I’m curious on the forum’s opinion about a lot of 90’s final issues I see trending.
Is there long term appeal for these books? I know G. I. Joe (155) and Transformer (80) runs are sought after and are collectible. But I’m noticing some 90s volumes like Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider, GotG, Warlock: Infinity Watch, etc. hitting the $10+ mark.
Does the low print matter if there isn’t much substance in these books? Are these good for the long term? Will anyone care about these books in 20 years?
I can tell you that I care!
There are some really good books relative to what you said that can be incredibly hard to find.
Sure, it is a bit of niche type area of collecting as someone isn’t likely to be after them unless they are specifically into final issues/low print runs or that specific title character.
The other thing is that despite a character not being all that big of a deal now…who knows what the future will hold:
Some additional items/books that I’ve found to be very difficult to find and personally am fond of:
(I’m talking the last 2-3 issues as well as the last printed annual in many cases).
I also wonder if the skyrocketing prices on most mid to major first appearances is driving some of this newer love for first covers, last issues, low print issues, etc. If you can’t afford the BIG books, you need to find the next level of collectibility.
I’m in this camp to an extent. I also really love cover art, so I tend to like first issues, first covers, etc.
Imo the emergence of grading companies is leading to the collectabillity of first covers and good looking cover art. People like to grade them and display them or have them in their PC.
Keep an eye out for final issues of titles that doesn’t immediately get cancelled only to have another volume with new or same creative team shortly after. People like to fill runs and these final issues are scarce with low print run as they were about to get cancelled so it’s hard to get.
I can see collectors certainly expanding what they want in their collections now. It was 1st appearances and #1 issues but now it’s become so much more - 2nd, 3rd, 4th appearances (primarily the older established characters), later printings, cover artists (new & old), low print books, final issues, previews and even some of the gimmick covers of the 90s are increasing in value (Ghost Rider #15, 1st glow in the dark). Some are niche but that’s what makes this hobby fun!
A couple more issues to keep on your radar.
One thing I love about the “final issue” thing is they tend to not be on folks radars near as much either.
It’s kind of fun as it adds another element (put it in the memory bank) to comic hunting.
These were both $1 and go for far more.