/VF to 9.0 VF/NM. There are three copies that are graded a highest 9.8 NM/M. There was a copy at this grade that sold on Heritage Auctions for a staggering $13,145 back in Aug. 2013, just about a year before a lot of other grades started to see significant increases in values.

If you have a copy of Marvel Spotlight #5, you may want to either get it graded, or throw it on the market, or both. We are seeing sales prices continue to rise and you could make a healthy sum of cash if you do. If you're looking to buy, you may want wait and see if prices start to come down after the hype. But it the prices continue to rise, you may be kicking yourself in the ass for not jumping on it when you had the chance, like I am.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #50 - CBCS 7.0

Marvel - July 1967

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

I'd like to share another comic from my personal collection with you. I don't only write these posts up to show you what I have, but I also do it to give you an idea of the process that I go through when I decide to buy these comics.

There are a few reasons that I decided on this comic. The first is that I am a big fan of Spider-Man. I've stated that on here before. Ever since I bought that first Spidey comic when I was a kid, I've been hooked on the character. 

The second reason I bought this comic is because of the cover. I really like this cover that was done by the legendary artist John Romita Sr. It's probably not the best cover that he's done, but something about it really catches my eye. John Romita Sr. is very well known for the art that he did on his run on Amazing Spider-Man.

The final reason is that this is a good investment comic. A lot of the earlier ASM comics from the Silver Age introduced new characters that are still quite popular and relevant today. You can't really go wrong if you're looking for one of these to add to your collection.

This comic had been on my radar for a long time, but there are always other comics to be had so I put this one on the back burner for a while. It seems like I do that a lot. It wasn't until news came out that Kingpin was going to be the big baddie in the Netflix Daredevil series that I had to get serious about adding this to my collection.

I did my searches on eBay, like usual, and one day I came across an nice looking raw copy. I don't remember what grade that the seller had it listed at, if he had one listed at all. I don't usually pay attention to what sellers have listed anyway, because there are a lot of sellers that over grade their comics to try to make the most money from the suckers that don't know how to grade a book. I used to be like that, but have since gotten better at determining a grade.

There were a lot of nice high resolution pictures for me to look at, and I thought this copy looked pretty nice. It was a "buy it now" with a "best offer" option. So, I went on over to GoCollect to see what copies in the range of grades that I thought the comic might be in. For example, I thought the comic was probably between the grades of 6.0 F to a 7.0 F/VF. I usually look at the lowest grade and make an offer off of those sale prices.

So I made the seller an offer based off of the recent sales of a 6.0 F. Already graded copies at that grade were selling for the $250 to $300 at that time, so I decided to offer the seller $225. Luckily for me, he accepted my offer.

When I got it in the mail, it thought it looked about as good, if not slightly better than in the photos, and soon after I got it, I sent it in to CBCS with a bunch of other books. I think we can all see the end result. I was honestly expecting it to come back a 6.0 F or, more likely, a 6.5 F+, so I was very happy to see that 7.0 F/VF on the label. I was also lucky enough to snag a copy before it got out of my price range.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Batman #181

DC Comics - June 1966

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Poison Ivy
First appearance of Dragonfly
First appearance of Silken Spider
First appearance of Tiger Moth

By now, most people have heard of the Batman related show Gotham that airs on Fox. Even though they don't follow the comics, other than the character names, I still kind of like it. I've seen worse shows.

For the first two seasons, the character of Poison Ivy was played by a young, 14 year old actress by the name of Clare Foley. Unfortunately for her, the higher ups for the show decided that they needed an older, more mature actress to play the part and recast the role. The actress chosen to fill in the role is Maggie Geha, who is twice the age as Foley. I can assume that they need an older actress to play the role of the sexy character that they wouldn't be able to do with an actress that was only 14.

There are some big differences in the shows version of the character as compared to the comics, one being Poison Ivy's real name. On Gotham, her name is Ivy Pepper and in the comics her name, depending on which comic you're reading, is either Dr Lillian Rose (Pre-Crisis) or Pamela Isley (Post-Crisis). Enough about the damn T.V. show, let's get more into the character as she pertains to the comics.

Bruce Wayne and Poison Ivy
In this issue, back when Bruce Wayne was only a millionaire, he and Dick Grayson are at a museum that is, for some strange reason, honoring the three most wanted female criminals in the world. While Bruce and Dick are distracted by how beautiful the ladies of crime are, Poison Ivy storms her way in to crash the party. She says that her crimes were so perfect, nobody has ever heard of her before now, and she deserves to be the #1 female criminal in the world, and she is out to prove it.

I'm going to leave the summary of this issue there. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone if they plan on reading it, and, truth be told, it's not really that interesting of a story. You can tell that this comic was written in a different era. If this story were to be published today, you'd probably have feminist groups coming at you from every direction. If you do wind up reading it, you'll see what I mean.

Poison Ivy is the result of some dangerous experimental tests that she ended up being a guinea pig for. She is immune to all types of poisons and bacteria as a result. She can also emit a pheromone that can seduce men to do her bidding.

Silken Spider, Tiger Moth and Dragonfly
The last three characters on the list are the public enemies #1 -#3 that I mentioned a little earlier. They aren't important or popular characters in the DC Universe. In fact there are only a few known appearances in comics for them.

The only real information on them is the order that they appear on the most wanted list. Number one on the list is Dragonfly, followed by Silken Spider at #2, and Tiger Moth is obviously #3. There really isn't any more information than that on these characters since they were so seldom used. There's no backstory for them nor do they have a real name, just  their aliases. They didn't make another appearance in comics until The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul story line in late 2007 and early 2008.

This comic is well known and in no way a sleeper of undervalued. Poison Ivy has been a popular character for a long time. There are not a lot of copies that have already been graded. So far there are only 719 listed on the CGC census. There isn't any one grade that has significantly more copies than another, but there are two copies graded at 9.8 NM/M, the highest for this book. One of the standouts that caught my eye though, there are 25 copies graded at a lowest of the low .5 Poor, and one of them is a Restored copy. I don't think I'll be snagging one of those any time soon. Given that Poison Ivy is such a popular female character and this is a pretty big key issue, I'm surprised to see how many raw copies there still are in the market. I thought for sure that more of them would have been slabbed by now.

Key issue comics like these usually have a good track record when it comes to sales. There is always a nice steady incline on the sales chart. Yeah, there might be a spike here and there or someone gets a great deal once in a while, but mostly it's just smooth and steady. In this market, things might be moving little faster that normal though. Looking at some sales for mid grade 7.0 F/VF copies, there has been that steady rise. In the last five years, values have gone from around the $350 mark, and gotten up to $625. There was a copy that sold for $700 back in Dec. of last year, but other than that, it's been pretty steady. Sales for most other grades have seen that same increase over time. As you can see, Some of the lower grades have seen a decline, but higher grades are looking good.

I expect this comic to continue to do what is has been doing, even with the character change on Gotham. I don't think there will be a huge boost in demand because of it. There could be a quick boost in value if it ends up being that Poison Ivy appears in the all girl Harley Quinn spin-off movie that I've heard rumors about, but that's a long way off. However, in the comic investing game, there's no such thing as getting in too early.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Thor #132

Marvel - Sept. 1966

Key Issue Notes
First cameo appearance of Ego - The Living Planet
First appearance of The Black Galaxy
First appearance of Recorder 211
First appearance of Sir Porga
First appearance of Grand Commissioner
First appearance of the Stallion of Doom

In my first post, when I started this blog all the way back in March, I told you how and why I bought a copy of Thor #132. If you haven't read that one yet and would like to, then click on this link right here.

Now I'd like to get a little more in depth with this issue and also use it as an example of what can happen if you are able to snag a comic early, before any hype starts driving up the values, especially in the market that we're in today. But first let's work our way through the key issue notes.

The biggest reason that this comic is getting any attention at all know is because it holds the first appearance of Ego The Living Planet. While at SDCC, James Gunn let us all know that Ego would be appearing in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie as Peter Quill's father. The character will be played by Kurt Russell, and not by Al Pacino like the rumors stated a few months ago.

Ego The Living Planet
Ego didn't start out as a sentient world. He was created much like many other planets are created. He was later given consciousness by the Stranger. Because of his age, and because he is one of the oldest living beings, he was inducted into the group known as the Elders of the UniverseEgo comes from a living bio-verse known as The Black Galaxy, which also makes it's first appearance in the pages of this issue.

The rest of the first appearances in this comic are less known and don't really have very many appearances in the Marvel Universe. However, they are key note worthy, so on with the list we go.

Thor and Recorder 211
The Grand Commissioner is the leader of a space colonizing race known as the Rigellians. The Rigellians are a scientifically and technologically advanced alien race devoted towards amassing an empire via colonization.

On Thor's journey to the Black Galaxy, the Grand Commissioner sent a humanoid robot named Recorder 211 with him to make and record his observations of the Black Galaxy.

Up next on the list is an evolved pig named Sir Porga. Yup, you heard me right, an evolved pig. Sir Porga was created by the High Evolutionary as one of his first Knights of Wundagore. In this issue, we briefly see him on a plane taking a keen interest in the lovely Jane Foster.

Jane Foster and Sir Porga
In the short back-up story, a drum is played to summon the Stallion of Doom. The stallion appears when a warrior who is worthy of entering Asgard is about to die. As far as I know, there are only two appearances of the Stallion of Doom in comics.

I believe that covers all of the key issue notes, so let's take a look and see how many CGC graded copies are out there. There are only 573 copies currently on the CGC census, but I'd expect to see that number start to climb soon. It's surprising to see that most of the graded copies are high grade between 9.4 NM and 9.8 NM/M, with 9.6 NM+ having the highest amount with 177. There are a lot of raw copies out there and they're being scooped up pretty quickly, so expect these numbers to change pretty quickly.

Since the confirmation at SDCC, sales for this comic have jumped up to some pretty high numbers almost overnight. Back in January, you could have snagged a 9.6 NM+ copy for around $250, and now they are selling close to the $700 range. Sales for 9.8 NM/M copies are seeing the same jump. There were a handful of copies that sold on July 24th ranging between $525 to $703. The latest sale on eBay for a CGC 9.8 dropped for $1,327 on July 31st. That's about double the average of the previous sales from only a week before.

So, if  you have a copy of Thor #132 lying around somewhere, you might want to think about throwing it on the market. There are going to be a lot more copies thrown out there, so now might be the time to make the most profit. That's the dilemma that I'm going through right now. Should I sell it now and try to make a nice little chunk of change, or should I hold on to a nice high grade copy just to have in my collection? Decisions, decisions.....

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Friday, July 29, 2016

All-New Ghost Rider #1

Marvel Comics - March 2014

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)
First appearance of Gabe Reyes
First appearance of Hell Charger

It's finally been confirmed that Ghost Rider is going to appear on the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's not the version that a lot of us grew up with. I must say that I'm not that impressed with the look of the new Ghost Rider. I hope that they go with the original look of the character rather than going with this new look. From the teaser that was put out at SDCC, it seems like they just might do that.

The version that was ultimately decided upon was the latest incarnation of the character. This versions name is Robbie Reyes. He's a down on his luck Latin American living in a seedy, crime ridden part of East Los Angeles. He works at Camelo's Auto and Body to try and raise money to move him and his handicap brother, Gabe, to a better area and live a better life.

He tries to speed up the process by taking one of the muscle cars that he's been working on at the shop, and entering it into a street race to win a large sum of cash. During the race, Robbie is chased by who he thinks are the police, but winds up being armed thugs trying to get back the drugs that are in the trunk of the car. He turns down a dead end alley, gets out of the car, and the thugs fill him full of holes, turn him into Swiss cheese and torch the car.

Robbie and Gabe Reyes
Now this is where the interesting, and somewhat hard to follow part of the story comes in. The car turns out to be haunted. As Robbie lay there in a pool of blood, and the car engulfed in flames, the ghost transfers itself from the car and into Robbie's lifeless body, thus creating the All New Ghost Rider. I say it's hard to follow because it's in no way mentioned that the car is haunted, but we're supposed to figure that out from a couple of obscure panels. It might not have been hard for you to understand, but it was for me.

And just to clear up the key issue notes above, the Hell Charger is the haunted car that the new Ghost Rider drives. Gone is the flaming motorcycle, and it's replaced with a flaming Dodge Charger.

For a first appearance of a new character, this comic wasn't overly printed, like a lot of them seem like they are today. According to, the initial print run was only 50,210 copies. That seems like a lot, but I don't know if that's only for the first print, or if it includes all of the variant and dealer incentive covers out there too. I would have thought that Ghost Rider was a popular enough character to warrant a higher print run than that, but I guess I would have been wrong.

Looking at the CGC census is very confusing. There are listings for the variant covers, and this issue has a lot of them, but I can't find any info on the non variant, first print cover on there anywhere. However, the census numbers are pretty low for the covers that are listed. In all, there are only 80 total copies graded for all of the variants.

After seeing those numbers, it's no surprise to me that there aren't a lot of already graded copies in the market as of now, but there are quite a few raw copies. Most of these copies are on eBay of course.

Since the announcement that Ghost Rider was appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., values for this comic have seen an instant, and significant rise. As you can see,there haven't been a lot of sales for already graded copies, but prices for CGC 9.8 NM/M jumped from $50 on July 2nd, all the way up to $130 on July 23. The one 9.6 NM+ sale for $9.99 was back on March 10. I'm sure that the next sale for that grade won't go for that low of a price.

The variant covers have even less sales data that the original cover, so it's hard to say if those will have the same bump in value or not, but I'm willing to bet that there will be. There are a lot of variant hunters out there after all.

Right now, you're best option might be to buy a raw copy and have it graded since there are far more raw copies in the market right now, and most of them are probably in high grade. It could also yield the most profit, but only if you have a good eye for detail and can accurately judge the grades of raw comics. There is a big difference in value from a 9.8 NM/M to a 9.6 NM+. But if you decide to buy an already slabbed copy, you can probably still find a best offer or talk a dealer down to your price range at your LCS or at a convention.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Avengers #69

Marvel - Sept. 1969

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Grandmaster
First cameo appearance of Squadron Sinister 
First cameo appearance of Doctor Spectrum
First cameo appearance of Hyperion
First cameo appearance of Nighthawk
First cameo appearance of Wizzer
Second appearance of Growing Man

If you've been paying attention to comic book movie news, then you've already heard that Jeff Goldblum has been cast to play The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok, which is currently in production. But who is The Grandmaster?

The first thing that I think of when I hear the word grandmaster is a person that has mastered the game of chess and has become one of the elite players in the world, and that isn't too far off from who The Grandmaster is in comics. In fact, one of the first things he says is a reference to chess when we first meet him.

In this issue of the Avengers, the team gathers around a seriously injured and dying Tony Stark. As they are trying to find ways to help save his life, Janet Pym finds an odd glowing "doll" underneath one of the cabinets in the room. Thinking nothing of it, she tossed it in the garbage. As this "doll" hits the trash can, it starts growing in size. Eventually it grows to an enormous size and kidnaps Tony Stark. It then uses Stark to lure the rest of the Avengers to Kang the Conqueror's lair in the year 4,000 A.D.. 

The Grandmaster
Kang informs the Avengers that he summoned them there to help him defeat the Grandmaster. The Grandmaster came to Kang a year before and challenged him to "a game not unlike that which men once called chess". At stake is the planet which Kang rules over. When The Grandmaster returns to play his sinister game, three of the Avengers (Thor, Captain America, and Goliath) are transported to the gaming arena. Shortly after their arrival, they meet the Squadron Sinister.

Now that the synopsis is done, let's talk a little about some of the characters that make their first, or second, appearance in this comic. Let's start off with the strange glowing "doll". This doll isn't a doll at all. It is in fact The Growing Man, and he makes his second appearance in Avengers #69. His name is a little deceiving as well because he isn't a man either, he's actually an android. The Growing Man is a Stimuloid that was created by Kang the Conqueror. Every time a Stimuloid is attacked or hurt, even if he does it to himself, he grows in size, and there is no limit to how big he can grow, hence the name, The Growing Man.

The Growing Man
Next we'll tackle the first appearance of The Grandmaster. His real name is En Dwi Gast. He is one if the Elders of the Universe, and he has mastered most civilizations' games of skill and chance. He enjoys playing games that put teams up against each other.

The team that The Grandmaster uses to go up against the Avengers is the Squadron Sinister. The members consist of Doctor Spectrum, Hyperion, Nighthawk, and Wizzer. It's said that the Squadron Sinister is based off of DC's Justice League of America.

Doctor Spectrum's real name is Kenji Obatu, and was based after the Green Lantern. He gets his powers from the Power Prism, which also makes it's first appearance in this issue. Instead of being vulnerable to the color yellow, it's ultra violet light that he has a weakness against.

The character of Hyperion was loosely based off of Superman from the JLA. He was created by The Grandmaster and made to believe that he got his powers from his planet exploding. Hyperion's real name is Zhib-Ran.

The next member of the Squadron is Nighthawk, and his JLA counterpart is The Dark Knight himself, Batman. Nighthawk is also known as Kyle Richmond. He was the son of a wealthy businessman that was never around. After the death of his mother, he was raised by a governess. After his father died in a plane crash, he inherited the family fortune.

Squadron Sinister
The last member of the Squadron Sinister is The Whizzer. I'm pretty sure that we can all figure out who his Justice League counterpart is. It's none other than the Scarlet Speedster, a.k.a. The Flash. James Sanders was a disgruntled chemist. He was approached by The Grandmaster to join the Squadron Sinister, and in exchange he was given the power of super human speed. Sanders is currently known as Speed Demon

It's easy to see the parallels between the Squadron Sinister and the Justice League of America. Many of the backstories and their powers are very similar.

There aren't a lot of copies listed in the CGC census, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this comic is rare. It's far more likely that not many people knew about the key issue goodness in this comic before the announcement that The Grandmaster was going to be coming to be big screen. However, it could also have a lower print run. I don't have the numbers for that, but while searching through eBay and other online comic shops, I couldn't find more than a handful of copies for sale, slabbed or raw. There are a couple of possibilities for this. Maybe people are still holding on to their copies for some reason, or perhaps their copies are currently being graded by CGC, CBCS, or some other grading company.

Ok, let's take a look at the CGC census numbers. Currently there are only 155 copies listed on there, and only one is a Restored copy. Most of the copies are high grade between 9.0 VF/NM to the highest 9.8 NM/M. Six copies are graded at a 9.8 NM/M. There are a handful of mid grade and also a few lower grade copies listed as well. Most are graded a very respectable 9.4 NM with 38 copies.

It's not surprising that there haven't been a lot of sales for already graded copies, since there are so few already graded. Back in 2012, you could snag yourself a nice high grade CGC 9.6 NM+ for a little more than $200. A copy sold at Heritage Auctions for $215.10 in Jan. of that year, and copies on eBay were dropping for around $250. Jump forward to today and it's a whole different story. The latest sale for a CBCS 9.6 NM+ sold for $450 in Sept. of last year. Sales for 9.4 NM copies have climbed up even higher. The last sale for a CGC 9.4 NM went for auction on July and sold for $425. One sale even dropped at a penny shy of $1,000.

If you have a copy in your collection, you may want to think about putting it out in the market, Or, if you can find a decent raw copy, you might want to snag it and send it in to be graded. Don't wait to long if you're looking to but, I'm pretty sure prices for raw copies will be going into the stratosphere very soon.

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