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September 2, 2014 / / Market Trends 9 Comments

Last updated on February 12th, 2015 at 04:15 pmHell Yeah! Another year and another Fan Expo attendance record. Big B Comics has set up at every Fan Expo so far giving us a behind the table view of this dramatic growth over these past two decades. I heard some comic dealers griping about how the show has changed, how it’s…

Both of this year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) offerings from Marvel Comics showcased The Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel’s FCBD editions were Rocket Raccoon and The Guardians of the Galaxy, both were designed to get fans all primed and excited for the upcoming Guardians movie, they were also two of the hotter selections at my shop at this year’s FCBD. I initially…

February 25, 2014 / / Market Trends 8 Comments

The weakening Canadian Dollar got me to thinking about the effect it is having, if any, on the back issue comic book market. Comic books are like oil in that they are traded in U.S. dollars. The price guide is quoted in U.S. dollars, almost all the big internet dealers are U.S. based and all the major comic auction sites are U.S. and prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Basically holding a comic collection is like holding U.S. dollars.…

Fan Expo is indeed upon us and I for one am looking forward to the event. Toronto’s Fan Expo has moved into the 100,000 attendees range putting the show up there with San Diego and New York which is a good thing in my book. This is a very big show, a very busy show with multiple pop culture genres…

Splash page from Batman #1 gets $660 on eBay. Details here. I got an email from a friend about this. My buddy thought this was crazy but I’m going to try to look at it from a different perspective. This torn out page is from Batman #1, Spring 1940. Batman #1 is most famous for introducing perhaps the greatest comic…

What are the key factors that drive demand and thus values in comics? What should be on your checklist when looking to invest in a comic book? Basic Economics 101 tells us it’s all about supply and demand and I of course agree. We all know high demand can make common books worth tons of money, look at new Mutants…

The Floating 9.2 Grade The 9.2 grade has become synonymous with a quality high grade comic. The 9.2 grade is the right most column in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. The 9.2 is the industry standard high grade. Over the years, especially in the CGC era, we’ve been conditioned to pay more if the book has a 9.4 or…

Comic book collectors and Walking Dead fans are abuzz after yesterday’s two record breaking sales of Walking Dead #1. Two CGC 9.9 copies of Walking Dead #1 were posted on eBay as of yesterday morning. One of the copies was ending at 11:24 AM PST and when the gavel fell it sold for a staggering $10,100. The auction was very…

September 27, 2012 / / Market Trends 7 Comments

I’ve been wondering lately; is the old price guide model of valuing comics based on where they fit in the numerical sequence out of date? Don’t tell me the guide doesn’t matter, most of us still buy off guide values, we feel all giddy when picking up that nice early issue off auction sites at 47% of guide. Maybe 47% guide…

First there was The Thanos Effect and now we have the Panel Effect? Last week at a San Diego Comic Con panel Marvel announced plans for a Summer 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy movie release. I quickly scanned the market activity around Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (their 1st appearance from Jan/69). A CGC grade 9.6 copy sold in January 2012 for…

After a long and hard fought Free Comic Book Day I went out and enjoyed the new Avengers movie at the local cinema. I was told to stay through the credits for a pleasant surprise so I did. To my delight I saw Thanos, all majestic atop an asteroid formulating Earth’s demise. On my way home it occurred to me,…

Are #1’s Overvalued? The very high end of the comic collecting world is crowded with character 1st appearances. Of the top 10 Golden Age comics 7 are 1st appearances of a character, same thing for the Silver Age 7 out of 10 while in the Bronze Age 6 out of the top 10 comics by Overstreet Price Guide value are…

The recent Billy Wright comic book auction set all kinds of price records and for me it confirmed a trend I’ve seen developing over the last couple of years. It seems we’re in a comic book Golden Age revival. There’s no real way of telling exactly when this trend started but I’d guess it got a kick start a couple of…

What is up with the new grading standards of CGC?  I mean why is it I used to be able to go though my long boxes and know, without a lot of guess work, that this book will not come back a 9.8, it’s a guaranteed fail?  Why am I buying freshly graded CGC books that are 9.8 with spine…

Last month quietly, without fanfare a second CGC 9.6 Amazing Fantasy #15 appeared on the CGC Census (CGC is of course the company that grades the comics out of 10, they keep a census on their website). What made this 2nd copy’s appearance even more noteworthy than it normally would have been is the fact that back March, 2011 the…

November 30, 2011 / / Market Trends 0 Comments

Last updated on December 16th, 2011 at 08:36 amWow! A CGC graded 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1 has sold on ComicConnect’s Event Auction for $2.161,000.00. This CGC 9.0 copy has a Cream to Off-White page designation and is the highest CGC graded copy that exists. If you’ll recall a CGC 8.5 graded copy sold for $1.5 million over a…

Our shop sells a good amount of vintage comics. Sales seem to be concentrated at the comic conventions but the odd sale here and the odd sale there at the shop do add up to a respectable figure by the end of the year. We have a sister store in Barrie, Ontario called Blue Beetle Comics and for some reason…

I just received an email from ComicLink highlighting their inclusion of a CGC 9.9 copy of Iron Man #1 for their November auction. Wow, now that is an impressive book. I jumped on their site to read up on the book and found some very interesting data. According to the write up over 300,000 1960’s comics have been graded by…

It’s been busy in the shop today, really busy. I have never seen so many people buy “one of each”. There were 13 new DC #1s today (the 1st wave of this month’s 52 new titles basically re-launching the whole DC Universe) and they’ve literally been flying off the shelves. We were one of the luckier stores, ordering heavily on…

Now I have no idea what it says in the CGC grading manual so this will be my opinion only, totally based on me having absolutely no facts! All I will go on is the many discrepancies in grade I’ve seen with my own eyes. These of course would be discrepancies in my eyes but maybe not in yours. I’m…