The Spread 13: Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Welcome back comic book invest to another episode of Covering the Spread.  I can’t believe we are already up to 13 articles but here we are!  I have even managed to go a couple of weeks without talking about any Spider-Man books.  Spoiler alert that will change today.

As always I would like to thank the Comic Collateral App for our pricing data.  Also don’t forget my numbers will always be estimates, and I’m not suggesting that every “near mint” copy has a chance of being a 9.8.  Always look at the pictures and see for yourself!  With that said if you’ve never read one of my articles before I always recommend going back to issue 8 where I explain the theories behind my articles.

But for now let’s move on to some books!

 

Savage She-Hulk 1

This is a book that I have noticed really picking up steam lately.  I don’t know if people are speculating that she will be appearing in the MCU, or if this is just normal gains on a key issue in this bull market.  I do know however that 27 graded copies have been sold this month on eBay alone.  That’s more copies then steady sellers like Star Wars 1 and Giant Size X-Men.  So does that mean now is the time to be investing in this comic?  Let’s find out:

Without Pressing:

Average Raw Price 63.89
10 Copies 638.93
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 117.78
Total Costs 1036.71

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
231.20 110 79.87 65.88
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
462.40 330 319.48 65.88 1177.76

Wow first of all I have to say when did this book start averaging $64 a copy?! I might’ve missed the boat on this one.  At any rate for our purposes we would have an upfront investment of $918.93 and we would come away with profits of $141.05.  That is a modest spread of +14 and an ROI of 15%.  15% isn’t a bad investment in traditional terms but for us that’s not a great return.   There is potential here because the auctions are ending much lower than BIN but I would say it isn’t worth the risk.

With Pressing:

Average Raw Price 63.89
10 Copies 638.93
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees (EST) 120
Selling Fees 140.33
Total Costs 1179.28

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
231.2 110 79.87
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
693.60 550 159.74 1403.34

If we involve the pressers of the world we have an upfront cost of $1038.94 and our returns would be $224.07.  That’s a slightly better spread at +22 and our ROI would be 21%.  21% is not bad and there might be a little meat on the bone but for me this is a pass.  If you really want a copy I would buy one already graded and save yourself the time and effort.

 

Teen Titans 12

It’s not very often that a new character really sticks around but It certainly seems like fans love the Batman Who Laughs.  Personally I haven’t read anything he’s been in but the design is absolutely fantastic.  Also I’m I the only one that thinks even though Marvel is doing so many mash ups in their comics DC did it best?  Anyways let’s check out the numbers

Without Pressing:

Average Raw Price 30.13
10 Copies 301.33
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 108.50
Total Costs 689.83

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
244.12 89.36 68.01 56.59
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
488.24 268.14 272.04 56.59 1085.01

Wowza I was curious to dig in to the numbers but this was much better than I expected!  We would have an upfront investment of $581.33 and our profits would be $395.18!  That’s a spread of +39.52 and our ROI would be just barely under 68% (67.97).  That is why I said I wasn’t impressed by 15 or even 20%.  This book is clearly a great investment right now and with it being so new I don’t think finding a raw 9.8 is going to be as difficult as it is with other books.

With Pressing:

Average Raw Price 30.13
10 Copies 301.33
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees (EST) 120
Selling Fees 131.53
Total Costs 832.85

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
244.12 89.38 68.01
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
732.36 446.90 136.02 1315.28

With pressing involved our upfront investment would be $701.32 and we would make $482.43 in profits.   That brings the spread up to +48.24 and our ROI up to almost 69%.  While this is all an improvement I don’t know if the extra money and time is worth another 1% in profits.  Personally I would skip the pressing and be plenty happy with what I’m already getting!

 

Amazing Spider-Man 298

Yes there will always be more Spider-Man books for me to talk about! Venom will be making his way into theaters in less than 2 weeks at this point so there are a couple possibilities.  First, the movie could be terrible.  If that happens investors will likely panic and dumb all the books they spent money on.  If that happens this book might be one that people sell off dirt cheap and that will be the time to buy it!

Second, the movie could be great.  If that happens people will be in a rush to buy key issues and this will be one that’s initially under the radar.  I guess what I’m saying is right after the movie comes out it will probably be a good idea to buy this book.

This book has a lot going for it.  It’s got a cameo appearance by Eddie Brock, it’s Todd McFarlane’s first Spider-Man work, and a great cover.  With that white background this is a tough book to keep in high grade!

Without Pressing

Average Raw Price 50.77
10 Copies 507.74
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 142.94
Total Costs 930.68

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
293.57 140 87.64 71.71
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
587.14 420 350.56 71.71 1429.41

Without pressing we have upfront costs of $787.74 and our profits would be $498.73.  That’s a spread of +49.87 and our ROI is at 63%!  Not quite Batman Who Laughs but that’s still an outstanding ROI on a book that people are selling too low in my opinion.

With Pressing

Average Raw Price 50.77
10 Copies 507.74
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees (EST) 120
Selling Fees 175.60
Total Costs 1083.34

 

9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
293.57 140 87.64
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
880.71 700 175.28 1755.99

Pressing is going to be a must here.  Our upfront cost goes to $907.74 with profits of $672.27.  That’s a spread of +67.27 and an incredible ROI of 74%.  We have officially passed TT12 in value.  What I will say is that this book is much older and there are probably less 9.8 copies floating around but I think it’s well worth the risk at these prices.

Wrap Up

Well everyone those are our books for the day.  What does everyone think should we still be buying Savage She-Hulk 1?  How crazy is it that a book that released last year is already almost as expensive as the Toddfather’s first work on Spider-Man?  If you ignore these numbers which one of those 2 would you say is the better investment?  Let me know in the comments section and I’ll see you next week!

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