The auction will have a few hundred choice high-grade CGC-certified Marvel and DC comics from the Silver and Bronze Ages, plus a new consignment of high-grade Golden Age comics from DC, Timely and other publishers, many from the famed Mile High Collection.
According to Pedigree Comics’ Doug Schmell, the president and CEO of the company, the consignments are continuing to come in for their upcoming January Grand Auction, scheduled to begin in just a few days on the night of Sunday, January 8th, 2012 and last for ten days until the night of Wednesday, January 18th. The sooner you consign your books the more exposure and press they will receive. Pedigree aggressively promotes and advertizes each Grand Auction on many online sites and trade publications. They also send periodic newsletters to all of their over 18,000 customers announcing the individual auction items. There is no Buyers Premium on any of the lots in the auction and most of the books will have no reserve. Every book is CGC-graded and the minimum bid is only $100. You can view over 250 books in the Auction Preview right now at www.PedigreeComics.com. The latest consignment is a very significant one. It comes from the private collection of an artist who worked for both DC and Marvel. He began as an inker in the early 1980s for DC (around 1982) and then shortly thereafter for Marvel. In later years he worked for Dark Horse, Valiant and Topps. At DC he was the inker on various mystery titles plus Tomahawk and Challengers of the Unknown (in which George Tuska was the penciler). For Marvel, he worked on Crazy (magazine), Defenders, Powerman, Iron Fist and especially G.I. Joe, A Real America Hero (he inked almost every issue from #27 through #63), G.I. Joe Special Missions, Vision and the Scarlet Witch, Barbie plus a few issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man and a Spider-Man graphic novel. For Dark Horse he inked the first Droids series, Indiana Jones, Young Indiana Jones and Aliens. He also was the inker for Valiant’s Zelda/Link adventures and Topps’ Zorro. His career ended in 1997. He began collecting comics in the early 1960’s, concentrating on the Marvel superhero titles. All of the books in his collection were bought first hand in New York, initially in Scarsdale (Westchester County) and later on in New York City (hence the name “New York State Collection”). He purchased them from local news stands, read each book carefully and then stored them in his bedroom closet. After a few years they were put into polypropylene bags. He also collected DC, Warren magazines, Heavy Metal, Atlas, Tower, comic strip collections, etc. This non-Marvel portion of his collection is still in storage and will be consigned to Pedigree Comics in the near future.The January Grand Auction will contain only the high-grade issues from his runs of Marvel titles. The titles include the most popular ones such as Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Journey Into Mystery, Sgt. Fury, Tales of Suspense, Thor and X-Men. There are strong runs of these titles with many books in the 7.5 to 8.5 range plus many in 9.0 to 9.6! Only the high-grade copies will be debuting in the auction as the remaining books from the collection will be available in the New Arrivals and For Sale section of the site. Every book will be listed in the auction without a reserve. Here are some of the highlights of this recently certified collection:
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