100 Hot Comics: Rick and Morty 1

Hot Comics 2020 #46: Rick and Morty 1

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Why Rick and Morty 1 is a Hot Comic

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.

What to Invest In

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Let's look at the regular first printing here. We recommend CGC 9.8 with white pages.

  • 9.8 $865
  • 9.6 $300
  • 9.4 $230
  • 9.2 $160
  • 9.0 $180(!)
  • 8.5 $260(!!!!)

Now let's look at the Roiland variant.

  • 9.8 $2,040
  • 9.6 $1,000
  • 9.4 $1,000 (OMG)
  • 9.0 $700
  • 8.5 $400
  • 8.0 $500 (OMFG)

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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