The Pedigree Grand Auction has just wrapped up. All results below ended Wednesday November 14th.

I don’t know how Mr. Schmell does it but he sure puts up a lot of very high grade Silver Age comics! Many of these listed were the single highest grades available. While I didn’t see many actual comics that impressed me I certainly saw a lot of comics in CGC grades that impressed me. There were CGC 9.8s on books that I thought couldn’t possibly have 9.8s.

I really enjoyed reading Doug Schmell’s descriptions. This guy likes to spread it on sweet and thick. Who wouldn’t want to buy a comic book after reading Doug’s description?

OK let’s have a peek at some of the results!

Incredible Hulk #181, Marvel Comics, (November 1974) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages sold for $3,800.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $1,725.00.

What better book to compare the worth of an auction house than this one. This comic has been floating around between $3,500 and $4,000 for a while now so Pedigree getting $3,800 for the seller is more than respectable.

I like the squareness of this book and good gloss and good centering make this a fair price to pay. The buyer is now in the game with a quality comic purchased at a fair market value.

Advantage Buyer.

Tales of Suspense #57, Marvel Comics, (September 1964) Graded by CGC at 9.8 with White pages sold for $14,750.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $1,400.00.

This is a scary grade for this book. Just look at it! Wow.

This book actually sold back in July for $13,145 so it’s appreciated 11% in 4 months.

I’m not sure. I think long term the 9.8 grade will mean a little less but man it is hard to argue with this copy. Again look at it!

I like the long term viability of the Avengers and I like the long term viability of a character like Hawkeye. I think this particular copy can go a bit higher.

Advantage Buyer

Fantastic Four #2, Marvel Comics, (January 1962) Graded by CGC at 9.8 with Off White to White pages sold for $76,500.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $12,000.00.

OK this book is just stupid! Seriously! This grade is unimaginable for this book but here it is.

One of one 3 Marvels with 10 cent covers (FF #1 and TTA #27 are the other two), it’s a must have for Silver Age fans.

Considering Pedigree itself sold the White Mountain CGC 9.6 for $87,000 back in February and considering another CGC 9.6 just last month sold for $82,500 I’m going to have to consider this purchase a bargain.

Advantage Buyer

Journey Into Mystery #84, Marvel Comics, (September 1962) Graded by CGC at 9.4 Signature Series (signed by Stan Lee) with Off White to White pages sold for $40,000.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $5,800.00.

Pedigree sold a blue label (no signature series) CGC 9.4 copy in the summer for $35,850 so it’s only fitting that one in the same grade signed by Stan the Man gets more.

Here’s the thing. I’m not a big Thor fan as far as long term investments go. I may be wrong but I think this is too much to pay for a 9.4 copy of Thor #2, signed or not.

Advantage Seller

Walking Dead #1, Image Comics, (October 2003) Graded by CGC at 9.6 with White pages did not sell for the minimum bid of $1,000. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $250.00.

I was surprised this one didn’t go. I mean the 90 day average on this book according to the GPA is over $1000. Perhaps Pedigree’s reputation as an auction house specializing in Silver Age comics hurt the ability of this book to sell.

I can just picture hundreds of old grizzled Silver Age fans salivating at the FF #2 9.8 saying “a thousand bucks for that!?!”.

Well in light of the big money that changed hands over this book yesterday I’ll have to call this

Opportunity Lost

 

This article originally ran on comicbookdaily.com where Walter has been a long time contributor.