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Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 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]
Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$50
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$38
8.0Very Fine$30
6.0Fine$21
4.0Very Good$14
2.0Good$7
Sgt. Rock #422 Comic Book Values
Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 Cover Price Variant, DC, 7/1988, Published in the USA
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Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Doug notes: Low Print and SCARCE; Joe, Andy & Adam KUBERT together for the First Time;
CGC label note: $1.35 cover price. Last issue.
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Within the top 300 most valuable variants of our 2022 CPV Price Guide, you'll find Sgt. Rock #422, at a $1.35 variant NM- value of $50. With everything the issue has going for it (as detailed in the issue notes in the page above), and a value that puts it in the top 6% of all variants in our guide, $1.35 price variant copies of Sgt. Rock #422 are watchlist-worthy and we give them a rating of FOUR POINT FIVE STARS as a collectible. Regular copies in 9.2 have not changed in value since 2018. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $15 since 2018, or about +43%.

Sgt. Rock #422 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Sgt. Rock #422?
I have a copy of Sgt. Rock #422 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 Sgt. Rock #422, 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 $1.35 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $50 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Sgt. Rock #422 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 $18 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Sgt. Rock #422 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 $1.35? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!


What is Sgt. Rock #422 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $16 in VF/NM whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $38.

Why are the Sgt. Rock #422 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 Sgt. Rock #422 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 Sgt. Rock #422 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Sgt. Rock #422, the market area that received the $1.35 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 $1.35 copies of Sgt. Rock #422 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.35 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.35 variant approximately 138% 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 Sgt. Rock #422 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Sgt. Rock #422 is worth about $13 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $30.

What is the value of Sgt. Rock #422 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Sgt. Rock #422 is worth about $9 whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $21.

What is the approximate Sgt. Rock #422 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Sgt. Rock #422 is worth about $6 whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $14.

What is the Sgt. Rock #422 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Sgt. Rock #422 is about $3 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $7.

Has the Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 variant from DC been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Sgt. Rock #422 $1.35 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $15 since 2018, or about +43% in 5 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).

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