Archive for January, 2015

Larry on Star Wars #1 Comic Books

January 15, 2015

After a Spectacular day in shop & online, I thought that I’d update:

I guess I did speculate.
My shop ordered 2,000+ Star Wars #1’s.
The one million+ print run has me a bit paranoid, so I just reviewed my order.

My cost roughly $4,500.
Great product with “legs”, ton of interest from civilian Star Wars fans & the LCS regulars alike. I actually have sold to shops that fell short as Diamond is already sold out. Most retailers in my circle are reporting big days.

The edge I’m getting is the incentive variants that the shops emptying their bank accounts for shop variants are going to for the most part miss.

I was dead balls right with this. Fans are hopping shop to shop looking for the best selection.

My gut:

STAR WARS #1 BLANK Variant ( no worries here, these will sell eternally in my show stock at $5-$10 depending on guest list. Money in the bank )
I sold them at cover today & moved 25+

STAR WARS #1 CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE Variant. ( should sell great at cover price for a month then I can’t see it not being an infrequent seller in the $10 range. )
Sold 40 copies at cover price day one. Have 60 left. Online it’s slightly above cover.

STAR WARS #1 CHRISTOPHER HUMOROUS PARTY Variant. ( Humorous cover, will be lucky to sell at cover price. Meh. )
I sold ALL 66 copies today at cover. I under-ordered. Cover is extremely well done & hilarious.

STAR WARS #1 1:20 PICHELLI Variant ( Dead weight. Meh. Loss )
Minimal takers at $10. Sold 7. I’m stuck with a ton.

STAR WARS #1 YOUNG Variant ( I’m easily going to sell 50-100 at cover price. My customers adore SY ) This cover was a cover price beast. Sold 90 copies & have other shops begging to buy them.

Wrong listing: STAR WARS #1 ROSS SKETCH 1:500 Variant It’s a 1:200 ( If my 3 copies are nm, I’ll get $400 ea. I have existing customers ) sold three at $99 which is currently market price. It’s damn ugly compared to the color masterpiece.

STAR WARS #1 ROSS 1:50 Variant ( I’m going to get $40 x 30 easily on this book. This is the most requested in my shop. ) SOLD OUT $30-$60 in shop or on Ebay or Amazon. Killer!

STAR WARS #1 QUESADA 1:300 SKETCH VARIANT Wrong data its 1:500 ( struggle to get 5 X $100 for this mediocre cover. ) Sitting online ay $299. NO takers day one

STAR WARS #1 QUESADA 1:100 color variant ( honestly lucky to get 15 x $10.meh ) This is a rock solid fifty dollar bill. Sold 8

STAR WARS #1 MOVIE Variant ( dead weight. loss )
Sold 26 at cover price. Still have 74

STAR WARS #1 1:25 MCLEOD Variant ( dead weight loss, I do not have a single copy on preorder ) Sold 7 at cover price. This seems to be the stink finger of the lot.

STAR WARS #1 CASSADAY 1:25 TEASER Variant ( another stink bomb. Loss ) Ok. This one sucks too. 7 at cover as well. Damn ugly.

STAR WARS #1 CAMPBELL CONNECTING VAR A ( ca$h money. NO problem moving 50 at cover price then 50+ $10+ ) This was a 1:50 and I sold out in shop & online at $30. JSC is a stud.

STAR WARS #1 regular 1st print cover. ( 1,500 copies will sell forever. Some at cover price, some at a dollar. Some at $10. This book will NEVER not sell. It’s money in the bank ) Shops are ALLREADY out & begging for them at wholesale. I consider this a Quality purchase on my part.

I feel “ok” with my order. I’m glad that I did not go for the shop variant. ( I was VERY close to pulling that trigger )
I truly regret NOT commissioning a variant for my shop or Phantom. This was a missed opportunity.

It will be a year long grind, but there is ca$h to be made here for shops, but little meat on the bone for speculators.
( screening & signature series opportunities do abound for collectors though )
I’m profitable day one. Stellar job by Marvel!

There will be 5,000 “collectors” in for a penny, in for a pound on these. They will build sets.

Let’s see how it plays out.