Market Trends – Movie Later, Cash Now

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 a solid $1179 (the 9.2 guide value is $115). Copies at auction have been sparse since the movie news broke but I did find two.

Another CGC 9.6 just sold a few days after the movie announcement for a tidy $1800. Boy I bet the guy that sold in January feels good about that!

The second copy I found is still active as of this post, it’s an eBay listing of a CGC 7.0 copy and it’s at $202 with 2 days left which is pretty darn good when you consider the last CGC 7.0 copy that sold in January 2012 sold for $22!

I checked the the Big B Comics stock and found that we had 2 copies out for sale. They’ve since been pulled and are now in the back room awaiting a “price re-evaluation”.

Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

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

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Charlie
Charlie
11 years ago

I’ve got a mid grade copy as part of an MSH run. Walt, do I break up the run and cash out now, or in 2014… or do I let it ride for a sweet retirement?

Are you watching CL? NM#98 currently at $4 bills! This book is hot… I’d rather stock up on this as a pure speculative play… agree?

SREW
SREW
11 years ago

The other book that is suddenly tough to find is Incredible Hulk #271 – according to CGC the first appearance of rocket raccoon. There seems to be some dispute over this, because the character appears in a slightly different form (he’s English) in Marvel Preview #7, the series in which Star-Lord also debuted. In any case I expect all the first appearances of the assorted Guardians of the Galaxy will become hot.

wondermarq
wondermarq
11 years ago

I was wondering too if I should cash in now or wait till 2014. The minute I heard rumors of GotG movie I was able to find for really cheap two MSH #18’s mid and high grade, two high grade Hulk #271, two Marvel Preview #4 (first Star-Lord), a Marvel Preview #7 (first Rocket Raccoon) and several GotG vol. 2 #1s. To test the waters I sold one MSH #18 and a GotG #1 on ebay for $170. I think it’s all hype right now from SDCC. As tempting as it is to cash in now, I think I’m going to wait till we get an actual Guardians trailer or a post-credits scene. Then I’ll cash in from the hype and maybe buy myself a NM #98. lol

Charlie
Charlie
11 years ago

I do love variety books like Marvel Super Heroes. I wish Marvel would produce one of these in the traditional square bound newsprint format (keep it cheap and cheerful). It’d be a great opportunity to experiment and try out new characters… without making big promises or commitments.

I was collecting DHP but it looks too slick… and at $7.99, way too expensive for a monthly.