Four Color #386 features Uncle Scrooge‘s first ever appearance and is from April 1952. Script, pencils, ink and cover – it’s 100% through and through by one of all time greatest comic storytellers of all time – Carl Barks . I have it because it was part of the ‘ole man’s collection. In the mid-70’s when I was pillaging his stash at grandma’s house it was the most valuable comic I confiscated (at least in Overstreet’s eyes).
As a side note, I downloaded 61 sales of #386 between 2001 and 2014 from Heritage Auction and found they averaged 59% under the Overstreet pricing for equivalent grades. Now, while I see comics going on eBay all the time for over Overstreet pricing; it is curious the guide has not been able to adjust in well over a decade to actual retail pricing of so many sales for this one issue?
In fact, I got the copy shown here on eBay for almost -75% under Overstreet (at least based on the grade the seller was claiming – please look closely and tell me if you see G/VG 3.0).
As a side, side note I ran a binary logistic regression analysis (statistics lingo) on this sample of 61 and, get this, determined that controlling for year of sale and grade of comic there was a statistically significant difference in sales price between CGC graded and non-CGC graded books – which amounted to a $33.73 premium for the CGC graded copies. Based on this data, it would appear to me grading cost could “pay for itself” by adding a 7% premium (over the price average in this analysis). The “break even” would be on books starting at $275.
I continued adding to my collection some of the greatest Carl Barks Four Color Dell Comics which include: