ComicLink March Focused Auction

The March 2012 ComicLink Focused Auction ended last week and here is a late Auction Highlights submission.

Marvel remains the dominant player in these Focused Auctions. Of the top 50 books sold 40 were Marvels, 9 were DC while a CGC 9.2 copy of E.C.’s War Against Crime #11 grabbed the 50th spot.

Spider-Man dominated this auction! Of the top 50 comics sold 15 were Spider-Man issues, there were 4 copies of Amazing Fantasy #15 alone that cracked the top 50.

Sometimes when I have insomnia I like to spend time chasing seemingly trivial statistics! Did you know that the top 50 books of this auction generated just under $240,000 and that the 15 Spider-Man books accounted for almost $92,000 or 38% of that total? This is a bit above the Spidey norm I discovered a while back in Market Trends.

There were 15 early Marvel Keys in the top 50, 16 if you count Avengers #4!

Anyway let’s have a look at a few auctions that caught my eye.

 

Showcase #4, DC Comics, (October, 1956) Graded by CGC at 6.0 with Off White to White pages sold for $6,850.00 on ComicLink on March 28th. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 6.0 is $4,950.00.

So someone paid a 38% premium over guide for the book that revived the Flash. I’ve always thought Showcase #4’s importance is overstated. I’ve always championed Fantastic Four #1 as the book that truly revitalized the hero genre post Golden Age.

A couple of things are true though, first off that his is a tough book to hunt down. Consider the 730 CGC’s Fantastic Four #1s or the 1064 Amazing Fantasy #15s and you have to admit the paltry 155 graded Showcase #4s almost seem scarce. You also have to admit that the book did signal DC’s new commitment to the superhero genre that did directly lead to Marvel publishing FF #1.

Regardless of what I say this is a very revered and very collected comic book. The CGC 6.0 grade puts this copy in the top 20% of grade quality. A good pick up for the price.

Advantage Buyer.

All-Star Comics #58, DC Comics (February, 1976) Graded by CGC at 9.8 with White pages sold for $707.00 on ComicLink on March 29th. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $90.00.

OK so in 1976 DC introduces Power Girl. Good character but not a great one. Also, there are tons of 1976 comics are still out there in very nice shape. About 8% of the 250 graded copies of this book are 9.8s so if you consider there are tens of thousands of these things kicking around then…

I think $707 is too much to pay for a relatively comic book introducing a mid tier hero.

Advantage Seller.

 

Mighty Crusaders #1, Mighty Comics Comics (November, 1965) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold on ComicLink for $$356.00 on March 28th. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $110.00.

I really liked this book! I was actually in the bidding into the high 200s. This auction had a great selection of these Mighty Comics Group books including a great high grade run of Fly Man! I think these Archie heroes are undervalued and it was nice to see them show well in this auction.

This book got over 3 times 9.2 guide for the 9.6 and I think it should have been higher.
Advantage Buyer.

 

Girls Romance #141, DC Comics (June, 1969) Graded by PGX at 9.2 with Off White to White pages sold for $61.00 on ComicLink on March 27th. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $28.00.

What kind of an idiot would pay more than double guide for a PGX 9.2 of a nothing DC Romance run book?

 

I proudly step forward and point out to you a couple of things. The first is that this is one of only three comics that I know of that depict the mom battling it out with the daughter over a guy! This thing should be worth even more! The second is that if you hold it in the light a certain way it almost looks like a 9.4!

Advantage Buyer – or is that obvious only to me?

 

Dracula #3, Dell Comics, (February, 1967) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with Off White to White pages sold for $30.00 on ComicLink on March 27th. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $40.00.

See! This is the cool thing about these ComicLink Auctions. There is so much to choose from that a few really great comics are almost given away.

Case in point Dracula #3, part of Dell’s abortive foray into the hero genre in the mid 1960s. Dell has probably sold more comics than any other publisher and to think that they couldn’t crack the hero genre is interesting to say the least.

This is a great pick up.

Advantage Buyer.

So let’s hear it, I know Charlie picked up a beautiful CGC 9.8 copy of Daredevil #168, how about you?