Thing #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]
|9.2||Near Mint -||$65
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$49
|Thing #1 75¢ Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 7/1983, Published in the USA
Thing #1 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Origin of Thing (Ben Grimm); Origin of the Fantastic Four
#96 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: Prices have started going up in 2021 and should continue given a Fantastic Four movie is coming in the next few years. Lets not forget the iconic artist who created the cover!
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 1.8 on 8/11/2021 for $2, a raw 4.0 on 7/8/2021 for $5, a raw 6.0 on 2/13/2021 for $10, a raw 6.5 on 9/7/2020 for $10
Doug notes: JOHN BYRNE cover art & story; ORIGIN and LIFE HISTORY of BEN GRIMM, from Yancy Street Gang Days, College Football Days, First Meeting with Reed Richards & the Rocket that Made him into the THING of the Fantastic Four
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
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As one of the top 100 most valuable variants in our guide this year, we rate 75¢ price variant copies of Thing #1 FIVE STARS as a collectible, and the hands-down preferable type to collect for the issue as compared to regular copies. 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 $2 since 2018, or about +7% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $5 since 2018, or about +8%. With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $65, Thing #1 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.
Thing #1 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Thing #1?
I have a copy of Thing #1 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 Thing #1, 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 75¢ price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $65 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Thing #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 $32 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Thing #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 75¢? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
How rare is the Thing #1 75¢ cover price variant?
As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 4.2%, with 32 price variant copies on record versus 739 regular copies.
What is Thing #1 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $28 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $49.
Why are the Thing #1 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 Thing #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 Thing #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Thing #1, the market area that received the 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 75¢ copies of Thing #1 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for 75¢ Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the 75¢ variant approximately 75% 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 Thing #1 worth?
The direct edition version of Thing #1 is worth about $23 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $39.
What is the value of Thing #1 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Thing #1 is worth about $16 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $27.
What is the approximate Thing #1 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Thing #1 is worth about $11 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $18.
What is the Thing #1 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Thing #1 is about $5 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $9.
Has the Thing #1 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Thing #1 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $5 since 2018, or about +8% in 5 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).
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