Detective Comics #526 $2.00 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 -||$63
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$47
|Detective Comics #526 $2.00 Cover Price Variant, DC, 5/1983, Published in the USA
Detective Comics #526 $2.00 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Versus Riddler, Cavalier, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Signalman, Spook, Mr. Freeze, Black Spider, Killer Croc, Joker, Two-Face, Killer Moth, Clayface, Gentleman Ghost; Batman's 500th appearance issue
Angelo notes: In June of 2021 a 9.8 CGC sold for $502. The inner golden circle on the cover can easily get scratched or smudged by touching it. A good number of copies have been compromised due to these factors.Really beautiful cover to look at.
Bill notes: Jason Todd is seen wearing a costume for the first time in this issue (an old Dick Grayson circus costume). In this landmark 500th Anniversary issue, Jason Todd discovers that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and discovers his parents have been killed by Killer Croc. The issue features a Special 500th Aniversary Bob Kane bonus full-page Batman pin-up. A type 1A gem to try to find in a certified 9.6 or higher grade being squarebound in format.
Conan notes: A CBCS 5.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 3/23/2021 for $55
Doug notes: 68 Page Giant; Death JASON TODD's Parents; Batman's 500th appearance in Detective; 55 page JOKER-c/s; Batgirl, Catwoman, early KILLER CROC & 15 Batman Villains; Don Newton-a; LOW PRINT RUN
CGC label note: "Death" of Jason Todd's parents. Pin-up by Bob Kane. Anniversary issue. $2.00 cover price.
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With a $2.00 variant NM- value of $63, Detective Comics #526 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 $2.00 price variant copies of Detective Comics #526 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 2018. Regular copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $4 since 2018, or about +14% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $15 since 2018, or about +31%.
Detective Comics #526 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Detective Comics #526?
I have a copy of Detective Comics #526 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 Detective Comics #526, DC 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 $2.00 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $63 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Detective Comics #526 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 $32 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Detective Comics #526 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 $2.00? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
How rare is the Detective Comics #526 $2.00 cover price variant?
As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 3.7%, with 10 price variant copies on record versus 260 regular copies.
What is Detective Comics #526 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $28 in VF/NM whereas the $2.00 newsstand variants are worth $47.
Why are the Detective Comics #526 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 Detective Comics #526 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 Detective Comics #526 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Detective Comics #526, the market area that received the $2.00 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 $2.00 copies of Detective Comics #526 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $2.00 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $2.00 variant approximately 68% 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 Detective Comics #526 worth?
The direct edition version of Detective Comics #526 is worth about $23 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $2.00 newsstand variants are worth $38.
What is the value of Detective Comics #526 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Detective Comics #526 is worth about $16 whereas the $2.00 newsstand variants are worth $26.
What is the approximate Detective Comics #526 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Detective Comics #526 is worth about $11 whereas the $2.00 newsstand variants are worth $18.
What is the Detective Comics #526 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Detective Comics #526 is about $5 for the direct edition version whereas the $2.00 newsstand variants are worth $9.
Has the Detective Comics #526 $2.00 variant from DC been a good investment?
Detective Comics #526 $2.00 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $15 since 2018, or about +31% in 5 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).
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