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2020 MARKET UPDATE: BACK IN, JUST BARELY
The selloff of this cool issue (see what I did there?) was over-done last year.
Some grades have rebounded, and there is enough interest to justify bringing Mr. Freeze back into the Hot 100.
Even so, my pick of CGC 6.5 has suffered again this year. Some lower grades have posted solid gains. One to watch rather than leap on to.
2019 MARKET UPDATE: DROPPED OUT OF THE LIST
We relegated Batman 121 this year.
2018 MARKET UPDATE: THE COLD ONE IS A HOT ONE!
It's not easy to pick a winner from the pack of hot Batman issues.
But Mr. Freeze is hotter than all of them. This is despite the book being very scarce (relatively anyway), especially in higher grade. The white cover is a tough one to find above 7.0, with only 31 of 370 examples graded 7.5 or better.
If you're looking for a sleeper issue to invest in, this is the one to buy.
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
The coolest character in the DC universe is now one of the hottest. Prices of Batman 121 continue to confound observers, with records being set all the time.
It's SUPER-tough in high grade. The highest-known CGC copy is only 9.4, but it has never sold on the open market.
Books above 6.0 are tough and command high prices when they do appear. Its white cover easily shows dirt, dust and sun shadows, and wear.
Add to that the surprisingly tough nature of this book. It's seldom offered to us in collections of the period. The off-white cover shows wear and dirt very easily.
Take advantage of the relatively small number of transactions to snap up a clean mid-grade copy of this book. Sales data show that the prices seldom vary much between true mid-grade (5.0) and 6.5.
If you can find one at that grade, take it. The jump in price to 7.0 and beyond is significant.
Other Batman books on the Hot 100 list:
Batman #59 (1st Deadshot) | Batman #181 (1st Poison Ivy) | Batman #189 (1st Silver Age Scarecrow) |
Batman #1 (New 52 relaunch) | Batman Adventures #12 (1st Harley Quinn)