Journey Into Mystery #83 in 9.4 Sells For Record $222,200 on Pedigree Comics

Posted on 2/1/2012

Featuring the origin and first appearance of Thor, JIM #83 is one of the most popular and valuable early Silver Age keys, ranked as #6 according to latest Overstreet Guide listing.

jim8394 Doug Schmell, CEO and President of Pedigree Comics, Inc., reports that he just sold a CGC-certified 9.4 (NM) copy of Journey Into Mystery #83 for a record price of $222,200. Featuring the origin and first appearance of Thor, JIM #83 is one of the most popular and valuable early Silver Age keys, ranked as #6 according to latest Overstreet Guide listing. However, according to most recent CGC sales, it is the 4th most valuable comic book from the Silver Age, bested by only Amazing Fantasy #15, Fantastic Four #1 and Incredible Hulk #1. And, as many collectors and dealers will tell you, It is also one of the most difficult Silver Age Marvel first appearance issues to locate in high grade, trailing only Tales to Astonish #27 and Incredible Hulk #1. Cover dated August, 1962 (the same month as Spider-Man’s initial appearance from Amazing Fantasy #15), JIM #83 is easily one of, if not the hottest books on the market right now, with record sales in each grade being recorded over the past year. A 9.0 copy from the Twin Cities Collection sold in Pedigree’s May, 2011 Grand Auction for a record price of $52,000 and a 9.2 example (similarly sold by Pedigree Comics) fetched a record $100,000 last October. The prior high sale for a 9.4 copy of this scarce comic book was for $43,125 in May, 2005!!

According to the CGC census, only one copy in the world (out of over 800 so far submitted to the CGC) has graded higher than this 9.4 one, the White Mountain example. Only two other copies exist in 9.4. Amazingly, only 6 have even certified at 9.2. High grade copies of this important comic book rarely change hands and when they do, it seems to be at record prices.

States Mr. Schmell, “The book is characterized by unbelievable color strike, perfect centering, tight staples, razor sharp corners and phenomenal white pages. It is easily the second nicest existing copy and it comes from the best known run of Journey Into Mystery (the “Canadian Original Owner Collection”). Founded in 2002, this unbelievable run of Journey Into Mystery (28 books in total) contains many of the highest graded examples of each issue, most of which are in certified 9.4 and higher. Some of the highlights of this run include JIM #84 9.4; #85 9.4; #86 9.8; #87 9.8; #90 9.6; #92 9.6; #93 9.4; #94 9.6; #95 9.8; #96 9.8; #97 9.8; #98 9.8; #100 9.6 and #103 9.8. Amazingly, the original owner did not collect any other titles, just Journey Into Mystery! He kept his prized Thor books in meticulous condition and the cool air of Canada ensured that the pages were all off-white to white or bone white. I still have most of these Canadian books in my collection (13) and they are truly spectacular”.

Schmell states further, “The buyer of the JIM #83 in 9.4 saw the book listed in the Vault section of my website and called me just under two weeks ago to see if I would part with it. I originally told him it wasn’t for sale but he was persistent. We could not initially come up with a mutually agreeable price partly because of my reluctance to sell it but after numerous telephone calls over one week , the price of $222,200 was confirmed on Monday, January 30th. He is an ultra high-grade Silver Age Marvel enthusiast who concentrates on keys and first appearance issues and is extremely happy with the book”.

If you have any comic books to sell or consign, do yourself a favor and contact Pedigree Comics or check out their website at If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, etc. about how to get the most amount of money for your treasured books, either by sale or consignment, please contact Mr. Schmell at (561) 422-1120 or (561) 596-9111 or by email at Pedigree Comics has been involved in the sales of more high-grade CGCgraded, investment quality Silver Age Marvel keys, either by purchase, brokerage or consignment, than any other dealer in the world and keeps all calls and information confidential for your protection.

Pedigree Comics is now accepting consignments for their March, 2012 Grand Auction! Slated to begin the second week of March, the auction will have a few hundred choice high-grade CGC-certified Marvels and DCs from the Silver and Bronze Ages plus new Golden Age books as well. The sooner you consign your books the more exposure and press they will receive. Pedigree aggressively promotes and advertizes each Grand Auction on many websites and trade publications and they also send periodic newsletters to 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.

There are already some incredible high-grade books in the auction, which will also feature some brand new Silver and Bronze Age Marvels (and DCs) from an ultra high-grade collection (all CGC-certified 9.4 and higher) Pedigree just recently received on consignment from Cleveland, Ohio. Here are some of the initial auction consignments:

Amazing Spider-Man #13 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man #49 9.6
Avengers #6 9.6
Avengers #16 9.6
Daredevil #4 9.4
Daredevil #6 9.4
Incredible Hulk #181 9.8 (CGC Signature Series)
Journey Into Mystery #83 9.0
Tales of Suspense #39 9.2
Tales of Suspense #39 8.5
X-Men #11 9.6

Pedigree will continue to accept consignments for the auction until mid March, so check the site and read the following for consignment instructions and get your books in now.

Mr. Schmell invites you to take advantage of Pedigree’s many outstanding services. Consignors can maximize their profits selling in the Grand Auction, more so than on any other auction site or auction house. Pedigree does 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 money 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 money you take home under Pedigree Comics’ Climbing Scale as follows:

A Climbing Scale is in effect for consigned items 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);

Pedigree Comics consistently sets new sales records for Golden Age, Silver Age and Bronze Age comic books and magazines in each of their bi-monthly auctions and they do not saturate the market with the same material each month. Grand Auctions are unique and exciting, with brand new CGC-certified, diversified and high quality material in each event. Why take home less money and settle for less by consigning with someone else?

There are three easy ways to consign your books to any of Pedigree’s upcoming Grand Auctions. 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 a Grand Auction, you can utilize Pedigree’s Raw To Riches Consignment Service, in which they will have your books certified under their account and will lay out all the CGC grading fees in advance for you (refer to the website for all the details of the Raw to Riches Consignment Service). Here is how to consign:

1. Ship your books directly to their offices in Wellington, Florida. They will inventory, scan and upload each book into the March Grand Auction listing. The books 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 them at They will format and upload each scan onto their 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 550 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 their 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 and magazines. Pedigree will receive an email once you have uploaded the scan and book information for each individual item into the system and they will then review the information imparted for accuracy. The item(s) will then be added to the March 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 Grand Auction in general, please contact Mr. Schmell. For any financial related and consignment payment questions, please contact Pedigree's CFO Lisa Shapiro at and for any technical related questions or concerns, please contact their Web Master at

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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