Apologies for the late ComicLink Auction Highlights! Better late than never I always say.

The Comic Link September Focused Auction ended last week, all results below ended between Tuesday September 25th and Friday September 28th.

I found the auction to be quite interesting. Though there were no true blockbuster books, a CGC 9.0 Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the biggest sale closing at $27,805, there were some trends worth noting.

Of the top 50 sales, 5 were post 80’s comics with CGC 9.9 grades. New Mutants #98, DC Comics Special #26, Incredible Hulk #340, Amazing Spider-Man #252 and New Teen Titans #2 all made the front page. I’m not a big fan of CGC 9.9s and I don’t like them making the top 50 sales!

DC scored 8 of the top 50 books; its best showing was a CGC 5.0 copy of Showcase #4 that sold for $6,100.

News Flash! Spider-Man is carrying the collectible comic market! 19 of the top 50 sales (that’s a whopping 38%) were Spider-Man comics. What would we do without him?

Taped up, rat chewed, dog’s breakfast copies were getting great prices. There were 2 CGC 0.5 comics that sold for over $1,600, a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 and a copy of Suspense #3.

OK time to look at a few transactions a little more closely.

Amazing Fantasy #15, Marvel Comics, (August, 1962) Graded by CGC at 0.5 with Cream to Off White pages sold for $1,610.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 0.5 is $875.00.

OK 1st off what is an incomplete comic doing with a blue label? Isn’t it supposed to be green?

I’m sorry but this is a piece of crap, I mean look at it!

How does a rag like this get double guide? CGC 4.0s are getting 15% above guide and this thing gets double? Perhaps it’s the utility of ownership thing? Anyways I don’t get it and I hope you didn’t get it either.

Advantage Seller.

Captain Marvel #3, Marvel Comics, (July, 1968) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with Cream to Off White pages sold for $63.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $100.00.

Man oh man. This was my book. I threw it up on Clink thinking that nobody would want to buy a Cap Marvel #3 at the shop.

It turns out nobody wants to buy a Cap Marvel #3 online either.

Thing is I’ve always liked this cover and I thought the whole cosmic Marvel thing might breath some life into the book. It went too cheap!

Advantage Buyer

Herbie #10, ACG Group, (June/July 1965) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold $210.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $130.00.

My buddy Marc won this auction! Yep, he won something like 10 of the Herbie’s that were up for sale.

Apparently now Marc has the #1 CGC registry set for Herbies! Yeah, I know, impressive!

You should have seen the kid (Marc is younger than me), he was running around the shop like a little school girl after his winnings. Yes comics can bring joy.

Advantage Buyer

 

X-Men #94, Marvel Comics, (August, 1975) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with Off White to White pages sold for $1,376.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $1,275.00.

In my opinion CGC got this one wrong. I think the binding error should push the grade of this book down to at least a 9.0. Aesthetically it just looks all wrong.

The fact that it got what most of the other CGC 9.4 copies have been getting is telling me that people do not want to believe their own eyes.

CGC can get it wrong now and again guys!

Advantage Seller

DC Comics Presents #26, DC Comics. (October, 1980) Graded by CGC at 9.9 with White pages sold for $2,445.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $80.00.

As I mentioned above this was one of 5 CGC 9.9s that made the top 50. We saw these modern 9.9s lighting it up at the last C-link auction so I guess we’ll be seeing more like this in the months to come.

This book won a neck and neck race against a 9.9 Hulk #340, beating it by $12. Both are the only CGC 9.9s.

Here’s an exercise, take the 83 CGC 9.8 copies of this book and put them next to this 9.9. I’d bet if we taped up the top so we can’s see the grade we’d get it wrong 1 out of 4 times.

I just don’t think we should be laying this much money down for the grade on the label.

Advantage Seller

So? Pick up anything?