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Uncanny X-Men #168 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 -$73
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$49
8.0Very Fine$39
4.0Very Good$18
Uncanny X-Men #168 Comic Book Values
Uncanny X-Men #168 75¢ Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 4/1983, Published in the USA
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Uncanny X-Men #168 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
1st Appearance of Madelyne Pryor
Angelo notes: In April of 2023 a 9.8 CGC sold for $640. In February of 2022 a 9.8 CBCS sold for $736. In March 2021 a 9.8 CGC sold for $425 and in June a 9.6 CGC sold for $175. A 9.8 CGC sold for $361 in 2019
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 12/19/2020 for $16, a raw 7.0 on 5/5/2021 for $21, a raw 4.0 on 11/9/2020 for $16, a raw 8.5 on 10/30/2020 for $34, a raw 8.0 on 1/27/2020 for $38
Doug notes: TRUE FIRST appearance of the ADULT MADELYNE PRYOR (Madelyne “Maddie” Jennifer Pryor-Summers) aka Anodyne, Goblin Queen, Black Rook, Red Queen; MADELYNE PRYOR'S Team affiliations includes; X-Men, Hellfire Club, Hellfire Cult, & Sisterhood of Mutants; See Avengers Annual #10 for the 1st appearance of the Original young MADELYNE PRYOR Prototype; LOCKHEED appears;
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $225 in 2020.
CGC label note: 1st appearance of adult Madelyne Pryor. Lockheed appearance. 75 cent cover price.
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With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $73, Uncanny X-Men #168 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 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 $4 since 2018, or about +40% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $43 since 2018, or about +143%.

Uncanny X-Men #168 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Uncanny X-Men #168?
I have a copy of Uncanny X-Men #168 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 Uncanny X-Men #168, 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 $73 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Uncanny X-Men #168 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 $14.

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Uncanny X-Men #168 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 75¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 2.5%, with 30 price variant copies on record versus 1163 regular copies.

What is Uncanny X-Men #168 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $12 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $49.

Why are the Uncanny X-Men #168 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Uncanny X-Men #168, 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 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 308% 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 Uncanny X-Men #168 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Uncanny X-Men #168 is worth about $10 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $39.

What is the value of Uncanny X-Men #168 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Uncanny X-Men #168 is worth about $7 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $27.

What is the approximate Uncanny X-Men #168 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Uncanny X-Men #168 is worth about $5 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $18.

What is the Uncanny X-Men #168 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Uncanny X-Men #168 is about $2 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $9.

Has the Uncanny X-Men #168 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Uncanny X-Men #168 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $43 since 2018, or about +143% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).

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