2023 MARKET UPDATE: DD#9 ECHOES THE MARKET DOWNTURN
Like many of the other modern spec books, DD#9 from Marvel Knights is suffering from the post-Covid selloff.
There's still hope, depending on what the MCU does with Echo.
For now, avoid.
In a word... Echo. Maya Lopez, the adoptive daughter of the Kingpin, is something of a sensation in the Marvel TV shows, and is getting her own series very soon.
She later becomes Ronin in New Avengers #11. Also a hot comic in a previous year but since has dropped out of favor, as interest in Echo's true first appearance has picked up.
Whether the mania for this book is sustainable only time will tell. Quite often, books like this rocket up and then fall back as they are very common, and copies are rapidly pressed into supplying the demand.
For now, DD #9 is still on the rise, and although 9.8 copies have come off their highs of last year, there still looks to be room for this one to run a bit further.
As ever with modern books, it's hard to argue against investing in a CGC 9.8. There are just so many of them out there that going lower is risky.
There are 587 CGC 9.8s in the census.
You can see from the above sales that consumers don't really understand the difference in condition between a 9.2 and a 9.6. A Modern book in 9.0 is basically a dog that somebody dug out of a dollar bin and put in a slab. You need higher standards to invest in a comic book.
Don't be that guy or gal. Aim higher.