Monday, April 17, 2017

Thief of Thieves #1 - CGC 9.8

CGC 9.8Image Comics - Feb. 2012

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Redmond (Conrad Paulson)

I've noticed that it's been a while since I've dug into my box of graded comics and shared one of them with you. Now, not all of my comics are gems and some I've overpaid for and I want to try to use this post as an example of what can happen if you're not really informed or that knowledgeable about market trends.

Let me start off by saying that at the time that I bought this, I knew absolutely nothing about this comic or the story that was in it. I bought this copy of Thief of Thieves at the very peak of it's hype when there were rumors going around that this title was going to be picked up by AMC and turned into a T.V. show. I thought it would be a good idea to snag a copy up before it got really expensive. After all, look what happened to The Walking Dead comics after that show came out. I thought that this comics could be the next to skyrocket out of the stratosphere.

I found this copy on eBay for $200 and it was, at the time, selling for less than almost every other 9.8 NM/M copy that was available. Now keep in mind, I was still very green at the whole comics as an investment thing back then. I've learned a lot in the few years that have passed between then and now.

Anyway, over time there was less and less talk of a T.V. show actually happening. Even to this day, I'm not sure why it didn't happen. But, since there was less and less talk of it, values of this comic started to plummet. I watched, and still watch, as sales for this comic keep going lower and lower. I failed at making any kind of profit on this comic and I chalk this up to being a rookie mistake. However, if a show had been made, this could have been a very different story all together, but alas, it isn't.

So now I have this once hot comic that I bought for a couple hundred bucks that you can probably get for less than $100 now. I really don't even want it in my short box anymore, but if I tried to sell it, I'd be taking a big hit in the wallet. So, in my short box it will stay until I can make a little profit on it, or at the very least break even. Who knows if that will ever happen. 

Anyway, this is my little story of how I screwed up and I hope you can take something away from it. Unfortunately with every boost in demand for any particular issue, there is going to be someone getting hosed and spending too much money on a comic that isn't going to hold it's value, and in this case it was me.

I'll include some links below just in case you're interested in finding a copy for yourself. Chances are you'll probably be able to find a nice high grade copy really cheap, and who knows, maybe it will see another boost in value someday. My fingers are crossed.

Find a copy here
eBay - ComicLink - MyComicShop - ComicConnect

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2013: Infinity

1st Corvus GlaiveMarvel - May 2013

Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Corvus Glaive
First appearance of Outriders

I decided to take a small break from my Inhumans key issue list to tell you about a couple of modern books that have seen a little bit of heat as of late. The first is this comic right here.

The reason that this issue has seem some movement in the market is because it holds the first appearance of Corvus Glaive. It would appear that Corvus and the Black Order, will be appearing in the The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. It's not often that you have the first appearance of a character that is going to show up on a movie appear in a Free Comic Book Day comic.

This characters appearance was kinda confirmed from a leaked set photo that was released recently. It would appear that Corvus Glaive is going to be a completely CG character. Even though there's been no confirmation by the Marvel Studios, people are almost certain that this is the character that will be in the film from the weapon that he is carrying. After seeing the leaked photos, I'd have to agree with them. I've included a side by side picture so you can decide for yourself who this baddie might be.
See the similarities

Just who is this Corvus Glaive guy anyway. He is one of the many minions of Thanos. He's not just any minion though, he's actually Thanos' right hand man, so, it makes sense that they would throw him in a movie along side The Mad Titan. He is also the leader of the Black Order, whom I will talk about in a very near future post.

Another character, or characters I should say, that make their first appearance in this issue are the Outriders. These creatures were created, I'm assuming by Thanos, to only serve him, their master. When they are given a task to complete, they don't stop until it's finished. They're also very stealthy and dangerous assassins, if that's the task that they are given. Whether these characters are to appear in the upcoming Avengers movie or not remains to be seen. It's quite possible, but I have no idea where the writers are getting their ideas from or what they'll use.

The story that appears in this comic is only a portion of the full story that appears in six part Infinity mini series, which came out shortly after this issue. In fact, the small portion that appears in this issue, is reprinted in Infinity #1. The Free Comic Book Day issue was a way for people to get introduced to the story line and hopefully go spend their hard earned cash on the rest of the stories.

Midtown Comics Variant
There was only one variant of this issue that I could find and it is the Midtown Comics variant. I believe the only place to get these comics on May 4, 2013 was at one of the Midtown store locations in New York City. The obvious main difference between this issue and the others is the big advertisement for their website that obscures half of the cover. I have no idea what the print run of these exclusive variants are, but I'm assuming that it's probably in the thousands. 

Midtown is one of the big players in the comic book retail business. They have a big online presence and have three brick and mortar stores in the Big Apple. They often have exclusive variants to help promote their business, especially for FCBD comics. I'm almost positive that they will have more this year too, so if you're in NYC on Free Comics Day, you should probably stop by one their stores and snag an exclusive variant or two.

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This comic has just started to heat up so not many copies have made it to the grading room yet. So far there have only been 35 copies registered in the CGC census, and pretty much every damn one of them is graded 9.8 NM/M (25). The remaining six range between 9.2 NM- and 9.6 NM+. Even though the census is practically nonexistent for this comic, I'm sure we will start to see the number of graded copies start to rise very soon. Now that this is considered a key issue, there will be a lot of people digging this book out of their long boxes and sending them in to their grading company of choice. I won't be doing an update for these numbers in the future, but you can be sure to see more and more graded copies hitting the market in the next few months.

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, I couldn't find any sales info for graded copies of this comic. Since this is a fairly new key issue, and there are so few graded at the moment, that doesn't surprise me at all. But, if we look at the sales for raw copies, we might be able to get an idea of how this book is doing.

It wasn't that long ago that you could snag a high grade copy of this comic for just a couple bucks or so. After the announcement of Corvus appearing in the Avengers flick, there were a crazy amount of sales, most likely from people trying to get a cheap copy before the inevitable craze that is going to surround this book for a little while.

Now, most people are listing their eBay "Buy it Now" auctions starting at about the $20 range, not including shipping. That is a huge jump in value in a very short amount of time, almost a 1000% jump. I have a feeling that when graded copies finally do reach the market, that they are going to carry a hefty price tag. Prices should come down a little once more and more of them reach the market. It is all about supply and demand after all.

If I were into flipping comics, I'd probably find the best raw high grade copies that I could get right now, for the lowest price that I could, send them in to CGC or CBCS at the fastest grading tier possible, then sling them right back out on the market as soon as I got them back. I have a feeling that demand for this book won't last very long. In today's market, it never does.

Find a copy here
eBay - ComicLink - MyComicShop - ComicConnect