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Hero for Hire #1, 1st Luke Cage
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Why Luke Cage Hero for Hire 1 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: HARD TO CALL THIS BOOK

Where to begin with HFH#1? One grade will do really well (CGC 9.6 for example) and another falls. It seems totally random.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.2 2018 $1,925
  • LAST SALE $1,225
  • PERCENT CHANGE -27%

My chosen grade of CGC 9.2 has lost nearly a third of its value this year, which naturally isn't good if you bought one less than a year ago.

Unless there is some big news on the Luke Cage front, I don't know how long it can retain its status as a hot comic.

Don't buy in if you are on the fence. There are better books elsewhere on the list.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6: $4,050
  • CGC 9.4 $2,503
  • CGC 9.2 $1,225
  • CGC 9.0 $400
  • CGC 8.5 $650
  • CGC 7.0 $215
  • CGC 4.0 $135

2018 MARKET UPDATE:

This book is on the rise again after a year off. No 9.8 sales to report since the record $24K in 2016, but there are plenty of solid gains.

Our pick of CGC 9.2 is up about 25 percent this year.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6: $3,600
  • CGC 9.4 $3,500
  • CGC 9.2 $1,925
  • CGC 9.0 $995
  • CGC 8.5 $545
  • CGC 7.0 $300
  • CGC 4.0 $165

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

Prices have softened since last year's Netflix debut, but this book is still notoriously tough in high grades.

If you waited to buy it until now, you're getting a ten or 15 percent discount to the market from the highs. But still a decent bet. We are still waiting to see if there will be a second series.

  • CGC 9.6: $4,100
  • CGC 9.4 $2,950
  • CGC 9.2 $1,600
  • CGC 9.0 $1,000
  • CGC 8.5 $550
  • CGC 7.0 $295
  • CGC 4.0 $140

Marvel's new lineup of TV series, including Jessica Jones and Daredevil, has brought a number of previously under-valued key issues into the limelight.

Arguably, Hero for Hire #1 is the most spectacular winner. A CGC 9.8 copy of HFH #1 just sold for $26,000. That places it comfortably the top three most valuable comic books of the Bronze Age at the moment.

Not all of us have that kind of coin to drop on a comic book investment. However, a more modest 9.2 copy is affordable, and still represents an opportunity to profit.

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