The Wednesday One 3/13/19
Welcome to the all new Wednesday One. We would first like to shout out Adam Lebednik for the amazing job he has done writing this column. He has been a Wednesday regular read for so many in the spec game for quite some time. We could not possibly do justice to what he does so instead decided to bring you something different. An ALL NEW Wednesday One.
Each week we will go head to head picking just ONE book in each category in a battle for NCBD supremacy. Best of all, you get to pick the winner! Sound off in the comments if you’re #TeamSimpleman or #TeamBolo and we will recap each week in the following weeks Column.
So its Brian vs. Jack.
Simpleman vs. Bolo.
And there can be only ONE. The Wednesday One.
Most Looking Forward to Reading Marvel
Most Looking Forward to Reading DC
Most Looking Forward to Reading Indie
Regular Price Variant Marvel
Regular Price Variant DC
Regular Price Variant Indie
Top Spec Pick
Last Week Look Back
By a very slim margin, the people have spoken and sided with team Bolo. The most common statement was the support of Immortal Hulk. That series seems to be the peoples champion. Both Simpleman’s and Mr. Bolo were able to claim a Hot 10 list selection as members of their roster which certainly is not typical of a release week. Time will tell how some of these picks pan out and who the true winner is long term.
Winners: (In No Order)
- Readers- Like every week some great reads hit shelves. Cosmic Ghost Rider, Astro Hustle, Die #4, Immortal Hulk #14, Avengers No Road Home and many others had readers buzzing. Any week where you pick up a new book and give it a read is a win in my eyes. That is first and foremost what this hobby is founded on.
- Astro Hustle Cover B Smallwood (Bolo) –Looks like Mr. Bolo wasn’t the only one getting the feels for this Wax Pax homage variant. It saw sales of $20-25 and was a Hot 10 entry last week
- Hot Shots #1 JSC ( Simpleman) – Easily the book of the week. While copies kept hitting eBay, they were being brought up just as fast. Prices continue to escalate and this book found it self on the Hot 10 list the week of release.
- Meet The Skrulls 1:50 (Bolo)- While the demand for this book seems to be dropping, that may change as more people see Captain Marvel and realize the Skrulls possible
- Vader Dark Visions 1:50 Variant (Simpleman)– Prices are all over the place on this one ranging from $50-90 and time will tell if demand stays what it is. Either way, this book showed a solid potential for profit this week.
- Ziggy Pig Silly Seal #1 Secret Variant – Omitted from last week’s Wednesday One, this book got hot and landed a Hot 10 spot. News broke late Tuesday that this book existed at approximately a 1:10 ratio. Brian had already turned in his picks so it would have been a dirty move to include it. Instead we went with an editor’s note detailing the books existence and hype. The book had major release day buzz and has seen sales of $25-30.
Losers: (In No Order)
- Those Speculating on Short Term gains from DC Cover B’s– Gone seem to be the days where Putri, Middleton, and Oliver variants were catching shops by surprise and being massively under ordered. It’s been a good while since we have seen a Cover B hit $20 out the gate. This is most likely due to several factors: Variant fatigue with popular artists like Mattina and Artgerm, several popular releases dropping per week, and retailers becoming hip to the trend an loading up on these near Virgin Beauties. Both Brian and Jack have been advocates for the Cover B’s long term spec potential as many fade away from Cover B’s. But those expecting short term gains have been left holding copies they cant move just yet.
- Marvel Regular Price Variants (Both)– While both of us made picks we liked in terms of regular priced Marvel Variants, these books have shown very little as far a profitability even in the long term. Look at a book like Avengers #684 for example, as hot as it is, the Skottie Young doesnt really move. So many of these Cover B’s feature great cover art but over saturation and a less focused variant program than DC has caused these issues to hit the market to crickets quite often. Exceptions due exist, but these books, no matter the artist, seem to be PC pick ups only at this point. Worse of all, if a cover gets any heat, some store just creates a Virgin version and kills the value of the trade dress original.
Jury Is Still Out
- Mr Bolo’s IDW Incentive Picks (Bolo) Both books saw sales above ratio this week but saw little demand. My little Pony #75 had several $15-20 sales and sees five or so currently listed. The Gi Joe yearbook has one sale for $25 and currently just two listed. Both are listed for about $25 each. This is typical of these types of series. Often times to maximize returns, books like these are to be held until copies dry completely up and pricing can be determined by those holding the remaining copies.
- Red Sonja Jusko Virgin Variant (Simpleman) –So this one could very well be called a win It has two sales at $50 which is more than ratio by 25% but those sales were days ago. What this book does have going for it is it is only listed by 3 eBayers, Two feature $100 BINs and the other is a live auction currently sitting at $15. The live auction will tell us a lot about the true demand for this book
- Most books released last week- It’s hard to call a lot of books losers after just one week. Let us know in the comments what books you think the jury still out on!
A little of a slow week last week but I have a feeling this week will heat things up. Be sure to let us know in the comments your picks and predict who will win out #TeamSimpleman or #TeamBolo.
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