100 Hot Comics #97: Daredevil #168, 1st Elektra
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Why Daredevil 168 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: NOT AS HOT AS YOU'D EXPECT

CGC 9.8 is the standout this year, and having tipped it I feel pretty smug about that, though most grades have posted modest gains.

It's not reliably hot enough to be higher on the list.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.8 2018 $1,050
  • LAST SALE $1,800
  • PERCENT CHANGE +71%

Elektra has tons of potential. Mind you, the same could be said about almost ANY of the Marvel Comics characters at the moment.

$1,800 is pretty close to an all-time record high for a CGC 9.8. If I were you, I might take that 71 percent right now.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.8 $1,800
  • CGC 9.6 $375
  • CGC 9.4 $270
  • CGC 9.2 $229
  • CGC 9.0 $195
  • CGC 8.0 $103 (low sale)
  • CGC 7.5 $132 (!)
  • CGC 6.5 $125

2018 MARKET UPDATE: ELEKTRA-FYING PRICES IN LOWER GRADES

If we only based our decisions on the highest grades, then this book would be falling. But there are lots of positive sales this year, and so we've shuffled it higher.

Look at how compressed prices have become between CGC 6.5 and 9.2, less than $100. Don't buy low grade copies. Stick to high grade with white pages.

  • CGC 9.8 $1,050
  • CGC 9.6 $355
  • CGC 9.4 $245
  • CGC 9.2 $180
  • CGC 9.0 $185
  • CGC 8.0 $135
  • CGC 7.5 $125
  • CGC 6.5 $110

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

Elektra comics are about as hot as it gets, but her first appearance has dropped like a stone, in common with Daredevil #4 (first Purple Man).

There is a lot of profit-taking now that speculation has left the character. Expect to pay 10 to 20 percent less for the same book this year as you might have 12 months ago. Pretty common in all grades, so be picky if you're buying.

  • CGC 9.8 $1,275
  • CGC 9.4 $260
  • CGC 9.0 $105
  • CGC 7.5 $80

Elektra is clearly hot property. If not for the TV series, though, would any Daredevil books have enjoyed such a long-overdue ride up the speculator's want lists?

As well as this super-hot issue, Daredevil #1 (origin and first appearance), Daredevil #131 (1st Bullseye) Daredevil #4 (1st Purple Man) make it to our Hot 100 list.

While it's expensive in CGC 9.8, there really is no easy alternative to recommend. Lower-grade examples are pretty common.

The jump to 9.8 is steep. Don't buy if you can't pay the price of entry.

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