Comic Link May Featured Auction
The comic book portion of ComicLink’s May Featured Auction ended Wednesday May 28th and there were some very interesting results.
There was something for everyone in this auction, it was fun to watch. I must say I bid on about 30 books and only won 3 !!
That sweet looking CGC 4.5 copy of Batman #1 took the crown as the top book bringing in a strong $75,000. An equally sweet looking CGC 9.0 Fantastic Four #1 with White Pages was a close second earning $73,113.
Actually the top 20 comics earned about a $500,000 at the close.
I always like looking at the top 50 results. Here are some top 50 tidbits;
• 23 Golden Age books
• Top grade a CGC 9.9 New Mutants #98
• Bottom grade a 0.5 Archie #1
• 10 Marvel Keys as defined by me
• 5 high grade Spidey Villain intros made it, Vulture, Doc Oc, Lizard, Electro and Mysterio
OK so let’s look at a few of the results a bit more closely.
Wow, this book got close to triple guide. But the guide is often low on run Golden Age (the guide actually shows #4, 5 and 7 as worth more) and the market is focusing more and more on the gems within the runs and the prices of these gems are climbing faster than one can keep track. This is a gem in the run and impossible to find in high grade.
Personally I prefer this book to Wonder Woman #1 as a collectible as it brings a strong character into the mix.
Archie Comics #1, MLJ Magazines, (Winter 1942) Graded by CGC at 0.5 with Brittle pages sold for $6,859.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 0.5 is $1,583.25.
This is an awful looking comic and it has Brittle pages. I don’t get the premium for this book, for me it’s all about the Pep #22.
Yes I know Archie Comics is the flagship title for the character but a dog 0.5 copy with brittle pages should not be getting this kind of money.
Canadian Heroes v2 #5, Educational Projects, (September 1943) Graded by CGC at 9.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold $1,225.00. This comic is not listed in the Overstreet price guide.
Nice to see some more Canadian Whites come up. ComicLink has been doing a great job getting Canadian Whites to market, hats off to them.
Comic Book Daily’s Whites write Ivan has had some great posts on past ComicLink auctions featuring Canadian Whites, click here and enjoy.
I was bidding on this book! Obviously missed out.
This is the 2nd cover appearance of Canada Jack and the grade on it is ridiculous.
I bailed too early in hindsight, just consider the prices some of the lower grade Whites were getting in a recent auction.
Love Lessons #1, Harvey Publications, (October 1949) Graded by CGC at 8.0 with Cream to Off White sold for $110.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 8.0 is $85.00.
This book went for a song, it was second to last in sales rankings for this auction but it would have went for more had I been aware of the listing!
I need auction lessons.
Aquaman #1, DC Comics (January/February 1962) Graded by CGC at 9.4 with Off White to White pages sold for $5,877.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $2,250.00.
Nah! I’m not buying it!
Again I find myself arguing that this #1 is worth too much just for being a #1. Adventure #260, even Showcase #30 are better books for me.
Fantastic Four #52, Marvel Comics (July 1966) Graded by CGC at 8.5 with Off White to White pages sold for $805.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 8.5 is $391.50.
At first glance this price seems high but as we know guide adjustments are slow and only come once a year. This book is hot but it also has legs, it will go a long way. Prices for 9.2s and up are out of reach, this is a strong grade for $800 and I’m certain it will prove a good long term hold.
I’d love to hear about what you picked up.