MOST VALUABLE MODERN VARIANTS - THE RANKINGS
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #12 1 Million Variant (specifically the Sara Richard cover) or does this one not count cause you don't own it so you can't pimp it out?

 

Stop pushing your "bronie" agenda

 

Tell him all you want it's like beating a dead horse pony.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #12 1 Million Variant (specifically the Sara Richard cover) or does this one not count cause you don't own it so you can't pimp it out?

 

Stop pushing your "bronie" agenda

 

Tell him all you want it's like beating a dead horse pony.

 

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Do the Book Market Variants fall into this category? Or does the 1st print label apply. Some of those are exceptionally difficult to find.

 

hm That's interesting. I don't think those are technically first prints.

 

Are there even any that sell for at least $1000 on the regular in a 9.8?

 

-J.

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How about Spawn 185 sketch.

 

Yep. Good call. That definitely needs to be dropped into the Dirty Dozen. (thumbs u

 

I will update the list a little later.

 

-J.

 

 

I was just about to post that one...

 

Only 60-90 copies in the wild and the last few sales of graded 9.8s have topped out at well past $3K. Only seven copies at 9.8 on the census and that number has stayed the same for years. I think all the copies in great shape have already been graded so we're not likely to see anymore.

 

Rarely comes up for sale and when it does it's usually raw and around the fine to very fine range.

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How about Spawn 185 sketch.

 

Yep. Good call. That definitely needs to be dropped into the Dirty Dozen. (thumbs u

 

I will update the list a little later.

 

-J.

 

 

Indeed, it used to be on my list to get, but I dropped it because I've never even seen one online evar.

 

 

Jerome

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How about Spawn 185 sketch.

 

Yep. Good call. That definitely needs to be dropped into the Dirty Dozen. (thumbs u

 

I will update the list a little later.

 

-J.

 

 

Indeed, it used to be on my list to get, but I dropped it because I've never even seen one online evar.

 

 

Jerome

 

Here is a copy of mine. Barring some financial catastrophe, I will never sell.

 

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Do the Book Market Variants fall into this category? Or does the 1st print label apply. Some of those are exceptionally difficult to find.

 

hm That's interesting. I don't think those are technically first prints.

 

Are there even any that sell for at least $1000 on the regular in a 9.8?

 

-J.

 

Its a good question, my copy I sold was a F- 5.5 and I sold it for $160.00 prolly could have gotten more. (I had almost nothing in it)

 

Ive never seen a NM copy and have only seen one copy in person. One seller is selling VF copies for $200-250

 

Unsure what a NM copy would bring maybe $450 or so.

 

 

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Okay gents after double checking GPA here is the updated Dirty Dozen:

 

 

 

#12- Amazing Spider-Man #688, J. Scott Campbell (2012)- Did you really think we'd get very far on this list without seeing a JSC? Typically known for his pin-up work, this cover by him is actually kind of scary, and has broken $1500 in a 9.8 as the folks who missed it when it first came out (or did not even realize it was a JSC cover) scramble to add it to their collections before it moves even further up the list.

 

#11- Amazing Spider-Man #700, Ditko (2013)- A ridiculous 1:200 ratio made this ridiculously expensive right out the gate, with some SS copies skyrocketing as high as $4000 upon its initial release. It has since settled down, but a recent uptick in prices, coupled with the strength of its past sales earns this the #10 spot.

 

#10- X-23 #1, Dell'Otto (2010)- Another great and hot artist lodges his first cover here. Combined with the fact that X-23 may be Marvel's hottest female character right now, a rumoured movie appearance, and a breath-taking cover, and you have a book that has been fetching $1300+ in a 9.8 and $600+ raw.

 

#9- Saga #1 RRP (2012)- Image's premier issue of its second best selling title gets the nod here. A signed copy has gone for as much as $1900, and its cult status should keep this book held in high regard for years to come.

 

#8- Walking Dead #100, Lucille/Red Foil Editions (2012)- The introduction of the iconic Negan in these crazy- rare issues has some people paying as much as $1800 for a 9.8 since word first leaked that he would (finally) be making his appearance in the show. Depending on how they ultimately end up depicting him there, these books could easily move up the list!

 

#7- Siege #3, J. Scott Campbell (2010)- A bizarre retailer incentive that involved destroying other comic books, a super hot artist, and one of Marvel's most trendy characters flossing on the cover are the perfect recipe to catapult this book to $2000+ in a 9.8.

 

#6- Spawn #185, Sketch (2008)- One of Image's original and longest running titles checks in here with its most valuable RI variant to date. Clocking in at $2750 the last time a 9.8 copy came up for sale publicly, the scant census numbers should keep rare variant chasers on their heels and this book in high value and esteem for the foreseeable future. Shout out to Topnotchman for pointing this awesome book out.

 

#5- Batman #608 RRP (2002)- The granddaddy of the RRP's (and possibly all modern variants) makes the top 5. And why not? It's Batman, a first appearance of a new villain, and Part One of a story line that put the Batman title back on top. Oh yeah, and it has Jim Lee art. With prices at well over $3,000 for 9.8's and copies seeming to have disappeared into personal collections, don't expect to get this one on the cheap ever again (if you can even find one).

 

#4- Uncanny X-Men #510 Partial Sketch Cover, J. Scott Campbell (2009)- Without a doubt the most valuable and hard to find convention book out there, 9.6 copies of these have sold for $2800, and only proves once again that Campbell + crazy rarity + beautiful pin-up art = salivating fans and $$$. All things considered, it wouldn't take much for this book to jump up higher on this list.

 

#3- Wolverine #1, J. Scott Campbell (2010)- Yet another JSC cover, this one his best, lands at #3. Featuring a stocky Wolverine bulging out of Deadpool's costume, this book easily commands $3k+ in a 9.8 and is very strong in all down grades, as well as raw. It was another "destroy comics" incentive to retailers, an incentive that was so derided in the industry that it has yet to be repeated, but resulted in a book with a very low print run and insatiable demand. It was the uber-high sales prices of this book a couple of years ago that really got the JSC train going at 100 miles per hour, and if it ever stops chugging along, people will still be paying big money for this book.

 

#2- Amazing Spider-Man #678 (2012)- This now classic and oft-reprinted and homaged cover features Mary Jane in mid-possession by the alien symbiote known as Venom. Its character mash-up and spoof elements made it an instant hit right out of the gate and it never looked back. A 1:50 variant released when ASM sales were barely cracking 50,000, this book has gone for $3500 in a 9.8 (on the rare occasion they're offered), and still breaks $1000 in an 8.5! Raw copies routinely break $1000 and its scarcity on the market, its "modern grail" status, and presence in the ASM run should keep it at the top of this list for a very long time.

 

 

 

#1- Amazing Spider-Man #667, Dell'Otto (2011)- Really? Like, what else was it going to be? We're talking about a book that sells in raw, 8.0'ish condition for $2500. Possibly one of the rarest books of all in the entire ASM run, this book is a completionist's nightmare, and a rare variant hunter's wet dream. Hardly ever offered for sale, in any condition, there have been rumours and reports that as few as ~200 of these were produced. Whether this is true or not, however few copies there are seem to have already disappeared into permanent collections, and it is a veritable feeding frenzy when a copy does find its way to market. If there is such a thing as "Golden Age rarity" in the Modern Age (whether that rarity is "manufactured" or not), the ASM 667 Dell'Otto has it, and at this rate, there could easily come a time when years go by without a copy seeing the light of day.

 

 

***Waiting in the Wings*** Batman #1, Sketch (2011), Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat #1, J. Scott Campbell (2010), Uncanny X-Force #20, Venom Variant (2012).

 

-J.

 

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very helpful list

I must admit I need to learn a lot more about modern variants, you always get them in bought collections and it's often dificult to know what's what, even by checking completed

 

could we please have pics underneath each entry, even if you crib them from the web?

thanks :)

 

 

 

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sorry my other question, which could well by stupid / obvious

 

I see a lot of 1:200, 1:500 etc notations these days

 

Do you guys know what the overall print runs actually are to determine relative scarcity?

Secondly, how, other than the publishers word, do you know the ratio is accurate?

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sorry my other question, which could well by stupid / obvious

 

I see a lot of 1:200, 1:500 etc notations these days

 

Do you guys know what the overall print runs actually are to determine relative scarcity?

Secondly, how, other than the publishers word, do you know the ratio is accurate?

 

Oh boy.

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sorry my other question, which could well by stupid / obvious

 

I see a lot of 1:200, 1:500 etc notations these days

 

Do you guys know what the overall print runs actually are to determine relative scarcity?

Secondly, how, other than the publishers word, do you know the ratio is accurate?

 

Oh boy.

 

Aren't we right around that two weeks?

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sorry my other question, which could well by stupid / obvious

 

I see a lot of 1:200, 1:500 etc notations these days

 

Do you guys know what the overall print runs actually are to determine relative scarcity?

Secondly, how, other than the publishers word, do you know the ratio is accurate?

 

Oh boy.

 

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sorry my other question, which could well by stupid / obvious

 

I see a lot of 1:200, 1:500 etc notations these days

 

Do you guys know what the overall print runs actually are to determine relative scarcity?

Secondly, how, other than the publishers word, do you know the ratio is accurate?

 

Print run estimates for the variants are little more than conjecture (as you imply, there is nothing other than publishers word and it is debatable if they even really give that...plus there are other issues with accuracy), so when talking value there is some hesitancy in linking the two as print run is conjecture while values that issues have sold for is much more concrete (although never all inclusive).

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