Auction Highlights 67

Auction Highlights #67

ComicLink’s June Focused Auction ends Friday June 22nd. All the books listed below sold between Tuesday June 19th and Thursday June 21st.

It was one of those Marvel top heavy auctions with the House of Ideas hogging 42 of the Top 50 sales including the biggest book of the auction the CGC 7.5 Incredible Hulk #1 that got $25,256.00.

There were only 3 Silver/Bronze DC’s in the Top 50 which is disappointing. I found it interesting that 3 of the 5 Golden Age books in the Top 50  were restored. Beggars can’t be choosers I guess.

OK so let’s have a look at some results!

 

 

Archie Comics #2, MLJ Magazines, (Spring 1943) Graded by CGC at 1.0 Restored with Brittle pages sold for $601.00 on. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 1.0 is $284.00.

OK this one is just plain ugly! Brittle pages, married cover, tape, pieces re-attached with glue, staples removed, cover off! These are some heavy duty hurts on this book.

Over the years I’ve bought bargains to fill in certain runs only to end up hating those books! I think a collector should pick a grade he or she can live with, a minimum that satisfies ones tastes and avoids ones most severe pet peeves. If purchases are made within these parameters one will never hate a book in their collection.

I personally would hate this book even before it got to me in the mail!

Over double guide of this rag?

Advantage Seller.

 

Turok Son of Stone #35, Gold Key, (September 1963) Graded by CGC at 9.0 with White pages sold for $865.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.0 is $86.00.

There were actually 40 really nice Turok Comics up and they were all over the map, you had a CGC 9.4 #48 go for $76 while the CGC 9.4 #44 got $595. What is up with that?

Listen, the highest grade available for this issue is a 9.0 and this copy is 1 of the 2 out there! This is the worst kind of example of people getting the relative scarcity thing all wrong. There are a lot of nice Turoks still out there ungraded and results like this will have people digging out those gems and sending them to CGC for grading.

Advantage Seller

 

Iron Man #55, Marvel Comics (February, 1973) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold $1,455.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $325.00.

BRRRRRRRRR! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the boat leaving, you know, the boat I missed!

I posted this book, it was part of a collection I’d just picked up. Boy was I excited when that inferior CGC 9.4 OW/W sold for $1,555 on C-Links last auction. I was honestly planning my retirement with this book!

Alas.

The good news is that I did buy this collection before the Avengers movie Thanos clip sent this comic to lofty heights so I still did well.

Advantage Seller ( I can’t see this book sustaining over $1200 at 9.6 but what do I know)

 

Giant-Size Master of Kung-Fu #4, Marvel Comics, (June, 1975) Graded by CGC at 9.8 with White pages sold for $631.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $42.00.

Is there a Giant-Size revival happening that I am not aware of? Perhaps there is a Kung-Fu revival too?

I hate to sound like a broken record but again this is 1 of the 2 best copies currently on the CGC census and the bidders seemed to have assumed that this fact would never change. There are a lot of really nice Giant-Size comics out there only a small tiny fraction have been graded to date.

Advantage Seller

 

Adventure Comics #462, DC Comics (March/April 1979) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold for $430.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $55.00.

Holy Moly, this isn’t even the highest graded copy and it got 8 times guide. I have a nice run of these DC Dollar comics in the basement that I’ve been saving simply because nobody wanted to by them for the $20 to $40 I had on them at the last few conventions we went to last year. Perhaps its time for a fresh batch for CGC!

Advantage Seller

So there you go! I actually panned all the books this month, a first for me I’m sure. I think Scott may be starting to have an influence on me!

Did you pick anything up? please share it with us.

 

Walter Durajlija Written by:

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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10 Comments

  1. Eric
    June 22, 2012

    Wow whoever bought that Turok seriously needs a lesson in finance. I don’t see that book being relevant to collectors 20 years down the road.

  2. Billy
    June 23, 2012

    I picked up a CGC 9.6 Peanuts 12 for $254. Just wondering if this was a good deal. Appreciate any comments

  3. June 24, 2012

    I have to agree with you Eric, plus there will also be 9.2s and 9.4s on the census very soon.

  4. June 24, 2012

    Hey Billy, 8 of the 10 submitted to CGC are 9.2 or higher so we can expect 1 or 2 more 9.6 copies for every new 10 graded.
    I think you are OK though, Peanuts have always been tough and have always been collected and Charlie Brown endures!
    You paid less than 1.5x guide for a 9.6 early 1960’s book, this is a good pick up!

  5. Peter Karavas
    June 26, 2012

    The most rare comic book I have is from 1939 titled “Sun Fun Komics” #1 by Sun Publications. I estimate 8.0. The price guide showed it to be either scarce or rare. (I don’t remember which). It had references to Hitler and Mussolini. I think a comic like this is too unknown and probably would not command much over guide. However it is oversized and I wonder if that unusual feature would draw interest?

  6. Charlie
    June 26, 2012

    I was eyeing that Archie, hoping to pick it up under the radar but I’m glad it shot way past my price point. I sold an early “Life with Archie” at that NF show… so perhaps I was trying to fill that void ^_^

    Other books I was eyeing was EERIE #1, CGC 5.5 that sold for $1103 and Vamperella #1, CGC 9.0 that sold for $750. Both of which would have been nice to have for their historical value.

    Surprises for me were NM#98, CGC 9.8 which sold for $360. This book is fast becoming another ASM#300, both of which I consider to be “bum” books, if for no other reason, the sheer abundant supply of these around. Still, Deadpool and Venom seem to resonate with younger collectors despite being a by-product of the 90’s… which says to me, hearing about the 90’s must be very different than having lived through that era.

    The other surprise was Marvels 1977 Tarzan#1, CGC 9.8 that sold for $175 and other books like this. This is a prime example of a dollar bin book being worth anything because it’s sandwiched between two pieces of plastic. I like high grades as much as anyone else but according to stats… this is the highest ever paid for this book. Why, why… why? (Note to self: start rummage through more dollar bins…)

    I snagged this IM#1, CGC 9.0 for $816:

    http://www.comiclink.com/img/comics/scans/RAD4B4CE201261_151223.jpg

    I’ve always wanted a decent copy for my collection… This has white pages, it’s wrapped right and seems pretty tight for a 9.0. According to stats, this book has sold for as high as $1195 and low as $617 in 2012 so I figure I’m right in the middle. This is not a rare book by any means, but it has an iconic cover and hopefully Hollywood will continue to bump up it’s appreciation.

    Advantage: Charlie?

  7. Charlie
    June 26, 2012

    Like the Archie book, I really like the “purity” of these early cartoons and when it comes down to popularity, very few cartoon syndicates can come close to good old Charlie Brown.

    http://www.comiclink.com/img/comics/scans/RAD411C0201266_1140.jpg

    This is #12 of a 13 issue run and there is nothing recorded above a 9.6. A CGC 9.4 sold for $125 in 2009… but beyond that, there is little data which can help provide forward visibility. So, you’re in uncharted territory ^_^

    Still, it’s a high grade sharp looking book from 1962. When the time comes to part with it, I probably wouldn’t auction off but rather list it with a sweet mark up and wait for the right buyer come along.

  8. Billy
    June 26, 2012

    Thanks guys!

  9. Peter K
    August 21, 2012

    It seems that Sun Fun Comics from 1939 is the first appearance ever of Hitler in a comic book. See. latest Overstreet price guide.

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