Batman #397 95¢ 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]
|9.2||Near Mint -||$30
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$26
|Batman #397 95¢ Cover Price Variant, DC, 7/1986, Published in the USA
Batman #397 95¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Versus Two-Face (Harvey Dent); MASK insert
Doug notes: Low Print = 89,747 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; TWO-FACE cover & story; CATWOMAN appears; Crossover with Detective #563-564; 52 pages, including a 12 Page Slick Insert on the MASK, Based on the Kenner Toys;
CGC label note: Two-Face & Catwoman appearance. Direct editions have 12 page "Mask" insert. 95¢ cover price.
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Batman #397 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Batman #397?
I have a copy of Batman #397 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 Batman #397, 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 $30 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Batman #397 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 $10.
If your copy of Batman #397 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!!
What is Batman #397 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $8 in VF/NM whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $26.
Why are the Batman #397 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 Batman #397 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 Batman #397 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Batman #397, 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 Batman #397 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 225% 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 Batman #397 worth?
The direct edition version of Batman #397 is worth about $6 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $21.
What is the value of Batman #397 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Batman #397 is worth about $4 whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $15.
What is the approximate Batman #397 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Batman #397 is worth about $3 whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $10.
What is the Batman #397 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Batman #397 is about $2 for the direct edition version whereas the 95¢ newsstand variants are worth $5.
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