Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic Investing

by Matt Tuck

Shall-We-Play-a-Game-300x149 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingCoronavirus got you homebound with nothing to do? Try your hand at fantasy collecting and see how your picks fare. The first five people to post their choices will be spotlighted in the next blog. (I would do more than five, but I do have a life away from my keyboard.)

You have exactly $2,000 to spend on any comics of any grade you want. Based on current fair market values calculated by GoCollect, which ones do you invest in? Post your picks in the comments, and we’ll update after a month. 

Stock-Market-Image-2-300x169 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingHOW DOES IT WORK?

Think of it as fantasy football for comic nerds like us. Instead of watching ESPN for statistical updates, we’ll be watching the GoCollect tracker. 

What you’re looking for are the comics that can turn the biggest profits over your initial investments. Once you post your picks, there’s no changing your mind until this time next month. 

At the end of the month, you can “sell” based on the current average of that comic at that grade. Any profit or loss is reflected in your total. For instance, let’s say I “buy” a 4.0 Fantastic Four #48 at the current FMV of $850. If a month from now the FMV rises to $950, and I decide to sell, that’s an extra $100 for my fantasy budget. On the flip side, if I sell after a loss, then I have to subtract that from the budget. 

Stock-Market-Image-300x225 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingTHE RULES

This will evolve from month to month, and I am open to suggestions in the comments. For starters, here are some rules to serve as the groundwork.

  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 just so long as you don’t exceed the $2k budget.
  5. Only comics with a GoCollect Fair Market Value can be used. Sorry, no Batman #89 just yet since it’s too new to have a listed FMV on the database. 
  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.

Did I leave out any rules? Need anything clarified? Have some ideas to make the game better or easier to play? Let me know in the comments. On to the initial picks!

MY PICKS

Now for the fun part: the picks. I went with mostly safe picks to start with, and I aimed at the first appearances of Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Carnage, and Rogue since there’s movie talk about each of them. If there happens to be an announcement or a credible rumor, it will blow the roof off their values, and I’ll be looking at major profits.

FF-48-200x300 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingFANTASTIC FOUR #48

Grade: 4.0

Current FMV: $850

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hulk-180-201x300 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingINCREDIBLE HULK #180

Grade: 8.0

Current FMV: $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASM-361-195x300 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingAMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361

Grade: 9.8

Current FMV: $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avengers-Annual-10-195x300 Shall We Play a Game? Fantasy Comic InvestingAVENGERS ANNUAL #10

Grade: 9.0

Current FMV: $100

 

TOTAL SPENT: $2,000

 

 

 

 

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23 comments

skip melton March 17, 2020 - 10:37 am

How do we sign up?

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Matt Tuck March 17, 2020 - 3:23 pm

No sign up necessary, Skip. I just made all this up. You just list your picks and keep track of your investments.

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skip melton March 17, 2020 - 5:10 pm

great,got my picks in. I need some Moonstone chatter

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Ilya Klimenko March 17, 2020 - 11:13 am

This is a fun idea! Here are our 5:
1. ASM #361 – 9.8 = $350
2. X-Men #4 – 9.8 = $110
3. The Savage She-Hulk #1 – 9.8 = $400
4. Batman #171 – 8.0 = $1,000
5. Eternal Warrior #4 – 9.8 = $130

Totals =$1,990 but it will have to work!

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Jeremy March 17, 2020 - 11:59 am

Sorry haven’t downloaded pics. I liked 2 of yours for sure but what’s the fun in that lol. FF 49 6.5 $700
Hulk 180 8.5 $800
Cap 117 8.5 $450
And with fifty left Spiderman 1 9.8 $50

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Grant Hukill March 17, 2020 - 12:37 pm

What fun!

Fantastic Four Annual #6, 1st Annihilus and Franklin Richards, 8.0 – $525
Incredible Hulk #180, 1st Cameo wolverine, 6.5 – $475
Thor #134, 1st High Evolutionary, 7.0 – $170
Avengers #85, 1st Squadron Supreme, 9.2 – $230
Hulk #1, 1st Red Hulk, 9.8 – $200
Giant-Size Defenders #3, 1st Korvac, 9.0 – $230
War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1, 1st New Agents of Atlas, 9.8 – $55
Marvel Chillers #1, 1st Modred the Mystic, 7.5 – $14
Amazing Spider-Man #4, 1st Silk, 9.8 – $100

I have $1 left. You can have it as a tip. Lol.
Thanks!

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Reilly Andrews March 17, 2020 - 1:27 pm

Fun idea.

Avengers 196 (9.8) FMV: $1150
Savage She-Hulk 1 (9.8) FMV: $400
Tales of Suspense 52 (3.0) FMV: $450

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Ryan Kirksey March 17, 2020 - 1:49 pm

Great idea, Matt!!

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Matt Tuck March 17, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Join the fun, Ryan.

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BJS March 17, 2020 - 3:04 pm

Love this idea!
Here are my 5 draft picks:

NYX #3 9.8 = $775
Conan the Barbarian #1 8.0 = $325
Shazam #1 9.8 = $475
Venom #3 9.8 = $110
Amazing Spider-Man #194 9.4 = $300

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skip melton March 17, 2020 - 5:05 pm

Looks like fun here are mine

TOD #13 9.6 $425
TOD #11 9.8 $350
Inc Hulk #228 9.8 $260
Capt Am #192 9.8 $625
Naomi #1 9.8 $110

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Reilly Andrews March 18, 2020 - 11:11 pm

TOD?

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skip melton March 21, 2020 - 9:09 am

Tomb of Dracula

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Jason March 17, 2020 - 9:37 pm

ASM #3 2.5 $1050
The Crow #1 9.6 1st print $475
Incredible Hulk 180 6.5 $475

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Bernie Crump March 18, 2020 - 9:43 am

I love IT!!!!

My picks

Amazing Spider-Man #361 9.4 $350

Amazing Spider-Man #194 9.4 $500

Fantastic Four #48 3,5 $750

Fantastic Four #45 7.0 $400

=$2,000.00

Good Luck everyone!!

After all I am sick of betting on Cricket in the Paskistani Super League!!

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comicbookcollect.wordpress.com March 18, 2020 - 2:32 pm

My picks

Detective Comics 359 1st Batgirl 6.0 $775
Wonder Woman 7 1st modern Cheetah 9.8 $170
X-Men 4 (1960’s) 1st Scarlet Witch 6.0 $1,000
X-Men 4 (1990’s)1st Omega Red 9.6 $55

$2000 total.

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skip melton March 18, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Because of current conditions has E-bay sales and comic trade in general slowed.This seems like a good place to ask this question.I apologize in advance if it is not the correct venue

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Tim March 18, 2020 - 9:40 pm

Yes. Now is a great time to pick up some sweet deals on eBay auctions (if you have the extra cash). I know that I have.

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Charles Manetta March 21, 2020 - 8:22 pm

I like this game here are my picks;

Tales of Suspense #50 8.0. $1000
Werewolf by Night #32 9.2. $210
Savage She Hulk #1 9.6 $170
Tomb of Dracula #13. 9.2. $220
Amazing Spider-Man #361 9.6 $150
Marvel Spotlight #32 9.4 $240
Total= $1990

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Bernie Crump April 1, 2020 - 6:42 pm

Hey Matt

Who’s winning??????

Bernie

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Matt Tuck April 2, 2020 - 5:58 am

Thanks for checking, Bernie. It’s a little early, but I’ll do an update in a couple of weeks. I’m also thinking of making the new rule that each month we all have to “sell” at least one comic. What do you guys think?

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skip melton April 3, 2020 - 8:08 am

good idea

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Reilly Andrews April 3, 2020 - 8:25 pm

sounds good

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