August 2020 (4th week) Comic Book Sales Charts and Figures

Welcome to the last week of August Newsstand sales charts. 102 newsstand copies were sold this week, which is about a 10% decline from last week’s 126 copies. The proportion of sales in the different price categories remain similar, as cheap copies dominated, followed by a few strong >$100 sales.

However, due the Ebay completed sales function not working at all, some prices here are listed, rather than actual BIN prices. If you have any solution to find the actual prices, please let me know in the comments. Those with listed prices are marked with an asterisk.

(Updated: thanks to reader H&H comics, the prices are now updated to reflect the real prices being paid).

  • 38% of newsstand comics sold are sold at $10 and below prices. This number is identical to the one last week. Interestingly, the titles with the most sold copies is not Spider-Man or Batman. Instead, it is Sonic the Hedgehog as one buyer practically bought all the cheap Sonic newsstand comics.
  • 26% of newsstand sales are sold between $11 and $30. In this category, the titles that sold the most includes Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Justice League Vol 2 and a few Star Wars titles. Superman/Batman #22 continued to sell well in this price category.
  • 26% of newsstand sales are sold between $30 and $100. Probably due to the news of the passing of Chadman Bostwick, and the corresponding speculation that Shuri might take over the Black Panther mantle, Black Panther Vol 5 sold very well in the $50+ price category. Amazing Spider-Man and Star Wars Legacy as well as Star Wars Tales round up the most sold issues here.
  • 9% of newsstand sales are sold above $100. This represents 9 books which most of them will appear in the top 10 list below

Below are the top 10 newsstand sales for the week.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $719

Making its 5th entry into the charts, Clone Wars #1 reclaims its throne after missing the charts for a few weeks.

This sale is for a VG+ copy and went for $719, which is a pretty high price for a low condition book.

Relative to the direct edition, which goes for $300 in such condition, this represents a premium of 100-150%. Currently, the only newsstand copy on Ebay is listed for $2k.

Amazing Spider-Man #607

Copies sold: 2
Average Sales: $400

A 9.6 copy of Amazing Spider-Man #607 sold for $500 this week. This allows the book to make a 4th entry into the charts.

Thus far this is the highest sales I have seen for this book. This shows collectors really desire a high grade copy that has been certified by CGC.

In comparison, direct editions of 9.6 is only selling for $80-100. So, this established a newsstand premium of 5X, in line with previous premium.

What if #105

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $243

What if #105 makes its 4th chart entry with a 9.4 CGC sale of $243, which is close to the previous raw copies sale.

Interesting, this sale actually went below a regular edition 9.4 recently, which went for $400.

If you are looking for an undervalued newsstand copy, this is probably the best book to get as there is 0 newsstand premium right now.

Star Wars Tales #24

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $135

Star Wars Tales #24 is another book which has appeared 6th time on the charts, including this one.

This book has always struggle with maintaining any newsstand premium due to the larger supply availability.

This sale however increases the premium to about 30% as regular editions are selling for $8–90 in NM condition.

New Mutants Vol 2, #5

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $75

Another new entry this week comes from New Mutants Vol 2, #5, which contains the first appearance of Elixir. He is playing a more prominent role in Dawn of X, which might have spark interest in his first appearance.

This series has a moderately low print run of 30k+ so newsstands are even harder to come by. This explains the 8-9x newsstand premium that we are seeing for this book. I am still looking for it myself!

Thor God of Thunder #2

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $375

God of Thunder #2 makes it second entry into the chart after debuting on the 1st week of August. The last sales was $229 for a VF copy. This sale is for a similar condition book and it went for $375.

That is a 50% increase within 1 month!

Given that the direct editions of this book is selling for $80-100 in NM condition, this sales indicates a newsstand premium of 300%!

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 2, #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $275

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 usually take the 1st or 2nd place in the charts whenever it appeared but this week offers really strong competition to this book, sending it to number 4.

Nevertheless, this is the 6th entry the book has made into the charts, thus cementing its desirability among collectors.

This sale is for a 9.0 copy, which explained its higher pricing and also maintains its newsstand premium.

New Avengers Vol 3 #10

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $199

New Avengers Vol 3 #10 debuted this week due to the strong Thane speculation interest. Personally, I find this book to have a pretty weak Thane appearance as I prefer Infinity #4, which debuted last week.

Regular editions are currently selling close to $40. This means a strong newsstand premium of 5X has been established with this sale.

Thor God of Thunder #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $100

Making its debut is God Of Thunder #1. This series seem to be heating up in the newsstand back issues as it the 2nd book from the same series appearing in the charts.

This sale is for a VF copy and it sold for $129. Direct editions have been selling for under $10 so the newsstand premium here is huge.

Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E #0

Copies sold: 2
Average Sales: $85 – $65

Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E #0 makes its 5th chart entry this week with 2 sales. One is $65 for a VFNM copy while another is $85 with a NM copy.

Consistent with last week’s sales, this book has slowed down in both absolute sales dollar as well as newsstand premium.

Along with What if #105, Star Wars Tales #24, it seems that newsstands from late 90s is not commanding a strong premium if any.

Here are some honorable mentions

X-Force #116

Copies sold: 3
Average Sales: $50-65

X-Force #116 has recently heat up due to James Gunn saying Doop is one of his top 5 X characters. This is a testimonial to how speculative the market has become.

Having said that, the X-Static team has always been a favorite of mine, although Doop is not my most liked character.

Currently, newsstand of this book is selling 100% above direct editions.

Star Wars Legacy #2

Copies sold: 2
Average Sales: $30

Star Wars Legacy #2 was an honorable mentioned on the last week of July and it continues to sell well. However, prices have not moved much since then.

This book features the first appearance of Darth Talon, arguably the most popular character to come out from this series.

Currently the newsstand premium for this book is around 200%.

3 thoughts on “August 2020 (4th week) Comic Book Sales Charts and Figures

  1. Here are 2 ways you can find BIN price:
    Right click on the version of the listing that has all the pictures of the item that sold. Right click to get the “View Page Source” function and select it. Search for “taxex” . This will find the word “taxexclusiveprice” in the source code of the page. The number after that is the BIN price. Try it with one of your listings while not logged in to Ebay to confirm for your self. The ASM 407 sold for $400.

  2. A beautiful set of New Mutants 1-5 sold fur $45. It wasn’t designated as newsstands and someone got very lucky.

    Just today another Amazing Fantasy 15 Newsstand came up on eBay and before I could buy it for the $249 price someone else got it.

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