2018 MARKET UPDATE: X-TREMELY GOOD RETURNS ON THIS MARVEL KEY!
We tipped it for greatness last year, and our timing was superb. This is a book that is never going to be hard to recommend, but it has seen a recent spike in values.
There is no particular reason for this. Money moves into books which seem under-valued. Movies keep coming -- the latest driving Uncanny X-Men #129 onto the 100 Hot Comics list this year -- and the X-Men is one of the enduring teams of the Silver Age.
Here are recent sales, many of which set new records for their grades:
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
Another controversial exclusion from last year's list was X-Men 1. We simply cannot shoe-horn every key issue into a 100-strong list of what to buy.
We have a key issue comics focus area of the site, which is updated regularly with mega-keys. However, to be HOT, a book has to have strong demand AND price increases.
This year, X-Men 1 has both. Especially in the VG range of the market. But we suggest you set your sights higher.
There are around 2,500 copies of X-Men 1 in the CGC census. Only 338 of those are graded 7.0 or higher. Spend a little more, and you will have a super-nice looking copy that is in the top 12 percent of the world's certified books of this massive 1960s key.