Collecting High Grade Newsstand Editions for Investing in Comics

Remember when you could go to the grocery store with mom and get a comic book?  Or maybe the pharmacy?  You could even go to these ancient bookstores called Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Booksellers and could buy a comic book off the spinner rack!   That was a long time ago.  If you are a comic book collector now, in 2017, you buy your comic books on ebay, an online retailer, or even at a local comic store. In almost 30 years, this is what happened to newsstand edition comic books:

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Because of all of this, I would be mindful and watchful for any 1992 or newer newsstand edition comic books that feature a UPC bar code on the covers – especially if they are high grade. Specifically, any comics that are in a grade of 9.4 or higher and newsstand edition are selling for significantly more money than regular market value. Examples include Batman Adventures 12 Newsstand Edition, and any other modern day key issue book:

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

For earlier titles, there are exceptions to the rule. Some comics have the bar code on the back, like Marvel Comics Presents #72.   Any books post 2002 would have a UPC barcode on them no matter what now, but the difference is they all state “DIRECT EDITION”. You are looking for 2002 and newer comic books that have UPC Barcodes that do not show the words “DIRECT EDITION” in bold letters above or below the bar code.

Okay I broke down some maths. Let’s look at Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane.

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

That’s a very publicly well known number having a 1.7 million copy print run in 1992. 15% of comics in 1992 were allegedly newsstand. 225,000 (1/4 million copies) I estimated the newsstand edition to be a 1:1000 ration of rarity. So 1:1000 is not accurate, that was hand grenade accurate. 32 is more accurate. I think it’s even more accurate to say it’s a 3:100. Or, 30 in 1000, if you will. That’s still a very low number. Still rare. But not even a 1:100.

In summary, here’s what you need to know about High Grade Newsstand Collecting for Investing:

  • High grade. 9.4 or higher is ideal. Pressing services for comic books helps greatly!
  • The years for comics in 1972-1990 doesn’t really matter. It was a 50/50 ratio split in distribution of direct editions over newsstand editions.
  • Search for comic books from the years 1990-2001 with UPC bar codes on cover.
  • Search for comics from the years 2002-2017 with bar codes that do not say “DIRECT EDITION”.
  • Newsstand Edition error or recalled books are also wise investments.

You can experiment with this with your own Spawn #1 Newsstand search terms on ebay.  Try it!  This is the new hunt, people!  Have fun! The only place where I can find modern day 2016-2017 newsstand edition comic books is:

  1. Barnes and Nobles bookstores
  2. Books-a-Million bookstores
  3. Wal-mart
  4. Toys R’ Us

Good luck!

Here are some examples of high grade newsstand edition rare covers of J Scott Campbell with his run on Amazing Spider-man. This is some of his earlier work, too:

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell-newsie-001

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell Very rare

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell with rare $3.99 cover price.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

TMNT Warrior Rahzar with Fur MINT ON CARD (MOC)

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR featuring Glow-In-The-Dark Armor Mint on Card MOC Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

The item before you is the end result of combining a 1991 Rahzar MOC movie star Rahzar figure with an unpainted red nose and unpainted eyes – and the other donor,  an original 1995 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Rahzar” Re-Release Mint on Card Action Figure.  I used the 1991 as the base figure with accessories, and the 1995 figure was used for its card backer and packaging.  This prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke (Michael Frederik Sorensen). This is the only Warrior Rahzar with Fur known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in-the-dark armor, and with glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

This figure took several weeks to build.  The unpainted MOC red nosed figure was completely repainted from scratch.  Glow in the Dark crystals mixed in clear coat were lightly painted with 1 coat each day for several weeks.  The shoulder pads, thigh pads and gauntlets were all painted black to match the mysterious Playmates Toy catalog photo.  The armor rings were painted from bronze to bright school bus yellow before painting the glow crystals.  The eyes and teeth were included in the glow in the dark paint, something never attempted before.  This toy initially was not intended at all to glow in the dark.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR The Hairy Hero Stompin' Wolf! Mint on Card (MOC) Prototype Test Shot for Production KaptainMyke Figures ©2017 Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR
The Hairy Hero Stompin’ Wolf!
Mint on Card (MOC)
Prototype Test Shot for Production
KaptainMyke Figures ©2017
Mirage Studios ©1995
Playmates Toys ©1988-1995
No. 5205
UPC 043377-05205-0

This figure is very rare and very elusive.  Many have tried to produce this figure but not to this scale and magnitude featuring glow paint and existing mint on a card.  Included are glow in the dark accessories which give the overall feel of radioactive ooze dripping on Rahzar’s armor and his weapons.  This action figure is totally and completely “one-of-a-kind” and remains incomparable.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Read my post here in my ninja turtle collection!

New CBCS Graded Comic Books added to ebay

Need a gift for a comic book collector?  Looking for some online shopping deals for one-of-a-kind items?  Check out some of these HOT new books we added to our ebay store!  Are you a fan of Batman, Wolverine, Walking Dead, Star Wars, or Alex Ross, or even STAN LEE?  Check them out:

2015 Liquid Comics Wes Craven's COMING OF RAGE #1 CBCS 9.4 Bloody White Collector's Edition Variant 100 Copy Print Run NM+

2015 Liquid Comics Wes Craven’s COMING OF RAGE #1 CBCS 9.4 Bloody White Collector’s Edition Variant 100 Copy Print Run NM+

2010 Marvel WOLVERINE #1 Signed by JAE LEE CBCS 7.0

2010 Marvel WOLVERINE #1 Signed by JAE LEE CBCS 7.0

2011 DC Detective Comics 1 Signed Tony Daniel CBCS 8.5 Dollmaker

2011 DC Detective Comics 1 Signed Tony Daniel CBCS 8.5 Dollmaker

2011 Marvel UNCANNY X-MEN #544 Signed by STAN LEE CBCS 9.8 Final Issue! CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS STAN "THE MAN" LEE!

2011 Marvel UNCANNY X-MEN #544 Signed by STAN LEE CBCS 9.8 Final Issue!
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS STAN “THE MAN” LEE!

2015 Marvel STAR WARS #1 HOT TOPIC Recalled Edition CBCS 9.6 CBCS 9.6 GRADED COMIC BOOK

2015 Marvel STAR WARS #1 HOT TOPIC Recalled Edition CBCS 9.6
CBCS 9.6 GRADED COMIC BOOK

2013 Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #1 Signed by Moore, Posehn, Duggan CBCS 9.4 NM+ CBCS 9.4 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY TONY MORE, BRIAN POSEHN, and GERRY DUGGAN! CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label Deadpool #1 1/2013 Marvel Comics NM+ 9.4 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2013 Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #1 Signed by Moore, Posehn, Duggan CBCS 9.4 NM+
CBCS 9.4 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY TONY MORE, BRIAN POSEHN, and GERRY DUGGAN!
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
Deadpool #1
1/2013 Marvel Comics
NM+ 9.4
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2010 Image Firsts Edition WALKING DEAD #1 Signed TONY MOORE 9.8 CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY original Walking Dead Artist TONY MORE CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label Image Firsts Printing Walking Dead #1 3/2010 Image Comics NM+ 9.8 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2010 Image Firsts Edition WALKING DEAD #1 Signed TONY MOORE 9.8
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY original Walking Dead Artist TONY MORE
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
Image Firsts Printing
Walking Dead #1
3/2010 Image Comics
NM+ 9.8
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS

2013 Dark Horse STAR WARS #1 Signed by Alex Ross CBCS 9.8 Limited signed and numbered #437/600 CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS PAINTER ARTIST ALEX ROSS CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label 1st Printing Star Wars #1 Dark Horse Comics 2013 Variant: First Printing 9.8 Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS WHITE PAGES YOU ARE BUYING AN INVESTMENT ONLY ONE ON EBAY in 3 YEARS! DYNAMIC FORCES EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION SIGNATURE SERIES #437/600 Comes with Original COA from Dynamic Forces

2013 Dark Horse STAR WARS #1 Signed by Alex Ross CBCS 9.8 Limited signed and numbered #437/600
CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS PAINTER ARTIST ALEX ROSS
CBCS Verified Signature Program Red Label
1st Printing
Star Wars #1
Dark Horse Comics 2013
Variant: First Printing
9.8
Verified Signature Program Series Red Label CBCS
WHITE PAGES
YOU ARE BUYING AN INVESTMENT
ONLY ONE ON EBAY in 3 YEARS!
DYNAMIC FORCES EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION SIGNATURE SERIES #437/600
Comes with Original COA from Dynamic Forces

 

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Visit website of Comic Book Certification Service for grader’s notes.  www.cbcscomics.com
CBCS is well known to be very strict on their grading standards so you should expect a more precise grade on this comic book when compared to CGC grading standards.  Here are some of the comic books I am selling:
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Check them out when you have time, and save them to your watch list! KaptainMyke’s CBCS Graded Comic Books for Sale on ebay: KaptainMyke’s CBCS Graded Comic Books for Sale on ebay.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke. I thought it'd make a great cover art piece.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke.