Stay Gold, Surfer Boy

by Matt Tuck

Everything Silver Surfer is coming up golden. Prices for his keys are getting loftier by the month, and we’re not talking about his major appearances, either. 

Any good collector knows the fatal four Silver Surfer keys: Fantastic Four #48, F.F. #49, Silver Surfer #1, and S.S. #4. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway just for fun) that those four command the highest prices. However, the Surfer has been so popular in 2019 that even his minor keys are feeling the heat. 

FF-50-201x300 Stay Gold, Surfer BoyFANTASTIC FOUR #50

Out of everything on today’s list, this is the most expensive. The third in the “Galactus Trilogy,” it was the third appearance of the “Sentinel of the Spaceways.” It doesn’t matter the grade; this issue is getting expensive. To put the price jump in perspective, consider this: two years ago, $75 could have gotten you between a graded 4.0-4.5. This year, that $75 will only get you an incomplete 0.5. If you want a 4.0, you will have to part with about $200.





FF-55-198x300 Stay Gold, Surfer BoyFANTASTIC FOUR #55

F.F. #55 marks the fourth overall appearance of the Silver Surfer and his third cover appearance. What makes this issue special, however, is it pitted him against the F.F.’s powerhouse, Thing. Remember that back in the 1960s, Thing was extremely popular, so having him go toe-to-toe with an exciting, new character was bound to sell comics. This has always been a popular issue among Surfer fans, but it’s ascended past that niche audience. Granted it’s still relatively cheap compared to the likes of F.F. #48 and S.S. #1, but F.F. #55’s value is getting steeper. Earlier this month, a graded 5.5 sold for $96 when it was a $50 comic two years ago. On the plus side, if you are willing to sacrifice quality for your budget, a 2.0 sold for just $26 earlier this month.



FF-Annual-5-199x300 Stay Gold, Surfer BoyFANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5

It’s fitting that Silver Surfer’s first solo story was included in an issue of Fantastic Four. Before he debuted in his own title, the Surfer starred in his first solo adventure in a backup tale included in F.F. Annual #5. If you don’t have the budget for the “holy grails” of Surfer keys, but you want a piece of his history, this is a great issue to have. What’s even better is that it’s the cheaper option. For $100 or less, you can get as high as a graded 7.0.





Silver-Surfer-14-facsimile-200x300 Stay Gold, Surfer BoySILVER SURFER #14

This issue will take off if the Surfer ever comes face-to-face with Spider-Man in the MCU. Of course, all things Spidey has a question mark at the moment with the new Sony/Disney deal in place for his live-action movies. Still, we know that Silver Surfer will eventually come to the MCU, and there’s a high probability that he’ll run into Spider-Man. That being said, now is a good time to add this comic to your collection. Like F.F. Annual #5, $100 can go a long way as Ben Franklin can net you anything up to a 7.0. 


If you need more Silver Surfer options, don’t fret. I’ll follow up with a few more suggestions in the coming days.

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Mark Simcina December 14, 2019 - 4:43 pm

nice outsiders reference stay gold ponyboy

John Marino December 15, 2019 - 3:03 am

“Everything Silver Surfer is coming up golden.” A quick look at the last couple of months of Fantastic Four #48(Silver Surfers’ first appearance) shows the exact opposite. Fantastic four #49(Galactus’ first appearance) is also showing bearish signs. Sales are lagging considerably. I’m not sure if this is in aberration in the market or something more long term but either way lets try not to sugar coat the recent numbers.

Matt Tuck December 15, 2019 - 10:58 am

Are you looking at volume or FMV? In terms of FMV, a good many of the 90-day averages are down, but most are still well above the 2017 and 2018 FMVs, which was my point. Traditionally, November and December are down months for many of the bigger books due to holiday budgeting. If the trend continues into 2020, then we’ve got more of a story.

James Holliday December 15, 2019 - 5:16 pm

Well said Matt! We often see a decline in just about every investment vehicle this time of year. I work in real estate and the winter months are the slowest of the year. We give small fluctuations little weight during this time as the overwhelming majority of Americans are focused on other things. Investors will typically be more willing to sell at this time of year to lock in gains and create liquidity for the holidays. This may lead to a small decline in the median value over the extreme short term, but this does not mean the market has “reversed” or is entering into “bull” territory. We consider these to be seasonal variations. This is also usually true for the stock market.


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