Phantom Stranger 6 1952 Vol 1 Pricing Help
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I regularly buy and sell comics, as many of us do, but I've come into a Phantom Stranger 6 from the 1952 series.  Typically, I use completed eBay listings, as a guide, but eBay hasn't seen a copy of this book recently enough.  It's rare I find something this scarce, and I would love insight, as to what other sources may be trusted, as a true market price.  I'm not opposed to hearing opinions on a price range or grade, but I'd also like to find out what could be used in a situation like this.  Is it better to just auction an item this rare and see what it does? I'm aware of gpa, but I don't have access to it, and I would ask, if it isn't reliable on a scarce book like this?

 

The book is obviously low grade, but it is complete (I've counted the pages).  The cover isn't detached, and there is a spine split nearly half of the way down. It's a pretty incredibly tight book though.  There are other various condition issues with the water damage, smaller tears, and such, but the pictures should help clarify those. There are no cutouts or other major defects ( aside from what is in the photos) in the body of the book itself.

 

This is my first post to any of the cgc forums, so I hope this is in an appropriate place and within guidelines.  I'm just looking for some information and iddealy some new tools to be able to help myself in the future.  If not, then I'm here to share this scarce old book.  Thanks for your time!

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Grammar and adding a line about gpa

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Welcome to the boards! I'll throw out a guess of $300 or so. Rough copy but still not the worst-looking low-grader.

 

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One sold on Heritage in 2.0 for $406 in May, yours is maybe a 1.0 so like Point Five said maybe $300

 

https://comics.ha.com/itm/golden-age-1938-1955-/the-phantom-stranger-6-dc-1

 

Guess my link doesn't work, but you can do a search of the Heritage archives

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Thanks to both of you!  I didn't realize that heritage was a free sign up, so I joined as another resource for info.  I appreciate the tip.

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Did someone say Phantom Stranger? I agree with the $300 estimate.

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6 seems a little scarcer than other issues, so the $400 for a GD on Heritage may be fairly reflective of FMV in that grade, though 2-5 usually sell for a little less. After a big run up, in general VG and under copies of this title seem to have softened just a bit in price in the last year, as the higher prices have brought more out of the woodwork. The posted copy looks about 1.0.  $300 is probably the top of the range one could expect.  It's probably what I'd start out now as BIN on ebay, then if no bites add a best offer or drop to $250. Or maybe start at $225 auction with  a $300 BIN.

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9 minutes ago, rjpb said:

6 seems a little scarcer than other issues, so the $400 for a GD on Heritage may be fairly reflective of FMV in that grade, though 2-5 usually sell for a little less. After a big run up, in general VG and under copies of this title seem to have softened just a bit in price in the last year, as the higher prices have brought more out of the woodwork. The posted copy looks about 1.0.  $300 is probably the top of the range one could expect.  It's probably what I'd start out now as BIN on ebay, then if no bites add a best offer or drop to $250. Or maybe start at $225 auction with  a $300 BIN.

Some people were telling me #5 was harder to find but in my case at least I've seen about 3 copies of #5 for every one of #6 that shows up. Not that any are not somewhat scarce.

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3 minutes ago, N e r V said:

Some people were telling me #5 was harder to find but in my case at least I've seen about 3 copies of #5 for every one of #6 that shows up. Not that any are not somewhat scarce.

It took me years to find an upgrade for my number 5. 

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26 minutes ago, rjpb said:

6 seems a little scarcer than other issues, so the $400 for a GD on Heritage may be fairly reflective of FMV in that grade, though 2-5 usually sell for a little less. After a big run up, in general VG and under copies of this title seem to have softened just a bit in price in the last year, as the higher prices have brought more out of the woodwork. The posted copy looks about 1.0.  $300 is probably the top of the range one could expect.  It's probably what I'd start out now as BIN on ebay, then if no bites add a best offer or drop to $250. Or maybe start at $225 auction with  a $300 BIN.

I agree with this (although not sure about the scarcity of 6 v. 5).  After prices on PS exploded, a lot of lower grade copies surfaced and prices fell back a bit.  This copy has some serious problems, so I have trouble seeing it selling for $300.  But, of course, in an auction if you get two people who need it to fill out their run and a bidding war starts, you never know.

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14 minutes ago, piper said:

It took me years to find an upgrade for my number 5. 

Maybe the higher prices are bringing more copies out or I was in the right place a lot of times. In the past year I've run across copies from 3.0 to 7.0 of issue #5. There were 3 copies alone at last years SDCC that I saw.

Most the people I know that have upper grade sets in  8.0 and higher put them together long before the recent run ups.

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I had a standing offer from another collector for my CGC 6.0 copy of #6 for 2k.

No interest in selling it and he finally got one around 5.0 ish although I don't know what he finally paid. It's not uncommon for last issues in series to be a bit more difficult.

My favourite covers are #4 (thanks Sqeggs) and #6. 

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2 hours ago, N e r V said:

I had a standing offer from another collector for my CGC 6.0 copy of #6 for 2k.

No interest in selling it and he finally got one around 5.0 ish although I don't know what he finally paid. It's not uncommon for last issues in series to be a bit more difficult.

My favourite covers are #4 (thanks Sqeggs) and #6. 

I really like the green cover of number five, but truth is I can't see me parting with any of them unless I could upgrade.

I have a sharply restored No. 1 and have no idea how to estimate its value? Should I post scans and ask for the collective wisdom of the  boards?

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2 hours ago, N e r V said:

I had a standing offer from another collector for my CGC 6.0 copy of #6 for 2k.

No interest in selling it and he finally got one around 5.0 ish although I don't know what he finally paid. It's not uncommon for last issues in series to be a bit more difficult.

My favourite covers are #4 (thanks Sqeggs) and #6. 

Do you have the whole set?

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You didn't say what you paid and it really doesn't matter any way. I suspect VERY little based on the fact you are starting a thread about it here. If it were me, I'd put it on the bay at a good day and time at $9.99 and let it ride.  True auctions like that for books like this tend to do real well. Instead of trying to search out top dollar, let top dollar come to you. You might be surprised.

Oh, and welcome to the boards...

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29 minutes ago, piper said:

Do you have the whole set?

No. I have #1, 4 and 6. I could have completed the run easily in the past year but other books keep getting in the way. :cry:

I'll get it done though. (thumbsu

 

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$200.00-$250.00 for rarity of book.

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For whatever the census is worth, 5 has 21 copies graded (all blue) and 6 has 20 blue and three purple.

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33 minutes ago, Sqeggs said:

For whatever the census is worth, 5 has 21 copies graded (all blue) and 6 has 20 blue and three purple.

A friend likes to remind me that something is only rare or scarce to the people that don't have one. 

There is probably more truth to that in comics collecting than as anything else.

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36 minutes ago, Sqeggs said:

For whatever the census is worth, 5 has 21 copies graded (all blue) and 6 has 20 blue and three purple.

I know you sold some of your undercopies but do you still have a full set? I don't remember you posting it if you did.

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11 hours ago, N e r V said:

I know you sold some of your undercopies but do you still have a full set? I don't remember you posting it if you did.

Yep.  Got the full run.  My 6 is raw.  Supposedly the Northford copy, although it lacks the stamp, so maybe not.  Probably in the 8.0 range.  I intend to get it graded soon.

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