2023 MARKET REPORT: HIGHEST INDIE ON THE HOT LIST!
It's no surprise that prices on this book (in common with almost everything in the comics market) have softened somewhat.
Rather like Batman Adventures #12, collectors have come to accept that they cannot afford high-grade prices, and so lower grades are leading the charge.
Prices for CGC 9.8s are still in the $10K range. Scary stuff!
2022 MARKET REPORT: ASH STRIKES AGAIN WITH A BIG RETURN
This book was under-valued for years, so it's not a surprise to me to see it double and triple over 2019 prices in most high grades.
The all-black cover makes this very very tough.
2021 MARKET REPORT: MASSIVE GAINS IN MOST HIGH GRADES!
Here's something to crow about: my pick, CGC 9.4, returned 117 percent this year!
Other grades have doubled, or more, as well, proving that wasn't a fluke.
IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:
Here's the bottom line.
This Caliber book by J. A. Barr has become a cult classic.
Brandon Lee's tragic accidental death on the movie set of The Crow created a kind of hero status for this character.
As if that were not enough, it's a late 1980s comic book that has spent a lot of time ignored by the collecting community, and an all-black cover to boot.
Multiple printings later, the first print of The Crow 1 is a sought-after Copper Age comic book. It's joining a slowly growing list of really tough non-mainstream 1980s books:
If you're looking for long-term value in your comic book investments, then some of the 80s key issues are the place to be hunting.
There are only 32 copies of The Crow 1 graded 9.8 in the CGC census. That says a lot for a book of this vintage.
Yes, it's only 30 years old, but it was a non-mainstream title, and when copies do show up in the Sell My Comic Books office, they tend to be around VF.
Normally I would insist on an investment in a CGC 9.8 for a 1980s book. This is one rare exception.
As you can see from the most recent sales, CGC 9.4 is a good compromise. Look for white pages, of course.
Perhaps a CGC 9.6 is a good bet too, but I expect these to be priced around $1K on today's market, which is asking a lot of appreciation before you're in the money.
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