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This book pretty much only exists as a hot investment pick at CGC 9.8. All other grades hold steady.
The good news about that is, I tipped CGC 9.8 last year...
It's hard to recommend lower grades. They simply don't do as well. Bronze X-Men comics are really tough in CGC 9.8, and the premiums are extreme.
I would continue to hold if you bought one. If you can't afford 9.8, hold your nose and buy a CGC 9.6. The last sale of $375 should close the gap if 9.8 pushes the $2K barrier.
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All this chatter has very little actual substance, but it's had the usual effect on prices, with record sales (or at least record recent sales) seen in the upper grades.
Note how much price compression there is below CGC 9.8. This happens when ignorant buyers pull the trigger on books without doing any research, or being patient enough to wait for the same book at a better price.
Inform yourself. There is a huge difference between a CGC 8.0 and a CGC 9.2. There is no way a 9.4 should cost more than a 9.6.
Do NOT buy a book lower than 8.0. This book is ridiculously common, even in high grade. Buying clean, unpressed copies on eBay and sending them to CGC yourself could be a financially rewarding strategy.
So if you want to cash in on the Kitty Pryde rumors, what to invest in? Although 9.6 copies look great, there is nothing like a 9.8 on this issue.
Look for a CGC 9.8 with white pages, and wait if you don't get it straight away -- there are 195 of them in the census. Hardly scarce.
This book has appreciated 45 percent since 2016 in 9.8, and if the movie rumors are confirmed, the price will shatter the $1,000 barrier and push on to new record highs.