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Amazing Spider-Man #238 75¢ Variant Value

From: The 2023 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Greg Holland, Jon McClure, Jayden Mitchell, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions]
Amazing Spider-Man #238 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$750
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$503
8.0Very Fine$402
4.0Very Good$189
Amazing Spider-Man #238 Comic Book Values
Amazing Spider-Man #238 75¢ Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 3/1983, Published in the USA
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Amazing Spider-Man #238 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearance of Hobgoblin; Came with Tattooz
#2 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: Rumors are still circulating that the Hobgoblin will be coming to the big screen so it's only a matter of time. In February of 2022 a 9.6 CGC sold for $2052; July a 8.5 sold for $595; July an CGC 4.0 sold for $325. In September 2021 a 9.0 CGC sold for $847, June an 8.0 CGC sold for $600 and an 8.5 CGC SS sold in May for $1017. In 2020 the following grades sold for breakout prices: 4.0 CGC for $160 in October; 5.0 CGC for $335 in July; 9.2 CGC for $800 in March; 9.8 CGC in March sold for $4650 becoming the highest amount paid for any CPV on a public auction only to have this price shatterered once agian a few months later in November when a second copy sells in another public auction for $7800. This has become a must have book for the serious C.P.V. collector and/or investor.
Jayden notes: A CGC 8.0 CPV sold at CaptCanComics.ca on 6/30/2022 for $800 CAD
Ben notes: Classic cover contender.
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a CGC 8.5 on 10/17/2022 for $500 (buy it now), a CGC 9.6 on 2/21/2022 for $2050 (buy it now), a raw 5.0 (no tattooz) on 12/24/2020 for $112, a raw 8.0 on 2/15/2021 for $420, a raw 2.0 on 3/20/2020 for $80, a CGC 8.5 on 12/26/2019 for $350
Jon notes: CGC updated their labeling treatment this year; please see this article for more details and for my previous advisor note.
Paul notes: 75¢ variants of this issue did indeed come with Tattooz included (Overstreet's in-guide note is incorrect). A VF- Amazing Spider-Man #238 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $160 in 2018
CGC label note: 1st appearance of the Hobgoblin. Manufactured with "Tattooz" insert & sample. 75¢ cover price.
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Amazing Spider-Man #238 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Amazing Spider-Man #238?
I have a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 Amazing Spider-Man #238, 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 $750 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 $500 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 Amazing Spider-Man #238 75¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 2.8%, with 285 price variant copies on record versus 9946 regular copies.

What is Amazing Spider-Man #238 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $335 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $503.

Why are the Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 Amazing Spider-Man #238 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Amazing Spider-Man #238, 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 Amazing Spider-Man #238 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 50% higher than the direct edition in Very Fine / Near Mint (9.0) condition, as of our 2023 CPV Price Guide Edition.

In VF condition, how much is Amazing Spider-Man #238 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #238 is worth about $268 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $402.

What is the value of Amazing Spider-Man #238 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #238 is worth about $188 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $281.

What is the approximate Amazing Spider-Man #238 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #238 is worth about $126 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $189.

What is the Amazing Spider-Man #238 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Amazing Spider-Man #238 is about $63 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $94.

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