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Blip (#1-7) CPV Values 2022


Canadian Price Variant Values, 2022 Price Guide
From: The 2022 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]
Blip — 2022 Price Guide Values #1-7
Issue Direct Edition Value CPV
Cover Price
Type 1A Canadian Price Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#1Top 100 CPVs Blip 1 Canadian Price Variant picture$23$55 $1.25 $285
▲ $145
$191 $153 $107 $72 $36 
 Marvel, 2/1983  1st Appearances of Donkey Kong and Mario; Video game magazine in comic-book format
#11 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In 2021 two low grade raw copies sold between $200 to $300, and a CGC 6.0 sold for $284. In my opinion, a book that is investment-worthy with more upside potential.
Ben notes: Something that really strikes me about the Blip series is that it is the only instance I am aware of among CPVs where there exist both dual-price newsstand copies *and* single-price newsstand copies (the CPVs) (here's pictures of what I mean).
Doug notes: FIRST Comic Book appearance of MARIO BROS (in 6 Page Story); FIRST Comic Book appearance of DONKEY KONG (in same 6 Page Story); TV Star Matthew Laborteaux PHOTO cover; Video Games of the Stars; Atari 2600 & other early Video Games; Missile Command, Centipede, Pitfall, Arcadia-2001, Dig Dug; Steve Grant story; Bob Camp art; LOWER PRINT RUN and Scarcer Bronze Age Marvel Comics & Video Game Collectible item;
CGC label note: Matthew Laborteaux photo cover. 1st comic book appearance of Mario & Donkey Kong.
 
#2Top 100 CPVs Blip 2 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$20 $1.25 $95
▲ $30
$64 $51 $36 $24 $12 
 Marvel, 3/1983  #47 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: Spider-Man plays Spider-Man Video Game PHOTO cover; Spider-Man plays Spider-Man 4 page Photo article with STAN LEE and GREEN GOBLIN; Spider-Man in End Game, vs Green Goblin, 6 page Comics story by David Kraft, with John Romita art; SECOND Comic Book appearance of DONKEY KONG (in 2 Page BLIP TIPS II Article, showing the Game Screen & Tips on Playing the Game); TRON: Movie Bomb, Arcade Superhit (in 2 Page Article, showing 2 Game Screens & Tips on Playing the Game); Blip Tips-1: Basketball Games; Design Wizard, 2-1/2 page article on ROB FULOP, with image of DEMON ATTACK Screen; Blip Confidential (Game Secret Tips), 1-1/2 page article with a Paragraph Each on; Centipede, Frenzy, MS PACMAN, Mousetrap, Frogger, Qix, Tempest, Robotron, Turbo & Zaxxon, and Images of Centipede, Pacman & Ms Pacman; Socks & Parcheesi, 3 page short story by Robert Harras with Text illustrations by Rob Zaine; LOWER PRINT RUN and Scarcer Bronze Age Marvel Comics & Video Game Collectible item;
CGC label note: 6-page Spider-Man story Green Goblin appearance. Photo cover. $1.25 cover price.
 
#3 Blip 3 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$8 $1.25 $64
▲ $4
$48 $38 $27 $18 $
 Marvel, 4/1983  Doug notes: Ron Zamle painted-c; Video Variations; Video Hall of Fame; Colecovision = Players choice; Coleco's Venture; Frogger, Make Trax, Mousetrap & Dig Dug;  
#4 Blip 4 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$8 $1.25 $64
▲ $4
$48 $38 $27 $18 $
 Marvel, 5/1983  Doug notes: SCARCER Issue; Les Katz painted-c; Dona & Candy Factory - Atari headquarters & Centipede; Laverne & Shirley game; Future of Coleco; Escape, Burger Time, Preppie;  
#5 Blip 5 Canadian Price Variant picture$11$9 $1.25 $64
▲ $4
$48 $38 $27 $18 $
 Marvel, 6/1983  Doug notes: Indiana Jones, Jaws, ET, Tootsie, Pink Panter, Spock, Rocky, Eddie Murphy, Conan, Tron Painted cover by Sam Viviano & 3 page Video Games go to Hollywood article; Tron, Zaxxon tips; Know your enemy = Pacman, Mario & Donkey Kong cameos; Atari vs Intellivision; Brady Bunch game;  
#6 Blip 6 Canadian Price Variant picture$40$8 $1.25 $64
▲ $4
$48 $38 $27 $18 $
 Marvel, 7/1983  Doug notes: LOWER PRINT, SCARCER Issue; Imagic's Microsurgeon-c; Imagic's Headquarters; River Raid & Q-Bert tips; Atlantis, Beauty & the Beast; Mike Zeck player of the month, with illo; Mario playing Donkey Kong game pinup page; Tabletop & Pocket Arcades;  
#7Top 100 CPVs Blip 7 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$10 $1.25 $80
▲ $10
$54 $43 $30 $20 $10 
 Marvel, 8/1983  #64 in this year's Top 100.
Ben notes: Final issue, and extremely hard to find as the CPV. As mentioned in my note for #1, this whole series has the fascinating circumstance of having regular newsstand copies in existence with BOTH $1.00 US AND $1.25 CAN prices on them, raising the question of what purpose the CPV then served (and how widely was it distributed)? For this final issue, interestingly, the $1.25 price is repeated twice on the CPV ($1.25, CAN $1.25). Anybody trying to research sales comps for the CPV of this issue will have an exceedingly difficult time; I saw none whatsoever. However, I did find a "regular" newsstand copy advertised in VF condition having sold for $49.95 in September 2021. Thus, I'd expect a NM- CPV newsstand copy to be able to find interest at a considerably higher ask.
Doug notes: LOWER PRINT, SCARCER LAST Issue; Ron Zamle-c; Super Pacman, Jungle Hunt, Kangaroo, Dig Dug & Millipede cover & 2 page article; 6 pages HULK playing Rubiks Cube & Video Games Comics-s = Milgrom-a; Latest from Atari, Coleco;
 
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Blip CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
1662993+33+1
2152192+4--
3----1--+1--
41--1------
51--1------
6------------
7----1--+1--
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
83
~95%
4
~5%
122
~96%
5
~4%
 +39
  ~98% 
 +1
  ~2% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Blip Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Blip in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 1.25 cover price variants exist within the Blip title.

Which issues of Blip have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-7 of Blip. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #1, 2, and 7.

Are the Blip cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Blip 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Blip cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Blip 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Blip Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Blip price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Blip cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Blip price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Blip cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Blip title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Blip cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Blip (#1-7) Values 2022


From: The 2022 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]

Blip Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#1Top 100 CPVs Blip 1 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $285
▲ $145
 Marvel, 2/1983  1st Appearances of Donkey Kong and Mario; Video game magazine in comic-book format
#11 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In 2021 two low grade raw copies sold between $200 to $300, and a CGC 6.0 sold for $284. In my opinion, a book that is investment-worthy with more upside potential.
Ben notes: Something that really strikes me about the Blip series is that it is the only instance I am aware of among CPVs where there exist both dual-price newsstand copies *and* single-price newsstand copies (the CPVs) (here's pictures of what I mean).
Doug notes: FIRST Comic Book appearance of MARIO BROS (in 6 Page Story); FIRST Comic Book appearance of DONKEY KONG (in same 6 Page Story); TV Star Matthew Laborteaux PHOTO cover; Video Games of the Stars; Atari 2600 & other early Video Games; Missile Command, Centipede, Pitfall, Arcadia-2001, Dig Dug; Steve Grant story; Bob Camp art; LOWER PRINT RUN and Scarcer Bronze Age Marvel Comics & Video Game Collectible item;
CGC label note: Matthew Laborteaux photo cover. 1st comic book appearance of Mario & Donkey Kong.
 
#2Top 100 CPVs Blip 2 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $95
▲ $30
 Marvel, 3/1983  #47 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: Spider-Man plays Spider-Man Video Game PHOTO cover; Spider-Man plays Spider-Man 4 page Photo article with STAN LEE and GREEN GOBLIN; Spider-Man in End Game, vs Green Goblin, 6 page Comics story by David Kraft, with John Romita art; SECOND Comic Book appearance of DONKEY KONG (in 2 Page BLIP TIPS II Article, showing the Game Screen & Tips on Playing the Game); TRON: Movie Bomb, Arcade Superhit (in 2 Page Article, showing 2 Game Screens & Tips on Playing the Game); Blip Tips-1: Basketball Games; Design Wizard, 2-1/2 page article on ROB FULOP, with image of DEMON ATTACK Screen; Blip Confidential (Game Secret Tips), 1-1/2 page article with a Paragraph Each on; Centipede, Frenzy, MS PACMAN, Mousetrap, Frogger, Qix, Tempest, Robotron, Turbo & Zaxxon, and Images of Centipede, Pacman & Ms Pacman; Socks & Parcheesi, 3 page short story by Robert Harras with Text illustrations by Rob Zaine; LOWER PRINT RUN and Scarcer Bronze Age Marvel Comics & Video Game Collectible item;
CGC label note: 6-page Spider-Man story Green Goblin appearance. Photo cover. $1.25 cover price.
 
#3 Blip 3 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $64
▲ $4
 Marvel, 4/1983  Doug notes: Ron Zamle painted-c; Video Variations; Video Hall of Fame; Colecovision = Players choice; Coleco's Venture; Frogger, Make Trax, Mousetrap & Dig Dug;  
#4 Blip 4 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $64
▲ $4
 Marvel, 5/1983  Doug notes: SCARCER Issue; Les Katz painted-c; Dona & Candy Factory - Atari headquarters & Centipede; Laverne & Shirley game; Future of Coleco; Escape, Burger Time, Preppie;  
#5 Blip 5 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $64
▲ $4
 Marvel, 6/1983  Doug notes: Indiana Jones, Jaws, ET, Tootsie, Pink Panter, Spock, Rocky, Eddie Murphy, Conan, Tron Painted cover by Sam Viviano & 3 page Video Games go to Hollywood article; Tron, Zaxxon tips; Know your enemy = Pacman, Mario & Donkey Kong cameos; Atari vs Intellivision; Brady Bunch game;  
#6 Blip 6 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $64
▲ $4
 Marvel, 7/1983  Doug notes: LOWER PRINT, SCARCER Issue; Imagic's Microsurgeon-c; Imagic's Headquarters; River Raid & Q-Bert tips; Atlantis, Beauty & the Beast; Mike Zeck player of the month, with illo; Mario playing Donkey Kong game pinup page; Tabletop & Pocket Arcades;  
#7Top 100 CPVs Blip 7 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $80
▲ $10
 Marvel, 8/1983  #64 in this year's Top 100.
Ben notes: Final issue, and extremely hard to find as the CPV. As mentioned in my note for #1, this whole series has the fascinating circumstance of having regular newsstand copies in existence with BOTH $1.00 US AND $1.25 CAN prices on them, raising the question of what purpose the CPV then served (and how widely was it distributed)? For this final issue, interestingly, the $1.25 price is repeated twice on the CPV ($1.25, CAN $1.25). Anybody trying to research sales comps for the CPV of this issue will have an exceedingly difficult time; I saw none whatsoever. However, I did find a "regular" newsstand copy advertised in VF condition having sold for $49.95 in September 2021. Thus, I'd expect a NM- CPV newsstand copy to be able to find interest at a considerably higher ask.
Doug notes: LOWER PRINT, SCARCER LAST Issue; Ron Zamle-c; Super Pacman, Jungle Hunt, Kangaroo, Dig Dug & Millipede cover & 2 page article; 6 pages HULK playing Rubiks Cube & Video Games Comics-s = Milgrom-a; Latest from Atari, Coleco;
 
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Blip CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
1993+33+1
2192+4--
31--+1--
41------
51------
6--------
71--+1--
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
122
~96%
5
~4%
 +39
  ~98% 
 +1
  ~2% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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[ Jump to: list of all titles in the price guide ]

Blip Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Blip in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 1.25 cover price variants exist within the Blip title.

Which issues of Blip have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-7 of Blip. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #1, 2, and 7.

Are the Blip cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Blip 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Blip cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Blip 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Blip Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Blip price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Blip cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Blip price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Blip cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Blip title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Blip cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

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