So, Mike mentions this past week that Mouse Guard is being bought by speculators. I smile and laugh, and go about my day.
Then, I happen to look at my stat tracker and find someone hitting my site based off the search phrase "'mouse guard' AND 'in stock'". Is it really that rare? I head to eBay to look and see.
I see that first printings of the first issue are selling for $50 and above.
See, I've been buying two sets of Mouse Guard all along. One for me, and one for the girls to read and rip. I realize I could sell those three Mouse Guards I have that are still nice, keep reading the family copies, and buy myself the complete freaking run of Ellis' Stormwatch/Authority in trade paperback. Or Absolute Sandman. Or something equally lovely.
So I put them up on eBay, with an exorbitant Buy It Now, just to see what would happen.
Apparently, the Buy It Now wasn't exorbitant enough, as the set sold within a few hours.
I have mixed feelings: I don't like encouraging the speculator mentality ... but if someone wants to drop that much on a comic because they specifically want a first print, I'm happy to oblige. It'll read as well in the girls' ripped first printings, or in a third print, or in the eventual trade paperback.
I don't understand the mania for first printings. Does that make me a bad man for profiting off it?