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Transformers (#1-19) CPV Values 2022


Canadian Price Variant Values, 2022 Price Guide
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 ]
Transformers — 2022 Price Guide Values #1-19
Issue Direct Edition Value CPV
Cover Price
Type 1A Canadian Price Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#1Top 100 CPVs Transformers 1 Canadian Price Variant picture$82$135 $1.00 $360
▲ $60
$241 $193 $135 $90 $45 
 Marvel, 9/1984  1st Appearance of Transformers
#5 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In 2021: 9.6 CGC in April $1203, 9.4 CGC in August $795, 9.2 CGC in January $315, 8.5 CBCS in August $231, 5.5 CGC in March $155. Every CPV collector should have a copy of this book given the importance of this issue. A good number of copies were printed with a manufactoring flaw due to a dull blade (top and/or bottom edge of covers). A 9.8 CGC copy sold in 2020 for $2425 and a 9.2 CGC sold for $400.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,800 in December 2017
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 8.5 on 5/3/2021 for $741, a CGC 8.5 on 11/18/2019 for $77, a CGC 9.2 on 7/3/2020 for $350
Doug notes: ORIGIN and FIRST appearance in Comics of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS; The FIRST BATTLE between the Autobots & the Decepticons; The FIRST Appearance in Comics of; MEGATRON, Ravage, OPTIMUS PRIME
CGC label note: Origin & 1st comic appearance of the Autobots & the Decepticons. $1.00 cover price.
 
#2Top 100 CPVs Transformers 2 Canadian Price Variant picture$28$28 $1.00 $65
▲ $5
$49 $39 $27 $18 $
 Marvel, 11/1984  Limited Series #2
#97 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In June 2020 a 9.8 CGC sold for $366; 9.0 CGC in May for $143.
Conan notes: A CGC 9.2 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2019 for $145
Doug notes: OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON Battle, Cover & Story-c/s; Golden-c;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#3Top 100 CPVs Transformers 3 Canadian Price Variant picture$24$28 $1.00 $70
▲ $5
$52 $42 $29 $20 $10 
 Marvel, 1/1985  Limited Series #3
#80 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: Early app Black Costume SPIDER-MAN vs. Megatron, Cover & Story
CGC label note: Spider-Man appearance. $1.00 cover price.
 
#4 Transformers 4 Canadian Price Variant picture$24$28 $1.00 $49
▲ $5
$37 $29 $21 $14 $
 Marvel, 3/1985  Limited Series #4
Conan notes: A raw 5.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2021 for $22
Doug notes: Autobots Last stand;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Shockwave. Dinobots cameo. $1.00 cover price.
 
#5 Transformers 5 Canadian Price Variant picture$20$28 $1.00 $45
▲ $5
$34 $27 $19 $13 $
 Marvel, 6/1985  Doug notes: Shockwave beats Megatron to become leader of the Decepticons;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#6 Transformers 6 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$16 $1.00 $29
▲ $4
$26 $20 $14 $10 $
 Marvel, 7/1985  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 1.8 on 7/6/2021 for $4, a raw 6.0 on 2/28/2020 for $7
Doug notes: Megatron vs Shockwave, Battle to the Death, for leadership of Decepticons; First appearance of JOSIE BELLER; Apparent DEATH of the Transformers Autobots continues;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Josie Beller who later becomes Circuit Breaker. $1.00 cover price.
 
#7 Transformers 7 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$16 $1.00 $29
▲ $4
$26 $20 $14 $10 $
 Marvel, 8/1985  Doug notes: MEGATRON vs Ratchet battle, Cover & Story;  
#8Top 100 CPVs Transformers 8 Canadian Price Variant picture$15$40 $1.00 $70
▲ $10
$52 $42 $29 $20 $10 
 Marvel, 9/1985  #81 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: First Full appearance of the DINOBOTS cover & story;
CGC label note: 1st full app. Dinobots (Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl & Swoop). Circuit Breaker cameo. $1.00 cover price
 
#9 Transformers 9 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$16 $1.00 $29
▲ $4
$26 $20 $14 $10 $
 Marvel, 10/1985  Doug notes: First Full Appearance of Circuit-Breaker Circuit-Breaker & Starscream, Cover & Story;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Circuit Breaker. $1.00 cover price.
 
#10 Transformers 10 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$32 $1.00 $60
▲ $18
$45 $36 $25 $17 $
 Marvel, 11/1985  Versus Devastator
Conan notes: A raw 2.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 4/1/2021 for $4
Doug notes: Intro of the Constructicons
CGC label note: 1st app. of the Constructicons (Hook, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Long Haul & Scrapper). $1.00 cover price.
 
#11 Transformers 11 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$14 $1.00 $29
▲ $4
$26 $20 $14 $10 $
 Marvel, 12/1985  Versus Jetfire
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 2.0 on 4/1/2021 for $4, a raw 2.0 on 4/1/2021 for $4
Doug notes: 1st appearance of JETFIRE
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Jetfire.
 
#12 Transformers 12 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$8 $1.00 $20
▲ $5
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 1/1986  Conan notes: A raw 2.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/6/2021 for $4
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#13 Transformers 13 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$8 $0.95 $20
▲ $5
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 2/1986  CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.  
#14 Transformers 14 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$14 $0.95 $35
▲ $10
$31 $25 $17 $12 $
 Marvel, 3/1986  Doug notes: Jetfire becomes an Autobot; First appearance of Grapple, Hoist, Smokescreen Skids & Tracks;
CGC label note: Jetfire joins the Autobots. 1st app of Grapple, Hoist, Smokescreen, Skids & Tracks. 95¢ cover price.
 
#15 Transformers 15 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$8 $0.95 $20
▲ $5
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 4/1986  CGC label note: 1st appearance of the Robot-Master (Donny Finkelberg).  
#16 Transformers 16 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$18 $0.95 $40
▲ $10
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 Marvel, 5/1986  Doug notes: Bumblebee? Last Stand / Plight of the Bumblebee;
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#17 Transformers 17 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$8 $0.95 $30
▲ $5
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 6/1986  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 4/1/2021 for $8, a raw 5.0 on 4/1/2021 for $10
Doug notes: First appearance of Blaster, Powerglide, Cosmos, Seaspray, Warpath, Beachcomber, Preceptor, Straxus, Kickback, Bombshell, Shrapnel, Dirge and Ramjet;
CGC label note: 1st app. of Blaster, Powerglide, Cosmos, Warpath, Beachcomber, Perceptor, Seaspray, Straxus & the Insecticons.
 
#18 Transformers 18 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$8 $0.95 $20
▲ $5
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 7/1986  Doug notes: Blaster and Straxus battle-c/s;
CGC label note: 1st appearance & "death" of Crosscut. "Death" of Straxus. Robot-Master appearance.
 
#19 Transformers 19 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$12 $0.95 $40
▲ $16
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 Marvel, 8/1986  1st Appearance of Omega Supreme
Conan notes: A raw 2.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 4/1/2021 for $5
Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title; First appearance of Omega Supreme;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Omega Supreme. Robot-Master appearance.
 
Issue Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
CPV
Cover Price
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
CGC-Confirmed
Direct Edition Value Type 1A Canadian Price Variant Value
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Transformers CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
13,026553,79983+773+28
25791464319+64+5
35141459619+82+5
442475037+79--
5445655710+112+4
618232034+21+1
711331324+19+1
837465128+138+2
914041677+27+3
1014861968+48+2
1114021613+21+1
1212921474+18+2
1311731284+11+1
1410031074+7+1
15741911+17--
16744965+22+1
1714321685+25+3
1810131153+14--
1914341721+29+-3
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
6,966
~98%
142
~2%
8,493
~98%
199
~2%
 +1,527
  ~96% 
 +57
  ~4% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Transformers Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Transformers in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, and 1.00 cover price variants exist within the Transformers title.

Which issues of Transformers have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-19 of Transformers. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #1, 2, 3, and 8.

Why don't more Transformers issues have variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: The cover price variant window in the 1980s was only open from October of 1982 to August of 1986 for Marvel (and September of 1988 for DC) which means that only those Transformers issues published within this specific window have Type 1A price variants. Newsstand copies from before the window opened were priced the same for the Canadian market as for the US market, whereas the closing of the window was the result of the merger of the two single-price newsstand batches into one big dual-price batch (i.e. with both US and CAN prices included) to cover all of North America.

Are the Transformers cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Transformers 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Transformers cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Transformers 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Transformers Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Transformers price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Transformers cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Transformers price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Transformers cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Transformers title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Transformers cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Transformers (#1-19) Values 2022


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 ]

Transformers Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#1Top 100 CPVs Transformers 1 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $360
▲ $60
 Marvel, 9/1984  1st Appearance of Transformers
#5 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In 2021: 9.6 CGC in April $1203, 9.4 CGC in August $795, 9.2 CGC in January $315, 8.5 CBCS in August $231, 5.5 CGC in March $155. Every CPV collector should have a copy of this book given the importance of this issue. A good number of copies were printed with a manufactoring flaw due to a dull blade (top and/or bottom edge of covers). A 9.8 CGC copy sold in 2020 for $2425 and a 9.2 CGC sold for $400.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,800 in December 2017
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 8.5 on 5/3/2021 for $741, a CGC 8.5 on 11/18/2019 for $77, a CGC 9.2 on 7/3/2020 for $350
Doug notes: ORIGIN and FIRST appearance in Comics of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS; The FIRST BATTLE between the Autobots & the Decepticons; The FIRST Appearance in Comics of; MEGATRON, Ravage, OPTIMUS PRIME
CGC label note: Origin & 1st comic appearance of the Autobots & the Decepticons. $1.00 cover price.
 
#2Top 100 CPVs Transformers 2 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $65
▲ $5
 Marvel, 11/1984  Limited Series #2
#97 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In June 2020 a 9.8 CGC sold for $366; 9.0 CGC in May for $143.
Conan notes: A CGC 9.2 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2019 for $145
Doug notes: OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON Battle, Cover & Story-c/s; Golden-c;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#3Top 100 CPVs Transformers 3 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $70
▲ $5
 Marvel, 1/1985  Limited Series #3
#80 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: Early app Black Costume SPIDER-MAN vs. Megatron, Cover & Story
CGC label note: Spider-Man appearance. $1.00 cover price.
 
#4 Transformers 4 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $49
▲ $5
 Marvel, 3/1985  Limited Series #4
Conan notes: A raw 5.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2021 for $22
Doug notes: Autobots Last stand;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Shockwave. Dinobots cameo. $1.00 cover price.
 
#5 Transformers 5 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $45
▲ $5
 Marvel, 6/1985  Doug notes: Shockwave beats Megatron to become leader of the Decepticons;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#6 Transformers 6 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $29
▲ $4
 Marvel, 7/1985  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 1.8 on 7/6/2021 for $4, a raw 6.0 on 2/28/2020 for $7
Doug notes: Megatron vs Shockwave, Battle to the Death, for leadership of Decepticons; First appearance of JOSIE BELLER; Apparent DEATH of the Transformers Autobots continues;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Josie Beller who later becomes Circuit Breaker. $1.00 cover price.
 
#7 Transformers 7 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $29
▲ $4
 Marvel, 8/1985  Doug notes: MEGATRON vs Ratchet battle, Cover & Story;  
#8Top 100 CPVs Transformers 8 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $70
▲ $10
 Marvel, 9/1985  #81 in this year's Top 100.
Doug notes: First Full appearance of the DINOBOTS cover & story;
CGC label note: 1st full app. Dinobots (Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl & Swoop). Circuit Breaker cameo. $1.00 cover price
 
#9 Transformers 9 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $29
▲ $4
 Marvel, 10/1985  Doug notes: First Full Appearance of Circuit-Breaker Circuit-Breaker & Starscream, Cover & Story;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Circuit Breaker. $1.00 cover price.
 
#10 Transformers 10 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $60
▲ $18
 Marvel, 11/1985  Versus Devastator
Conan notes: A raw 2.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 4/1/2021 for $4
Doug notes: Intro of the Constructicons
CGC label note: 1st app. of the Constructicons (Hook, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Long Haul & Scrapper). $1.00 cover price.
 
#11 Transformers 11 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $29
▲ $4
 Marvel, 12/1985  Versus Jetfire
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 2.0 on 4/1/2021 for $4, a raw 2.0 on 4/1/2021 for $4
Doug notes: 1st appearance of JETFIRE
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Jetfire.
 
#12 Transformers 12 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $20
▲ $5
 Marvel, 1/1986  Conan notes: A raw 2.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/6/2021 for $4
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price.
 
#13 Transformers 13 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $5
 Marvel, 2/1986  CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.  
#14 Transformers 14 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $35
▲ $10
 Marvel, 3/1986  Doug notes: Jetfire becomes an Autobot; First appearance of Grapple, Hoist, Smokescreen Skids & Tracks;
CGC label note: Jetfire joins the Autobots. 1st app of Grapple, Hoist, Smokescreen, Skids & Tracks. 95¢ cover price.
 
#15 Transformers 15 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $5
 Marvel, 4/1986  CGC label note: 1st appearance of the Robot-Master (Donny Finkelberg).  
#16 Transformers 16 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $40
▲ $10
 Marvel, 5/1986  Doug notes: Bumblebee? Last Stand / Plight of the Bumblebee;
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#17 Transformers 17 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $30
▲ $5
 Marvel, 6/1986  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 4/1/2021 for $8, a raw 5.0 on 4/1/2021 for $10
Doug notes: First appearance of Blaster, Powerglide, Cosmos, Seaspray, Warpath, Beachcomber, Preceptor, Straxus, Kickback, Bombshell, Shrapnel, Dirge and Ramjet;
CGC label note: 1st app. of Blaster, Powerglide, Cosmos, Warpath, Beachcomber, Perceptor, Seaspray, Straxus & the Insecticons.
 
#18 Transformers 18 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $5
 Marvel, 7/1986  Doug notes: Blaster and Straxus battle-c/s;
CGC label note: 1st appearance & "death" of Crosscut. "Death" of Straxus. Robot-Master appearance.
 
#19 Transformers 19 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $40
▲ $16
 Marvel, 8/1986  1st Appearance of Omega Supreme
Conan notes: A raw 2.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 4/1/2021 for $5
Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title; First appearance of Omega Supreme;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Omega Supreme. Robot-Master appearance.
 
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Transformers CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
13,79983+773+28
264319+64+5
359619+82+5
45037+79--
555710+112+4
62034+21+1
71324+19+1
85128+138+2
91677+27+3
101968+48+2
111613+21+1
121474+18+2
131284+11+1
141074+7+1
15911+17--
16965+22+1
171685+25+3
181153+14--
191721+29+-3
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
8,493
~98%
199
~2%
 +1,527
  ~96% 
 +57
  ~4% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Transformers Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Transformers in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, and 1.00 cover price variants exist within the Transformers title.

Which issues of Transformers have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-19 of Transformers. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #1, 2, 3, and 8.

Why don't more Transformers issues have variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: The cover price variant window in the 1980s was only open from October of 1982 to August of 1986 for Marvel (and September of 1988 for DC) which means that only those Transformers issues published within this specific window have Type 1A price variants. Newsstand copies from before the window opened were priced the same for the Canadian market as for the US market, whereas the closing of the window was the result of the merger of the two single-price newsstand batches into one big dual-price batch (i.e. with both US and CAN prices included) to cover all of North America.

Are the Transformers cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Transformers 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Transformers cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Transformers 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Transformers Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Transformers price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Transformers cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Transformers price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Transformers cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Transformers title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Transformers cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

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