Overstreet Advisor Greg Holland studied observed newsstand rarity for comics published 1980-1986 and shared his research, showing the percentage of CGC graded copies found that were direct edition vs. newsstand for each year.

Overstreet Advisor Greg Holland studied observed newsstand rarity for comics published 1980-1986 and shared his research, showing the percentage of CGC graded copies found that were direct edition vs. newsstand for each year studied.

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Greg Holland Observed Newsstand Rarity Study

Overstreet Advisor Greg Holland studied observed newsstand rarity for comics published 1980-1986 and shared his research, showing the percentage of CGC graded copies found that were direct edition vs. newsstand for each year studied.

“I just checked the CGC listings on Ebay for the years we’re
discussing and looked at the covers of the comics themselves
(not relying on the word “newsstand” in the title)…

CGC 1980 results in 82 direct editions, 48 newsstand
CGC 1981 results in 98 direct editions, 27 newsstand
CGC 1982 results in 103 direct editions, 27 newsstand
CGC 1983 results in 114 direct editions, 21 newsstand
CGC 1984 results in 120 direct editions, 10 newsstand
CGC 1985 results in 130 direct editions, 9 newsstand
CGC 1986 results in 160 direct editions, 5 newsstand

These books have already been CGC graded, so we’re talking
about “slab-worthy” comics from these years, but the results
speak for themselves. For the mathematically lazy, that
corresponds to:

1980 = 63% direct, 37% newsstand
1981 = 78% direct, 22% newsstand
1982 = 79% direct, 21% newsstand
1983 = 84% direct, 16% newsstand
1984 = 92% direct, 8% newsstand
1985 = 94% direct, 6% newsstand
1986 = 97% direct, 3% newsstand

It’s just a sample, taken at a random time of day, but those
were the results. Try it yourself, if you like!”

– Greg Holland, Overstreet Advisor

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