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Tales of the Teen Titans #44 95¢ 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]
Tales of the Teen Titans #44 95¢ Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$110
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$74
8.0Very Fine$59
6.0Fine$41
4.0Very Good$28
2.0Good$14
Tales of the Teen Titans #44 Comic Book Values
Tales of the Teen Titans #44 95¢ Cover Price Variant, DC, 7/1984, Published in the USA
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Tales of the Teen Titans #44 95¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearances of Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Jericho; Origins of Deathstroke and Jericho
#36 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: 1st Appearances of Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Jericho (Deathstroke's son); Nightwing joins Titans; Origins of Deathstroke and Jericho. Rumors are getting stronger that a script has been finalized for a movie. Prices have started to increase in 2021; 9.6 CGC July $380, 9.4 CGC July $200, 8.5 CGC March $120, 7.0 CGC March $110.
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 12/15/2020 for $48, a raw 4.5 on 2/27/2021 for $36, a raw 5.0 on 3/31/2021 for $40, a raw 5.0 on 2/27/2021 for $40, a raw 5.0 on 12/28/2020 for $60, a raw 7.0 on 11/14/2019 for $49, a raw 5.5 on 5/25/2020 for $66
Paul notes: A CGC 9.4 Tales of the Teen Titans #44 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $170 in 2017
CGC label note: Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing. 1st appearance of Jericho. Origin of Deathstroke. 95¢ cover price.
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Tales of the Teen Titans #44 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Tales of the Teen Titans #44?
I have a copy of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 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 Tales of the Teen Titans #44, 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 95¢ price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $110 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 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 $90 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 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 95¢? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!


How rare is the Tales of the Teen Titans #44 95¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 1.9%, with 103 price variant copies on record versus 5400 regular copies.

What is Tales of the Teen Titans #44 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $60 in VF/NM whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $74.

Why are the Tales of the Teen Titans #44 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 Tales of the Teen Titans #44 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 Tales of the Teen Titans #44 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Tales of the Teen Titans #44, the market area that received the 95¢ 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 95¢ copies of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for 95¢ Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the 95¢ variant approximately 23% 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 Tales of the Teen Titans #44 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 is worth about $48 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $59.

What is the value of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 is worth about $34 whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $41.

What is the approximate Tales of the Teen Titans #44 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Tales of the Teen Titans #44 is worth about $23 whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $28.

What is the Tales of the Teen Titans #44 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Tales of the Teen Titans #44 is about $11 for the direct edition version whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $14.

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