100 Hot Comics #67:
Avengers #4, Captain America Revived
DOWN 32 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR

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Why Avengers #4 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: VERY MIXED RESULTS MEAN CAP FALLS

You could toss a coin on most grade levels for this book and be as likely to predict a rising or falling price as you would if you analyzed data.

High and low, prices are up and down like crazy.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 5.0 2018 $998
  • LAST SALE $1,236
  • PERCENT CHANGE +23%

You'd be mad if you bought a CGC 9.6 two years ago, but happy if you bought a CGC 9.2.

If you have a copy, hold it. If not, this is not a wise time to invest in this book. It's too uncertain to recommend fully, but hot enough to deserve a place on the list.

Here are recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6 $23,500
  • CGC 9.2 $12,500 (!!)
  • CGC 9.0 $6,300
  • CGC 8.5 $5,300
  • CGC 8.0 $4,000
  • CGC 7.5 $2,880
  • CGC 6.0 $1,680
  • CGC 5.0 $1,236
  • CGC 4.0 $906

2018 MARKET UPDATE: 

A CGC 9.8 came to market last May and sold for $143,000. That is serious, serious money!

Back in the real world, prices have softened in the lower grades, but mid-to-higher grade books keep this issue on the hot 100, with solid gains and lots of turnover.

Investing in our recommended grade of 5.0 would see you with a flat return since 2017. One to hold if you have it.

Here are recent sales:

  • CGC 9.8 $143,000
  • CGC 9.6 $31,000
  • CGC 9.4 $13,200
  • CGC 9.2 $6,500
  • CGC 9.0 $5,800
  • CGC 8.0 $4,200
  • CGC 7.5 $2,800
  • CGC 6.0 $1,750
  • CGC 4.0 $830

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

While the ridiculous prices for super-high grade copies of this book realized a few years ago will probably never be repeated, there is plenty of price support for grades between CGC 3.0 and 8.0.

This continues to be one of the most-loved Silver Age key issues, with Avengers movies not going out of fashion anytime soon and cast members, Cap included, getting their own movie series renewed.

  • CGC 9.4 $12,500
  • CGC 9.0 $4,660
  • CGC 8.0 $3,800
  • CGC 7.5 $3,050
  • CGC 6.0 $1,500
  • CGC 4.0 $900

Many collectors believe that Avengers #4 is the first Silver Age appearance of Captain America. They're wrong!

Check out Strange Tales #114 (also on the Hot 100 list). Readers wrote into Marvel to request his comeback from the Golden Age. They listened. ST 114 was the tryout, and it was very popular. So the fertile mind of Stan Lee brought Cap out of ice, literally, to join the Avengers.

It's a tough book in high grade, not to mention extremely expensive. We believe that some of the gains have already been priced in below VG-FN, making 5.0 about the sweet spot for an investment.

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