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#5373340 - 01/13/12 09:33 PM Newsstand vs Direct
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A totally newb q here: Why are there price differences between Newstand and Direct version of certain issues? Can one of the knowledgeable folks give a solid reasoning for this phenomenon? Why is one more collectible than the other? hm

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#5373381 - 01/13/12 09:45 PM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: IntZero]
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Just because this icon hasn't been used that much yet on these boards. \:\)


Scarcity may play a part in one being worth more than the other.

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#5373549 - 01/13/12 10:48 PM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: brendanb438]
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I've also seen there is sometimes a preference in regard to the "UPC box" and whether it shows a bar code or a Cap head or Spidey head for example.
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#5373564 - 01/13/12 10:51 PM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: IntZero]
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Welcome to the boards - our knowledgeable folks are on vacation so I'll give it a try.

The short version is that when the comic book companies focused on the Direct Market they more or less abandoned newsstand distribution. This made the newsstand versions more desirable to some collectors since there are less copies printed of this version AND they are less likely to maintain their original condition when compared to Direct Market books (which are sold primarily to collectors who have used bags/boards for the last 30 years) The more desirable/valuable version may not be the better looking version - ie - Amazing Spider-man v2 36 where a beautiful black cover is valued lower than one marred by a UPC code... \(shrug\)

I don't think CGC acknowledges the difference on the labels as a rule but the difference is identifiable by looking at the cover or the numbers in the UPC box. Newsstand versions used to conform to general UPC standards while Direct market didn't require bar codes - it changes based on age of your book. Today, I think all publishers now name the distribution method in their UPC boxes that appear on both cover versions; that's part of a Diamond Distribution initiative for uniform coding.

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#5374108 - 01/14/12 05:56 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: bababooey]
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 Originally Posted By: bababooey
Welcome to the boards - our knowledgeable folks are on vacation so I'll give it a try.

The short ... <snip>


Thanks!

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#5374165 - 01/14/12 07:08 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: IntZero]
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Newsstand copies are slightly more desirable in high grade because these copies went non-comic book stores and weren't handled as nicely

Generally, the newsstand copies don't command premium over direct editions. Of course there are those random exceptions.

I couldn't careless about which edition my comic is.It's a matter of personal preference.


Edited by This is water (01/14/12 07:10 AM)
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#5374236 - 01/14/12 08:39 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: This is water]
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Sometimes NS versions are slightly different, making them more desirable. Especially in the 90s with holofoilgatefoldembossedchromiumacetate covers and such. The NS versions are harder to find in high grade and usually have a more regular cover
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#5374329 - 01/14/12 09:31 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: Green]
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Directs are prettier.
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#5374334 - 01/14/12 09:38 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: Tempus Fugit]
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 Originally Posted By: Tempus Fugit
Directs are prettier.



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#5374347 - 01/14/12 09:46 AM Re: Newsstand vs Direct [Re: Tempus Fugit]
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 Originally Posted By: Tempus Fugit
Directs are prettier.



Newsstands are far more difficult books to find, especially within the last 5 years or so. If you want a pretty book, go to the LCS. If you want a challenge ... try and find the same issue in Newsstand format.

Personally, they should command a price premium and have a natural limited number available simply due to the difference in the distribution model. Newsstands that weren't sold were sent back to the distributor (unlike the directs) and subsequently destroyed. Therefore, a natural limitation is created.
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