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Mid-February Listings

Hello OCers,

It has been almost 4 months since our last post following the trends, but we are back for now. This time I will list only 10 that I think is standing out in the marketplace. Let’s begin:

1) This is probably the strangest one out there and it isn’t even a comic… Deadpool 1991 Marvel Universe X-Force #1 rookie card (PSA 10) $4000.00 (eBay 2/09/21) Note – This card can be found with the bagged copy of X-Force #1, so take a look to see if you have it in your collection.

2) X-Men #3 (1964) 1st app. of the Blob (CGC 8.0) $1,900.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

3) Amazing Spider-man #1 (1963, CGC 1.5) $6000.88 (eBay 2/11/21)

4) X-men #14 (1st app. of the Sentinels, CGC 5.5) $766.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

5) X-men #1 (1963, 1st Apperance of X-Men, CGC 5.0) $15,995.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

6) Amazing Spider-man #129 (1st app. Punisher, Jackal, CGC 9.2) $3,900.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

7) Journey Into Mystery #88 (Early Loki, CGC 9.2) $3,300.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

8) Akira #1 (1st American App of Kaneka & Tetsuo, CGC 9.8) $1,995.00 (eBay 2/11/21)

9) X-Men #129 (1st app Kitty Pryde & White Queen (Emma Frost), CGC 9.8) $3,150.00 (eBay 2/07/21)

10) Incredible Hulk #181 (1st full app of Wolverine, CGC 8.5) $6,500.00 (eBay 2/5/21)

O.K, I will keep my eye open and continue to watch what is going on. Hope you enjoyed…, now pick up your jaw. Out!

(February 11, 2021)

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Happy Easter, Beginning of April Trends

Happy Easter and welcome to the first week of April. I promise thier will be no April fools listings in this post. So let’s get straight to it…

  • Vampirella #1 (Warren Pub. 1969, CGC 7.5, Origin & 1st app. Vampirella) $1,499.00 (3/14/21)
  • Ultimate Fallout #4 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. Miles Morales) $3,199.00
  • Marvel Spotlight #32 (CGC 9.8, 1st Spider-Woman) $2,500.00 (3/12/21)
  • Hawkman #4 (CGC 7.5, 1st app. Zatanna, 1964) $1,811.00 (3/14/21)
  • Sub-Mariner #1 (CGC 9.6, 1968) $4,400.00 (3/13/21)
  • Savage Tales #1 (CGC 9.6, 1st app. Man-Thing) $3,200.00 (3/13/21)
  • Thor #337 (CGC 9.8, 1983, 1st app. Beta Ray Bill) $1,000.00 (3/13/21)
  • Captain America #117 (CGC 9.4, 1969, 1st Falcon) $3,500.00 (3/13/21)
  • Young Avengers #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st Kate Bishop, 2005) $749.95 (3/14/21)
  • Jungle Action #6 (CGC 9.2, 1st Killmonger, 1973) $1,050.00 (3/13/21)
  • Caliber Presents #1 (1st Crow, CGC 9.8) $2,100.00 (3/14/21)
  • Tales of Suspense #52 (1964, 1st app. Black Widow) $1,800.00 (3/14/21)
  • Journey Into Mystery #84 (1962, CGC 7.0, 1st Jane Foster) $3,300.00 (3/14/21)
  • X-Men 34 (CGC 9.8, Newsstand Edition, 1st Omega Red) $610.00 (3/14/21)
  • Avengers #57 (CGC 9.0, 1st Silver age The Vision) $2,009.00 (3/14/21)
  • Marvel Spotlight #28 (CGC 9.6, 1st solo Moon Knight) $799.00 (3/15/21)
  • X-Men #3 (CGC 9.5, 1st Blob) $3,450.00 (3/15/21)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #316 (Venom cover, CGC 9.8) $1,450.00 (3/15/21)
  • Ultimate Fallout #4 (CGC 9.6, 1st Miles Morales Djurdjevic Variant) $9,200.00 (3/17/21)
  • New Mutants Annual #2 (1st U.S. app Psylocke, 1986) $1,199.99 (3/15/21)
  • Uncanny X-Men #141 (CGC 9.8, 1981, 1st app Rachel) $2,499.99 (3/16/21)
  • Mighty Marvel Value Stamp Book (1974, Complete with all stamps) $1,125.00 (3/16/21)
  • Uncanny X-Men #133 (CGC 9.8, 1st Wolverines solo story) $1,750.00 (3/16/21)
  • Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (CGC 9.4, 1st app Spider-Gwen, 1st Printing) $2,500.00 (3/21/21)
  • Albedo Anthrophomorpics #2 (1984, CGC 6.5) $5,900.00 (3/16/21)
  • TMNT #1 (CGC 9.8, 3rd Printing) $5.999.99 (3/16/21)
  • Cerebus the Aardvark, Dave Sim #1 (VF) $1,400.00 (3/16/21)
  • Fantastic Four #49 (CGC 7.0, 1st Silver Surfer and Galactus) $3,400.00 (3/16/21)
  • Avengers #196 (CGC 9.8, 1st app Taskmaster) $2,499.00 (3/16/21)
  • Eternals #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st app Eternals, Jack Kirby) $2,900.00 (3/16/21)
  • Journey Into Mystery #85 (CGC 2.5, 1st Loki, Odin, Heimdall) $2,999.99 (3/16/21)
  • TMNT Adventures 31 (CGC 9.8, News stand rare) $3,999.99 (3/16/21)
  • Silver Surfer #1 (CGC 9.2, 1968) $12,000.00 (3/26/21)
  • Fantastic Four #48 (CGC 8.0, 1st Silver Surfer) $7,950.00 (3/16/21)
  • Werewolf by night #32 (CGC 8.5, Moon Knight) $3,051.00 ebay (3/19/21)
  • House of Secrets #92 (CGC 5.5, 1st Swamp Thing) $1,275.00 (3/19/21)
  • Tales of Suspense #57 (CGC 5.5, 1st Hawkeye) $1,200.00 (3/18/21)
  • Avengers #48 (CGC 9.6, Black Knight) $5,800.00 (3/17/21)
  • Batman #423 (CGC 9.8, 1988, 1st Print, Todd McFarlane Cover) $1,725.00 (3/7/21)
  • Vampirella #1 (CGC 9.0, 1st Print Warren, 1969) $2,945.00 (3/21/21)
  • Star Wars #1 (CGC 9.8, 1977) $7,259.00 (3/21/21)
  • X-Men #1 (CGC 6.0, 1963) $39,999.99 (ebay, 3/27/21)
  • Iron Man #282 (CGC 9.8, 1st War Machine) 1,125.00 CAD (3/21/21)
  • Fantastic Four #3 (1st Costumes, 1st app Miracle Man, 1962, CGC 6.0) $3,200.00 (3/20/21)
  • X-Men #4 (CGC 9.8, 2nd Series, Newsstand) $750.00 (3/22/21)
  • Star Wars Return of the Jedi #1 (CGc 9.8, 1st Slave Leia) $400.00 (3/22/21)
  • Giant-Size X-Men (CGC 9.8/9.6/8.0, 1st new X-men) $67,900.00/$18,250.00/$7,850.00
  • X-Men #94 (1975, CGC 9.8) $41,000.00
  • NYX #3 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. X-23 Laura Kinney, 2004) $1,500.00
  • Batman #227 (CGC 8.5, Neal Adams) $1,232.02

Enjoy your families, and stay safe.

T. Thomas

Outpost Comics

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End of March (Part 1)

March is coming to a close and our economy is changing, will the trends change as well? As a collector, I hope not! But reality says we might see a slow as people get back to work and funds are become scarce. For now here is what is going on:

  • Moon Knight #1 (CGC 9.8, Bill Sienkiewicz Incentive Variant, 2014) (3/6/21) ebay
  • Fantastic Four #52 (1st app. Black Panther, CGC 8.5) $4,999.00 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Amazing Spider-Man #101 (CGC 9.0, 1st app. of Morbius) $2,500.00 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Tribe #1 (CGC 9.9, 1993, Image Comics Gold Foil Embossed Cover A) $4699.99 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Marvel Spotlight #5 (CGC 8.0, 1973) $4,139.00 (3/9/21) ebay
  • Ghost Rider V2 #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st Dan Ketch, 1st Deathwatch, 1990) $424.99 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Giant-Size Defenders #3 (CGC 9.0, 1st app of Korvac) $599.99 (3/7/21) ebay
  • White Tiger #1 (2007, CGC 9.8, Tough White Cover) $300.00 (3/7/21) ebay
  • Vampirella #1 (Warren Publishin, 1969 CGC 6.5, 1st app Vampirella) $959.00 (3/7/21) ebay
  • Strange Tales #169 (CGC 9.6, 1st app of Brother Voodoo) $3,350.00 (3/6/21) ebay
  • X-Men #121 (CGC 9.8, 1st full Alpha Flight) $1,602.00 (3/7/21) ebay
  • Ultimate Fallout #4 (1st printing, CGC 9.8) $3,155.00 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Marvel Preview #21 (CGC 9.8, Moon Knight Story) $1,124.99 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (CGC 9.8, 1st Monica Rambeau) $1,200.00 (3/6/21) ebay
  • Incredible Hulk #181 (CGC 9.2, 1st Wolverine) $15,000.00 (3/16/21) ebay
  • Batman #181 (1st Poison Ivy, CGC 6.5) $1,401.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  • Captain America #6 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. Winter Soldier) $765.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  • Marvel Spotlight #4 (CGC 9.2, 1st Darkhold, 3rd Werewolf) $675.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  • Transformers #1 (1984, CGC 9.8, 1st Printing) $2,800.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  • X-Men #49 (CGC 9.4, 1st app. Polaris, Beast Origin) $1,750.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  • Marvel Chillers 31 (CGC 9.8, 1st Mordred Mystic, Darkhold Wandavision villain) $2,699.99 (3/9/21) ebay
  • Amazing Spider-Man #31 (CGC 8.5, 1st app Gwen Stacey & Harry Osborn, 1965) $1,650.00 (3/9/21) ebay
  • Dark Horse Presents #10 (1987, 1st app of Mask aka Masque, CGC 9.8) $600.00 (3/10/21) ebay
  • Giant Size X-Men #1 (2nd app Wolverine) $5,100.00 (3/14/21) ebay
  • Amazing Spider-Man #129 (CGC 9.2, 1st Punisher) $4,900.00 (3/10/21) ebay
  • X-Men #12 (CGC 8.0) $3,550.00 (3/10/21)
  • Avengers #144 (CGC 9.8, 1976, 1st app. Patsy Walker as Hellcat) $1,999.99 (3/11/21)
  • Special Marvel Edition #15 (CGC 9.6, 1st Shang-Chi/Tak/Si-Fan Assassins) $3,787.50 (3/11/21)
  • Spawn #9 (Newsstand Variant, CGC 9.8, 1993, 1st Angela) $1,412.00 (3/12/21)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #252 (CGC 9.8) $2,207.00 (3/14/21)
  • X-Men #94 (CGC 8.5, New Team, 2nd app. of New X-Men, 1975) 2,200.00 (3/12/21)

That’s it for now. I will have one more listing before the end of the month. Enjoy,

T. Thomas

Outpost Comics

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DC Comics Movies & TV (March 2021)

DC Comics Movies & TV

The talk of the town is Zack Snyder’s Justice League (although the Justice League movie was a bust), social media is all the buzz for this version. Also, the movie has glimpses of Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern. (you can find the article here – https://www.superherohype.com/movies/494607-first-zack-snyders-justice-league-reactions-praise-it-as-epic).

The Batman movie has finished filming and is scheduled to be in theaters March 4, 2022, according to Matt Reeves on instagram.

The Suicide Squad is back for the big screen with a new look for Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) which is slated for August 6, 2021 and HBO Max. This movie will add additional characters to the squad, like Peacemaker (John Cena), Bloodsport, and Captain Boomerang. Talk about bring back some of the classic villians and anti-heroes (you can find the article here – https://www.comicbookmovie.com/suicide_squad/the_suicide_squad/the-suicide-squad-leaked-promo-art-reveals-a-new-look-at-margot-robbie-as-harley-quinn-a183187#gs.vonqzf)

Grab your Batgirl and Zatanna comics and put them to the side! DC Films president let it slip that there is a possiblity of a Batgirl and Static Shock (I didn’t mention him but we knew it was coming) coming. (you can find the article here – https://www.superherohype.com/movies/494517-batgirl-and-zatanna-are-officially-coming-to-hbo-max)

HBO Max orders season 3 of Doom Partrol with the addition of Michelle Gomez as Madame Rouge.

HBO Max will may also start filming Green Lantern series in April 2021.

You can get a look at Blackfire in costume for Titans season 3 (coming soon). Starfire will also get a new look this season. (you can find the article here – https://www.superherohype.com/tv/493786-hbo-max-reveals-the-first-look-at-blackfires-new-suit-for-titans-season-3)

Outpost Comics

T. Thomas

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Comic sales trends (3/15/21)

At some point, I am enjoying the movement of my favorite hobby. First with the introduction to the newer generation, the heroes and comics that an ol’ guy like me grew up with. Although, my son doesn’t enjoy the comics as much as me, but does enjoy the movies. Now, the 2020’s are showing some record breaking prices (and making hard for the “average joe”, like myself to fill in the gaps in my collection without breaking the bank). So let’s begin:

  • Batman Beyond #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st app of Terry McGinnis) $2,549.00 (2/27/21)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984, CGC 9.8 1st Black Costume) $1,825.00 (3/3/21)
  • Daredevil #7 (CGC 8.5) $1,475.00
  • X-Men #4 (1964, CGC 8.5 1st app. Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, 2nd Magneto) $13,000.00 (3/4/21)
  • Nova #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. of Nova) $1,780.00 (2/25/21)
  • Vengeance #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. Miss America Chavez, Variant) $2,626.00 (2/27/21)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (CGC 9.2, Mirage 1984, 1st print) $27,000.00 (2/27/21)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #100 (CGC 9.6, 100th Anniversary) $1,699.99 (2/27/21)
  • Silver Surfer #3 (CGC 9.6, 1st app. Mephisto) $15,950.00 (2/27/21)
  • Captain Marvel #31 (1989, 1st Monica Rambeau Solo, CGC 9.8) $773.43 (2/28/21)
  • Final Crisis #7 (2009, CGC 9.8, 1st Calivn Ellis) $600.00 (2/28/21)
  • Vision #1 (1:25 Sook Variant, 1st Virginia, Vin & Viv, CGC 9.8) $1,259.00 (2/28/21)
  • Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (CGC 9.4, 1967, 1st Captain Marvel) $1,350.00 (2/28/21)
  • Werewolf by Night #32 (CGC 9.6, 1975, 1st app. of Moon Knight) $12,300.00 (2/28/21)
  • Marvel Team-Up #141 (CGC 9.8, Ties into ASM 252, 1st Black Suit) $2,000.00 (3/1/21)
  • Razor Annual #1 (CGC 9.6, 1st app. Shi, 1993) $275.00 (3/1/21)
  • Star Wars #1 (CGC 8.5, 1977) $10,999.99 (3/3/21, ebay)
  • Silver Surfer #1 (CGC 9.0) $6,400.00 (3/3/21) eBay
  • New Mutants #98 (CGC 9.8, First Deadpool, 1991) $3,400.00 (3/4/21)
  • Incredible Hulk #180 (1974, CGC 8.5, 1st Cameo app. of Wolverine) $2,611.00 (3/12/21) ebay
  • Marvel Super Special #16 (1980, CGC 9.8, 1st true app. Boba Fett, Lando, Yoda) $3,999.99 (3/4/21) ebay
  • Captain America #117 (CGC 9.0, 1st app Falcon) $2,800.00 (3/3/21) ebay
  • Ultimate Fallout #4 (CGC 9.8, WP – Djurdjevic Variant, 1st Miles Morales – Grail) $20,000.00 CAD (3/5/21) ebay
  • Sentry #1 (CGC 9.8, 2000, 1st Sentry/Jae Lee Variant cover) $750.00 (3/7/21) ebay
  • Fantastic Four #48 (CGC 7.0, 1st app. Silver Surfer and Galactus) $4,100.00 (3/8/21) ebay

Seeing most of these prices, you now understand my “average joe” comment. Well, enjoy and keep collecting.

Outpost Comics

T. Thomas

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February/March 2021 Trends

It is strange how during this time, when we are locked in our homes from COVID, the Pop culture (expecially Comics) is blooming. I haven’t seen this much cash exchange hands for collectibles in a long time, but I am not complaining. I love comics and want to see more collectors jump on board. Anyhow, let take a looks at what’s happenning out there:

  1. Marvel Spotlight #5 (CGC 8.5, 1st Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider) $5,000.00
  2. Batman Adventures #12 (CGC 9.8) $3,200.00
  3. Micronauts #8 (CGC 9.8, 1st Captain Universe) $669.99
  4. Sandman #8 (DC Vertigo Comics, 1989, 1st Death, CGC 9.8) $1,099.99
  5. Amazing Spider-Man #129 (CGC 9.4, 1st Punisher) $4,900.00 (3/3/21) eBay
  6. Giant-Size X-Men #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st New X-Men, 2nd full Wolverine) $34,999.00 (3/8/21) ebay
  7. Ultimate Fallout #4 (Djurdjevic 1:25 Variant, CGC 9.2, 1st Miles Morales) $2,550.00
  8. Captain Marvel v2 #1 (CGC 9.8, Monica Rambeau, Newstand) $500.95 (2/23/21)
  9. Amazing Spiderman #238 (CGC 9.8, 1st Hobgoblin app.) $4,100.00 (2/23/21)
  10. Incredible Hulk #271 (CGC 9.8, App. Rocket Raccon) $1499.99 (3/8/21)
  11. Amazing Spiderman #3 (CGC 6.5, 1st Doctor Octopus) $6,000.00 (2/24/21)
  12. X-Men 129 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. of Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost) $4,900.00 (3/1/21)
  13. West Coast Avengers #45 (CGC 9.8, 1st app. of White Vision) $1,499.95 (2/26/21)
  14. Sunfire & Big Hero #6 (CGC 9.9, 1st Baymax & Honey Lemon) $515.00 (2/25/21)
  15. Sandman #1 (1st Morpheus/Dream App. Neil Gaiman, CGC 9.8) $1,450.00 (2/25/21)
  16. Invaders #7 (1st app. Baron Blood & Union Jack, 1976, CGC 9.4) $250.00 (2/25/21)
  17. Star Wars 32 (1977, CGC 9.6, 1st Hans Solo) $930.00
  18. Marvel Chillers #1 (CGC 9.6, 1975, 1st Modred the Mystic) $660.00 (3/8/21)
  19. Fantastic Four Annual #2 (CGC 7.0, Origin Dr. Doom) $1,075.00 (2/26/21)
  20. X-Men #94 (CGC 9.4, 1st New Team 2nd Storm, Colossus) $4,999.95 (3/6/21)
  21. Infinite Crisis #5 (CGC 9.8, 1st app of New Blue Beetle) $499.95 (2/26/21)
  22. Invincible #1 (Image Comics, CGC 9.8) $2,500.00 (2/26/21)
  23. Voltron #1 (CGC 9.8, 1985) $565.00 (3/6/21)
  24. Spawn #1 (Image 1997, CGC 9.6, Black & White Variant) $1,199.00 (2/26/21)
  25. Final Crisis #7 (1st app. & Cover Black Superman Calvin Ellis 2009, CGC 9.8) $699.99 (3/1/21)

I will be back sometime in the middle of the month with my next post. Enjoy and keep collecting,

Outpost Comics

T. Thomas

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Grading Guide

Someone asked about our grading process, so I decided to post this. We try our best to follow the grading process provided by the Overstreet Price Guide (please note that we are not perfect and everyone has an different point of view). We will probably re-post this information (below) every 6 months to remind all of the process we follow.

10.0 GEM MINT (GM):
An exceptional example of a given book – the best ever seen. Only the slightest bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Corners are cut square and sharp. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh. No interior autographs or owner signatures.

9.9 MINT (MT):
Near perfect in every way. Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and minimal fading. Corners are cut square and sharp. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh.

9.8 NEAR MINT/MINT (NM/MT):
Nearly perfect in every way with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and minimal fading. Corners are cut square and sharp. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. Paper is white, supple and fresh. Only the slightest interior tears are allowed.

9.6 NEAR MINT+ (NM+):
Nearly perfect with a minor additional virtue or virtues that raise it from Near Mint. Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. No bindery tears are allowed, although on Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/8″ have been noted. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and a minimum of fading. One corner may be almost imperceptibly blunted, but still almost sharp and cut square. Almost imperceptible indentations are permissible, but no creases, bends, or color break. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Spine is tight and flat. Staples must be original, generally centered, with only the slightest discoloration. Paper is off-white, supple and fresh. Only the slightest interior tears are allowed.

9.4 NEAR MINT (NM):
Nearly perfect with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. Subtle bindery/printing defects are allowed. Bindery tears must be less than 1/16″ on Silver Age and later books, although on Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/4″ have been noted. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity and a minimum of fading. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted. A 1/16″ bend is permitted with no color break. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Slight foxing. Spine is tight and flat. Staples are generally centered; may have slight discoloration. Almost no stress lines. Paper is off-white to cream, supple and fresh. Slight interior tears are allowed.

9.2 NEAR MINT- (NM-):
Nearly perfect with only a minor additional defect or defects that keep it from Near Mint. A limited number of minor bindery/printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with only the slightest dimming of reflectivity. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted. A 1/16-1/8″ bend is permitted with no color break. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. Slight foxing. Spine is tight and flat. Staples may show some discoloration. Almost no stress lines. Paper is off-white to cream, supple and fresh. Slight interior tears are allowed.

9.0 VERY FINE/NEAR MINT (VF/NM):
Nearly perfect with outstanding eye appeal. A limited number of bindery/printing defects are allowed. Cover is almost flat with almost imperceptible wear. Inks are bright with slightly diminished reflectivity. An 1/8″ bend is allowed if color is not broken. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted but no creases. Several lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable. Very minor foxing. Spine is tight and flat. Staples may show some discoloration. Only the slightest staple tears are allowed. A very minor accumulation of stress lines may be present if they are nearly imperceptible. Paper is off-white to cream and supple. Very minor interior tears may be present.

8.5 VERY FINE+ (VF+):
Fits the criteria for Very Fine but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

8.0 VERY FINE (VF):
An excellent copy with outstanding eye appeal. A limited accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed. Cover is relatively flat with minimal surface wear beginning to show, possibly including some minute wear at corners. Inks are generally bright with moderate to high reflectivity. An unnoticeable 1/4″ crease is acceptable if color is not broken. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. Minor foxing. Spine is almost completely flat with a possible minor color break. Staples may show some discoloration. Very slight staple tears and a few almost insignificant stress lines may be present. Paper is cream to tan and supple. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

7.5 VERY FINE- (VF-):
Fits the criteria for Very Fine but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

7.0 FINE/VERY FINE (FN/VF):
An above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with outstanding eye appeal. A small accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed. Minor cover wear beginning to show, possibly including minor creases. Corners may be blunted. Inks are generally bright with a moderate reduction in reflectivity. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. Minor foxing. The slightest spine roll may be present, as well as a possible moderate color break. Staples may show some discoloration. Slight staple tears and a small accumulation of light stress lines may be present. Slight rust migration. Paper is cream to tan. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

6.5 FINE+ (FN+):
Fits the criteria for Fine but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

6.0 FINE (FN):
An above-average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no significant creasing or other serious defects. Some accumulation of minor bindery/printing defects is allowed. Minor cover wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases. Inks show a significant reduction in reflectivity. Blunted corners are more common, as is minor staining, soiling, discoloration, and/or foxing. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. A minor spine roll is allowed. There can also be a 1/4″ spine split or severe color break. Staples may show minor discoloration. Minor staple tears and a few slight stress lines may be present, as well as minor rust migration. Paper is tan to brown and fairly supple with no signs of brittleness. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present. Centerfold may be loose.

5.5 FINE- (FN-):
Fits the criteria for Fine but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

5.0 VERY GOOD/FINE (VG/FN):
An above-average but well used comic book. An accumulation of bindery/printing defects is allowed. Minor to moderate cover wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases and/or dimples. Inks have moderate to low reflectivity. Blunted corners are increasingly common, as is minor to moderate staining, discoloration, and/or foxing. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. A minor to moderate spine roll is allowed. A spine split of up to 1/2″ may be present. Staples may show minor discoloration. Minor staple tears and minor stress lines may also be present, as well as minor rust migration. Paper is tan to brown with no signs of brittleness. Centerfold may be loose. Minor interior tears may also be present.

4.5 VERY GOOD+ (VG):
Fits the criteria for Very Good but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

4.0 VERY GOOD (VG):
The average used comic book. Cover shows moderate to significant wear, and may be loose but not completely detached. Cover reflectivity is low. Can have moderate creases or dimples. Corners may be blunted. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials, etc. have no effect on this grade. Some discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor soiling is allowed. As much as a 1/4″ triangle can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8″ square is also acceptable. Only minor unobtrusive tape and other amateur repair allowed on otherwise high grade copies. Moderate spine roll may be present and/or a 1″ spine split. Staples may be discolored. Minor to moderate staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migration. Paper is brown but not brittle. Minor to moderate interior tears may be present. Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple.

3.5 VERY GOOD- (VG-):
Fits the criteria for Very Good but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

3.0 GOOD/VERY GOOD (GD/VG):
A used comic book showing some substantial wear. Cover shows significant wear, and may be loose or even detached at one staple. Cover reflectivity is very low. Can have a book-length crease and/or dimples. Corners may be blunted or even rounded. Discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor to moderate soiling is allowed. A triangle from 1/4″ to 1/2″ can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8″ to 1/4″ square is also acceptable. Tape and other amateur repair may be present. Moderate spine roll likely. May have a spine split of anywhere from 1″ to 1-1/2″. Staples may be rusted or replaced. Minor to moderate staple tears and moderate stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migration. Paper is brown but not brittle. Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple. Minor to moderate interior tears may be present.

2.5 GOOD+ (GD+):
Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional virtue or small accumulation of virtues that improves the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

2.0 GOOD (GD):
Shows substantial wear; often considered a “reading copy.” Cover shows significant wear and may even be detached. Cover reflectivity is low and in some cases completely absent. Book-length creases and dimples may be present. Rounded corners are more common. Moderate soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing may be present. The largest piece allowed missing from the front or back cover is usually a 1/2″ triangle or a 1/4″ square, although some Silver Age books such as 1960s Marvels have had the price corner box clipped from the top left front cover and may be considered Good if they would otherwise have graded higher. Tape and other forms of amateur repair are common in Silver Age and older books. Spine roll is likely. May have up to a 2″ spine split. Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing. Moderate staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration. Paper is brown but not brittle. Centerfold may be loose or detached. Moderate interior tears may be present.

1.8 GOOD- (GD-):
Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book’s appearance by a perceptible amount.

1.5 FAIR/GOOD (FR/GD):
Shows substantial to heavy wear. Books in this grade are commonly creased, scuffed, abraded, soiled, and possibly unattractive, but still generally readable. Cover shows considerable wear and may be detached. Almost no cover reflectivity remaining. Book-length creases, tears and folds may be present. Rounded corners are increasingly common. Soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing is generally present. Up to 1/10 of the back cover may be missing. Tape and other forms of amateur repair are increasingly common in Silver Age and older books. Spine roll is common. May have a spine split between 2″ and 2/3 the length of the book. Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing. Staple tears and stress lines are common, as well as rust migration. Paper is brown and may show brittleness around the edges. Acidic odor may be present. Centerfold may be loose or detached. Interior tears are common.

1.0 FAIR (FR):
Shows heavy wear. Some collectors consider this the lowest collectible grade because comic books in lesser condition are usually incomplete and/or brittle. Cover may be detached, and inks have lost all reflectivity. Creases, tears and/or folds are prevalent. Corners are commonly rounded or absent. Soiling and staining is present. Books in this condition generally have all pages and most of the covers, although there may be up to 1/4 of the front cover missing or no back cover, but not both. Tape and other forms of amateur repair are more common. Spine roll is more common; spine split can extend up to 2/3 the length of the book. Staples may be missing or show rust and discoloration. An accumulation of staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration. Paper is brown and may show brittleness around the edges but not in the central portion of the pages. Acidic odor may be present. Accumulation of interior tears. Chunks may be missing. The centerfold may be missing if readability is generally preserved. Coupons may be cut.

0.5 POOR (PR or P):
Sufficiently degraded to the point where there is little or no collector value; easily identified by a complete absence of eye appeal. Brittle almost to the point of turning to dust with a touch, and usually incomplete. Extreme fading may render the cover almost indiscernible. May have extremely severe stains, mildew or heavy cover abrasion to the point that some cover inks are indistinct/absent. Covers may be detached with large chunks missing. Can have extremely ragged edges and extensive creasing. Corners are rounded or virtually absent. Covers may have been defaced with paints, varnishes, glues, oil, indelible markers or dyes, and may have suffered heavy water damage. Can also have extensive amateur repairs such as laminated covers. Extreme spine roll present; can have extremely ragged spines or a complete, book-length split. Staples can be missing or show extreme rust and discoloration. Extensive staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as extreme rust migration. Paper exhibits moderate to severe brittleness (where the comic book literally falls apart when examined). Extreme acidic odor may be present. Extensive interior tears. Multiple pages, including the centerfold, may be missing that affect readability. Coupons may be cut.

COVERLESS COMICS:
The exception to the “not collectible in Poor” rule. Many collectors want clean, readable, coverless comics that are priced fairly. Coverless copies of key and/or rare comics are often in demand by collectors. These enthusiasts also seek coverless comics to retrieve centerfolds, first wraparounds, coupons and even staples in order to restore other copies of the same or a similar incomplete comic.

INCOMPLETE/UNCOLLECTIBLE:
At the very bottom of the range, comics with the absolute maximum number of defects, heavy degradation, and significant portions of the book missing might not even be considered Poor any longer, but may be termed “incomplete.” These books are so ruined as to be rendered unreadable and virtually uncollectible.

Dust Jackets

Many of the early strip reprint comics, as well as many modern graphic novels and collections, were published with hard covers and dust jackets, which can also suffer damage common to comic book covers and may even be absent on some copies if removed by a previous owner or lost. The condition of the dust jacket should be graded independently of the book. Books with dust jackets are worth more. The value can increase from 20 to 50 percent depending on the rarity of book. Usually, the earlier the book, the greater the percentage. Unless noted, prices listed are without dust jackets.

Restored Comics

When restoration of comics first began, it was a collection of crude, damaging attempts to preserve or fix comics exhibiting defects like tears or missing pieces. At first using tape, glue and color pens, restoration soon evolved, utilizing more advanced techniques like chemical baths and deacidification. Today, professional restorers work in a quickly maturing field using methods that have stood the test of time. There is a stigma attached to restoration, however – one that has grown in recent years due to the unethical behavior of some who conceal restoration of certain books from potential buyers. Many collectors lack detailed knowledge about how restored comics relate to the market as well, resulting in confusion and trepidation.

Many comics are unnecessarily put through the process, begging the question, ‘when should I restore my comics?’ If a comic is in VG or better, do not restore it. Restoration is meant to preserve deteriorating comics, taking an ugly pile of loose pages and restoring them to an attractive form that can be handled and enjoyed. In the case of comics in VG or higher grades, the book is already an attractive item and restoration would be excessive.

The value of the comic should also be high enough to justify restoration. With hourly rates hitting three figures for restoration, only very valuable books should be candidates. It’s recommended to avoid restoring Silver Age comics, apart from key issues, due to their relative availability. Restored Silver Age comics also do not rise in value as much as a restored Golden Age comic.

Bindery chips, a common defect in Golden Age comics, are considered printing defects, and are relatively acceptable in the market. Restoration on such a defect by itself would usually be considered excessive. Books with brown or brittle pages are usually not good candidates either. Even though them comic will look better, its page quality will still rate a lower grade. Bleaching and other treatments can be used, but are expensive, frowned upon and not very effective. Only the most expensive books should ever be considered for page treatment. Similarly, books missing covers and interior pages are poor candidates for restoration. A comic must be relatively complete to be successfully restored.

Preventative restoration, widely used and accepted by collectors, consists of “non-additive” restoration on a book with one or two major defects. A prime example would be a $2,000 book in Fine that has a 2″ piece of tape on the cover. Removal of the tape improves the value and appearance of the book. The process is cheap and quick, and nothing is “added” to the comic, such as Japan paper or color touch (see the glossary for definitions). Although it’s always imperative to disclose any and all restoration work on a book, some collectors don’t even view these simple repairs as restoration. Other defects fixable by “preventative” techniques are water stains, warping, dirt or writing, rusty staples, and spine rolls. These minor fixes work best with books above VG, the one exception to the rule noted earlier.

Once restored, a comic’s value depends upon several factors: The amount of restoration: In general, the more restoration has been performed, the less the comic is worth compared to its apparent grade value. A lightly restored book will be valued higher than a book with heavy restoration in the same apparent grade.

The “before” and “restored” grades: As a rule of thumb, consider these formulae:

Golden Age key issues:
(value before restoration)+(value of apparent grade)/2.5
Golden Age common issues:
(value before restoration)+(value of apparent grade)/2.0
Silver Age issues:
(value before restoration)+(value of apparent grade)/3.0
These formulae serve only as a benchmark. Each book is unique and may vary in pricing.

The market demand:
This is highly subjective, but the higher the demand, the likelier your restored book will fetch its apparent grade price. Consequently, if the comic is slow on the market, a restored copy may be less than the value derived from the above formulae.

The market value:
The market fluctuates widely on restored copies of expensive books. A small variance in perception of what a restored copy is worth can mean a difference of thousands of dollars on high end comics (see formulae above). Values tend to be more stable on common books.

Age of the comic:
The younger a comic, the less likely the book will increase in value significantly from restoration. This applies mainly to Silver Age comics, as noted earlier. Armed with this knowledge and a good understanding of the market, you should be able to make an informed decision about restoration. When in doubt, contact a reputable dealer or collector who is familiar with restored comics in the marketplace.

10 POINT GRADING SCALE
10.0 GM Gem Mint
9.9 MT Mint
9.8 NM/MT Near Mint/Mint
9.6 NM+ Near Mint+
9.4 NM Near Mint
9.2 NM- Near Mint-
9.0 VF/NM Very Fine/Near Mint
8.5 VF+ Very Fine+
8.0 VF Very Fine
7.5 VF- Very Fine-
7.0 FN/VF Fine/Very Fine
6.5 FN+ Fine+
6.0 FN Fine
5.5 FN- Fine-
5.0 VG/FN Very Good/Fine
4.5 VG+ Very Good+
4.0 VG Very Good
3.5 VG- Very Good-
3.0 GD/VG Good/Very Good
2.5 GD+ Good+
2.0 GD Good
1.8 GD- Good-
1.5 FR/GD Fair/Good
1.0 FR Fair
0.5 PR Poor

*Reprinted from The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide ©2004 Gemstone Publishing, Inc. Overstreet ® is a Registered Trademark of Gemstone Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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New Records for February 2021

Hello comic lovers,

We are overjoyed by some of the new record sales for some of our favorite comics this month. And as alway, we are sharing this information with you so you can scan through your collection. So let’s get to it:

  1. Hulk #181 (NM/MT/CGC 9.8) sold for 59,500.00 on 2/16/2021 on eBay.
  2. Giant Size X-Men #1 (CGC 5.5) sold for 3.299.99 on 2/16/21 on eBay.
  3. Eternals #3 (1976, CGC 9.8, 1st Sersi) sold for 1,275.00 on 2/18/21 (eBay).
  4. Special Marvel Edition #15 (CGC 9.8, 1973, 1st app. of Shang-chi) 7,500.00 ebay.
  5. Young Avengers #1 (CGC 9.8, 2005, 1st Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) and Wiccan) 714.00 ebay.
  6. Captain America #6 (CGC 9.8, 2005, 1st Winter Soldier) 449.00 ebay.
  7. Strange Tales #89 (CGC 4.0, 1st app. Fin Fang Foom) 1,760.00 ebay
  8. Marvel Chillers Featuring Modred the Mystic #1 (NM) 362.00 CAD ebay.
  9. Department of Truth #2 (1:25 Variant Cover D, CGC 9.8, Image Comics) $450.00 ebay.
  10. X-Men 94 (CGC 8.5) 1500.00 ebay.
  11. War of the Realms New Agents of Atlas #1 (CGC 9.8, 1:50 Zircher Variant) $1000.00 eBay.
  12. Ghost-Spider #2 (CGC 9.8, 1:25 Peach Monoko Variant Cover) $795.00 eBay.
  13. Mortal Kombat Comic Book (1992 Midway, 1st app. Mortal Kombat, FN) $120.00 eBay.
  14. Spawn #174 (1st app. Gunslinger Spawn, NM) $350.00 eBay.
  15. Silver Surfer #3 (1968, CGC 9.0, 1st app. Mephisto) $4,500.00

I’m hoping some of you find one or more of these books. We will have a new post at the beginning of March. Enjoy.

Outpost Comics

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Thanksgiving Trends …

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Well, for the past few weeks I have been floored by what is happening in the marketplace. Some of these numbers will blow your mind as to what is being paid for comics that I didn’t even pay attention too. So let’s begin:

Batman Beyond #4 (1st app. of Melenie Walker, CGC 9.8) $399.99 (eBay 11/19)

Star Wars #88 (CGC 9.8) $299.00 (eBay 11/19)

Ewoks #1 (Marvel 1985, CGC 9.8) $175.00 (eBay 11/19)

Graphic Fantasy #1 (1st app. Savage Dragon, CGC 9.6) $3000.00 (eBay 11/18)

Star Wars #81 (1984, 1st Boba Fett Returns, CGC 9.6) $295.00 (eBay 11/19); (CGC 9.8) $450.00 (eBay 11/18)

X-Men #120 (1st cameo Alpha Flight, CGC 9.8) $300.00 (eBay 11/18)

Marvel Spotlight (vol. 1) #5 (1st app. Ghost Rider, VF) $200.00 (eBay 11/18)

Amazing Spider-Man #252 (CGC 9.8) $1,958.00 (eBay 11/19)

Adolescent Redioactive Black Belt Hamsters #1 (CGC 9.8, Eclipse Comics) $199.95 (eBay 11/19)

SleepWalker #1 (CGC 9.8) $109.95 (eBay 11/19)

Batman #181 (CGC 9.4, 1st Poison Ivy) $10,500.00 (eBay 11/19)

Star War #68 (1st Mandalorian, Origin of Boba Fett, CGC 9.8) $1,125.00 (eBay 11/19)

Detective Comics #27 (CGC 7.0 VF) $1.5 Million (Heritage Auctions, 11/20)

Bone #1 (CGC 9.8, 1st printing) $12,000.00 (eBay 11/20)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (7.0) $15,600.00 (Heritage Auctions, 11/20)

Moon Knight #26 (1982, CGC 9.8) $450.00 (eBay 11/20) & #25 (1982, CGC 9.8) $392.87 (eBay 11/20)

Darkhawk #1 (CGC 9.8) $314.00 (eBay 11/20)

Well, that is it for now. Not that this is all that I saw, but this should give you a good idea of what you should be looking for in your comic bins or at your local garage sales. Again, enjoy your turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

(November 26, 2020)

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Where we are now!

November 18, 2020

If you have been checking in on this site every now and then, you will notice that we have been adding products in alphabetical order. Currently, we are now starting to list comics starting with the letter “S” (began on November 13, 2020). Since this is a large area (so many books begin with “S”), it will probably take a while.

This should not stop you if you are looking for something special. Just send us a note asking for us to search for a specific item and we will dig though our stock. All we ask is that you are patient, as this could take some time.

Thanks for keep up with us.

Shanna the She-Devil #1