2018 MARKET UPDATE: VENOM, CARNAGE, HOT COMICS MADNESS!
There is a ceiling on this book, and the reason is simple. It's common as dirt.
There are more than 12,000 copies of this book in the CGC census! That is a great indication of its easy-to-find late 80s status. No less than 767 are CGC 9.8.
If you want one, you will find one. It's just a question of how much to pay. With a few exceptional crazy sales around the time of the movie announcement, CGC 9.8s have bumped against the glass ceiling at $2,000.
We cannot recommend CGC 9.8 as a buy at this point, but it belongs on the hot list, and if you have a copy, it is probably still a hold, at least until the Venom movie comes out.
CGC 9.6 copies might still have some upside.
Here are recent sales:
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
Sony shelved one movie project, and announced Venom as their 2018 superhero movie release. Prices, predictably enough, went berserk overnight, as speculators and investors piled into this already hot book.
While Stan Lee continues to astound observers with his longevity and ability to continue raking in cash for signing comic books, eventually he WILL expire. Copies of ASM 300 signed by Stan Lee in a Signature Series holder are particularly popular when combined with Todd McFarlane's signature.
Venom is one of the hottest properties in the Spider-Man universe right now, and it's understandable that his first full appearance is on the Hot 100 list.
Movie rumors won't leave this character alone. Sony and Marvel have agreed to work together on the second Spider-Man movie reboot, and along with Carnage, and the various Symbiote (black costume) first appearances, there are few affordable books we could recommend more highly.
Other Spider-Man villains which appear in the Hot 100: