Amazing Spider-Man #252 Newsstand 75¢ Variant Value
From: The 2024 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, 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 -||$314
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$210
|Amazing Spider-Man #252 75¢ Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 5/1984, Published in the USA
Amazing Spider-Man #252 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearance of the black costume; Amazing Fantasy 15 cover homage
#8 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: A few examples that sold in 2023: 9.8 CGC/August $3650, 9.8 CGC/July $3098, 9.6 CGC/May $667, 9.6 CGC ow/w $450 March, 9.2 CGC/May $280, 9.0 CGC May $276, etc...In 2022: 9.8 CGC sold in July for $3960; 9.6 CGC in June sold $846; in summer three 9.2's CGC sold for $300,$330 & $375; three copies in 9.0 sold for $288,$260 & $266; 7.0 CGC in May for $150; 5.5 CGC in August for $137;4.0 CGC in Feb for $98. In March of 2021 a 9.8 sold for $3816, in May a 9.8 CGC sold for $3360; a SS in 9.8 CGC sold for $4600 (August); a 9.6 CGC for $1200 (May), an 8.5 CGC ow/w for $204.39 (August), in October a 5.0 CGC sold for $102.89. Other grades have also experienced break-out prices lighting a fire under this book. In 2020 the following grades sold for: 9.0 CGC S.S. Lee for $426 in March; 9.4 CGC S.S. Lee in August for $740; 9.8 CGC in October for $1800. Along with Marvel Team-up #141, Spectacular #90 and Secret Wars #8 this book is a must have for the Spider-man collector/investor interested in the black suit which eventually becomes Venom.
Jayden notes: Example recent ASM #252 CPV sales at CaptCanComics.ca: a CGC 9.2 sold on 6/30/2022 for $500 CAD, a raw VF/NM sold on 6/7/2022 for $375 CAD, a raw VF+ sold on 5/31/2022 for $350 CAD and a raw VF sold on 4/1/2022 for $350 CAD.
Ben notes: Whenever new-to-CPVs collectors ask me for my opinion on which CPV to collect first, ASM 252 is my answer and here's why. As an "event" comic that received immediate collector interest, it is likely that many collectors may have not been able to load up at their local comic shop with as many copies as they wanted, and thus headed to the newsstands to add additional copies. As a result we see an extraordinarily high number of CGC census copies of both the variant (relative to other CPVs) and the "regular" types for this particular issue. This means a new CPV collector will find it much easier / less frustrating to actually find a suitable CPV copy for their collection making it a great first CPV target (also see Thor 337).
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,282 in October 2018; back in December 2017 a CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,000; a VG/FN variant sold for $107.58 in August 2018
Conan notes: Example recent variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw GD 2.0 on 11/7/2022 for $110.00 (buy it now), a raw GD 2.0 on 10/31/2022 for $65.00 (buy it now), a raw FN- 5.5 on 11/22/2022 for $105.00 (at auction), a raw FN 6.0 on 5/23/2023 for $105.00 (at auction), a raw VF 8.0 on 11/14/2022 for $330.00 (at auction)
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw VG 4.0 on 5/10/2022 for $155 (buy it now), a raw FN- 5.5 on 5/9/2022 for $119 (buy it now), a raw VF 8.0 on 5/5/2022 for $210 (buy it now), a CGC 9.0 on 11/30/2021 for $300 (buy it now), a raw 2.0 on 8/23/2021 for $72, a raw 2.5 on 1/28/2021 for $85, a CGC 7.0 on 7/8/2021 for $135, a raw 2.5 on 12/31/2019 for $35, a raw 6.0 on 6/6/2019 for $48, a raw 5.0 on 6/16/2020 for $61, a raw 6.0 on 6/16/2020 for $63, a CGC 8.5 on 5/7/2019 for $86, a raw 8.0 on 12/30/2019 for $98, a CGC 9.2 on 11/19/2019 for $106, a raw 8.0 on 9/21/2020 for $195, a CGC 9.4 on 11/20/2020 for $280, a CGC 9.4 on 5/13/2019 for $300
Paul notes: A CGC 9.6 ASM #252 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $600 on 4/11/2023.
Paul notes: Additional xample ASM #252 variant sales at PNJ Comics: Two CGC 9.8 Amazing Spider-Man #252 variants sold for $3,995 on 4/5/2022, a CGC 9.6 variant sold for $846 on 6/29/2022, an NM+ variant sold for $250.00 on 3/7/2018, an NM variant sold for $215 in 2018, and a raw VG/FN variant sold for $80 in 2020.
CGC label note: Ties w/ Marvel Team-Up #141 for 1st app. of the black costume. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage. 75 cent cover price.
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As one of the top 100 most valuable variants in our guide this year, we rate 75¢ price variant copies of Amazing Spider-Man #252 FIVE STARS as a collectible, and the hands-down preferable type to collect for the issue as compared to regular copies. In addition to everything the issue has going for it (as detailed in the issue notes in the page above), we note the price guide value movement since 2018. Regular copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $185 since 2018, or about +206% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $128 since 2018, or about +69%. With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $314, Amazing Spider-Man #252 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.
Amazing Spider-Man #252 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Amazing Spider-Man #252?
I have a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #252 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 Amazing Spider-Man #252, 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 $314 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Amazing Spider-Man #252 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 $275 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Amazing Spider-Man #252 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 #252 75¢ cover price variant?
As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 3.1%, with 718 price variant copies on record versus 22180 regular copies.
What is Amazing Spider-Man #252 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $184 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $210.
Why are the Amazing Spider-Man #252 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 Amazing Spider-Man #252 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 #252 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Amazing Spider-Man #252, 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 #252 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 14% higher than the direct edition in Very Fine / Near Mint (9.0) condition, as of our 2024 CPV Price Guide Edition.
In VF condition, how much is Amazing Spider-Man #252 worth?
The direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #252 is worth about $147 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $168.
What is the value of Amazing Spider-Man #252 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #252 is worth about $103 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $118.
What is the approximate Amazing Spider-Man #252 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Amazing Spider-Man #252 is worth about $69 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $79.
What is the Amazing Spider-Man #252 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Amazing Spider-Man #252 is about $35 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $39.
Has the Amazing Spider-Man #252 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Amazing Spider-Man #252 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $128 since 2018, or about +69% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).
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