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2022 MARKET UPDATE: IT'S UNCANNY HOW EXPENSIVE THIS BOOK HAS BECOME
Yes, folks, the hottest book for two years in a row is just as hot as before -- but as you can see, there is ONE other book that's even more ridiculous. (Can you guess which?)
Despite being knocked off its perch, X-Men #1 is still remarkably valuable in any condition, and prices year over year are comfortably beating the stock market.
A CGC 9.6 sold for a whopping $807,000 in 2021. A new record! If one of the two 9.8s hits the market, then the million barrier will surely be breached.
As long as you held on and didn't cash in, it doesn't matter which grade you own. You're in the money. MCU "home coming" for X-Men is really a done deal now. It's just a matter of time, and wondering which X-Men villains will feature in the new movies.
2021 MARKET UPDATE: NOT EVEN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC CAN STOP THE X-MEN FROM THEIR MUTANT MASTERY!
For the second year running, we've declared that X-Men #1 is THE hottest book on the planet.
In any condition... In any format (fixed price or auction sale)... Even restored copies! X-Men #1 is a powerful performer.
A glance at some of the recent sales will convince you to either buy one if you haven't yet, or hold yours if you already were smart enough to do so.
We realize that our original recommended grade of CGC 7.0 has become out of reach for many collectors, but it's still a grade that will perform better than average.
Last year's CGC 4.5 recommendation has appreciated from $6,290 to $10,100.
2020 MARKET UPDATE: THE WORLD'S HOTTEST COMIC, AND A SILVER AGE KEY THAT ALL COLLECTORS SHOULD ASPIRE TO OWNING
X-Men #1 has been rising for years, though it's never been top of the pile before. The top spot is justified due to ridiculously strong sales in all grades.
This is far from a rare comic book, but it's always eagerly snapped up when we offer one for sale, and the results speak for themselves.
Here are sales in various grades against last year'a average. Some prices have cooled off, but the huge growth in recent years explains that!
Some of the better growth has happened in lower grades.
2019 Average Price
2019 MARKET UPDATE: IT MIGHT BE TIME TO GET YOUR X-TRA CASH OUT
Another great year for X-Men #1, but is it time to say enough is enough?
I'm feeling pretty good about this result! But I don't know how to advise newcomers to this book about buying for return on investment.
The last sale of a CGC 4.5 was a snip at $4,000. If you can find a repeat of that, then it might be a good way to proceed -- less risk at a lower grade level, and more customers when it's time to find a new home for your book.
Here are latest sales on the same grades as last year.
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.