These last several weeks has seen a prominence of certain unique trends in the collector and speculator market. Others including myself have noticed increasing demand on later prints of back issue keys and recent/current #1's.
Some notables are subsequent prints of Superman Man of Steel #18 (1st app. of Doomsday). 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th prints are all selling higher than the 1st print of this key ($35-$300).
The other that immediately comes to mind is Incredible Hulk #377. The 3rd printing of the classic/iconic Dale Keown cover is selling well over $120.A recent 4th print heating up was that of Sex Criminal #1 (photo variant). Fetching $20 easily or more upon release, but has since cooled down to around $10-15.
Although I do see a demand for these later print books, I personally don't pick them on two principles. First, its hard to predict which subsequent prints will be sought after in the after market. Many books have subsequent lower 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th prints, and rarely ever see after market demand. To me, it seems some groups just drive up demand for a book for no apparent reason other than the easy go to, 'it has a lower print'. Mind you, I just didn't drop into this business yesterday, and I have seen it all. From exclusive holograms, to limited foils, to special bags, to certficates of authenticity, to ashcan versions, limited editions etc etc. Another such 'fad' to me, are these price pushes for lower print later prints.
It really doesn't make any sense why a 3rd print Hulk #377 with an ugly 'dull' green cover is in such demand, despite its low print run. Personally, I don't see long term demand for later prints of ANY book, and hold them just as a 'micro second' fad. Honestly, why would anyone want a 3rd, 4th print book, when the first print is THE one to get (ie. first off the presses). People historically/traditionally have always gone for the 'first this, and first that' not the '3rd version of this or the 4th version of that'.This temporary market trend may not last, and as an advice I suggest not get sucked into this. Make educated speculations and better investment decisions. Although if my forte (from the very beginning I'd started this blog) is speculating on the 'budget' book (never having you spend too much on any of my picks), I still preach logical decisions. After all, it is still your hard earned money, and you shouldn't get duped no matter how little/ much you pay for a particular item.
That being said, if you do see a 'snot green' 3rd print Hulk #377 for cover price/ a few bucks over cover, don't leave it behind. Right now, you can make a quick easy flip for the temporary market demand!
As is it a SLOW WEEK, I just wanted to get that off my chest. Now let's get to the fun stuff....:-)
IN MY CONSTANT QUEST TO GET YOU THE MOST RECENT SPECULATOR INFO (IN ADDITION TO MY WEEKLY IN-DEPTH BLOG COLUMNS) I THOUGHT I'D SHOOT OUT SOME RECENT BOOKS WORTH GRABBING CHEAP IF YOU CAN FIND THEM. HERE ARE SOME DAKOIT QUICK PICKS TO GRAB AT THE STORE THIS WEEK, SOME ARE OLDER AND SOME ARE NEW!
THIS WEEK IS SO SLOW, THAT I'VE DECIDED TO INCLUDE MORE PAST RELEASE COMICS WORTH GRABBING FAST CHEAP!
1. Black Science #3 (Image)
Releasing: January 28th 2014
WHY? Black Science #1 sold out (now $8.00 on Ebay) , Black Science #2 lower print/under ordered & sold out, heating up now ($12.00 on Ebay). 3rd print will be lower ordered than the first two issues. Great story so far, great creative team (Remender-)
Ghost In The Shell #1, in VF/NM copies are now on Ebay for $7.50-$16.00. I would suggest first go hunting for one at your LCS to see if you can find one in high grade for way less. GITS#1 was hugely popular in the late nineties as the manga invasion made its way into US markets. Dark Horse decided to adapt the legendary Masamune Shirow's anime series into a comic book limited series. Make sure you get the #1 issue of the first limited series. Dark horse had subsequently released one more limited series called GITS: Man-Machine Interface that ISN'T the one to get. The book has a low print run, and was hot for a brief while in the 90's reaching upwards of $50 bucks, but has since cooled all the way down. It may see it's day once again. Get the book now.
With CNN getting on Escape From Jesus Island #1, this will get national media attention- watch the pitchforks and witch-hunt begin while flipping this scarce book for a heck of cash. Current Ebay prices are $7.99- 16.99, pretty easy to attain. Grab 1-2 copies while they last.
Until Next week...