Hot Comics #69:
Amazing Fantasy 15, 1st Spider-Man
DOWN 50 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR

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Why Amazing Fantasy 15 is a Hot Comic

2021 MARKET UPDATE: MONEY RETURNING TO AF#15

The eye-catching sale of a CGC 9.4 for $795,000 doesn't tell the whole story of this book in 2020.

Money has rushed into collectibles, pushing up prices across many industries, as the coronavirus' impact on comic books has shown.

A year ago, AF#15 was looking over-valued, and prices were softening.

Now, some prices have returned to close to pre-pandemic levels. Others are still off (notably mid-grade like 5.5 through 6.5).

VG and lower are looking stronger. But the days of double-digit growth being taken for granted on this book seem to be over, for now at least.

$8,500 is a scarily high CGC 0.5 price of entry on this book.

Recent sales:

  • 9.4 $795,000
  • 8.0 $177,000
  • 7.0 $110,000
  • 6.5 $7,200
  • 6.0 $56,865
  • 5.5 $40,500
  • 5.0 $33,600
  • 4.5 $38,400(!!!)
  • 4.0 $22,800
  • 3.5 $20,900
  • 3.0 $23,500(!!)
  • 2.5 $14,800
  • 2.0 $13,600
  • 1.8 $12,500
  • 1.5 $12,000
  • 1.0 $10,100
  • 0.5 $8,500

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 3.5 2020 $19,373
  • LAST SALE $20,900
  • PERCENT CHANGE +7%

2020 MARKET UPDATE: A SPECIAL CASE WHICH REQUIRES SPECIAL THINKING

The days when any copy of AF#15 would set a new record are long over. Copies below 7.0 are in a state of flux.

While owning the first appearance of Spider-Man is on everybody's grail list, there are plenty, PLENTY in the market to meet demand.

One good, or bad, sale in a grade makes a big difference to the percentage bottom line.

This book will sell. In any grade. Whether or not it is a great investment depends on how much you paid for yours, and how patient you are.

Long-term, we see Amazing Fantasy 15 being a solid hold. Some sales this year set new records. Other grades saw softening prices. A huge 9.2 sale is this year's highlight.

Recent sales:

  • 9.2 $598,000
  • 7.5 $120,000 (vs. $134,500)
  • 7.0 $114,000
  • 6.5 $85,000 (vs. $65,800)
  • 6.0 $57,600
  • 5.5 $39,600
  • 5.0 $38,400
  • 4.5 $37,500 (vs. $28,900)
  • 4.0 $22,800
  • 3.5 $18,600
  • 3.0 $16,200
  • 2.5 $14,000
  • 2.0 $12,600
  • 1.8 $13,000
  • 1.5 $8,700 (vs. $10,800)
  • 1.0 $9,000
  • 0.5 $5,520

2019 MARKET UPDATE: HOW DO YOU DEFINE HOTNESS?

There will never be a shortage of people who want to own the first appearance of Spider-Man. I'm not questioning Amazing Fantasy 15 a place on the 100 Hot Comics, it will probably never be relegated.

Copies on the market sell. Period. That means hotness in my book.

HOWEVER! It has truly fallen in the "Ash hotness barometer" stakes. Gains are limited, smaller. It feels less urgent than in the past.

I am not dealing with Stan Lee autograph signature series books -- those are a whole different ball game -- but here are recent sales with a few notes.

  • CGC 7.5 $134,500 (vs. $140,000)
  • CGC 7.0 $114,000
  • CGC 6.5 $65,800 (vs. $65,000)
  • CGC 6.0 $63,600 (vs $47,800 !)
  • CGC 5.0 $40,800
  • CGC 4.5 $28,906
  • CGC 3.0 $18,800 (vs. $16,700)
  • CGC 2.0 $15,000 (vs. $11,250)
  • CGC 1.5 $10,800
  • CGC 1.0 $7,500
  • CGC 0.5 $9,900 (!!)
  • CGC 0.5 INCOMPLETE! $7,800

2018 MARKET UPDATE: THE KING RETAINS HIS WEBBY CROWN!

Here are some incredible reasons why Amazing Fantasy 15 is not going anywhere. It is truly the Bitcoin of comic book investing -- not so much in the lowest grades, but above 5.0 for sure.

  • CGC 9.4 $705,000 (vs. $454,000 in 2016!)
  • CGC 7.5 $140,000 (vs. $82,500 a year ago!)
  • CGC 6.5 $65,000
  • CGC 6.0 $47,800
  • CGC 5.0 $35,800
  • CGC 4.5 $27,500
  • CGC 3.0 $16,700
  • CGC 2.0 $11,250
  • CGC 1.5 $9,800
  • CGC 1.0 $7,200
  • CGC 0.5 $5,000
  • CGC 0.5 INCOMPLETE! $7,350 <<-- Yeah, really

What we've seen towards the tail end of 2017 and early part of 2018: some of the heat went out of the lower mid-grade market. At one point, CGC 4.0 through 5.0 were nuts.

CGC 4.0 high for 2017 was $35,000. Yet the highest 4.5 sale was $27,500. Even nuttier was a sale of $57,000 in CGC 5.0 -- compare that to the last sale of just $36,000. You'd be mad if you paid $20K more.

As stated last year, 0.5 grades are static. They are not attractive to investors; there are many of these super-low grade books on the market; prices of CGC 0.5 copies have not moved significantly for years now.

0.5s are the closest thing to a bad investment in AF15 as you can get.

But in general, Spider-Man's first appearance is red hot.

2017 report:

It was impossible NOT to make Amazing Fantasy 15 the world's hottest comic this year.

There are SO MANY record sales in all kinds of grades, it's hard to know what to focus on.

Let's just say, if you've been waiting to invest in this comic book, then you're losing time and profit opportunity. It shows no signs of slowing down!

  • CGC 7.5: $82,500
  • CGC 6.0 $41,550
  • CGC 5.0 $29,500
  • CGC 4.5 $26,000
  • CGC 3.0 $12,000
  • CGC 2.0 $10,500
  • CGC 1.5 $8,600
  • CGC 1.0 $6,500
  • CGC 0.5 $5,250
  • CGC 0.5 INCOMPLETE! $6,500 <<-- Yeah, really

There is no hotter comic book series than Amazing Spider-Man. It's the world's most collected comic book run, with some of the classic stories of the Marvel era.

It won't surprise you, then, to find several issues on the Hot 100 list:

The book which began it all, AF15, is getting unaffordable for many collectors.

Marvel chipping is hard to avoid on this issue, especially in lower grades. Try to find a VG-ish copy with minimal chipping and good eye appeal from the front.


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Reprints of Amazing Fantasy #15

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