Fantasy Investing: Round 4

by Matt Tuck

Sweet-Tooth-1-191x300 Fantasy Investing: Round 4It’s time again for Fantasy Comic Investing, and I challenge you to put your picks against mine.

The third round of Fantasy Investing was good to me. (Anyone else thinking of an old Saturday Night Live skit? Fantasy Investing has been very, very good to me.) My mentality with those picks was to go with the short term profits, and it worked.

The biggest gainer was Sweet Tooth #1. Propelled by the news of an impending Netflix live-action series, the 9.8 doubled its fair market value in a month’s time. After my initial investment of $150, it is now earning $300.

Hulk-180-201x300 Fantasy Investing: Round 4For the first three rounds, Wolverine’s first appearance in cameo has been my saving grace. Last month, I decided to upgrade to an 8.5, and that was a good decision. From May to June, its FMV has increased to $925, giving me a $75 profit.

The only loss I suffered was Secret War #2, which dropped $10 from May’s FMV. Luckily, my 9.2 Amazing Spider-Man #300 got a $25 bump to absorb the impact. Here’s the full list from round three.

ROUND 3 FANTASY INVESTING PICKS

(8.5) Incredible Hulk #180 

May’s FMV: $850

June’s FMV: $925

(9.2) Amazing Spider-Man #300

May’s FMV: $375

June’s FMV: $400

(9.8) Amazing Spider-Man #361

May’s FMV: $400

June’s FMV: $400

(9.6) The Mighty Thor #337

May’s FMV: $210

June’s FMV: $210

(9.8) Sweet Tooth #1

May’s FMV: $150

June’s FMV: $300

(9.8) Secret War #2

May’s FMV: $80

June’s FMV: $70

(9.4) Mighty Avengers #13

May’s FMV: $22

June’s FMV: $22

Venom-3-third-print-190x300 Fantasy Investing: Round 4THE NEW FANTASY INVESTING PICKS

That gives me a profit of $240 entering round four. As the rules dictate, at least one comic has to go. Those first appearances of Wolverine, Venom, and Carnage are locks, and Sweet Tooth is a definite moneymaker, so those are staying. This month, I will cut my losses from the Secret Warriors and dump Secret War #2 and Mighty Avengers #13.

It pains me to do it, but I also will let go of Thor #337. The market has plateaued for Beta Ray Bill for the time being. Sooner or later, we will get some Beta Ray MCU news, and it’s going to skyrocket. For the meantime, it’s not making a profit at its current FMVs, so out with the old.

Tossing those comics overboard gives me $302 to invest, and I know exactly where I’m putting that money: Knull. He’s an extremely hot character at the moment, and his first cover appearance is bringing big profits. That is why I will spend $300 for a 9.8 Venom #3 third print.

ROUND 4: FIGHT

(8.5) Incredible Hulk #180 

Current FMV: $925

(9.2) Amazing Spider-Man #300

Current FMV: $400

(9.8) Amazing Spider-Man #361

Current FMV: $400

(9.8) Sweet Tooth #1

Current FMV: $300

(9.8) Venom #3 Third Print

Current FMV: $300

TOTAL INVESTMENTS: $2,325 ($2 under budget)

MAY’S PERFORMERS

  1. Matt Tuck ($2,327)
  2. Ilya ($2,225)
  3. ComicBookCollect ($2,190)
  4. Danny D ($2,110)
  5. Jason82 ($2,068)

THE CHALLENGE

Want to play Fantasy Investing? All you need to do is add your picks to the comments section. I’ll spotlight a handful of entries in the next installment and give you a shout out. Think you can outperform my picks?

THE RULES

With a starting budget of $2,000, how much profit can you make from comic investments? Here are the rules (so far):

  1. This is only for graded comics and their averages based on current values calculated by GoCollect.
  2. You can only buy one grade per comic, so no buying $2k’s worth of one hot book.
  3. Once you post your pics, they are locked for a month.
  4. You can have as many or as few comics as you like, as long as you don’t exceed the $2k budget.
  5. Only comics with a current GoCollect Fair Market Value can be used.
  6. Universal grades only.
  7. At the end of each month, the winner is determined by the biggest profit margin over the initial $2k budget.
  8. You have to sell at least one of your comics each month.
  9. Spend it or lose it. If you still have money left in your budget, it doesn’t carry over to the next round.

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4 comments

Ilya June 21, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Writing this as of Sunday June 20th:
Previous picks:
ASM #361 in 9.8 = $425 Current FMV = $400 —> -$25
ASM 300 in 9.2 = $375 Current FMV = $400 —> +$25
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 in 9.0 = $600 Current FMV = $625 —> +$25
Ultimate Fallout 4 in 9.8 = $400 Current FMV = $600 —> +$200
Teen Titans #12 in 9.8 = $325 Current FMV = $350 —> +$25

New Budget = $2,375

Round 4 picks:
ASM 361 in 9.6 =$170
ASM #300 in 9.2 = $400
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 in 9.2 = $950
Ultimate Fallout 4(1st Print) in 9.8 = $600
Amazing Spider-Man #4 2014(Ramos Variant) in 9.8 = $240

Dropped ASM #361 in p.8 for the 9.6, Upgraded the Jimmy Olsen 134 and dropped the TT12.
Total Spent: $2,360

UPDATE THOSE NUMBERS ON THE UF4! haha

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Matt Tuck June 22, 2020 - 10:14 am

Solid picks, Ilya.

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Jason82 June 21, 2020 - 8:15 pm

I’m taking my $68 profits and cashing in Marvel spotlight 28, Uncanny X-men 158, and Incredible Hulk 228 for some symbiotie goodness. I’m picking up an amazing Spider-Man 361 (9.8) and a Secret wars 8 (9.4). Here are my books for the month:

Sandman 1 9.8 $475
Avengers annual 10 9.8 $550
Amazing Spider-Man 361 9.8 $400
Secret Wars 8 9.4 $140
Silver Surfer 4 5.0 $400
Old Guard 1 9.8 $100
New total: $2,065

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comicbookcollect.wordpress.com June 22, 2020 - 11:16 am

My picks for month of May (June value)

Detective Comics 359 1st Batgirl 6.0 $675 ($650)
Amazing Spider-man 361 1st Carnage 9.4 $150 ($140)
X-Men 4 (1990’s)1st Omega Red 9.8 $170 ($170)
Edge of Spider-verse 2 1st Spider-Gwen 9.8 $500 ($575)
Ultimate Fallout 1st Miles morales9.8 $400 ($625)
Amazing Spider-man 546 2nd Jackpot? 9.8 $70 ($130)

Value for June $2290 plus $10 left over.

I am selling

Amazing Spider-man 361 1st Carnage 9.4 $140
X-Men 4 (1990’s)1st Omega Red 9.8 $170

With that money I will pick up Venom 3 (3rd printing- 1st Knull)

My June picks

Detective Comics 359 1st Batgirl 6.0 $650
Venom 3 (3rd printing- 1st Knull) 9.8 $250.
Edge of Spider-verse 2 1st Spider-Gwen 9.8 $575
Ultimate Fallout 1st Miles morales 9.8 $625
Amazing Spider-man 546 2nd Jackpot? 9.8 $130

$2230 with $60 left over.

That will leave me with Detective Comics 359 as my original pick from the beginning. Still holding on to Detective Comics 359. Waiting for big news announcement about Batgirl.

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