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Blade Runner #1 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]
9.2Near Mint -$70
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$52
8.0Very Fine$42
4.0Very Good$20
Blade Runner #1 Comic Book Values
Blade Runner #1 75¢ Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 10/1982, Published in the USA
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Blade Runner #1 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Movie adaptation
Angelo notes: A series is coming to T.V. Sold in 2023: 9.6 CGC/March $149; 9.4 CGC/June $100. In February of 2022 a 9.8 CGC sold for $801; 9.6 CGC in April sold for $200.
Conan notes: A raw VG 4.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 6/14/2023 for $14.00 (buy it now)
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw VG+ 4.5 on 7/22/2022 for $12 (buy it now), a raw FN+ 6.5 on 2/7/2022 for $24 (buy it now), a raw FN+ 6.5 on 12/2/2021 for $26 (buy it now), a raw 7.5 on 6/17/2021 for $16, a raw 3.5 on 7/20/2020 for $14, a raw 6.0 on 8/13/2020 for $24
Paul notes: A CGC 9.6 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $149 on 3/15/2023.
Paul notes: A CGC 9.6 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $140 in 2020.
CGC label note: Movie adaptation, part one of two. 75 cent cover price.
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With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $70, Blade Runner #1 was very close to making our featured toplist this year. It is definitely within striking distance, and has a value that puts it in the top 5% of all variants in our guide. As such a stand-out within the context of our full coverage universe, we therefore rate 75¢ price variant copies of Blade Runner #1 FIVE STARS as a collectible. 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 $35 since 2018, or about +350% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $40 since 2018, or about +133%.

Blade Runner #1 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Blade Runner #1?
I have a copy of Blade Runner #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 Blade Runner #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 75¢ price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $70 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Blade Runner #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 $45 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Blade Runner #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 Blade Runner #1 75¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 3.0%, with 22 price variant copies on record versus 716 regular copies.

What is Blade Runner #1 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $34 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $52.

Why are the Blade Runner #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 Blade Runner #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 Blade Runner #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Blade Runner #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 Blade Runner #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 53% 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 Blade Runner #1 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Blade Runner #1 is worth about $27 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $42.

What is the value of Blade Runner #1 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Blade Runner #1 is worth about $19 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $29.

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

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Blade Runner #1 is worth about $13 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $20.

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

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Blade Runner #1 is about $6 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $10.

Has the Blade Runner #1 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Blade Runner #1 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $40 since 2018, or about +133% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).

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