Blip #4 $1.25 Variant Value
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]
|9.2||Near Mint -||$64
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$48
|Blip #4 $1.25 Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 5/1983, Published in the USA
Blip #4 $1.25 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Doug notes: SCARCER Issue; Les Katz painted-c; Dona & Candy Factory - Atari headquarters & Centipede; Laverne & Shirley game; Future of Coleco; Escape, Burger Time, Preppie;
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With a $1.25 variant NM- value of $64, Blip #4 was very close to making our featured toplist this year. It is definitely within striking distance, and has a value that puts it in the top 5% of all variants in our guide. As such a stand-out within the context of our full coverage universe, we therefore rate $1.25 price variant copies of Blip #4 FIVE STARS as a collectible. In addition to everything the issue has going for it (as detailed in the issue notes in the page above), we note the price guide value movement since 2019. Regular copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $2 since 2019, or about +33% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $34 since 2019, or about +113%.
Blip #4 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Blip #4?
I have a copy of Blip #4 and I want to know what this comic book is worth in different grades as a first printing?
The answer depends on the type that you own. For Blip #4, Marvel published a direct edition type (exceptionally well preserved by collectors as direct edition comics were the type sold in comic shops), and two newsstand types which were sold to the general public on newsstands (a regular cover price version and the $1.25 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $64 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Blip #4 has a graphical logo or a bar code box. If it has a graphical logo, sorry to break it to you but you own a commonplace direct edition copy which is worth about $8.
If your copy of Blip #4 has a bar code box on the cover, then you've got a newsstand copy! Is it the more-rare price variant? Now for the moment of excitement: is the cover price of your newsstand copy $1.25? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
What is Blip #4 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $6 in VF/NM whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $48.
Why are the Blip #4 newsstand cover price variants worth so much more than the direct edition copies?
As collectibles, direct edition copies are already at a disadvantage compared to newsstand copies in the highest grades, because direct editions were extraordinarily well preserved as the distinct type sold in specialty comic shops. The comic shop owners ordered direct edition copies of Blip #4 at a discount to cover price, but on a non-returnable basis (the graphical logo was to tell non-returnable copies apart from their returnable newsstand counterparts). When their orders arrived, the comic shop staff handled the books with extreme care to preserve their condition, and then the comic book collectors who shopped there typically preserved their purchases in plastic bags with backing boards. By contrast, newsstand copies were treated as reading material with no staff training to handle the books with any semblance of care, and they were then sold to the general public; unsold copies were returned for credit and typically pulped/recycled forward. Only those newsstand copies of Blip #4 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Blip #4, the market area that received the $1.25 cover price newsstand copies was a restricted area representing less than 10% the population of the total North American newsstand market. That's because the destination market for $1.25 copies of Blip #4 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.25 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.25 variant approximately 700% higher than the direct edition in Very Fine / Near Mint (9.0) condition, as of our 2022 CPV Price Guide Edition.
In VF condition, how much is Blip #4 worth?
The direct edition version of Blip #4 is worth about $5 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $38.
What is the value of Blip #4 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Blip #4 is worth about $3 whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $27.
What is the approximate Blip #4 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Blip #4 is worth about $2 whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $18.
What is the Blip #4 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Blip #4 is about $1 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $9.
Has the Blip #4 $1.25 variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Blip #4 $1.25 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $34 since 2019, or about +113% in 4 years (from our 2019 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).
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