As promised, the Covrprice.com runners-up list. The second half of the Top 20.
#11 HULK #2 | MARVEL | 2008
Perhaps the most recognizable cover of Red Hulk is in HULK #1. However, as collectors continue to pick up the character’s first cover appearance, the value continues to increase. For a fraction of the price, you can obtain the character’s first in-story appearance (and bonus A-Bomb first appearance). We tracked 11 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 113%, with a high sale of $225 for a CGC 9.8. An FMV for a raw NM copy is $22.
#12 STAR WARS HIDDEN EMPIRE #1 DAVID LOPEZ TRAVEL (1:25) | MARVEL | 2022
Iden Versio burst into Star Wars lore with her explosive debut in the Star Wars Battlefront II video game. She makes another entrance, albeit more subtle, through a cameo appearance in this issue. The retailer incentive is moving fairly quickly. However, it’s worth noting that the current value is below the typical MSRP of a 1:25 ratio cover. We tracked 11 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 105%, with a high sale of $30 for a raw copy. FMV for a raw NM copy is $14.
#13 EIGHT BILLION GENIES #1 | IMAGE | 2022
Hey! It’s Eight Billion Genies again. Like most optioned comics, the initial high prices tend to settle as the months pass. We have a while until we receive updated news on the Amazon series. Yet, this is a great time to buy as the streamer’s plans for Eight Billion Genies are big. We tracked 10 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 119%, with a high sale of $124.99 for CGC 9.8 copy and a raw NM FMV of $36.
#14 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 2022 FACSIMILE | MARVEL | 2022
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1962) is a tad out of most of our price ranges. However, facsimiles provide a fun consolation copy for those itching to pretend they have the original. They also look fantastic slabbed. This book makes the runner-up list with 14 copies sold, a 7-day trend of 97%, and a high sale of $65 for a CGC 9.8. The raw NM FMV is $4, which makes high-grade grading copies a smart investment. A rough estimate of $25 to $30 in grading costs leaves a seller a profit of around $20 after shipping and the initial buy-in. While there’s some work to do with these, this could be a steady source of sales for high-volume sellers.
#15 WOLVERINE #1 | MARVEL | 1988
Wolverine’s first ongoing series once again reclaims a spot somewhere on the Top 10 and Runner-Ups for almost two months running. While it’s not a key book for any notable first appearance, it does get the honor of being the first issue and allows Wolverine fans to buy into an important Wolvie book at affordable prices. Therefore, this issue trends with more copies sold and steady price increases. We tracked 16 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 102%, with a high sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8 copy and a raw NM FMV of $57.
#16 SPAWN #1 | IMAGE | 1992
We’re creeping close to our Year-End report, where we reveal all the best-selling aftermarket books. There’s no question that Spawn #1 will remain at the top for the fifth time in a row. But will he take the top spot? We tracked 13 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 128%, with a high sale of $180 for a CGC 9.8. An FMV for a raw NM copy is $29.
#17 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 ALEX MALEEV (1:25) | MARVEL | 2022
In July, Marvel announced the debut of a new character named Hallow’s Eve. This announcement alerted collectors and sparked a wave of preorders for the character’s first appearance. This issue only released one retailer incentive cover, making it one of the more desirable. We tracked 28 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 45%, with a high sale of $19.95 for a raw copy.
#18 DARK CRISIS THE DARK ARMY #1 TAJ TENFOLD FOIL (1:25) | DC | 2022
According to the DC Wiki pages, the Red Canary II debuted back in DARK CRISIS #3. However, that was just a cameo appearance. This beautifully illustrated retailer incentive shows her first full appearance and cover appearance. We tracked 20 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 64%, with a high sale of $50 for a raw copy. The current NM FMV of $24.
#19 BLACK PANTHER #2 | MARVEL | 2005
This week, we tracked 14 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 96%, with a high sale of $301 for a CGC 9.8 copy. Shuri’s first appearance hangs onto the runner-up list, yet her first appearance is a far cry from her all-time high of $1,300 for a 9.8 in 2021. How does such a pivotal character for Marvel Phase 5 and star of the biggest film of the year see such a drop in one year? As you can see from many books on these lists, many are holding, increasing, or booming in value… despite an overall market decline. The real answer is the same for The Eternals and She-Hulk. These first appearances are rare and relatively common in high grades. Collectors held their copies until these character’s films were released and over-supplied a flooding market, causing sellers to lower their prices to get in front of shrinking demand. If you’re confident in Shuri’s future, now is a great time to pick up a copy.
#20 SPIDER-MAN THE LOST YEARS #1 | MARVEL | 1995
While the debut of Hallow’s Eve may have taken the 17th spot, this book is a hidden key of its own. The alter ego of the new villain debuted in this issue as Elizabeth Tyne, later becoming Janine Godbe. Janine meets the unfortunate fate of being transformed into a demonic entity by the Queen Goblin nearly a decade after her character’s initial debut! We tracked 10 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 96%, with a high sale of $44.10 for a CGC 9.4. An FMV for a raw NM copy is $11.