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Marvel Preview 4, 1st Star-Lord
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Why Marvel Preview 4 is a Hot Comic

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A darling of the dealer dollar bins at shows until the shock announcement of the first movie, Marvel Preview 4 suddenly rocketed to fame.

It quickly became apparent that high-grade copies of this book are far more common than people expected. Still, for a while the ride was great.

Prices have settled down now, but with two successful movies, GOTG are here to stay. Here are some recent sales.

  • CGC 9.8: $1,500
  • CGC 9.6 $650
  • CGC 9.4 $480
  • CGC 9.2 $305
  • CGC 9.0 $405 (!!)
  • CGC 8.5 $300 (!!)
  • CGC 8.0 $260
  • CGC 7.0 $235 (!!)

You can see the problem with this comic book. People with no sense of the difference between a CGC 9.0 and CGC 9.4 will pay similar prices -- even as low as CGC 8.0 has seen high sales.

Another good book to look for from the same series is Marvel Preview #7, the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon.

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We feel strongly that there will be more Guardians of the Galaxy movies to come. But the problem is, buying a copy of this book below CGC 9.8 is dangerous.

There are too many of them around. They do seem to suffer more than comic books of the period from darkening of the pages, so white pages is desirable.

There is no shortage of nice copies of this book, with 81 9.8s and 100 9.6s in the census. Stick to your guns and wait for a copy with white pages.

See also Marvel Preview #2, first origin of Punisher.

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