March 20th 2017 to April 14th 2017
9.8-9.9 CGC Bronze Age Marvels From the Incredible “Professor Pecora Collection” in Pedigree Comics’ April Auction!MAJOR BREAKING NEWS! We just received on consignment an incredible group of CGC certified 9.8 and 9.9 late Silver, Bronze and Copper Age Marvels from the “Professor Pecora Collection” for our upcoming April Comics and Original Art Auction. The auction is scheduled to begin in just over one (1) week, on the night of Monday, April 3rd and last for ten (10) days until the night of Thursday, April 13th as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website (www.PedigreeComics.com). The comic book listing of the auction ends on the night of Wednesday, April 12th and the original art listing ends on the night of Thursday, April 13th. There is no Buyers Premium on any of the lots in the auction and EVERY comic book listing will have no reserve (some of the original art items will be listed with a reserve). Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and the minimum bid is only $100 for this Grand Auction. You can view many high grade comics and choice art pieces in the Auction Preview right now (over 650 lots). Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Auction banner.
Pedigree Comics proudly presents to you The Professor Pecora Collection, which consists of some of the WORLD’S FINEST EXISTING COPIES of KEY MARVEL ISSUES, ALL IN CGC CERTIFIED 9.8 or HIGHER (almost ALL with PERFECT WHITE PAGES), that span from the late Silver Age into the Copper Age of Comics! The collection is the highlight of Pedigree’s Upcoming April Grand Auction commencing on April 3rd, 2017!
Born and raised in Rochester, New York (and now residing in Atlanta, Georgia), Thomas “Professor” Pecora began collecting and carefully storing his comic books in protective mylars with backing boards in climate controlled conditions at the age of ten. Although he did not necessarily read all of his comics, as a former graffiti artist, he was primarily obsessed with the beautiful cover art and historical first appearances of his favorite titles such as X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man to name a few.
As he entered into adulthood, his interests shifted into other areas and he wouldn’t start collecting comics until 2011. This is when he discovered the CGC and how comics were being professionally graded by a 3rd party. As is true with all natural born collectors; once a collector…one is a collector for life! Therefore, it was only a matter of time until the Professor would feel the “collector’s itch” and become inspired to start amassing and building up a CGC collection of his own.
Always known to give his 100% in all that he sets his mind to, the Professor studied the CGC comic book market like the dow jones Industrial Average on Wall Street. After buying and selling CGC books on eBay and to his fellow CGC Board Members, in only about 1.5 years, the Professor assembled an impressive $50,000 plus collection!
The Professor acquired his collector name due to his unique background of having endured through many challenges growing up in the city of Rochester, NY. He was once a 9th grade drop-out, but worked extremely hard to earn his GED while working 40+ hours to survive as a young man. He eventually got accepted into a four year private college and graduated with honors. He then attended NYU for grad school and eventually earned his Master of Science degree in Education from Hunter College in New York City. After earning an A+ on his Master Thesis and graduating with a 3.9 cumulative GPA, he was asked by his program director to teach a graduate level education course in mathematics curriculum and instruction. In 2010, this was the first time Thomas was actually addressed as “Professor.”
Since X-Men was always one of his favorite titles coupled with his intellectual accomplishments and leadership to his family and community, it only seemed fitting that he be referred to as “Professor Pecora.” Since joining the CGC community in early 2012, the Professor has been known for his thorough and thought-provoking descriptions, write-ups and analysis of many of the key books he has acquired. He has won numerous awards for his CGC sets including the 2012 Best Presented Set Award for his former #5 CGC ranked Wolverine (1988) Set entitled “Against All Odds!” He assembled a complete CGC 9.9 WP Wolverine Limited Series Set entitled “The Inaugural Slashing,” which remained the #1 CGC Ranked Set for 2 consecutive years. In addition, the Professor assembled the world’s #2 ranked Incredible Hulk #180-#182 (Wolverine) set with all issues in CGC 9.8 WP, which included the Mile High II Pedigree copy of IH #181 and the Suscha News Pedigree copy of IH #180.
However, due to personal life circumstances, which would eventually lead up to his divorce in 2016, the Professor had to unfortunately liquidate his entire collection in 2013. After working directly with Doug Schmell, owner and CEO of Pedigree Comics, Inc., the first wave of the Professor Pecora collection was auctioned in the June, 2013 Pedigree Comics Grand Auction and the second wave of his collection was auctioned in November of 2013. The Professor took a short hiatus from collecting, but would once again come back with a vengeance!
Since then, Professor Pecora has amassed an incredible collection of some of the world’s BEST EXISTING LATE SILVER, BRONZE & COPPER AGE KEY COPIES all in CGC 9.8 or HIGHER! Widely known for being one of the most particular collectors throughout the CGC Registry & Boards, the Professor focuses on aesthetic qualities not normally considered by most graders and fellow collectors. For instance, the Professor looks for books that are PERFECTLY WRAPPED, CUT and CENTERED and almost always goes for pristine copies with PERFECT WHITE PAGE QUALITY! However, if a particular key book was slightly miswrapped, but the image was completely centered on the front cover, the Professor would make some exceptions and purchase it considering the rarity and demand of that specific issue. He would also sometimes choose an Off-White to White copy if the book had better cover alignment than the available White-Paged copies.
With that said, The Professor has chosen to auction off a large portion of his world class collection in efforts to acquire some of his most cherished books that he previously liquidated. Since the Professor has acquired many of his gems from Pedigree Comics and has worked directly with Doug Schmell in previous auctions throughout the years, coupled with Pedigree’s enormous customer base of Marvel collectors, he thought Pedigree would be the best site to sell his late Silver and Bronze Age collection. Without further ado, WE ARE NOW PRESENTING the 3rd wave of the Professor Pecora Collection. FEAST YOUR EYES ON SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST EXISTING COPIES of the FOLLOWING ISSUES (almost 50 in total), ALL IN CGC CERTIFIED 9.8 or HIGHER:
Amazing Spider-Man #121 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #122 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #194 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #238 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #252 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #298 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #300 9.8 W
Amazing Spider-Man #361 9.8 W
Black Panther #1 9.8 W
Captain America #100 9.8 W
Captain Savage and His Leatherneck Raiders #1 9.8 W
Conan the Barbarian #1 9.8 W
Daredevil #111 9.8 W
Daredevil #131 9.8 W
Daredevil #158 9.8 W
Daredevil #168 9.8 W
Daredevil #197 9.8 W
Ghost Rider #1 9.8 W
Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 9.8 W
Giant-Size X-Men #1 9.8 OW/W
Iron Fist #14 9.8 W
Marvel Team-Up #1 9.8 W
New Mutants #98 9.8 W
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 9.8 W
Spectacular Spider-Man #1 9.8 W
Tomb of Dracula #10 9.8 OW/W
Uncanny X-Men #221 9.8 W (CGC Signature SERIES)
Uncanny X-Men #266 9.8 W
Wolverine (1988) #1 9.9 W
Wolverine (1988) #62 9.9 W
Wolverine (1988) #67 9.9 W
Wolverine Limited Series #1 9.8 W (CGC Signature SERIES)
X-Men #94 9.8 OW/W
X-Men #97 9.8 W
X-Men #98 9.8 W
X-Men #100 9.8 W
X-Men #101 9.8 W
X-Men #103 9.8 W
X-Men #109 9.8 W
X-Men #113 9.8 OW/W
X-Men #121 9.8 W (CGC Signature SERIES)
X-Men #122 9.8 OW/W
X-Men #129 9.8 OW/W
X-Men #136 9.8 W
X-Men #138 9.8 W
X-Men #139 9.8 W
X-Men #141 9.8 W
Of particular note is the World’s second finest existing copy of Wolverine #1 in CGC MINT 9.9! 1 of only 13 Universal 9.9s and prior to the Professor’s copy being graded as the 13th copy, there hasn’t been another Universal CGC 9.9 graded in 5 years! It features the 1st Wolverine as Patch on a classic John Buscema cover with a classic John Byrne back cover pin-up! Out of over 7,200 copies already professionally graded, the rarity factor for this book in CGC 9.9 is 1/10 of 1% of the entire population! In addition, Wolverine #62 and #67 are also RARE CGC MINT 9.9 copies!
The Professor also owns some of the world’s best existing copies of the early new X-Men issues such as #94, #97, #98, #100, #101, #103 and #109—you will NOT find nicer looking copies as these are the SINGLE BEST EXISTING COPIES IN THE WORLD! (Check out other 9.8 copies in the top CGC Registry Sets to confirm!)
Other PERFECT and EXCEPTIONAL CGC 9.8 WP copies consist of ASM #121, #122, #194 (BEST 9.8 in existence!), #238, #252, #298, #300 (Superior 9.8 WP copy!) and #361!
Check out the world’s finest copy of Daredevil #111 (1st Silver Samurai – only 1 of 10)! You will also find world class examples of Daredevil #131 (Origin and 1st Bullseye), #158 (1st Frank Miller Daredevil) and #168 (Origin and 1st Elektra)!
Just about every KEY CGC 9.8 book offered above contains PERFECT WHITE PAGE QUALITY and PERFECT CENTERING! You can’t go wrong with KEY books like X-Men #94 (New X-Men begin), X-Men #101 (1st Phoenix), Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1st New X-Men), Iron Fist #14 (1st Sabretooth), Conan #1, Black Panther #1, Marvel Team-Up #1, Ghost Rider #1, Spectacular Spider-Man #1 and Tomb of Dracula #10 (1st Blade)!
This is your opportunity to bid on some of the world’s finest existing CGC KEY MARVEL BOOKS to display proudly in your collections! Please check the site and the latest news section everyday for any new 9.8 or 9.9 bronze age gems from the “Professor Pecora Collection”!