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.
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.
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.
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.
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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