The 5 most valuable comic books

The record sale of a rare title featuring Superman's debut shows just how rewarding the right comics can be for collectors.

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Aug 26, 2014 2:28PM
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It's a little annoying when the people who write these articles get information horribly wrong. The problem is now the public thinks one thing, but is misinformed.


The Action Comic #1 that sold in 2010 was not close to Near Mint, which is a CGC designation of 9.4. The copy that sold in 2010 was a grade of Very Fine + or a CGC grade of 8.5 and it didn't sell for a million like the article states. It sold for 1.5 million. 


It goes:

Near Mint 9.4

Near Mint- 9.2

Very Fine /Near Mint 9.0

VF+ 8.5


Had the copy in 2010 actually been Near Mint or 9.4, it would have sold for a hell of a lot more than 1.5 million dollars!!! Moreover, a copy of detective comics #27 in Near Mint condition doesn't even publicly exist. The highest graded CGC copy is Very Fine or 8.0. So if the 2.2 million dollar amount is just a valuation than I guarantee that's also waayyyy off, because the VF 8.0 copy sold for over a million dollars already in 2010 at auction. So a copy CGC NM 9.4 would easily outsell the Action Comics #1 that just sold for 3.2.


All I'm saying is, I'm a comic book nerd and CNBC needs to do some research before writing false things such as this.

Aug 26, 2014 5:06PM
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Isn't it "Billionaire" not "Millionaire" Bruce Wayne?
Aug 26, 2014 1:23PM
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The article fails to mention how big a cut the auction house takes of the final selling price. Some places take close to 40%, because there is a buyers fee, and a sellers fee. 
Aug 26, 2014 2:42PM
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One can always tell those people who make comments that spend way too much time playing games on their I-phones.  They make comments that do not track the article at all.  (Eg.Ralph Johnson)
Aug 31, 2014 8:09AM
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Being in my mid 60's and an avid comic book reader as a kid I wonder how many of these I owned and destroyed.
Aug 27, 2014 3:50PM
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Value is in the eye of the beholder. I'm not seeing The Tick Number 1, so I think the list is off.
Aug 28, 2014 1:19AM
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Ever notice that recently, most of MSN.com articles don't even allow you to comment??
Aug 31, 2014 2:26PM
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Goes to show you how even rare vintage comic books are a better investment tool than the stock market and a better store of value over time than the U.S. Dollar.
Aug 27, 2014 1:57PM
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When a family member passed away last year I ended up with a whole laundry basket of full year sets of hockey cards. Where is the best place to find out if they are worth anything? I live in west Michigan.
Aug 27, 2014 5:01PM
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man it would be cool if my webcomic got that popular some day


"cough" Dan's Voyage "cough"

Aug 27, 2014 4:59PM
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Yah know...  every time there is an "article" online, no matter what it's about, a whole bunch of "people" come out with a comment about "Obama" or "liberals," etc. and say, "vote Republican!"  Now, this is about comic books, for Pete's sakes.  I am beginning to wonder if these "people" who make these comments are real people, or if these comments are "computer generated" by some machine owned by the Koch boys? Or, maybe the Koch boys hire "real people" to type this stuff from India for ten cents a comment?   It's beginning to look suspicious to me, so I'm beginning to wonder about it.
Sep 1, 2014 8:51PM
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Aug 31, 2014 8:54PM
Aug 31, 2014 2:14PM
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I've got about 8000 comics. Many are #1's. 95 % are mint condition, never opened, and many are autographed and numbered. Thinking about keeping them stored until my latter years, unless a deep pocketed buyer comes along. Wife wants them gone, not sharing my vision for them. This info about the five most valuable comics excites the heck out of me. Are there many of you older gents out there who still enjoy comics like I do?
Aug 27, 2014 6:46PM
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it be nice to wipe my azz with it...
Aug 27, 2014 2:45PM
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Joe . . . how would you like to lose your posting privileges on MSN ????
Aug 27, 2014 5:00PM
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Stupid hipsters, I am sick of comic books, comic book movies and comic cons.....maybe we need to bring bullying back.....
Aug 26, 2014 2:09PM
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We have enough RIGHT WING corrupt Republican corporate MONARCHY "COMICS" to worry about WITHOUT worrying about comic books !!

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