CGC Announces a New Pedigree Label and Newly Recognized Collections

Posted on 7/12/2019

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) has released a new Pedigree Certification Label. This new label is a way to differentiate exceptional comic book collections known as pedigrees, and will display "CGC Universal Pedigree" in place of "CGC Universal Grade". Only pedigrees that qualify for a Universal grade will receive the new label.

These new labels will be applied to books submitted as a CGC recognized pedigree through the online submission form starting on July 12th, and first available for show submissions at San Diego Comic Con on July 17th.

A new pedigree is considered when a collection of vintage books in high grade condition is introduced to the collectors market by the original owner. Many pedigree collections were recognized and accepted by the hobby before CGC came into existence.

CGC is also excited to add five new collections to the list of recognized pedigrees. This brings the total number to 59 pedigrees, all of which will be featured on the CGC pedigree site page next week.

New Hampshire

Assembled by a young man who was born around 1929, the New Hampshire pedigree contains approximately 1,400 books mainly representing the western genre of the late ‘40s and ’50s. This collection contains more western comics than almost any other pedigreed collection. In 1989 the man sold his collection through an agent to Jim Payette, who in turn offered the books in his catalog. This was named the New Hampshire collection after the city in which the books surfaced. Many were subsequently purchased by Bob Overstreet. They are easily identified because of a distinct penciled date on each cover. Long considered a pedigree by collectors, CGC has finally recognized the collection’s status.


Named for its point of origin in Cookeville, Tennessee, the collection was assembled by Leroy Mackie and his brother, and later acquired by Steve Geppi in 1992. It contained nearly 5,000 superhero comics from the late ‘30s to the early ‘50s. In 2019 CGC officially recognized its pedigree status. Cookeville copies are easy to identify because of an "SN" mark written by Mackie’s sisters who worked at the store from which he and his brother purchased comics. Occasionally the name “Leroy Mackie” was also written on the cover.


Even though it appears the Eldon collection surfaced in the late ‘80s, CGC did not officially recognize it as a pedigree until now. The size of the collection is unknown, but many comics from the ‘40s have surfaced over the years with the name “Eldon” written on the cover in pen, either printed or in cursive. Subsequent research has revealed that his last name was Hamman, born in 1934 in Iowa, and he served in the Army during the Korean War. He passed away in 1987, likely leading to the sale of his collection. Many rare and key issues were present, including a Captain America Comics #1.

Harold Curtis

One of the few collections to be almost completely CGC graded and sold at once, the Harold Curtis collection is exactly 519 books and spans over a decade, starting in 1940 and peaking during the years 1941-1946. The focus was predominantly DC superhero. Strangely enough, the collection is void of any titles beginning with the letters E through O, as well as any Superman issues. Over 65% of the collection exhibits identifying marks, usually Harold Curtis's name written on the front covers in pen. Other markings include arrival dates and distributor letters. The entire collection was auctioned through Heritage in 2006.

Murphy Anderson File Copy Pedigree

The Murphy Anderson File Copy collection is the newest pedigree recognized by CGC this year. Heritage’s first offerings of the just-announced Murphy Anderson File Copy CGC pedigree will appear in their weekly auction dated July 28-August 4, along with some books from the Annie Gaines Collection.

In addition to the substantial Silver and Bronze age original art from the Murphy Anderson Collection, this new pedigree consists of the famed DC artist’s file copies spanning the 1950s-1980s, including such classics as Showcase #4 and incredible white-page, high-grade Silver and Bronze keys. Impressive selections can be found in all of Heritage’s weekly online Comic auctions following the initial offering.

Annie Gaines Ashton Pedigree

Featured in Heritage’s special-format online monthly auction “The MAD Collection of Annie Gaines Ashton,” the Annie Gaines Ashton Pedigree offerings include entire MAD and Panic runs of Gaines File copies. This new pedigree of high-grade examples comes from the collection of Bill Gaines’ estate, the greatest provenance EC and MAD collectors could hope for! The devoted auction runs from September 12-October 17.

The new Pedigree Label will be applied to books submitted as a CGC recognized pedigree for CGC’s grading or re-holder services through the online submission form.

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