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2022 MARKET UPDATE: HOT AGAIN FOR SOME REASON
I guess the MCU has been kickstarted again, with a slew of Disney+ Marvel TV series promised, there seems to be a place for rumors on every Marvel character.
The eye-catching 9.6 sale of $45K is the highlight this year, but there is plenty more to like lower down the grade range, especially around the VF/NM level.
2021 MARKET UPDATE: STILL A HOT BOOK, BUT IN A HOLDING PATTERN
The entire MCU has ground to a halt while we wait out the pandemic. So this book has seen price increases in some grades, but not predictably so.
2020 MARKET UPDATE: DROPPING DOWN THE LADDER
Far From Home has come and gone. I quite enjoyed it, and I thought Mysterio was an okay character.
I don't see him coming back in the MCU, and nor do speculators. Prices on this book have plummeted.
CGC 8.5 lost 10 percent last year. Not as bad as many grades.
2019 MARKET UPDATE: NEW TO THE 100 HOT COMICS LIST!
Amazing Spider-Man 13 is another Marvel movie monster.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the next movie in the franchise, and the leaky boat that is Marvel Studios has led to a not-so-well-kept secret about Mysterio being the major bad guy.
(See Amazing Spider-Man #212, 1st Hydro-Man, who is also going to appear. That book makes it on to this list too.)
When I'm looking for potential comic book investments for myself, I try to consider not just what's hot, but how long it will stay hot, whether there are any other reasons to like a book beyond its immediate popularity, and which grades represent value.
Early Amazing Spider-Man back issues don't really need a ton of help. This is, after all, the world's most collected comic book series. Even without the movie, there was tons of support for this comic book.
That's another reason to invest in vintage keys rather than modern books.
The upcoming Marvel movie has simply taken an already-popular comic and opened it up to the speculation which will make it a hot comic.
I took a good, hard look at recent sales in different grades. If you looked just at VF or higher grades, then this book wouldn't be on the list.
Most of the action seems to be happening lower down, where more people can afford a punt. Eventually the money will flow up to the higher grades, as it always does.
My pick is CGC 8.5. It's high enough grade that picky collectors and investors won't be turned off, but not so high that you'll struggle to find a buyer when it's time to cash in.
Here are recent sales to show you why this grade seems to offer the best bang for your buck.