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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?
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.
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.
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.
Other Amazing Spider-Man issues on the Hot 100: