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.

2015 IDW Publishing Back to the Future #1 ZBOX Variant Cast Signed CGC 9.8

2015 IDW Publishing Back to the Future #1
ZBOX Variant Exclusive cover by Doug Chiang
The “Grays Almanac Cover”
Released on 10/20/2015, the same day Marty, Doc, and Jennifer travelled to the future in BTTF II
Cast Signed witnessed signatures
White Pages
CGC Graded Signature Series 9.8 #1504938002

Signed by Michael J Fox on 1/20/16
Signed by Christopher Lloyd on 6/4/2016
Signed by Lea Thompson on 6/4/2016
Signed by Thomas F Wilson on 1/7/17

The only way to obtain this extremely hard to find variant was to be a subscribing member of zbox for the month of OCT 2015, have the code on the card for the comic, and receive it safely in the mail from ZBOX.  I find this book to be extremely culturally significant and the hands that touched it.  One of the best trilogies ever made, hands down.  Thank you to those who made these films happen.  Bravo!

I am hoping to obtain signatures from:
Flea, Billy Zane, Elizabeth Shue, Bob Gale, and Robert Zemekis, and Stephen Spielberg.

If you guys or their managers are reading this, please sign these books if you ever meet my guy Matt from Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services.

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT FOR SALE ON EBAY

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Complete

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo. This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.
This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.  This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter
Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)
4″ Yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker
Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390
Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art
22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna
original packet mailing envelope with original owner address
label

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

It was anecdotally decided it was random which color bandanna you would receive in the mail, and not based off which fan club form turtle you sent in. The most common colors found to this date are red and orange. Blue is considered more rare. You could even send in an additional $3 for each additional bandana for a friend with your fan club form!

I have digitally blurred out the address and name on the address label on front of envelope for this listing due to privacy of the original owner.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW!

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

 

New eBay store link is up: “TMNTToys” by thekaptainmyke

 

New ebay store link is up now.  You can type it in your browser as: http://stores.ebay.com/TMNTToys .

Know a shellhead?  Get ’em a truly valuable and vintage original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mint on card action figure.  Just in time for Christmas shopping!  Free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States of America!  I will ship globally to anywhere in the world.  Shipping charges will apply to international orders.

Thank you

Myke