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Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 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]
Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$24
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$21
8.0Very Fine$17
6.0Fine$12
4.0Very Good$8
2.0Good$4
Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 Comic Book Values
Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 Cover Price Variant, DC, 3/1987, Published in the USA
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Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
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CGC label note: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez cover. $1.75 cover price.
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Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 has a $1.75 variant NM- value of $24, putting it in the top quartile of our guide's coverage universe. We think this variant is worth keeping an eye on (check out the issue notes in the page above for more details), and as a collectible we give the price variant FOUR STARS. Regular copies in 9.2 have not changed in value since 2019. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $2 since 2019, or about +9%.

Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1?
I have a copy of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 and I want to know what this comic book is worth in different grades as a first printing?

✔️Accepted answer: The answer depends on the type that you own. For Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1, 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 $1.75 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $24 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 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 $6.

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 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 $1.75? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!


What is Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $5 in VF/NM whereas the $1.75 newsstand variants are worth $21.

Why are the Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 newsstand cover price variants worth so much more than the direct edition copies?

✔️Accepted answer: 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 Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 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 Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1, the market area that received the $1.75 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 $1.75 copies of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.75 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.75 variant approximately 320% 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 Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 is worth about $4 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.75 newsstand variants are worth $17.

What is the value of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 is worth about $3 whereas the $1.75 newsstand variants are worth $12.

What is the approximate Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 is worth about $2 whereas the $1.75 newsstand variants are worth $8.

What is the Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 is about $1 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.75 newsstand variants are worth $4.

Has the Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 variant from DC been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Elvira's House of Mystery Special Edition #1 $1.75 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $2 since 2019, or about +9% in 4 years (from our 2019 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).

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