By Jayden Mitchell, proprietor of CaptCan Comics, October 2022
“In many cases, that is the deciding factor in my opinion: the availability of certain books, regardless of their significance, is the driving factor in their value.”
Thanks for checking out my market report on Canadian Price Variants for 2022! I manage the buying and pricing at CaptCan Comics, where we have sold over 4100 Canadian Price Variants in the last two years and currently have over 2200 Canadian Price Variants in our inventory.
In collaboration with Jay Halstead, Jay and I have just finished establishing our recommended values for approximately 150 of the top Canadian Price Variants! Amongst that list are 50 books we think are selling for less than last year's Guide Values, 85 that are higher, and 13 that are the same.
Books that are selling for less in Canadian Price Variant newsstand this year are the result of a combination of (a) books cooling from last year's white hot market (e.g. Moon Knight), and (b) books that collectors have realized are more available in Canadian Price Variant newsstand than they initially thought – such as Alpha Flight #1 (even as the CPV for the issue obviously still remains the most rare and appealing relative to the other first print types).
Many books have held similar values to last year, particularly in exceedingly popular titles that CPVs are often bought up in, like Amazing Spider-Man and Batman.
Overall, amidst a cooling market in comics, (on 80’s books in particular) Canadian Price Variants continue to achieve impressive sales as the more-common books (e.g. Thor 337) & highly-uncommon books (e.g. Swamp Thing 25) filter themselves out in the growing online market.
As Canadian Price Variants become more well known, their availability (supply) continues to increase as CPV copies come out of the woodwork and collectors are more likely to actually realize what they own these days. Gone are the days when a small handful of sellers had limited inventory of Canadian Price Variants in VG – everyone is selling them now! As supply increases, the pack separates – the more-available titles, the harder-to-find titles, and the very hard-to-find Canadian Price Variants are distinguishable by their sales data.
First, the more readily-available titles. There are lots of Canadian Price Variant runs that are more plentiful in Canada and online versus other titles. These more-available titles vary from Amazing Spider-Man (which everyone and their cousin is working on a complete run of), to Fantastic Four, which has a good following of people working on a run, to Warlord which unfortunately no one needs a run of in Canadian newsstand, but everyone has. The A, B, and C list titles, if you will.
The more-uncommon titles, however, prove to be a different story. Many issues of these series do not regularly appear for sale online in Canadian Price Variant newsstand, and when they do, draw a premium in any grade. Certain eras of Batman and Detective, for example, are very uncommon in Canadian Price Variant newsstand; $0.75’ers are more readily available, but $1.00 cover price CPVs (& up) are not easy and some "filler" issues can still fetch $5 in VG. I’d love a high grade Elvira 11 with that stunning Stevens cover – but many of these $1.00+ cover price books are frustratingly difficult to find.
In many cases, that is the deciding factor in my opinion: the availability of certain books, regardless of their significance, is the driving factor in their value. There are plenty of Canadian Price Variants selling at minimal premiums above Direct Edition, like the too-available Thor 337. But a Swamp Thing 37? Different story.
Heavy Metal, Vampirella, Creepy, Eerie, etc are all very difficult to find high grade Canadian Price Variant copies of. Lower grades will demand small premiums, but high grades will demand significant premiums. Magazines generally draw high premiums for exceptional grade, and CPVs are no exception.
I am thrilled to have sold over 2000 Canadian Price Variants so far this year, including many impressive sales of hard to find books. See some of our top sales from the last year below!
|CPV||Publisher||Sale Date||Sale Price (CAD)|
|Batman Vol 1 423 Canadian CGC 9.2||DC||9/17/2022||$2,000|
|Thor Vol 1 337 Canadian CGC 9.8||Marvel||7/15/2022||$1,875|
|The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 238 Canadian CGC 8.0||Marvel||6/30/2022||$800|
|The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 252 Canadian CGC 9.2||Marvel||6/30/2022||$500|
|The Punisher Vol 1 1 Canadian CGC 9.4||Marvel||8/5/2022||$500|
|Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars 8 Canadian CGC 9.0||Marvel||5/31/2022||$400|
|The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 252 Canadian VF/NM||Marvel||6/7/2022||$375|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 252 Canadian VF||Marvel||4/1/2022||$350|
|The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 252 Canadian VF+||Marvel||6/7/2022||$350|
|The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 252 Canadian VF+||Marvel||5/31/2022||$350|
|Thor Vol 1 337 Canadian CGC 9.0||Marvel||4/29/2022||$300|
|Thor Vol 1 337 Canadian NM-||Marvel||6/10/2022||$300|
|Detective Comics Vol 1 546 Canadian CGC 9.8 DC||DC||8/12/2022||$275|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 146 Canadian CGC 9.8 Marvel||Marvel||5/14/2022||$275|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 148 Canadian CGC 9.8||Marvel||9/5/2022||$275|
|Star Wars Vol 1 68 Canadian VF/NM||Marvel||7/11/2022||$275|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 141 Canadian CGC 9.2||Marvel||8/9/2022||$260|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 124 Canadian CGC 9.8||Marvel||9/5/2022||$250|
|Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 143 Canadian CGC 9.8||Marvel||9/5/2022||$250|
|G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero 21 Canadian VG+||Marvel||6/24/2022||$200|
If you have made it this far – thank you for reading!
— Jayden Mitchell