Trying something new this week. Shawn B., a regular reader, hit me up about analyzing the past weeks specs from a year ago I said sure, go for it. So handing it over to Shawn.
What’s up CHU people!? Shawn B. here. Just a big fan of the site and an avid collector like most of you. CHU and some on-line sellers are the last sites I check each week before sending my pull list off to my LCS. I’ve been using CHU for a couple years now but honestly have only been collecting for three years.
Every week I tell myself, “Self….this is your week. You’re gonna start making those quick flips, start saving the earnings and one day get that Walking Dead #1 or Batman Adventures #12.” And each week I can never bring myself to do so. Separation anxiety, fear of abandonment, lack of self-control, addictive personality……call it what you will! A pile of 13,000 comics and even a couple years of therapy (not really) has not broken me of this vicious cycle. This all led me to ask myself (yes I talk to myself a lot), “Self, what is happening with all of these comics I refuse to sell? Which ones should I have flipped quickly? Which ones from months ago should I sell now?” So, I started researching trends in my selections going back 1 year. After that I looked at my pile of comics and what I have spent in the past year and then I curled up into a little ball and went back and forth between crying over missed opportunity and laughing maniacally over my triumphant pile of comics. After regaining my composure, I reached out to Anthony to see how he felt about me posting my findings and he agreed that it could be an interesting exercise on spec-ing and if nothing else an entertaining in-depth look into the mind of a CHU madman.
While going through what you’ve picked up that may be on these lists, it’s important to remember that predicting what comics are going to heat up and possibly hold that greater value is very difficult. There are quick flips, slow burns, unexpected hits, artists that heat up, print runs, etc. On top of that it seems like a new series is optioned for the big screen or television every other day. While not all of them make it to production, the announcements of them being optioned alone impacts the market values even if just for a small time. Some of these are just bought so that no one can ever make them. While others take years and years to make happen. And so on and so on. Point being…spec-ing ain’t easy!
1 Year Ago – 4/6/16
Black Panther #1 – Poyo Pick Original Value – $4.99 Current Value – $8.00 Good call Poyo. This one has gone up and down but with movie coming out next February it should pick up again!
Black Panther #1 Brian Stelfreeze Hip Hop Variant – Mel Pick Original Value – $4.99 Current Value – $15.00 Tadow! Tripled in value and holding strong!
Spider-Women Alpha #1 Cover D Incentive Stacey Lee Variant Cover – Mel Pick Original Value – $30.00 Current Value – $40.00 Mel’s sleeper pick. Nice pick Mel!
The Fix #1 – Anthony Pick Original Value – $3.99 Current Value – $9.00 – $10.00 – The Fix is in! One of my favorite series. If not already optioned, it should be.
Old Man Logan #4 Civil War Variant Original Value – $3.99 Current Value – $5.00 – $7.00 Just started trending up this past March. Guessing the movie helped.
The Walking Dead #153 – Anthony & Poyo Pick Original Value – $2.99 Current Value – $4.00 – $6.00 Always a good pick up! Just over ten issues later and already picking up a little steam.
The Vision Vol.2 #6 Original Value – $3.99 Current Value – $10.00 Small print run and an unexpected hit!
Luke Warm Picks
Black Panther Vol 6 #1 Cover L Incentive Alex Ross Variant Cover – Mel Pick Original Value – $80.00 Current Value – $80.00 The fact that this is still holding strong speaks to the series and the cover. Most variants tend to drop in value over time unless the artist and/or series is popular. Still a solid investment and probably more of a slow burn.
Empress #1 Cover B Variant Stuart Immonen – Mel & Anthony (Regular Cover) Pick Original Value – $3.99 Current Value – $3.99 Bottom line, it’s a Millar series so still worth it to pick up and see what happens down the road.
Spider-Women Alpha #1 Cover B Variant J Scott Campbell Connecting A Cover – Mel & Anthony Pick Original Value – $4.99 Current Value – $4.99. High print run. Possible value down the road or a nice Campbell cover to have at low cost. Still available on line.
Miss Fury Vol 3 #1 Cover D Incentive Jonathan Lau Virgin Cover – Mel Pick Original Value – $15 Current Value – $15 More of a cool cover than a spec and still available at Midtown.
Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad April Fools Special #1 Jim Lee Cover – Anthony Pick Original Value – $4.99 Current Value – $4.99 or less Maybe a little “scratch and sniff” would have helped on this one.
Star Wars Poe Dameron #1 – Poyo Pick Original Value – $4.99 Current Value – Less than Cover. Heavily printed. That being said, anything can happen with Star Wars and Poyo did say this was one to tuck away for a while.
Star Wars Poe Dameron #1 Cover F Incentive Movie Variant Cover – Mel Pick Original Value – $10.00 Current Value – $8.00 Sorry Mel. Guess the ladies don’t love Poe as much as we may have thought.
Grizzly Shark #1 – Anthony Pick Original Value – $3.50 Current Value – Less than Cover Saw where Anthony was going with this one based on the original One-Shot. Call it a near miss and let the laughter subside. (Editors Note: It is a shark book, a shark who hunts on land, dang straight I am going to pick it -Anthony)
2 out of 3 Spec-ers also chose Bruce Lee Dragon Rises #1. I won’t say which two it was but it wasn’t Anthony. Still holding at cover value.
That’s all for this week everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read my findings. And if anyone has any suggestions on how to make this posting better or anything that I may have missed please comment below.