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Care Bears #1 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]
Care Bears #1 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Comic Book Picture
9.2Near Mint -$90
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$60
8.0Very Fine$48
4.0Very Good$23
Care Bears #1 Comic Book Values
Care Bears #1 75¢ Cover Price Variant, Star, 11/1985, Published in the USA
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Care Bears #1 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
#67 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: Characters with a long rich history. People did not care about Star Comics or their condition when purchased off the rack for their kids. Prices should increase on this book. Two copies in 9.8 CGC sold in 2019 for $455 and $517.A 7.5 CGC sold in 2019 for $75
Conan notes: A raw FN- 5.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 8/15/2022 for $55 (buy it now)
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Care Bears in comics. Based on the greeting card characters. 75¢ cover price.
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Care Bears #1 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Care Bears #1?
I have a copy of Care Bears #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 Care Bears #1, Star 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 $90 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Care Bears #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 $35 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Care Bears #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 75¢? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!

How rare is the Care Bears #1 75¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the September 2021 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 16.4%, with 11 price variant copies on record versus 56 regular copies.

What is Care Bears #1 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $31 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $60.

Why are the Care Bears #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 Care Bears #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 Care Bears #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Care Bears #1, 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 Care Bears #1 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 94% 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 Care Bears #1 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Care Bears #1 is worth about $25 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $48.

What is the value of Care Bears #1 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Care Bears #1 is worth about $17 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $34.

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

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Care Bears #1 is worth about $12 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $23.

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

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Care Bears #1 is about $6 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $11.

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