Anyone know the story behind Wildcats #1 Gold and other Image gold books?
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Picked up a Wildcats #1 Gold (signed in silver by Jim Lee) and couldn't find much information online about the book.

Overstreet states that there is a regular Gold and a signed Gold. I believe Jim Lee signed a bunch because the backs of all the signed one has silver ink transfers from where he signed and stacked the books. This is consistent across eBay images for the books signed in silver.

The questions I have are:

- What is the print run of this book (and other Gold books of the era)?

- How were they distributed to retailers? 1 per store ala the Platinum Spidey #1? Or as Incentive Variants for ordering XXX number of copies?

Does anyone know? Google searches haven't turn up much info.

Also, does anyone have information on the print run of the Another Universe Variants of Battle Chasers #1 (Red Monika Gold variant).

Thanks in advance.

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The golds were a wildcats 1 retailer incentive. Get 1 gold cover per xxx number of books ordered. The signed version was 1 per xxx books ordered also but a higher order amount was required to get that one. Don't remember the allocation amount on either

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15 hours ago, Oat Willy1 said:

The golds were a wildcats 1 retailer incentive. Get 1 gold cover per xxx number of books ordered. The signed version was 1 per xxx books ordered also but a higher order amount was required to get that one. Don't remember the allocation amount on either

Thanks. I'm still trying to find out what the ratio is and hope someone here knows!

The print run of Wildcats #1 is estimated to be at least a million copies. Even if this was a 1:100 ratio, there are 10k copies out there? Anecdotally, they seem rarer than that?

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It's likely that the Image gold issues are around 10,000 copies.  It's also possible that there are cases of them somewhere, which are waiting to be (re-)discovered... but it has been 25 years so who knows. :bigsmile:

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How is it simultaneously one per store and order X amount to qualify? 

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25 minutes ago, Hickok8AA8 said:

How is it simultaneously one per store and order X amount to qualify? 

Nobody said they were (shrug)

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1 hour ago, valiantman said:

It's likely that the Image gold issues are around 10,000 copies.  It's also possible that there are cases of them somewhere, which are waiting to be (re-)discovered... but it has been 25 years so who knows. :bigsmile:

agree they were all over the place in the 90s.

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Just now, fastballspecial said:
1 hour ago, valiantman said:

It's likely that the Image gold issues are around 10,000 copies.  It's also possible that there are cases of them somewhere, which are waiting to be (re-)discovered... but it has been 25 years so who knows. :bigsmile:

agree they were all over the place in the 90s.

At the time, they were getting about 1/2 the price of Valiant golds and the number of Deathmate golds (the Valiant/Image crossover) was at least 10,000 (more like 20,000 golds for Deathmate Prologue)... so I'd be very surprised if the Image golds were less than 10,000 copies since they didn't hit the same prices as the 5,000 golds for Valiant and since the Valiant/Image crossover used a higher number than the 5,000.

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On 11/7/2017 at 2:32 PM, Oat Willy1 said:

The golds were a wildcats 1 retailer incentive. Get 1 gold cover per xxx number of books ordered. The signed version was 1 per xxx books ordered also but a higher order amount was required to get that one. Don't remember the allocation amount on either

 

18 hours ago, ygogolak said:

Nobody said they were (shrug)

Maybe I misunderstood Willy's post? 

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20 minutes ago, Hickok8AA8 said:

 

Maybe I misunderstood Willy's post? 

Wildcats #1 retailer incentive. A retailer incentive isn't the same as a one-per-store.

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10k seems to be in line with Gold/Platinum variants from the 90s. 

- Spider-Man #1 Platinum
- Venom Lethal Protector #1 Gold
- Death of Superman #75 Platinum
- Valiant books

Maybe the answer to the sign/unsigned version is simply that stores which ordered above a certain amount got a signed copy and those who ordered less than said threshold got the unsigned versions.

The unsigned versions are actually going to grade out better as they won't have the silver in smudges on the back.

Finally, Anyone know the print run of the Another Universe Variants of Battle Chasers #1 (Red Monika Gold variant) and the Battle Chasers Prelude (Gold)?

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