Transformers #1 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 -||$276
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$185
|Transformers #1 $1.00 Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 9/1984, Published in the USA
Transformers #1 $1.00 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearance of Transformers
#9 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: The latest Transformers movie in 2023 paved the way to more movies yet to be released. A 9.8 CGC sold for $3000 in Spring 2023. A CGC 9.0 CPV sold for $250 in October 2023, and a CGC 9.6 CPV sold for $1,250 on October 25th 2023. Any dip in price on this book will prove to be a great buy when looking back years from now. In 2021: 9.6 CGC in April $1203, 9.4 CGC in August $795, 9.2 CGC in January $315, 8.5 CBCS in August $231, 5.5 CGC in March $155. Every CPV collector should have a copy of this book given the importance of this issue. A good number of copies were printed with a manufacturing flaw due to a dull blade (top and/or bottom edge of covers). A 9.8 CGC copy sold in 2020 for $2425 and a 9.2 CGC sold for $400.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,800 in December 2017
Conan notes: Example recent variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw GD 2.0 on 6/12/2023 for $63.00 (buy it now), a raw GD/VG 3.0 on 8/4/2023 for $50.35 (buy it now), a raw VG+ 4.5 on 7/11/2023 for $72.10 (buy it now)
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw FR 1.0 on 1/19/2022 for $12 (buy it now), a raw VG+ 4.5 on 12/3/2021 for $76 (at auction), a CGC 5.5 on 8/2/2022 for $110 (buy it now), a raw 8.5 on 5/3/2021 for $741, a CGC 8.5 on 11/18/2019 for $77, a CGC 9.2 on 7/3/2020 for $350
Doug notes: ORIGIN and FIRST appearance in Comics of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS; The FIRST BATTLE between the Autobots & the Decepticons; The FIRST Appearance in Comics of; MEGATRON, Ravage, OPTIMUS PRIME
CGC label note: Origin & 1st comic appearance of the Autobots & the Decepticons. $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 Transformers #1 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 $50 since 2018, or about +40% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $91 since 2018, or about +49%. With a $1.00 variant NM- value of $276, Transformers #1 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.
Transformers #1 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Transformers #1?
I have a copy of Transformers #1 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 Transformers #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 $1.00 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $276 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Transformers #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 $175 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Transformers #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 $1.00? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
How rare is the Transformers #1 $1.00 cover price variant?
As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 2.7%, with 177 price variant copies on record versus 6425 regular copies.
What is Transformers #1 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $117 in VF/NM whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $185.
Why are the Transformers #1 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 Transformers #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 Transformers #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Transformers #1, 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 Transformers #1 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 58% 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 Transformers #1 worth?
The direct edition version of Transformers #1 is worth about $94 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $148.
What is the value of Transformers #1 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Transformers #1 is worth about $66 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $104.
What is the approximate Transformers #1 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Transformers #1 is worth about $44 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $69.
What is the Transformers #1 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Transformers #1 is about $22 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $35.
Has the Transformers #1 $1.00 variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Transformers #1 $1.00 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed, increasing in value by $91 since 2018, or about +49% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).
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