Every week I review the GoCollect hot comics to see what seems to be wrong. What I noticed this week were two books that I think should be getting some love from collectors but are sadly being ignored. I believe these books are undervalued and have potential. Others are missing and suggest you might want to pick them.
Booster Gold should be destined for a DC Movie
DC Comics found cinematic success with Shazam. It was an adventure-packed film with a comedic element that entertained fans and was profitable. You can produce sequels but why not also try to duplicate this success with a new character. Enter Booster Gold. A superhero more concerned with his image and endorsement deals than saving the day. Imagine a cameo of Batman lecturing him on what it means to be a superhero to create a nice contrast in characters. Add in Skeets, his robotic wise-cracking sidekick and you have all the elements of a great movie. You have to no look further than Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy heroic Starlord and the humorous Rocket and Groot to see how these elements can be incorporated to produce a great film franchise.
Booster Gold also can be used with Blue Beetle to create a good buddy-buddy or mentor film depending on the version used. I believe Booster Gold is a severely underused character in comics as well, and one day someone might use him again properly so he reaches his potential. That is what you are looking for in undervalued books, room for growth. Booster Gold #1 has that type of appeal and is reasonable priced for a book close to 35 years old.
It is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Time
Thundercats. G.I. Joe. Rom. He-Man. Toys that become comic books have always seemed to rise in value based upon the nostalgia factor among collectors. No news on television or movies and these books still rise in value and demand among collectors. When I looked at Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 I was amazed that this book had an FMV of less than $100 for a book graded 9.8. This franchise still produces television shows and rumors of another movie always appear online so why has this book not increased in value? I believe it is because it is still fresh in the minds of many collectors. The people who grew up with this book are still young and do not place that much on nostalgia yet, but eventually, they will. Remember this book is 26 years old so that time will come soon.
The toy franchises I have already mentioned have a lot less media presence than the Rangers but time is what drives their values. If possible I would look to add some of these books in high-grade while you can at these prices and hold them until the time is right. That is when you can see the profits those other titles have already produced for investors.
When managing a proper comic book portfolio there is always room for books with some risk but with high upside. Chasing comic books based upon movie announcements will only place you in the water with a bunch of other sharks looking for the same meal. Sometimes you have to be bold and take a chance. Doing so with undervalued books with room to grow is a good way to alleviate some of the risk while putting you in a good position to see some profits. These are two books that follow a pattern of success that others are ignoring now but may not in the future. The time is perfect right now to take the plunge and pick up Booster Gold #1 and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 before the investor next to you take notice.