2023 MARKET REPORT: X-TREME CORRECTION!
When you see a relatively common bronze age CGC 9.8 selling for $90K, you know it can't carry on.
Last sale: $33,600.
More realistic. Painful, if you bought at the top...
2022 MARKET REPORT: RECORDS SET, BUT PRICES NOT SUSTAINABLE
There are over 200 CGC 9.8 copies in the CGC census! That's surprising. What's not surprising is, given the amount of supply available, prices which flirted with $90K during the summer have rapidly softened. (The highest sale reported by GP last year was $72,000.)
Recent sales are lower in almost every high grade. The reason this book remains in the top 20 is simply, the amount of progress it's made since last year. Yes, some of the froth has come off the top, but the cappuccino has been tasting good for sellers of Giant-Size X-Men #1 for a while now.
I'd wait until the Spring before buying a copy of this book. Let the market settle a bit.
2021 MARKET REPORT: GIANT STRIDES MADE FOR THIS BOOK IN ALL GRADES!
The Coronavirus pandemic has been great for many comic books, not least GSX #1.
New record sales have been enjoyed by sellers lucky enough to possess high-grade examples. Like Incredible Hulk #181, the entry price for this book has got ridiculous.
Here are recent sales:
IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:
Here's the bottom line.
2020 MARKET UPDATE: GIANT PRICES REALIZED FOR ALMOST EVERY GRADE
This book is red hot right now. It turns up in pretty much all kinds of shape, though very high grade copies are tough.
When it does, it will sell -- and quickly -- for prices which will make your head spin.
You know a book is crazy hot when people will pay as much for a 2.5 as for a 4.0.
2019 MARKET UPDATE: HULK #181 HAS COMPETITION!
The major fuss about Wolverine this year has made Incredible Hulk #181 the world's hottest book. GSX#1 is not far behind.
The interesting thing about GSX#1 is that mid-grades are the most profitable. If you'd gone for a 9.6 or 9.8, then you'd barely be ahead.
I continue to recommend CGC 8.0.
2018 MARKET UPDATE:
So CGC 9.8 prices finally broke out of their holding patterns, up more than $1,500 in a year. In fact, high grade copies have done well recently.
It's an early Wolverine comic key that will never go out of fashion.
Here are the most recent sales. It's a hot book in most grades. Be careful of price compression... don't be the guy paying more for lower grades.
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
This is a common book but still enjoys a lot of demand. CGC 9.8s have softened in price. It's never broken out beyond that $6,000 tipping point, even while other keys from the period like Hulk 181 and ASM 129 have.
Do we still like this book? Absolutely. Be picky about the copy you invest in, and don't jump on what seems like a good deal until the future of this key issue becomes more clear.
The second major appearance of Wolverine, in an issue where he joins the X-Men? I'd say that is pretty significant in the Marvel Universe!
Just like his first appearance in Incredible Hulk #181, and 1st Wolverine cameo in Incredible Hulk #180, this is a red-hot comic book.
There is a similar supply of high-grade copies as Hulk #181, but the demand for this issue is somewhat less.
Still, we recommend you own a copy, as there is still plenty of upside left in GSX1.
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