Fantasy Investing Round 5

by Matt Tuck

Round-5-sign Fantasy Investing Round 5Fantasy Investing is back from a short break, and I am riding Knull’s coattails to a profitable two months. Did your picks keep up with mine?

After skipping July, Fantasy Investing has returned for the fifth round. For the first time since I started this game, every single pick from round four showed a profit. If you need a refresher, go to the round four picks here.

Knull-First-Appearance-169x300 Fantasy Investing Round 5The biggest winner, not surprisingly, was my 9.8 Venom #3 third print. I saw the writing on the wall and invested $300 fantasy dollars into the near-mint+ grade, and it paid off. As of August 7, it was sporting an $825 fair market value.

My other picks did well, too, but not nearly as much as that Venom third print. Still, having all my investments earn a $25-$50 return in a two-month span is very good, and it gave me a total budget of $3,000 to work with this month. The problem it created is I did not want to part with any of them, but the rules state that at least one has to go.

OUT WITH THE OLD

I decided to part ways with the 9.2 Amazing Spider-Man #300 and Sweet Tooth #1. Both of these are going to continue showing gains going forward, but my logic here is that I think they’re going to have slower gains than the others on my list.

With $725 fantasy dollars to spend, I decided to mostly invest in modern comics because that is where the biggest FMV increases come from. I added 9.8s for Thor #2, Something is Killing the Children #1, and Venom #9. With the leftover funds, I dropped those on a low-grade Silver Surfer #4. That comic has been setting records this year, so I am banking on that trend continuing.

knull-cover-190x300 Fantasy Investing Round 5THE NEW PICKS

Incredible Hulk #180 (8.5)

Current FMV: $975

Venom #3 Third Print (9.8)

Current FMV: $825

Amazing Spider-Man #361 (9.8)

Current FMV: $425

Silver Surfer #4 (3.5)

Current FMV: $270

Thor #2 (9.8)

Current FMV: $120

Something is Killing the Children #1 Standard Cover (9.8)

Current FMV: $190

Venom #9 (9.8)

Current FMV: $140

AUGUST RESULTS

The leader board has changed. I went from first to third, and I blame it on not investing in Ultimate Fallout #4, which Ilya and ComicBookCollect both did, and it helped put them ahead of me.

  1. ComicBookCollect ($3,655)
  2. Ilya ($3,165)
  3. Matt ($3,000)
  4. Jason82 ($2,180)

Ric-Flair-meme-300x188 Fantasy Investing Round 5THE FANTASY INVESTING CHALLENGE

Think you can do better than me? 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.

THE RULES

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

  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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6 comments

Ilya August 19, 2020 - 11:16 am

Writing this as of Wednesday August 19th:
Previous picks:
ASM #361 in 9.6 = $170 Current FMV = $190 —> +$20
ASM 300 in 9.2 = $400 Current FMV = $425 —> +$25
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 in 9.2 = $950 Current FMV = $1,150 —> +$200
Ultimate Fallout 4 in 9.8 = $600 Current FMV = $1,050 —> +$450
ASM #4(Ramos Variant) in 9.8 = $240 Current FMV = $625 —> +$385

New Budget = $3,440!!

Round 5 picks:
ASM #300 in 9.4 = $525
X-Men 266(Newsstand) in 9.8 = $875
ASM 194 9.8 = $1,650
Venom #3(1st Knull, 1st print) = $240
Incredible Hulk 340 in 9.4 = $150

Dropped ASM #361, Upgraded ASM 300 to a 9.4 and dropped UF4(9.8 price plateaued) and dropped ASM4(Ramos Variant).

Total Spent: $3,440 on the nose!

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comicbookcollect.wordpress.com August 20, 2020 - 11:19 am

My June picks (August Value)

Detective Comics 359 1st Batgirl 6.0 $650 ($725)
Venom 3 (3rd printing- 1st Knull) 9.8 $250. ($850)
Edge of Spider-verse 2 1st Spider-Gwen 9.8 $575 ($800)
Ultimate Fallout 4 (1st Miles morales) 9.8 $625 ($1050)
Amazing Spider-man 546 2nd Jackpot? 9.8 $130 ($180)

$3605 with $60 left over from June

This month I am selling Detective Comics 359 (not much talk about her), Venom 3 (prices peaked?) and Amazing Spider-man 546 (prices peaked)
I have $1755 and $60 to spend.

I am picking up

Captain Marvel 17 CGC 9.8 (2nd Print- 1st Kamala Khan) $1350
Young Avengers 1 CGC 9.8 (1st Kate Bishop) $375

Total for 2 books are $1725 with $90 left

My August picks

Edge of Spider-verse 2 (1st Spider-Gwen) 9.8 $800
Ultimate Fallout 4 (1st Miles morales )9.8 $1050
Captain Marvel 17 CGC 9.8 (2nd Print- 1st Kamala Khan) $1350
Young Avengers 1 CGC 9.8 (1st Kate Bishop) $375

Total $3575 with $90 left

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Jon August 21, 2020 - 5:55 pm

New to this,
TMNT #1, 3rd printing 9.2 $ 850
Ms Marvel #1 9.8 $160
Amazing Spiderman 300 9.2 $425
XFactor 52 9.8 $270
Amazing Spiderman 362 9.8 $110
Amazing Spiderman 301 9.2 $90
Spiderman 2099 #1 9.8 $65
Venom Lethal Protector #1 24 8.0 $24

Hope I did this right.
Trying stick with books I own.

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Jay August 26, 2020 - 4:26 am

$2000 huh?

Amazing Fantasy 15 2005 Go Collect 9.8 Value $375

All new marvel now point one 2nd print
go collect value 9.8 $1150

Special Marvel Edition 15
Go collect value 8.5 $450

$25 to spare ???

August 26th

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Jay August 26, 2020 - 4:28 am

$2000 huh?

Amazing Fantasy 15 2005 Go Collect 9.8 Value $375

All new marvel now point one 2nd print
go collect 9.8 $1150

Special Marvel Edition 15
Go collect 8.5 $450

$25 to spare ???

August 26th! Go

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Jason82 August 31, 2020 - 11:28 pm

Sorry I’m late. It’s been super hectic around our house. I hope it’s not a problem.

I’m selling Sandman 1, Secret Wars 8, and Old Guard 1 for 785. I’m picking up a Secret wars 8 at 9.8 and a Sub Mariner 1 at 6.5. My new entry is:

Avengers Annual 10 9.8. $675
Amazing Spider-Man 361 $450
Secret Wars 8 9.8 $450
Silver Surfer 4 5.0 $425
Sub Mariner 1 6.5 $325.

New total: $2,325

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