What 440 copies of TMNT #22 looks like…



…in case you were curious.

For those of you wondering what this is about, I bought 400 copies of TMNT #22 in order to get 40 copies of the 1:10 RI A cover and 4 copies of the 1:100 RI B Eastman Sketch cover.  All but the RI B covers arrived last week so I took some pictures to share since I’ve never previously ordered such a large quantity.  I guess it’s a good thing TMNT #22 already went to a 2nd printing

If you need copies of  TMNT #22 Cover A, B, or RI A, just contact me.

Let’s hope those RI B covers are worth it.

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29 Responses to “What 440 copies of TMNT #22 looks like…”

  1. Tyler

    Hello. I am new to your site I’m a Hugh turtle fan with about 1500 books total. I was wondering where did u have to buy the 100 books from to get a sketch cover. Was it IDW website or some where else. I have to agree this is a very expensive hobby and I love it. Thanks

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    • rich rich

      Hi Tyler, sure sounds like you have an extensive collection as well. Welcome to my collection site…I hope you enjoy. I bought all the issues of #22 from Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) online.

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      • Tyler

        Do you mess with cgc graded books any or is your collection mainly raw comics. I’m trying to put together some sets. Thanks

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        • rich rich

          I have some CGC books but I’m not too big into grading. I only pick and choose items to get graded.

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  2. Matt

    Cool to see! Thanks for sharing. While I could never fork out that much myself for variant covers- to each his own. I bow to your collector dedication! I bargained heavily with myself on what to buy outside of regular covers when the IDW run started, and eventually settled on just collecting all the Ross Campbell covers since he soon shook out as my fave of the modern TMNT artists…Well anyway, if you had to have 440 copies of an issue, #22 wasn’t a bad choice, (since it was badass). Thanks for your site, I use it all the time since I found it! -Matt

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  3. Jim Purcell

    Way to positively reinforce IDW’s business model that puts variant covers above comic content as the driving force behind comic sales.

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    • rich rich

      Jim, you’re right…this is definitely the down-side to doing this. I personally upped their sales by about 1.5%. But, in the end, comics cost money and I collect them. This is a way I can collect at no cost (in the end). If you think about it, anyone that buys a 1:100 or 1:50 or 1:25 or 1:10 cover is supporting this model as well (because someone has to order the amount of copies to get them). Whether I personally buy 100 copies and get the incentives free or I shell out the money to buy a single copy of the incentive, in the end there are still 100 copies being sold to someone. I might as well have those 100 copies in my possession to do with as I please.

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  4. mike

    HOLY CRAP DUDE!

    I thought about it but not financially even remotely able to spend enough to something like this one time over.
    Awesome that you will be getting four of those bad boys!
    Seen some of the #1s on ebay for about $500 each.

    One day maybe, but then, I’m still missing a bunch of the #1 issues and a couple variants of 2, 3, and I think, 4. Oh well. Maybe a con exclusive eludes me too.

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    • rich rich

      I know…it’s expensive up front and not for everyone. Lots of overhead involved with this method too.

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      • mrmaczaps

        Where do you keep all this stuff??? haha
        I mean I have about 500 “extra” comics kicking around and there’s no room for those…

        I did think about asking my LCS or Jetpack if they would do this up for me, but I got some medical things to take care of first….

        can’t wait to see what you get for those 4 sketch covers!

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        • rich rich

          Well, I’m actually quite organized and have everything well-stored. Without detailed archiving and meticulous records, a collection of my size would become quite a mess. I know exactly where every single item in my collection is. The actual location of everything is a well-kept secret. 🙂

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          • MrMaczaps

            My collection used to be in a decent order, but then life happened, half of it got moved and then it moved twice more and then it got put mostly back where it originally was. Now part of my list is in excel, part in a notebook in ink and some of it in pictures only; the rest purely being in my head.

            I’m not sure I will ever have the ability to fix it but I know mostly where stuff is, even if its not listed anywhere.

            A Batcave of sorts, temp controlled eh?

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            • rich rich

              I feel your pain. The sheer amount of work involved in archiving and logging it is truly a full-time job. Now, I’m trying to build a web database to display it…mind-numbingly massive workload (on top of life). 🙂

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  5. Coro

    I know they discount in bulk, but I am curious what this ran price wise.

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    • Mike

      I would say a conservative # is roughly 900.00 +/- 10%. I believe you do pay book price for the incentives and sketch covers. Rich, I do apologize for being overly presumptious. I sit at a computer all day and get bored easily…

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  6. Tony Jamm

    WTF? Are you insanely wealthy? I do not understand why you did this…

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    • Mike

      It’s a highley evolved purist/ fan who did this. And The pricing on that many books is well under the $3.99 cover price, probably closer to $2.00. I am considering the same approach for the next hand sketch cover eastman will do. Do the math:

      The sketch comic actually sells for ( very rough estimate) $300.00 on ebay. Pre-ordering 100 books to get 1 sketch would cost roughly $300.00 – 325.00 and would give you 100 A and B covers, 10 retailer incentives and 1 hand sketch. Retailer incentives sell for roughly $8.00.

      If you wanted just the sketch, selling the incentives would yield $80.00 and selling you A sand B covers at $3.00( 25% off cover price) would yield 300.00.

      Bottom line: you made money and got an ultra rare hand sketch by MR. TMNT himself.

      No offense was meant to be dealt, just food for thought.

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    • rich rich

      Hey Tony, first, I’m not insanely wealthy. Just a long-time collector that uses this approach to fund his collecting. In the end, I’ll come out well ahead of what my cost actually was but it will take time. What Mike said above is correct. Basically, the RI B covers were $200 each presale. That’s $800 for just 4 comics. So, why not buy 400 comics for $800 and get the RI A and RI B covers for free? Then, I can sell all copies (minus the copies I keep for my collection) and make my money back. If just the RI B covers sell for $300-400 each, then just those 3 covers make me a profit (plus, the one I keep was free). Then I have the rest of the 400 to sell over the next few years. Sounds funny I know but that’s how incentive copies work…you can’t go back in time to get them. When they are eventually released they’ll be a demand for them and anyone that wants one will have to go to the people that have them.

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      • Tony Jamm

        Ok. This makes sense now. Thank you for explaining. Pretty ingenious actually. I have been collecting TMNT since Jr. High, and I am 35 now. The new comic has really reinvigorated my love, since it is in a lot of ways the best iteration of the green guys.

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        • rich rich

          Tony, I really love the new comic. I hope it’s around for a good long time. Thanks for visiting.

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      • Ryan

        Where or who can you go to to make an order like this, IDW themselves? If you don’t mind, what was the process? Share the story Rich!

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        • rich rich

          Hey Ryan. You can do this through any comic shop that is willing. You typically just pay in advance for them to order you as many copies as you want and then work a deal that you will get all the incentives earned by purchasing that many. I typically give the shop I order through free copies of the comics for their shop. You can do it online as well through DCBS but they make you pay for each incentive earned as if it’s a normal Cover A or B.

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          • Ryan

            I have to keep that in mind then, your wisdom is what I come here for. Cover RI B is the only one I didn’t get my hands on and I see you didn’t receive yours yet, do you think it’s the same situation with others cause I’m hoping to purchase one if I could only find a listing!

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            • rich rich

              The RI B hasn’t been released yet. It will likely be another few months until Kevin is done sketching them and they are distributed.

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