I’m one of those pandemic boomerangs. Collected in the early 90s, then restarted this year. I think there are a lot of us. And damn, this is a very different hobby now. The industry is really providing a collector’s dream scenario now with lower print runs, amazing art/stories, better quality paper/printing, variant covers to give you more to hunt for, etc.
On that last topic. Variants. I see a lot of hatred directed at store exclusives, but I don’t see that hatred toward incentive cover variants or even standard B variants. Why is that? If an issue has a 1000 print variant cover, why do we care about whether it came from a store exclusive or an incentive? Is it just the inherent annoyance that the store exclusive is purely a marketing vehicle for that store, whereas the incentive feels more genuine?
Now, seeing a single issue have 6 standard variant covers, 5 store exclusive covers, a second-third-fourth print that also has variant and/or store exclusive covers… that’s just feels like an over-correction to a growing market and will probably regulate itself within 6-12 months.
Example: I just got a House of X 1 Boston Expo Exclusive 9.8 signed by Dell’otto. I love the cover (and the artist), I’m an X-Men fan, and there’s only 1000 of these (only 45 9.8 and 19 signed). I wouldn’t feel any more or less about this book if it was a store exclusive or an incentive. But, am I missing something? Seems like there’s a lot of “store exclusives will be worth toilet paper in 3 years” but again, I don’t see that same take directed at incentives or even B covers.
Thanks for the knowledge all!