Thor #338 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 -||$60
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$45
|Thor #338 75¢ Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 12/1983, Published in the USA
Thor #338 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Ben notes: Thor #126 cover swipe.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $500 in May 2018
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a CGC 9.6 on 4/7/2021 for $86, a raw 6.0 on 5/27/2019 for $10, a raw 6.5 on 7/23/2019 for $10, a raw 7.0 on 1/21/2019 for $11, a raw 7.5 on 2/18/2019 for $12, a raw 6.5 on 6/21/2019 for $15, a raw 7.0 on 4/24/2020 for $16, a raw 7.0 on 1/28/2019 for $16, a CGC 9.4 on 12/2/2019 for $31
Doug notes: Second appearance of BETA RAY BILL cover and story; THOR vs BETA RAY BILL Battle for the honor of wielding the HAMMER Walt Simonson cover and story; Flashback ORIGIN of BETA RAY BILL;
Paul notes: Four Thor #338 variant sales took place at PNJ Comics in 2020: all CGC 9.8, for $99, $170, $150 and $165.
CGC label note: 2nd appearance of Beta Ray Bill. Nick Fury appearance. Thor #126 cover homage. 75¢ cover price.
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With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $60, Thor #338 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 75¢ price variant copies of Thor #338 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 $15 since 2018, or about +100% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $30 since 2018, or about +100%.
Thor #338 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Thor #338?
I have a copy of Thor #338 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 Thor #338, 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 $60 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Thor #338 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 $30 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Thor #338 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 Thor #338 75¢ cover price variant?
As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 9.7%, with 146 price variant copies on record versus 1366 regular copies.
What is Thor #338 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $26 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $45.
Why are the Thor #338 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 Thor #338 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 Thor #338 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Thor #338, 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 Thor #338 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 73% 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 Thor #338 worth?
The direct edition version of Thor #338 is worth about $21 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $36.
What is the value of Thor #338 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Thor #338 is worth about $15 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $25.
What is the approximate Thor #338 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Thor #338 is worth about $10 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $17.
What is the Thor #338 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Thor #338 is about $5 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $8.
Has the Thor #338 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Thor #338 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $30 since 2018, or about +100% in 5 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).
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