ComicLink’s Big November Focused Auction
There were some really neat comics up for grabs in ComicLink’s November auction. Nice Golden Age books were plentiful as were quality Silver Age and Bronze Age.
This Auction had a big buzz around it; let’s see if anything exciting happened.
Amazing Spider-Man #5, Marvel, (10/63), graded by CGC at 9.8 with Off White to White pages sold for a paradigm shifting $97,000.00. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $5,000.00. Holy Cow! What the heck just happened here? I’m sure there are hundreds of us running down into the basement to re-examine just how nice that early Spidey run of ours is.
Batman #1, DC Comics, (Spring/40), grade by CGC at 8.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold for a pretty $100,000.00. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 8.0 is $67,000.00. This comic sold for 50% above guide which is in the range I expected. I’ve always had a difficult time with Batman #1 and Superman #1. These are basically launches of second titles for popular characters. I’m still not sure where they should stand in terms of importance and value. Luckily the market treated this copy optimistically yet cautiously.
Marvel Comics #1, Timely, (10-11/39), graded by CGC at 2.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold for a cheap $19,500.00. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 2.0 is $23,000.00. This is a key comic, one of the big 3 Golden Age comic books (Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27 being the other 2). I don’t understand why this comic sold for 85% of guide but I do know that the buyer got a deal. Perhaps it was the insane activity around the super high grade Silver Age that distracted everybody.
Detective Comics #11, DC Comics, (1/38), graded by CGC at 6.0 with Off White Pages sold for $3,800.00. Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 6.0 is $1,800.00. AGHH! I bid on this comic! I pushed it to double guide and got sniped at the very end (I have to figure out how to snipe). Such a great looking comic book! Exceptional page quality and a smart pick up in my opinion. If you know the buyer of this book tell him to e-mail me if he changes his mind about the comic. AGHH!
It was indeed a very exciting auction. The great mix of quality Gold, Silver and Bronze made everyone happy (except me losing that Detective, AGHH!)
Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Price Guide Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.