Batman #404 Newsstand $1.00 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 -||$120
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$80
|Batman #404 $1.00 Newsstand Cover Price Variant, DC, 2/1987, Published in the USA
Batman #404 $1.00 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Origin of Batman; Year One Part I
#35 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In June of 2023 a 9.6 CGC sold for $225. In November of 2023 9.8 CGC sold for $2,084.79.
Conan notes: A raw FN+ 6.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 12/5/2022 for $40.55 (buy it now)
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw FN 6.0 on 1/4/2022 for $48 (buy it now), a raw FN 6.0 on 6/21/2022 for $43 (buy it now), a raw 3.5 on 6/15/2021 for $29
Doug notes: FRANK MILLER Scripts Begin; BATMAN Year One Part-1 of 4-Parts; First appearance of SEINA KYLE aka the Modern CATWOMAN; Camren Bicondova is playing Selina Kyle aka CATWOMAN in the GOTHAM Fox TV Series; First appearance of Carmine (the Roman) Falcone
CGC label note: "Year One" storyline begins. $1.00 cover price.
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As one of the top 100 most valuable variants in our guide this year, we rate $1.00 price variant copies of Batman #404 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 $10 since 2018, or about +25% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $52 since 2018, or about +76%. With a $1.00 variant NM- value of $120, Batman #404 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.
Batman #404 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Batman #404?
I have a copy of Batman #404 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 #404, 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 $1.00 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $120 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Batman #404 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 $50 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Batman #404 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 $1.00? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
How rare is the Batman #404 $1.00 cover price variant?
As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 0.7%, with 29 price variant copies on record versus 4045 regular copies.
What is Batman #404 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $38 in VF/NM whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $80.
Why are the Batman #404 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 #404 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 #404 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Batman #404, the market area that received the $1.00 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 $1.00 copies of Batman #404 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.00 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.00 variant approximately 111% 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 Batman #404 worth?
The direct edition version of Batman #404 is worth about $30 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $64.
What is the value of Batman #404 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Batman #404 is worth about $21 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $45.
What is the approximate Batman #404 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Batman #404 is worth about $14 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $30.
What is the Batman #404 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Batman #404 is about $7 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $15.
Has the Batman #404 $1.00 variant from DC been a good investment?
Batman #404 $1.00 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $52 since 2018, or about +76% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).
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