2023 MARKET REPORT: MOST GRADES FALLING OFF THE BOARD
Upper middle grades of this book have tanked, with 30 to 50 percent lower prices than the pandemic bubble.
I believe it's over-sold, and now is a good time to get back in.
2022 MARKET REPORT: CGC 9.8 HITS $90K!
That's the headline-grabbing price that is the new ceiling for this classic issue. The price gap to CGC 9.6 seems huge, especially as there are 24 9.8s in the census.
Does that make 9.6 a bargain? Relatively speaking perhaps!
A few grades are seeing softening prices. It might be time to sell if you've been holding for a few years. Classic cover.
Silver Surfer 4 is just one of the books benefiting from the 'homecoming' to Marvel Studios of the Fantastic Four.
Pretty much every comic with the Silver Surfer on it is currently red-hot, mostly thanks to speculation that the Herald of Galactus is going to feature heavily in upcoming Marvel movies when Sony gives up the rights (or negotiates a combination deal like they did with Spider-Man).
And surely Marvel Studios will do a decent job of it this time around, after a bunch of awful FF movies in the past.
A short list of the hottest Silver Surfer comic book issues would look like:
And then this book. Just a glance at the front cover tells you all you need to know about the universal appeal of SS#4.
Not only is Thor vs Silver Surfer one of the coolest concepts for a super-battle, but this is an all-time classic cover rendition by John Buscema. In a hobby increasingly dominated by cover collectors, this is a no-brainer.
There has never been a shortage of demand for this comic book, but prices have suddenly spiked, and so it makes its way onto the Hot 100.
2021 MARKET UPDATE: PANDEMIC HAS DELAYED THE PUMP AND DUMP MOVIE EFFECT
Silver Surfer 4 is still rising in price in almost every grade.
While high-grade examples were once the most in-demand, now even low-to-mid grades have seen the coronavirus effect on comic books kick in.
The MCU has had to delay releases of the new movies, and development of future ones, so people's money is staying in the books for longer.
IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:
Here's the bottom line.
2020 MARKET UPDATE: HOTTER AND HOTTER AS FF MOVIES APPROACH
Silver Surfer 4 has continued its upward momentum this year, as the Disney juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down its release schedule.
This book has jumped more than 50 places up the list. Can this continue? It's currently hotter than Silver Surfer 1!
The lower to mid-grades have stagnated. There are simply too many of them around. Don't let your standards slip.
Here are recent sales:
2019 MARKET REPORT
Here are some recent sales to whet your appetite:
My gut tells me that higher-grade copies of this book are where to invest. The average SS#4 that comes into the office is about VG, often with splits on the spine.
The Marvel 'squarebound' books (annual-size) like this one were manufactured with the pages stapled together, and the cover glued on to the outside slab of pages.
They seem particularly tough in high grade. CGC seems to treat them quite harshly.
I would look for a VF copy for under $900.
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