03/08/22 Pickin' Up The Hammer

A clean-ass copy of Iron Man #120 arrived today. I purchased it off Ebay for $129.95 shipped.

It was listed as being in NM+ condition and was a bit over-graded IMO, but it's the kind of over-graded I'm willing to put money behind. The images in the Ebay listing were pretty clean so I went for it.

Despite having 4-5 very minor non-color breaking spine ticks, it's pretty damn nice. Probably a 9.4 if subbed in it's current state to CGC. I wouldn't personally list a book like this raw on Ebay as higher than NM- (9.2) due to these ticks, but I'd always rather under-grade and over deliver than the opposite. I grade raws off Overstreet's standards which is definitely stricter than whatever relatively inconsistent standards CGC uses and the worthless repeated claims from Ebay sellers that grading is "subjective" as an excuse for their piss poor grading or lack of willingness to attempt to grade at all.

Now $129.95 may sound a bit steep, but based on the most recent 9.8 sale price, I think it's worth it. The last copy sold with a Terapeak verified price of $775 last month. As you can see in the picture below, there's been a pretty consistent rise in sales' prices over the last year.

When rumors came out in late 2020 that Sam Rockwell would be reprising his role as Justin Hammer in the Armor Wars show, I started looking for copies of Iron Man #120 to purchase. Justin Hammer had come and gone from the MCU before we started seeing the price explosions we've seen with the more recent MCU arriving characters so I figured picking up a couple copies wouldn't hurt. Even if he doesn't show back up in live action, this book contains a significant first appearance with a great Bob Layton Iron Man vs. Namor battle cover. That being said, I felt that raw copies at that time were too expensive so I settled on a single CGC 9.8 copy for $214 shipped that I purchased on 01/30/21 which is shown below.

And this brings me to the point of this post. I'm going to try to do my best to avoid brag posts on this blog and only share things I believe are still viable pick ups, helpful insights and/or triumphs and failures with my pressing and grading. How does Iron Man #120 fit into this? Well I'm pretty certain that this book is being relatively ignored out in the offline world. I could easily see this still toiling away in back issue bins being viewed as probably too expensive at previously listed prices without anyone having recently checked on its current value which is significantly more than a year ago with a pretty decent potential for further gains if we see Justin Hammer again. Now I'm not saying you should rush out and pay as much as you possibly can for copies of this book but I think it's definitely one to add to your “wantlist” when you're out and about. If you find a nice copy at a good price, pick it up. If not, oh well. I'm sure there are other things you can buy. This being a book from 1979 (modern tier) and with Armor Wars set to start filming in May of this year, you should have plenty of time to find a cheap copy or two and have them back in time from CGC before an Armor Wars trailer drops.

Happy hunting.