It’s not even available in stores yet. But the Hastings exclusive Uncanny Avengers #1 cover is already selling for $35 on eBay. Easy pickings if you live near a store, yes? Not necessarily…
One reader writes;
Actually Rich, the Hastings variants aren’t available at every Hastings. Plus Hastings damages their comics so often that getting near mint copies is near impossible at times.
For example at the three Hastings I went to (there are 8 in driving distance of me) only one had the Doctor Who variant and nearly every copy was badly spine crimped. I’m going to all of them this upcoming weekend.
Plus for their Marvel variants they are charging more, often $7 to $8 a piece. The IDW variants are usually cover, but it limits what they get for other covers. Also each Hastings often only gets in 3 or 4, and then some will get 20, their inventory and ordering practices are… incomprehensible.
For example when I went and got the copies of Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 they were in the normal Diamond box with everything else and the clerk had no idea what they were or where they were till I made it clear I was looking for the comics and was not leaving till I got them. The closest Hastings for example doesn’t put out their new comics till Thursday because they feel rushed otherwise and their extra long inventory system makes it very lengthy to do.
Hastings is never gentle while ringing them up either, and often they end up damaged in unpacking or being rung up.
So if you do get yourself a mint condition Hastings variant… it may be even rarer than you think!