Monday, January 10, 2011

Valiant Production Error - Deathmate Epilogue white error

Less than 24 hours after posting about the Deathmate Blue white error and how rare the white Deathmate books are, a CGC 9.8 copy of Deathmate Epilogue white error pops up on eBay! Well, to reiterate you often see production errors on books with large print runs so it's understandable that the Deathmate books which had print runs in the millions of copies would have production errors. What's interesting is that they all seem to have the same type of error - the White Variant error. This happens when the foil part of the cover runs out in the printing press and the glossy card-stock paper cover shows through. As part of the promotion for the Deathmate crossover series, Image and Valiant gave out card-stock covers (with no interiors) for Deathmate Prologue at conventions for fans to get signed. To differentiate this giveaway they purposely had the silver foil left out, creating the first white variant Deathmate book. Some collectors have attempted to complete a set of all six Deathmate white variants even though many dispute that white variants even exist for every issue.

And now, some proof of the existence of the white variant Deathmate Epilogue:


CGC, the most widely accepted grading authority in the industry, graded this book with a green "qualified" label. The green label is used when there is writing on the comic, parts are missing (such as coupons that have been cut out), or collectible production errors are present. Here they remarked on the green label that the book was "Manufactured without silver foil on the cover".

UPDATE: I hate talking about eBay but I thought it would be interesting to some to know that this bad boy ended up selling for a cool $100 plus shipping.

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