As we noted on Wednesday, the Amazing Spider-Man “Obama issue” frenzy escalated quickly on that home of quick escalations: eBay. Surveying the scene today, we see that there are presently approximately 1,117 listings for Amazing Spider-Man #583.
After you get past some of the insanely inflated Buy It Now listings, which includes a $10,000 listing for a SpidermanObama domain name, you’ll see that bidding seems to be topping out at around $86 for a single, ungraded, unsigned, variant copy. One can find signed copies fetching over $125, or cleverly pre-sold packages of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd variant printings together for more. It seems that while the number of high-priced Buy It Nows have grown, they aren’t moving for, say, $500 a pop. At this point, the $80 to $90 seems to be the top end.
The top sales prices will probably cool off by next week, as people who just want any copy as a “historical document” of sorts will likely just be happy to own a 2nd or 3rd printing. The speculators have already been in, and, based on Buy It Nows, a number of them will seemingly just be holding the bag. Let’s hope they won’t need a bailout.
Update: An unscientific survey of pages seems to put Crazy Scondo’s as the eBay store with the highest number of offerings between graded, single-issue, and package deals. Crazy Scondo’s is a brick-and-mortar store in Bayside, New York, with an 11-year eBay track record. As of 1:55pm EST, they currently have 12 copies of the Obama variant for sale.