Anything tied to The Mandalorian is on fire, but Ahsoka Tano’s first appearance in Clone Wars #1 has reached a new level of craziness.
Ahsoka will be making her live-action debut in this season’s The Mandalorian, and fans are brimming with excitement. With Mandalorian’s massive success and Ahsoka’s popularity, there is talk that she will star in a live-action spinoff. Combine the anticipated live-action debut with the rumor, and you get the formula for turning a hot key nuclear virtually overnight.
The Ahsoka comic to have comes from the Dark Horse Comics era of Star Wars in The Clone Wars #1 from 2008. Aside from the hardcore Star Wars fan, this issue was overlooked by most collectors, which has helped it achieve unbelievable heights in a short amount of time.
Here are the latest jaw-dropping numbers.
I detailed these values in “These Comics are on Fire,” so I will keep this brief. Simply put, the numbers here are astronomical. Up until a year ago, there was no sales data for graded 9.8s. In 2019, there were only five sales for an average of $281. Then came July, and this issue reached core-meltdown hot.
If you can find a near-mint-plus copy for $1,000, that is a steal. Over the past 90 days, it has an FMV of $1,695. All year, the sales have vaulted from one record high to the next. As of this writing, the mark was set on November 22 with a $2,150 sale, but that could soon be surpassed.
What tells the whole story is the lower grades. Back in August, a 4.5 – that’s right, a 4.5 – sold for $325. This is getting out of hand.
Not only is the special edition rarer than the standard, but it also has Ahsoka on the cover, and that makes for collector’s gold.
These are harder to find because they were limited to just 1,000 copies and were only available through particular stores. As part of a promotion for the first issue of the new Star Wars series, Dark Horse kept the print run low. The company then distributed these to just 10 randomly selected comic shops, sending them 100 copies each.
Although Star Wars was much hotter in 2008, coming off the final installment of the prequels just three years prior, this was not exactly the hottest new series in the comic book realm. When both the standard and special editions were released, fans weren’t running over each other to get them. That has helped keep the copies in circulation relatively low, which is a factor in the inflated price.
Of the 1,000 special editions that were released, the CGC census lists just 153 total graded copies. Out of that 153, only 66 were graded at 9.8s, making a near-mint-plus Clone Wars #1 special edition indeed a rare find.
Last year, you could have added one to your collection for the low price of $483. Since May, it has made leaps and bounds. In June, it reached the $2k mark, and by July, it had sold for $3,800. The last sale was for $4,000 on November 14.
Looking to spend less than $1k? You can opt for a 9.0, which sold for $960 on November 17. That likely will prove to be an outlier as the other two sales for 9.0s this year reached $1,600 and $1,475, respectively.
The lowest grade sold this year has been the 8.5, and that could be the best deal for someone determined to get a copy. In March, one copy brought $370 a year after it averaged $120.
THE AHSOKA EFFECT
These prices are insane, and this is all before Ahsoka has made her live-action debut. Once that happens, values will ascend to even loftier heights. These prices cannot hold forever, so the bubble will eventually burst. If you are considering selling, now would be a good time.