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Blip #1 $1.25 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]
Blip #1 $1.25 Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$500
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$335
8.0Very Fine$268
4.0Very Good$126
Blip #1 Comic Book Values
Blip #1 $1.25 Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 2/1983, Published in the USA
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Blip #1 $1.25 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearances of Donkey Kong and Mario; Video game magazine in comic-book format
#6 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In 2021 two low grade raw copies sold between $200 to $300, and a CGC 6.0 sold for $284. In my opinion, a book that is investment-worthy with more upside potential.
Jayden notes: Video Game related speculation is growing, and so is the sales volume of these keys - but the Canadians are STILL never showing up for sale. High grade value is currently hypothetical!
Ben notes: Something that really strikes me about the Blip series is that it is the only instance I am aware of among CPVs where there exist both dual-price newsstand copies *and* single-price newsstand copies (the CPVs) (here's pictures of what I mean).
Doug notes: FIRST Comic Book appearance of MARIO BROS (in 6 Page Story); FIRST Comic Book appearance of DONKEY KONG (in same 6 Page Story); TV Star Matthew Laborteaux PHOTO cover; Video Games of the Stars; Atari 2600 & other early Video Games; Missile Command, Centipede, Pitfall, Arcadia-2001, Dig Dug; Steve Grant story; Bob Camp art; LOWER PRINT RUN and Scarcer Bronze Age Marvel Comics & Video Game Collectible item; CPV is Scarce in High Grade
Doug notes: CPV is Scarce in High Grade
CGC label note: Matthew Laborteaux photo cover. 1st comic book appearance of Mario & Donkey Kong.
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Blip #1 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Blip #1?
I have a copy of Blip #1 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 Blip #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 $1.25 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $500 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Blip #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 $150 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Blip #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 $1.25? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!

How rare is the Blip #1 $1.25 cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 3.8%, with 12 price variant copies on record versus 304 regular copies.

What is Blip #1 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $100 in VF/NM whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $335.

Why are the Blip #1 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 Blip #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 Blip #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Blip #1, the market area that received the $1.25 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 $1.25 copies of Blip #1 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.25 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.25 variant approximately 235% 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 Blip #1 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Blip #1 is worth about $80 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $268.

What is the value of Blip #1 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Blip #1 is worth about $56 whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $188.

What is the approximate Blip #1 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Blip #1 is worth about $38 whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $126.

What is the Blip #1 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Blip #1 is about $19 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.25 newsstand variants are worth $63.

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