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Amazing Spider-Man #1, 1st Solo Title, Fantastic Four Crossover Story
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Why Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: PROFITS ARE NOT FAR FROM HOME

I touched on the idea last time around that ASM #1 is the poor man's Amazing Fantasy #15.

This book has performed really well in the past 12 months. Will it soon be priced out of most collectors' reach too?

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 4.0 2018 $5,500
  • LAST SALE $8,100
  • PERCENT CHANGE +47%

In the Amazing Spider-MATH, I talked about how you should buy the biggest book in a run first -- even borrow money to do so. (Never buy what you cannot afford.)

You'd be feeling pretty good if you'd taken that advice last time around.

I see no reason for ASM #1 to not continue appreciating in double-digit percentages. Higher grades might be too expensive to be worthwhile investments: consider buying multiple lower-grade copies.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 8.5 $48,000
  • CGC 7.5 $36,000
  • CGC 6.0 $14,000
  • CGC 5.0 $13,500
  • CGC 4.5 $9,600
  • CGC 4.0 $8,100
  • CGC 3.0 $6,493
  • CGC 2.0 $4,582
  • CGC 1.8 $4,975 (!)

2018 MARKET UPDATE: SPIDEY'S MOVING UP IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE...

While Amazing Fantasy #15 is on every Marvel collector's want list, it has been priced out for many collectors in most grade levels.

Spider-Man: Homecoming made the world's hottest character even hotter, and Spidey's inclusion in the Avengers Infinity War storyline doesn't hurt either.

If you're looking for an alternative to the unaffordable AF #15, then ASM #1 is the obvious choice. And the market is moving as a result of all that money moving into this book. Especially evident since 2017, there have been strong sales in the VG to FN range.

  • CGC 8.0 $30,000
  • CGC 7.5 $21,500
  • CGC 6.0 $11,200
  • CGC 5.0 $8,900
  • CGC 4.5 $10,800 (!!)
  • CGC 4.0 $5,500
  • CGC 3.0 $5,450
  • CGC 2.0 $4,000
  • CGC 1.8 $3,400

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

With only 100 books, any "must-buy" list is going to be controversial. We received plenty of questions about the omission of ASM #1 last year. Most went something like, "WTF?!"

Truth was, when I first compiled the list, ASM #1 was in a little bit of a price slump. It isn't enough for a book to be in demand. To be truly hot, I want to see lots of price increases, and ideally above average for that book.

This is a true blue-chip Marvel mega-key. But this year has seen those price increases, so it's on the list. One to buy and hold, and hold, and hold. Don't expect 10 percent year-on-year.

  • CGC 9.4 $150,000
  • CGC 9.0 $67,000
  • CGC 8.5 $33,000
  • CGC 8.0 $22,000
  • CGC 7.5 $18,000
  • CGC 6.0 $8,700
  • CGC 5.0 $6,500
  • CGC 4.0 $4,700
  • CGC 3.0 $3,700
  • CGC 1.8 $2,800

Other Amazing Spider-Man issues on the Hot 100:

Amazing Spider-Man #2 | ASM #14 | ASM #20Amazing Spider-Man #46ASM #50 | Amazing Spider-Man #101 | Amazing Spider-Man #129 | Amazing Spider-Man #300 | ASM #361 | ASM #607

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