Auction Highlights #79

Auction Highlights #79, Comic Link September Focused Auction

The Silver/Bronze portion of the September Comic Link Focused Auction has just ended, all results below ended between Tuesday September 24th and Wednesday September 26th.

This auction was extremely Marvel heavy. Of the top 50 Silver/Bronze books by value 46 were Marvel’s, 47 if you count the 1 pre-hero Atlas that snuck in there. The other 3 books were DC’s, 2 Batman books and a Showcase #22.

The top 50 books combined went for just under $200,000, the top book was a CGC 7.0 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 that sold for $36,158. Actually there were 3 Amazing Fantasy #15s in the top 50, Money Bags Spidey flexing his muscles once again. Actually of the top 50 books 10 featured Spider-Man meaning he accounted for 20% of the top 50 books. Actually Spider-Man accounted for close to 40% of the dollars the top 50 books brought in. It really is all about the Spidey’s isn’t it.

There were 16 Marvel Key’s in the top 50; actually it was 7 Marvel Keys showing up multiple times, X-Men #1 had 4 copies in the top 50. Note: I’m not counting Avengers #4.

Incredible Hulk #181 showed up 3 times in the top 50, it was the top performing Bronze Age book with the CGC 9.8 that sold for $9190, good enough for 4th spot.

So why don’t we have a boo at a few results.

ah 925 twogun 60

Two-Gun Kid #60, Marvel Comics, (November 1962) Graded by CGC at 7.0 with White pages sold for $938. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 7.0 is $47.00.

Ok this book features the new Two-Gun Kid and his origin, this is also the one with the hand written # on the cover and it looks kind of cool.

I’m trying to hype it up as much as I can but I don’t think I’ll ever cover the 20 times guide it jut sold for. What’s up with that?

Close as I can figure a couple of guys got in heavy needing the 2nd highest graded copy available because the highest graded copy was not coming to market.

This price just doesn’t make sense, what did I miss?

Advantage Seller.

ah 925 superboy 128

Superboy #128, DC Comics (April 1966) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold for $477. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $135.00.

Are these the same two guys running the price up on that Two-Gun Kid posted above? Is the 2nd highest graded the thing to have?

Who the hell collects Superboy anymore?

Surely there are tons of high grade copies of this 1966 comic sitting forgotten in collections all across the continent.

Obviously there are guys collecting Superboy, I wish there were more but I can’t see this price holding.

Advantage Seller

ah 925 special war 4

Special War Series #4, Charlton Comics, (November 1965) Graded by CGC at 8.0 with Off-White pages sold $70.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 8.0 is $46.00.

I’m so chicken shit. I loved this book enough to feature it in an Undervalued Spotlight but then I wouldn’t get up off the wallet when the bidding got heavy. I bit to $63 I think.

Maybe if it was 2nd highest graded I would have went higher?

Great little book.

Advantage Buyer

ah 925 thor 165

  

Thor #165, Marvel Comics, (June 1969) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with White Pages sold for $569. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $140.

I thought the Thor run was dead?

This book was trending up a bit on the GPA tracking site but I don’t think anybody saw this price coming.

Perhaps Undervalued Spotlight contributor Mike Huddleston threw up his fine post one week too soon? He was looking for a nice tight copy.

Imagine if it was 2nd highest graded?

Advantage Seller

 

ah 925 avengers 57 92ah 925 avengers 57 94 

Avengers #57, Marvel Comics (October 1968) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with Cream to Off White pages sold for $926.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $450.

Avengers #57, Marvel Comics (October 1968) Graded by CGC at 9.2 with White pages sold for $955.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $450.

So a CGC 9.2 copy earns more than a CGC 9.4 copy?

Surely you can’t tell me that the 9.2 was the second highest graded of the two and thus…

The 9.4 has Cream to Off White Pages while the 9.2 has White Pages.

The thing is both look damn nice. Look at them. Which one do you prefer? Cover the grade before you look. Wait a minute, we can’t do that. The grade is the 1st thing we look at, right?

This for me is a tough call, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Advantage Buyer on both because this will turn into an easy $1000 book at 9.2.

 ah 925 avengers 55

Avengers #55, Marvel Comics (August 1968) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with White pages sold for $1,140.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $165.

So what you are telling me is that the 1st Ultron trumps the 1st Vision?

I disagree.

By the way I’m out of 2nd highest graded jokes.

That said, is a 9.4 worth more than a G note? Well there are 60 graded higher and more are hopping on the census every week. Depends on how well Ultron is received I guess, is he equal to Thanos?

I can’t weasel my way out of a call so here goes, I say Ultron has some more room at least mid-term to the build up to his movie appearance BUT I do not like this mis-cropped cover.

Advantage Seller

Anybody pick up anything?

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

  1. This auction was primarily targeted at the lower end market with a few gems here and there. I was pleasantly surprised that most books did well… compared to the previous auction.

    Unlike Walter, I put my money where my mouth is and so, the other book I picked up was ASM#15:

    http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fbids.asp%3FAll%3D2&id=983671

    It’s only a 5.0 but I hope to eventually upgrade. Again, I’m paying top dollar here but it gives me a starting point. Walt, feel free to run with this pick if you feel it’s worthy and add your own insights. I have no claim here… ^_^

  2. No 9.4 Thor #165 for me. I got ran over at $301 as was not even close. I ended up being the ” second highest bidder” on most of the books I really wanted.

    Always liked ASM#15 and agree with you and Charlie it is an undervalued book.

  3. Walter – Like it or not, the pop culture tidal wave is probably bringing a continually growing number of non-comic book readers into the comic book investment market. With a great recent superman movie and a superman/batman movie coming up, interest in everything superman will only continue to grow. The millions of kids who grew up on the Smallville TV series are coming of age to start investing in Superboy comics. 1960s superman related in mid or low grade are super cheap now and great investments. I suspect that will change in the next few years.

  4. Love your optimism Peter and you may be right re Superboy. There is a new generation of folks that were introduced to the character through Smallville, perhaps some of these folks are now searching out the comics.

  5. In keeping with Marvel’s phase 3 cosmic theme (Guardian’s of the Galaxy, etc.) what is next? Internet blogs are providing evidence and speculation that  the cosmic theme will expand. Here are some possible upcoming movie appearences that could impact future investment interest:  Adam Warlock, Quasar, Nova, Star Lord, Inhumans (Kree origins), Eternals, Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel.  Not to mention the various cosmic villians.

    Also of interest is that a Dr. Strange movie is in the works; however speculation on an upcoming Defenders movie is dampened by Disney/Marvel’s inability to get rights to the Silver Surfer and Submariner.  Will they wait and hope or move forward with Dr. Strange, Hulk, Ant Man, Valkyre, Luke Cage and/or other members?

  6. I would not have paid what was paid for any of these books, but I wouldn’t mind having a few of them for my Avengers and Thor collection. Don’t think I’d even want any of the rest…but to each his own. I have a VG copy of ASM #15 and have never been able to upgrade.The money just isn’t there. But I love the book and I’m glad to have it Charlie.

  7. i for one LOVE any of the neal adams Superboy covers, and i have a special place in my heart for Krypto…so c’mon, superboy aint that bad! and as for the 2 Avengers 57’s this is proof (to me): 1- that any grade over 9.0 shouldnt exist! (yeah i said it) it should be 9.0, 9.5, 10.0…period. and 2- that you cant count on CGC in these higher grades to really be all that accurate. i personally would never buy anything over a 9.0 because it seems to just give sellers (mainly on ebay) a license to overcharge.

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