tom landryTom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys #nn, Spire Christian Comics, 1973.

When I think of Spire Christian Comics I think of Hansi, The Girl Who Loved the Swastika. After that I think of that great Spire Christian Archie series drawn by Al Hartley. Spire Christian has a lot of great comics actually, books like God’s Smuggler and books like Hello I’m Johnny Cash always flew out of my bargain bins.

I think it’s time for these books to start moving out of those bargain bins. A few, like this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys, should be going up on the walls.

Football is so huge in the U.S. and few figures in that sport’s past are as iconic as Tom Landry. Landry coached the Cowboys through their golden years of the 1970s when they became America’s team, when their cheerleaders became America’s pop icons themselves.

Tom Landry was a devout Christian and so were many of the Cowboy players of that time. This comic, drawn by Al Hartley by the way, follows the Cowboy’s Super Bowl victory over Miami (1972 I think) and then it recaps how Tom found religion when he went to a Bible reading with a friend. Not groundbreaking content but the book is a great football memento of a great era in the sport.

Guess what, no sale of a CGC copy has ever been tracked but that’s probably because there are only 2 on the CGC census as of this post and the highest graded is a 6.0. I did see VF+ copies selling on eBay for prices like $7.50 and $9.00.

I recommend you go out and find a nice tight and clean 9.2 ish copy, get it graded and put it up on Heritage Auctions (they are based in Dallas and the staffers there will probably bid it up to a nice tidy profit for yourself).

Kidding aside, this is the type of ‘off the radar’ comic that could gain some real quick value with the help of some general awareness.

The 46th Overstreet price breaks for this book is $16/$23/$30 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Strengths that make this comic a good long-term investment are:

  • Part of the soon to be much more appreciated Spire Christian run
  • What Cowboy fan wouldn’t want a nice tight graded copy
  • Way too cheap in the Guide