The April Focused auction has just ended on ComicLink. It is being said that the Marvel keys are retreating in value a bit, escpecially in the mid grades. Let’s look at the results and find out for ourselves.

Fantastic Four #1, Marvel Comics, (11/61)

Graded by CGC at 7.0 with White pages sold on ComicLink for $16,051.00 on ComicLink on April 21st. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 7.0 is $10,750.00. According to last GPA a 7.0 sold in 2008 for $15,350.00 It was a sharp looking book and the White pages brought a heavy 62 bids. The book has gone up since the last recorded sale 2 years ago. I think the book may have earned even more had it went up a month ago. Advantage buyer.

Amazing Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics (3/63)

Graded by CGC at 3.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold for $2,000.00 on ComicLink on April 20th. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 3.0 is $2,062.50. According to GPA the 12 month average for this grade was $2,292.00 and the last sale before this one was for $2,000.00 back in December 2009. This looks to be a 10% retreat in vaule that may be attributed to the poor page quality. Advantage buyer at picking up a graded Amazing Spider-Man #1 at below guide value.

Avengers #1, Marvel Comics (9/63)

Graded by CGC at 7.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold for $4,200.00 on ComicLink on April 20th. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 7.0 is $$2,124.00. According to GPA in 2009 the average price realized for this grade was $6,036.00 and for the last 12 months that had fallen to $5,513.00. The last sale prior to this one was in March 2010 and it sold for $4,300.00.  The 7.0s have been coming down quite dramatically for Avengers #1. Values have dropped 30% from their high. I still like the book in a 7.0 and it is still trading at double guide. The value should level off around here as the guide value will surely increase and interest in the title will continue to climb towards the Avengers movie release. Advantage buyer as a long term investment.

Incredible Hulk #1, Marvel Comics (5/62)

Graded by CGC at 3.0 with Off White pages sold on ComicLink for $2,100.00 on April 21st. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 3.0 is $1,500.00. The 12 month average according to GPA was $2,170.00 and the last sale in March 2010 realized $2,000.00. The price has bounced up and down within a very narrow margin and close to the 12 month average. Hulk #1 is holding its value very well in this grade. Neutral.

X-Men #1, Marvel Comics (9/63)

Graded by CGC at 5.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold on ComicLink for $1,712.00 on April 22nd Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 5.0 is $1,937.50. According to GPA the 12 month average was $1,808.00 while the last sale in March 2010 fetched $1,900.00. There’s always been a disconnect with X-Men #1 and the current popularity of the X-Men and that has hurt the comic’s value relative to the other Marvel keys. It is trading at about 90% of guide in this grade which is not bad. A solid 5.0 of this book should settle in the $2,000.00 range. Advantage buyer.

There’s no major retreat in the value of the Marvel keys as far as I can tell. Some minor corrections are taking place but over all things are looking pretty stable.

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Price Guide Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada