Pedigree Comics Purchases Near-Complete CGC Certified 9.8 Collection of Amazing Spider-Man For Our Upcoming A-MAY-Zing Spider-Man Auction Beginning on May 3rd!

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MAJOR NEWS! Pedigree Comics' CEO and President, Doug Schmell, recently purchased a near-complete collection of Amazing Spider-Man (issues #17 through #616 plus Annuals and Giant-Size) and the entire collection will debut our upcoming A-MAY-Zing Spider-Man Auction. The auction is scheduled to begin in just over three (3) weeks, on the night of Monday, May 3rd and last for ten (10) days until the night of Thursday, May 13th as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website ( There is no Buyers Premium on any of the lots in the auction and EVERY Amazing Spider-Man book will be listed with no reserve. Every book is CGC graded and the minimum bid is only $20 for this exclusive Spider-Man auction. You can view the high grade Amazing Spider-Man comics in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Auction banner.

The brand new Amazing Spider-Man collection (called the Southern Mass. Collection) contains well over 600 issues between #17 and #616 plus Annuals 2,3 and 5-19 and Giant-Size Spider-Man #'s 1-5 and MOST of the issues are in CGC graded 9.8 (Near-Mint/Mint) condition. The issues between #17 and #51 are mostly 9.6 with a few 9.8's and a couple of 9.4's while issues #52 through #616 are ALL in 9.8 save for a handful in 9.6!!

This is without a doubt the nicest, largest and highest certified group of Amazing Spider-Mans ever offered for sale or auction and EVERY book is being offered without a reserve and only a $20.00 minimum bid! Most of the books are the highest certified copy to date and there are a number of pedigreed copies in the collection.

The collection comes out of Southern Massachusetts from a high grade collector and Spider-Man enthusiast who consolidated his other Marvel runs and raw books into one of the very best Amazing Spider-Man runs in the world. Here is his story:

He began collecting comics as a kid and bought only Marvels, mostly Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men. In the late 90's and early 2000's and with the advent of the internet he started buying many Amazing Spider-Man issues off ebay as well as conventions and built up a nice raw collection. He met many dealers and other collectors at conventions and would make deals with the collectors, trading off his other books for as many issues of Spider-Man he could get. When CGC opened in late 1999, he slowly began sending his Spider-Man books for certification. By the mid 2000's he had a complete run of Amazing Spider-Man #50 through #200, mostly in 9.6. He wanted only the best of the best so he slowly began buying higher graded copies and replaced his 9.4's and 9.6's with 9.6's and 9.8's. He bought off of mostly every dealer, auction house and also off of ebay, and continued going to conventions to find upgrades. He did have issues #5 through #16 at one point, all in 9.4 or 9.6, but sold those and decided to keep the collection beginning at #17, one of his favorite all-time Spider-Man issues. This unreal collection took almost 20 years to put together and he decided now was the right time to sell.

Since he bought many of his 9.8's from Pedigree Comics and had a great relationship with Mr. Schmell, he contacted him on Sunday, March 7th with the idea of selling the entire collection and after a series of negotiations a purchase price of $425,000 was agreed upon on March 9th.

As for the books in the collection and his collecting tastes, most of the comics have white pages with the rest off-white to white and only a few (3) with off-white. He would not buy any books with cream to off-white or lower page quality. Almost EVERY issue from #200 through #616 (save for a handful) has white pages! Similarly, all the giant-Size issues and most of the Annuals have white pages. He did not like imperfect staples so every one of his books has perfect staples and staple placement, with no books having staples appearing on the front cover. He also did not like stress lines so practically every single comic in the collection has absolutely no stress lines! He was very picky about eye appeal and centering so most of the books have exact registration and an unread look, including many of the early issues. He loved pedigrees and would buy and upgrade to a pedigreed copy whenever he could and thus the collection contains many gorgeous original owner books, starting with the Pacific Coast copy of Amazing Spider-Man #17 (in 9.6).

All 600-plus issues will be featured in the A-May-Zing Spider-Man Auction beginning on Monday night, May 3rd and will be offered with no reserve amount. There are many great issues and iconic covers in the run and almost every book is the highest certified copy to date. This is the chance to upgrade your own Amazing Spider-Man collection or Registry Set with some of the absolute nicest issues of Amazing Spider-Man ever offered for sale. Here are some of the highlights of the Southern Mass. Collection:

Amazing Spider-Man 17 9.6 (Pacific Coast)
Amazing Spider-Man 18 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 20 9.8 (Curator)
Amazing Spider-Man 23 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 25 9.6 (Suscha News)
Amazing Spider-Man 27 9.8 (Pacific Coast)
Amazing Spider-Man 29 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 31 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 35 9.6 (Pacific Coast)
Amazing Spider-Man 37 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 39 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 40 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 41 9.6 (Boston)
Amazing Spider-Man 44 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 46 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 50 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 51 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 54 9.8 (Northland)
Amazing Spider-Man 55 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 60 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 63 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 72 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 77 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 78 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 89 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 90 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 100 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 101 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 102 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 121 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 122 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 124 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 129 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 135 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 194 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 210 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 238 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 252 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 300 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 316 9.8

If you have high grade CGC certified comic books to sell or consign, do yourself a favor and contact Pedigree Comics' CEO and President, Doug Schmell. Please go to the site ( read the following for all consignment information or contact him directly at (561) 422-1120 or (561) 596-911 or by email at

We are now accepting consignments for our June Grand Auction. The sooner you consign your books the more exposure they will receive. We aggressively promote and advertise each auction and send periodic newsletters to all of our over 24,500 customers announcing the auction items. We also offer generous cash advances for quality consignments so check the site for consignment instructions and get your books in now.

Mr. Schmell invites you to take advantage of Pedigree’s many outstanding services. Consignors maximize their profits selling in the Grand Auction, more so than on any other auction site or auction house. We do not charge a buyers’ premium, an amount that most bidders take into consideration when bidding in other sites (the bidders simply deduct the buyers’ premium amount, usually 20% of the winning price, from their final bid, meaning less $$ to the consignor and more to the auction site). The higher the value of your book(s) that sell in a Grand Auction, the more $$ you take home under Pedigree Comics’ Climbing Scale as follows:

     A Climbing Scale is in effect for consigned comics with a winning bid as follows:
            10% Commission for any consigned item that sells up to $10,000 (Consignor’s Proceeds = $90% of the final bid price);  
              9% Commission for any consigned item that sells over $10,000 and up to $25,000 (Consignor’s Proceeds = $91% of the final bid price);  
              8% Commission for any consigned item that sells over $25,000 and up to $50,000 (Consignor’s Proceeds = $92% of the final bid price);  
              6% Commission for any consigned item that sells over $50,000 and up to $100,000 (Consignor’s Proceeds = $94% of the final bid price);   
              5% Commission for any consigned item that sells over $100,000 (Consignor’s Proceeds = $95% of the final bid price).   
We consistently set new sales records for Golden Age, Silver Age and Bronze Age comic books in each of our bi-monthly auctions and we do not saturate the market with the same material each month. Grand Auctions are unique and exciting, with brand new CGC certified and diversified, highest quality material in each event. Why take home less $$ and settle for less by consigning with someone else?

There are three easy ways to consign your books to our upcoming June Grand Auction. The only criteria is that the books must be CGC graded and worth no less than $100.00. If you have high grade raw books that you want to have certified and sold in the June auction or a future Grand Auction, you can utilize our Raw To Riches Consignment Service, in which we will have your books certified under our account and will lay out all the CGC grading fees in advance for you (refer to the website and our Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide advertisement for all the details of the Raw to Riches Consignment Service). Here is how to consign:

1. Ship your books to our offices in Wellington, Florida. We will inventory, scan and upload each book into the Grand Auction listing. The items will be listed under your personal account and you will receive email notification at the conclusion of the auction with a list of every consigned book that sold along with the winning bid made. 

2. Email the scans of the books you wish to consign directly to us at We will format and upload each scan onto our server and then put each book into the Grand Auction listing. Please use a .jpeg format with the resolution set at 72 and the pixel width at no more than 1200 for optimal clarity. If you do not have a scanner you can use a digital camera.

3. You can upload your own scans, item information, book descriptions and reserve amounts, if any, by utilizing our Automated Consignment System. Just register onto the site ( and login, click the “Customer Page” tab under “Your Account” and then click “Consignments” (under the “Auctions” heading). You will then be able to enter the Pedigree Comics Consignment Management System and list your own CGC certified books. We will receive an email once you have uploaded the scan and book information for each individual item into the system and we will then review the information imparted for accuracy. The item(s) will then be added to the Grand Auction listing to be bid on. You will be amazed how simple it is to use the Automated Consignment System.        

If you have any questions or comments about the consignment process, any of the auction lots or about the A-May-Zing Spider-Man Auction in general, please contact Mr. Schmell at (561) 422-1120 (office) or (561) 596-9111 (cell) or at For any financial related and consignment payment questions, please contact our CFO, Lisa Shapiro, at and for any technical related questions or concerns, please contact our Web Master at

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