eBay is getting into the variant cover business. Earlier this year they offered an exclusive edition of Peter Parker, which sold out 3000 copies in 28 hours; in September they offered a Legacy #1 variant by Mike McKone.
And on Monday, 11/6 Monday, they’re offering an exclusive edition of Star Wars 38: The Ashes of Jedha, Part 1 with an exclusive variant cover by Rod Reis. Once again only 3000 copies wil be available. This particular variant is a collaboration between Ebay and Jesse James Comics. The issue goes on sale beginning Monday, 11/6 at 5am PT at ebay.com/starwarscomics. The MSRP is $9.99 but eBay will sell it to you for $5.99 with free U.S. shipping one day only on eBay’s Daily Deals.
Let’s face it, everyone wats t get in on this variant game!
eBay also passed along some startling research:
In celebration of the comic book release, eBay looked at the sales of the most iconic Star Wars characters ahead of the movies they were first featured in—Jar Jar Binks in 1999, BB-8 in 2015 and the new Porg—and discovered each character spiked in popularity on eBay between their trailer reveal and the first movie they appeared in.
- Since the new character was announced Porg has been searched for over 27,000 times, and there are over 11,000 Porg items currently listed.*
- Preceding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 was searched for almost 82,000 times, and almost half a million BB-8 products were listed ahead of the movie.**
- Ahead of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks was searched for close to 11,000 times, and almost 80,000 Jar Jar Binks items were listed within the timeframe.***
- The most expensive Star Wars item ever sold on eBay was a 1983 Kenner Star Wars Prototype ROTJ Red Cape Bib Fortuna Action Figure, which sold for $38,000.****
11,000 Porg items – you can’t say cute isn’t working.
Sam Bright, Sr. Director, General Manager of Art & Collectibles on eBay added:
“With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, eBay is excited to be able to offer this unique and exclusive piece of the Star Wars universe this holiday season. We are committed to partnering with Marvel and comic shops like, Jesse James Comics, to offer limited edition collectibles that can only be found on eBay. Jesse James Comics started their eBay store back in 2009 with an old 6 foot table, and a stack of comics. Since then, they have grown to become one of our top comic book sellers. Be on the lookout for even more exclusive comics from us in the months to come.”
To yep, working for sure.
In case you didn’t see the McKone Legacy cover, here it is – it’s rather nice.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.