The Comic Link November Featured Auction has just ended, all results below ended between Tuesday November 27th and Wednesday November 28th.
WOW! I’m calling this the “Get Smart Auction”. The famous saying Maxwell Smart used to say in the TV show was “missed it by that much” and so I did.
This Auction Highlight will only feature books I bid on. I was in the market for one or two cool books. Please note that I could not have bought all these I bid on, after being outbid on one I moved on to another and so on.
I liked what this auction had to offer, there was a great smattering of cool books from multiple eras and genres.
I liked the fact that 30 of the top 50 books sold were from the Golden Age. There were 13 DCs, 11 Timelys, 3 Archie related books and 3 other Golden Age comics in the top 50.
Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 7.0 won the top book honors earning $37,000 atauctions end.
Ok so let’s have a look at the books I just missed out on!
Captain America #5, Timely Comics, (August 1941) Graded by CGC at 7.0 with Off White to White pages sold for $4,108.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 7.0 is $4,733.00.
Golden Age Caps have always been tough and I really liked the selection of Cap books available this auction. I zeroed in on #5 because I loved the cover and I respected the CGC 7.0 grade. For me the 7.0 gave me quality but it didn’t force me to pay a grade premium, it was all about the book!
I bit up to $3,960 and was actually high bidder for an hour or so until some smart cookie realized the bargain at hand.
I’ve always thought DD #1 was worth a bit more the thing is though there have been more and more high-grade copies popping up on the CGC Census. This sudden increase in high-grade copies has had a negative effect on its current market value.
I had a hunch that this copy might go for below $10k and I was willing to invest in it under $10k, problem is I didn’t come up close enough to $10k.
Detective Comics #30, DC Comics, (August 1939) Graded by CGC at 7.0 with Cream to Off White pages sold $5,800.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 9.2 is $6,300.00.
Why am I so stupid! I mean here we have the 4th Batman, a pre Robin Batman, a Batman from the 1930s or in other words a powerhouse of a book.
I was contemplating putting a $5901 offer in thus forcing bidders over the psychological $6k barrier if they wanted the book but at the last-minute I got greedy threw in a measly $5,600 bid. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!
Silver Streak Comics #6, Lev Gleason Publ., (September 1940) Graded by CGC at 7.5 with Off White to White pages sold for $7,601.00. The Overstreet price guide value for this comic at 7.5 is $8,925.00.
I really liked this book. Silver Streak #6 features the 1st appearance of the original Golden Age Daredevil and seeing how I lost the Marvel Daredevil I figured I’d try for this one. I need a Daredevil dammit!
This is a tough book at any grade and I really had no right throwing an offer in that was below $7k, I went to $6,969.00. Thankfully someone did not win it at $7,001.
The winning bidder still got it at a bargain price. Check out that classic cover!
I’m not sure which was my dumbest offer of the auction but this certainly is a good candidate.
This was a PGX graded book and those usually under-perform at auction. I have confidence in my grading and I liked what I saw on the scan. This could be a 6.0.
I bid to $4500. Why did I think I could win this book at half guide?
What really bugs me is that it went for 51% of guide! Why didn’t I go to $4,700.00!!!
So? Did you pick anything up?
This article originally ran on comicbookdaily.com where Walter has been a long time contributor.