CGC-Graded Comics Expected to be Among Top Attractions in Heritage Auctions’ Comics Auction
Nearly all of the top comic book lots in Heritage Auctions’ exceptional Comics & Comic Art Auction April 1-4, including those that yielded the top 40 prices among comic books, carried CGC grades.
Leading the event’s books was Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages, which brought $360,000 (against an estimate of $225,000+). This copy was the highest-graded copy offered by Heritage Auctions in nearly two years.
The issue is widely recognized throughout the hobby: it currently is ranked No. 4 on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics list, thanks in part to its classic cover by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.
Also faring exceptionally well was Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages, which ended at $264,000, against a pre-auction estimate of $175,000. This daring issue heralded the Marvel Age of Comics, and suddenly DC had serious competition from Marvel in the superhero wars! It had been more than three years, since Heritage Auctions offered a Universal copy in as high of a grade; Heritage previously has offered on three with higher grades.
Comics & Comic Art Auction
Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages: $360,000
Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages (estimate: $175,000+): $264,000
Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages: $156,000
The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages
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