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Fantastic Four #2, CGC 9.8; Journey Into Mystery #84,CGC 9.4; and Other CGC Gems in Pedigree's Grand Auction




Posted on 11/6/2012

Pedigree Comics' Grand Auction is underway! The auction began on the night of Sunday, Nov. 4, and will last for 10 days until the night of Wednesday, Nov. 14.





























The auction has over 300 choice, high-grade, CGC-certified Marvels and DCs from the Silver and Bronze Ages. There is no Buyer's Premium on any of the lots in the auction and most of the books are listed with no reserve. All the books are CGC-graded and the minimum bid is only $100. You can bid on all of these high grade right now at www.PedigreeComics.com under the Grand Auctions banner. This is Pedigree's final Grand Auction of 2012 and it has shaped up to be one of the very best online events of the year.

There are some great new ultra–high-grade consignments and collections in the auction — many containing the highest certified copies according to the CGC census. Here are the highlights:

*Brand-new, just-certified Silver and Bronze Age Marvels and DCs From New York Comic Con:

These are the highlights of the books Pedigree Comics' CEO and President Doug Schmell picked up at the New York show. The books were just graded last week and are incredible! Almost every one of them is a 9.4 or higher, with most in the range of 9.6 to 9.8! There are many great books to choose from all Marvels and DCs from the Silver and Bronze Ages:

Amazing Spider-Man #6, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #14, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #16, CGC 9.2
Amazing Spider-Man #19, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #22, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #25, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #26, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #32, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #35, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #37, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #38, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #40, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #43, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #47, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #51, CGC 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #121, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #122, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #129, CGC 9.6
Aquaman #3, CGC 9.8
Aquaman #9, CGC 9.8
Avengers #1, CGC 8.5
Avengers #2, CGC 9.4
Avengers #4, CGC 9.2
Avengers #11, CGC 9.2
Avengers #12, CGC 9.4
Avengers #13, CGC 9.4
Avengers #16, CGC 9.6
Batman #222, CGC 9.6
Captain America #104, CGC 9.8
Conan the Barbarian #3, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #1, CGC 9.4
Daredevil #1, CGC 9.2
Daredevil #2, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #3, CGC 9.6 (CGC Signature Series)
Daredevil #4, CGC 9.8
Daredevil #5, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #6, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #7, CGC 9.2
Daredevil #8, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #9, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #10, CGC 9.4
Detective Comics #359, CGC 9.2
Fantastic Four #2, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #3, CGC 9.4
Fantastic Four #4, CGC 9.6
Fantastic Four #5, CGC 9.2
Fantastic Four #6, CGC 9.4
Fantastic Four #9, CGC 9.6
Fantastic Four #10, CGC 9.4
Fantastic Four #12, CGC 9.4
Flash #145, CGC 9.8
Flash #178, CGC 9.6
Ghost Rider #2, CGC 9.8
Giant-Size X-Men #1, CGC 9.4
Haunted #1, CGC 9.6
Incredible Hulk #181, CGC 9.6
Journey Into Mystery #84, CGC 9.4 (CGC Signature Series)
Journey Into Mystery #104, CGC 9.2
Justice League of America #8, CGC 9.6
Marvel Spotlight #5, CGC 9.4
Sgt. Fury #100, CGC 9.6
Showcase #32, CGC 9.4
Silver Surfer #4, CGC 9.4
Strange Tales #103, CGC 9.4
Swamp Thing #1, CGC 9.8
Tales to Astonish #44, CGC 9.2
Tales to Astonish #58, CGC 9.4
Witching Hour #1, CGC 9.6
Wonder Woman #126, CGC 9.4
Wonder Woman #150, CGC 9.6
X-Men #1, CGC 8.0
X-Men #3, CGC 9.6
X-Men #5, CGC 9.6
X-Men #6, CGC 9.4
X-Men #13, CGC 9.4
X-Men #21, CGC 9.4
X-Men #61, CGC 9.6
X-Men #95, CGC 9.8
X-Men #97, CGC 9.8
X-Men #102, CGC 9.8

*New CGC 9.8 / 9.6 Silver Age Marvel and DC Consignment:

This is an unbelievable Silver Age Marvel and DC consignment of almost 50 books Pedigree received from Long Island City, New York, which also includes a few highest-graded Bronze Age books. Almost every book is in CGC-certified 9.8 and 9.6 condition. Here are the highlights:

Amazing Spider-Man #18, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #25, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #26, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #30, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #35, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #43, CGC 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man #48, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #49, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #52, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #61, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #62, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #69, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #74, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #75, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #84, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #92, CGC 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man #98, CGC 9.8
Batman #100, CGC 9.2
Batman #148, CGC 9.4
Batman #153, CGC 9.6
Batman #163, CGC 9.6
Batman #180, CGC 9.8
Batman #190, CGC 9.8
Batman #199, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #4, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #9, CGC 9.6
Daredevil #17, CGC 9.8
Daredevil #52, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #46, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #58, CGC 9.6
Fantastic Four #64, CGC 9.6
Fantastic Four #75, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #77, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #78, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #95, CGC 9.8
Iron Man #55, CGC 9.6
Silver Surfer #14, CGC 9.8
Sub-Mariner #8, CGC 9.8
Superman #233, CGC 9.8
X-Men #10, CGC 9.6
X-Men #38, CGC 9.8

*Last-minute consignment of ultra–high-grade Marvels:

This consignment was just added the final weekend before the auction commencement. It contains over 80 CGC 9.4–9.8 Marvels from the mid-to-late 1960s and early `70s with many 9.8 examples! Here are the highlights:

Amazing Spider-Man #68, CGC 9.8
Avengers #13, CGC 9.6
Avengers #16, CGC 9.4
Avengers #62, CGC 9.6
Captain America #117, CGC 9.8
Captain America #133, CGC 9.8
Captain Savage #7, CGC 9.8
Captain Savage #9, CGC 9.8
Fantastic Four #53, CGC 9.4
Fantastic Four Annual #5, CGC 9.8
Incredible Hulk #154, CGC 9.8
Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1, CGC 9.6
Mighty Marvel Western #6, CGC 9.8
Rawhide Kid #50, CGC 9.8
Rawhide Kid #93, CGC 9.8
Silver Surfer #3, CGC 9.8
Strange Tales #111, CGC 9.4
Strange Tales #120, CGC 9.8
Strange Tales #123, CGC 9.8
Strange Tales #142, CGC 9.8
Strange Tales #146, CGC 9.8
Strange Tales #150, CGC 9.6
Strange Tales #160, CGC 9.8
Sub-Mariner #1, CGC 9.8
Sub-Mariner #36, CGC 9.8
Sub-Mariner #40, CGC 9.8
Tales of Suspense #3, CGC 9.2
Tales of Suspense #57, CGC 9.8
Tales of Suspense #59, CGC 9.8
Tales of Suspense #60, CGC 9.6
Tales of Suspense #63, CGC 9.6
Tales of Suspense #83, CGC 9.8
Tales of Suspense #89, CGC 9.8
Tales to Astonish #40, CGC 9.2
Tales to Astonish #75, CGC 9.8
Thor #130, CGC 9.6
Thor #131, CGC 9.8
Thor #140, CGC 9.8
Thor #148, CGC 9.8
Thor #158, CGC 9.8
Thor #163, CGC 9.8
Tomb of Dracula #1, CGC 9.8
WerewolfBy Night #4, CGC 9.8
X-Men #57, CGC 9.6

If you have any questions or comments about the consignment process, auction lots or the Grand Auction in general, as well as how to consign your CGC-graded books for Pedigree's January 2013 Grand Auction, please contact Mr. Schmell at 561-422-1120 (office) or (61-596-9111 (mobile), or by email at DougSchmell@PedigreeComics.com. For any financial-related and consignment payment questions, please contact Pedigree's CFO Lisa Shapiro at Lisa@PedigreeComics.com. For any technical questions or concerns, please contact their webmaster at WebDesigner@PedigreeComics.com

In other major news, Pedigree Comics just brokered the sale of a CGC-certified 9.4 copy of Avengers #1 for a record price of $185,000. Featuring the origin and first appearance of the Avengers, Avengers #1 is one of the most popular and valuable early Silver Age keys, ranked as #9 in the most recent Overstreet Price Guide (42nd Edition). As far as recent CGC-graded sales, Avengers #1 is in the top five most valuable comic books from the Silver Age, along with Amazing Fantasy #15; Fantastic Four #1; Incredible Hulk #1 and Journey Into Mystery #83. It is also one of the most difficult Silver Age Marvel keys to find in ultra–high-grade, due to the bright red and green cover borders.

Cover dated September, 1963 (same month as the debut of the X-Men in X-Men #1), Avengers #1 is easily one of the hottest books on the market right now, with record sales being recorded over the past couple of years. The Pacific Coast 9.6 copy (from Mr. Schmell's personal collection) sold at auction in July, 2012 for $274,850, which beat the only other sale of a 9.6 copy ($250,000 in October, 2011). The previous high sale of a 9.4 copy was in a private transaction (in February, 2011) for $100,000 and the high public sale of a 9.4 was for $65,100 at auction in November, 2009 (Mound City copy). And, just recently, Pedigree Comics sold a 9.2 example for a record price of $60,000, matching the standard set of a sale from August, 2011. With the record-breaking success of the Avengers motion picture and the growing anticipation for the sequel, Avengers #1 should continue to rise in value and be a safe investment item.

The subject CGC 9.4 comes from the pedigreed Northland Collection and is one of only eight copies to grade in 9.4, with only three higher (all in 9.6). Only seven copies exist in 9.2. The book is characterized by remarkable newsstand freshness and cover gloss, tight staples, sharp edges and corners and white pages. It stands as the fourth-finest known copy and one of the only high-grade ones to have white-page quality. (None of the 9.6 copies do and none of the other 9.4 copies do either!)

The buyer, a Silver Age Marvel collector who focuses on keys and first appearance issues, originally saw the Avengers #1 in Pedigree's March 2012 Grand Auction. He was the highest bidder (at $137,500), but the book did not meet its reserve. He bided his time and then made a major push for the book after seeing the Pacific Coast 9.6 copy sell in late July. He called Mr. Schmell to see if the book was still available and Mr. Schmell contacted the consignor, who still had it. After numerous negotiations Mr. Schmell had with the buyer and seller over the past two and a half months, the price of $185,000 was finally agreed upon.

If you have any comic books to sell or consign, do yourself a favor and contact Pedigree Comics or check out their website. Pedigree Comics has been involved in the sales of more high-grade, CGC-graded, investment-quality Silver Age Marvel keys — either by purchase, brokerage or consignment — than any other dealer in the world, and they keep all calls and information confidential for your protection.

This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in this piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.




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