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    Default 1998 Amazing Spider-Man series: why do they cost so much?

    I was looking to fill some holes on my ASM run and came across high prices for these issues (around #10-30). Some are $8, $6, even up to $20 for one. Why are they so high? Was there a low print run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumaro9977 View Post
    I was looking to fill some holes on my ASM run and came across high prices for these issues (around #10-30). Some are $8, $6, even up to $20 for one. Why are they so high? Was there a low print run?
    That's it exactly, actually. Low print run on those issues make them more expensive than a shiny foil hologram gatefold die-cut cover from 1991.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Nichols View Post
    That's it exactly, actually. Low print run on those issues make them more expensive than a shiny foil hologram gatefold die-cut cover from 1991.
    bingo. some of those books didnt see age amount printed.

    rare = higher priced

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    seriously i can't find any comic store here who has a back issue of mackie era

    and even in our local ebay

    as if most comic readers came back reading again during the jms era...this is why i give credit to joe Q. I think it was like nobody was reading comics like spider-man at that time in where i live.
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    Anyone know why Marvel had a low print run on one of their flagship titles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumaro9977 View Post
    Anyone know why Marvel had a low print run on one of their flagship titles?
    sure... spider-man was not the flagship book after clone saga... Some debate that it is still not even through JMS...

    but the print runs went back up during JMS's run on the book. (Volume 2 #30 and up)

    also one should factor in the crash of the 90s.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumaro9977 View Post
    Anyone know why Marvel had a low print run on one of their flagship titles?
    Oversaturation of the comic market in the 90's with variant covers, hologram covers, etc etc

    But yeah the Mackie, Byrne era of the Spidey reboot was printed in very low numbers. And it's not uncommon for some of the issues to range in the $10-$30 range depending on condition.
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    Most of these issues haven't been reprinted. Combine that with the low print run, and comics I gave away five years ago now seem to be worth something.
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    Low print runs?

    Amazing Spider-Man - Postal sales data
    1995-234,290
    1996-216,779
    1997-159,950
    1998-119,547
    1999-127,915
    2000-113,685
    2001-113,557
    2002-122,572
    2003-122,173
    2004-123,540
    2005-112,564

    Hardly, prints were lower in 1998, but even then ASM was a top 20 title before the relaunch -top ten early during the relaunch-, although there were a dozen x-men titles, the relaunched Heroes Reborn and there was a craze for some non-superhero titles (like Darkness, Witchblade, Battle Chasers, heck, Darkness, Fathom and Tomb Raider were the top selling comics of 1997, 1998,1999). even the satellite titles were in the top 30 most of the time, outselling Batman, Superman, GL and non fantasy Image titles.

    Of course, sales to retailers do not translate into sales to customers, but in that case, retailers would have a ton of back issues and would be willing to sell them below cover price, which is not the case. The price is high because people is not selling their comics from that time.


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    Also there were few to no trades during this time. A lot of people will give up their single issues and keep the tpbs if they have a room or money decision to make. I think I had to drop $14 on ASM 27, or 28 to finish my collection. It wasn't that great a story either. Those comics are very hard to find. I got lucky and found many of them in a $.50 box at my LCS. My LCS doesn't grade so if they are good condition or poorer they automatically go in there. Good luck finding them.

    (sorry mets didn't see your post when I did this)
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