2023 MARKET UPDATE: SURPRISE! HOT AGAIN
Almost every modern comic book has dropped this year, but this is an exception.
It's not red hot, but lukewarm is better than absolute zero cold, which most of the other modern keys are.
2022 MARKET UPDATE: LAST CHANCE TO SEE
Something has to happen next year, or this book will be relegated from the Hot list.
9.8 and 9.6 grades aside, nothing else gained this year. The Roiland variant is, however, selling strongly.
Recent sales of the regular edition:
2021 MARKET UPDATE: I DON'T GET IT...
My son Jasper is always telling me about memes he loves, and then says he can't explain because I just won't get it.
Same for Rick and Morty. I just don't get what the appeal is.
And lately it's cooled off to the extent that it's barely clinging to its hot status.
A TV series, a long-running comic book series, with multiple printings and variant editions, all add up to a speculators dream (or nightmare, depending on your point of view).
We will concern ourselves with the first issue, and first printing, with an honorable mention for the rare Roiland variant comic edition.
I like Rick and Morty variants as a collector, but not from an investment point of view. In general, I don't understand modern comics. I particularly don't understand variant comics.
But once one is established, it seems certain to maintain its cult status. Roiland's cover is one such variant -- firmly up in the charts of the most valuable modern variant comics.
Which makes it worthy of your attention, should you have available cash and like the concept of owning one.
As an investment? Very, very hard to call.
Let's look at the regular first printing here. We recommend CGC 9.8 with white pages.
Now let's look at the Roiland variant.
See how ignorant purchases are magnified in modern variant comics?
When you really, REALLY want to own something admittedly scarce, then the adrenaline can lead to you making some seriously costly errors. Ouch.
The average investor should stick to the first printing, and leave variants to those who know the market well.
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