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Tales to Astonish #13, 1st Groot
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Why Tales to Astonish 13 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: SOME GAINS, GROWING PAINS

This book is super-obscure and one of the rarer B-list key issue comics of the Silver Age.

I see a few copies per year from lists of thousands of collections.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 4.0 2018 $1,500
  • LAST SALE $1,920
  • PERCENT CHANGE +28%

I still think it's got potential for increase, due to the ongoing expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It can be a tricky book to price in higher grades though.

Hold if you have one.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 7.5 $6,274
  • CGC 7.0 $5,450
  • CGC 6.5 $4,700
  • CGC 5.5 $2,700
  • CGC 5.0 $2,900 (!)
  • CGC 4.0 $1,920
  • CGC 3.0 $1,595
  • CGC 2.5 $1,100
  • CGC 1.5 $1,050 (!!)

2018 MARKET UPDATE: 'GROOT' PRICES THIS YEAR

Not much choice -- solid gains. If you want to own a copy of this Marvel silver age key issue comic, then take what comes your way. Sales:

  • CGC 8.5 $9,300
  • CGC 6.5 $3,800
  • CGC 5.0 $2,250
  • CGC 4.0 $1,500
  • CGC 3.0 $1,200
  • CGC 2.5 $1,300 (!!)
  • CGC 1.5 $735

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

With the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie about to hit screens, and strong rumors of a standalone Groot movie in the works, this character's first appearance is still a hot property.

There have been no high-grade sales, and this is a notoriously tough book above the VG range, so if you see one in Fine or nicer, snag it.

  • CGC 9.2: $80,299 (fake sale with shill bidding on eBay and no feedback exchanged)
  • CGC 4.0 $1,500
  • CGC 3.0 $1,400
  • CGC 2.5 $1,095
  • CGC 1.5 $840

"I am Groot." Three words which stole the show in the surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and boosted the value of an Atlas pre-hero back issue that nobody cared about prior to the GOTG fuss. See Marvel Preview #4 (1st Star-Lord).

If you are lucky enough to flip through a stack of back issues from this era, you'll see that the Lee/Ditko combination created dozens of similar names:

MUMMEX, DROOM, TITANO, GORGILLA, KRANG, BLIPP, THORR, VANDOOM,
ROMMBU, KLAGG, TRULL and MOOMBA

to name just a few.

With a sequel planned for GOTG, Groot is here to stay. That, combined with the scarcity of this pre-hero Atlas book, means it's a good investment.

Other Tales to Astonish books on the Hot 100:

Tales to Astonish #27 (1st Ant-Man) | Tales to Astonish #44 (1st Wasp and Giant-Man)

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