Ever since fans got their first glimpse of the futuristic Cosmic Ghost Rider in the pages of Thanos #13, anything featuring this new character has exploded on the collecting scene.
While readers are enjoying the Cates story and getting a look at “Old Man Thanos” (basically this story takes place in the very distant future after Thanos defeated all of the universe’s heroes), it’s been the new vision of Ghost Rider (one who uses the an infinity gem to travel through time) that collectors are abuzz over. Thanos #15 only shipped to distributors last week, and many stores were selling out within the first day, since this is the issue in which Ghost Rider revealed his former identity to the younger Thanos. For those who haven’t read that issue, I will keep this article spoiler free.
Unlike other new/remodeled characters of late, I’m envisioning Cosmic Ghost Rider making a bigger impact on the Marvel canon in the coming months. The fact that he possesses the time gem makes it easy for a writer to insert him into the present Marvel Universe, and a Ghost Rider/Cosmic Rider altercation would sell lots of comics. When that happens (I think it’s safe to assume it will happen at some point) Thanos #13 will get a boost...as if it needed one; a CGC graded 9.8 of the Geoff Shaw standard cover has sold four times since December, averaging $160. You can still get ungraded “raw” copies in near mint for around $20, so you’ve got that going for you.
Like most comics these days, collectors have plenty of covers to choose from when it comes to Thanos #13. There’s the standard edition with the Geoff Shaw artwork, the Burrows lenticular swipe cover, the McKone legacy headshot cover, the Christopher trading card variant, and the Rafael Albuquerque cover.
The standard edition is selling well, and that’s the one that can be found for somewhere around $20 ungraded. The lenticular cover is not as popular, and it’s selling for roughly $6. The headshot cover is doing a little better, and it’s still reasonably priced at $10, give or take. You can snag a trading card variant for anywhere between $5-$10.
Where things get a little more pricey is the Albuquerque variant. This is the lowest print run of the set and harder to come by, which immediately raises the value. Couple that with the first appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider and Old Man Thanos, and this is an expensive comic. Although there are no recorded sales of graded copies just yet, raw copies are selling on eBay for $100-$150. Like I said earlier, give Marvel time to bring the Cosmic Rider into the present day Marvel timeline to meet his counterpart, and this will be an even more expensive comic.
Time will tell, but I believe this new version of Ghost Rider will have staying power. I’m not anticipating him to overtake the traditional Ghost Rider in the comics or become the next Deadpool or Wolverine, but I do picture him staying around after the Thanos Wins storyline wraps up. In the years to come, it will be worth the investment to get your hands on a Thanos #13 in near mint. Even if it doesn’t bring you thousands of dollars in profit, it’s worth $20 to play it safe.
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