November 2004 Market Report
WAH-HOO! and greetings from Pedigree Comics. This market report reflects most of the activity we have had in November, but specifically, it addresses the incredible and unprecedented sales we had from our Sgt. Fury run which was listed in our “new arrivals” section on the night of November 15th. I first got the idea of presenting the almost 65 issue run of this popular Marvel war title back in August, when I sold the 9.4 CGC graded Curator copy of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos No.1 for a whopping $17,500.00. It made me realize that even the most obscure, underappreciated, undervalued and overlooked titles from the Marvel Age are in demand, especially keys in high grade. I then put together the fantastic run that was listed on the Pedigree Comics website through purchases, trades, consignments and picking issues out of my own collection. When the dust had settled and the smoke had cleared, I had every Sgt. Fury from #1 through #49 in CGC high grade, plus 51-61 and some scattered issues in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Most of the issues were pedigree copies, with the Massachusetts and Boston Collections the most represented, plus a few each from the Winnipeg, Western Penn. and Golden State pedigrees.
October 2004 Market ReportHope all is well for everyone out there. We have had quite an “Astonishing” month of October and early part of November here at Pedigree Comics. We have been busy as usual selling ultra high grade Marvel Silver and Bronze comics online and purchasing numerous items for our inventory. However, the “Astonishing” part I’m specifically referring to is from Tales To Astonish, the focus of this issue’s report. We were able to come to terms on a part consignment/part purchase of the entire run of the popular Ant-Man/Giant-Man title with Mark Arrand of Colmore Comics & Collectibles. As most of you know, Mark is a very knowledgeable and serious collector of Marvel Comics and has one of the best, if not the best, Silver Age collections that side of the Atlantic. When Mark and I discussed the possibilities of a full-blown trade/purchase/consignment of the run, which included 60 Pacific Coast copies, I could not pass it up. After numerous negotiations and variations on a deal, Pedigree Comics wound up purchasing 53 comics out of the run, 49 of which are Pacific Coasts. The remaining issues were posted on my site and were bid upon as soon as I listed them. Many had sold almost immediately, especially the remaining PC books that I did not purchase.
September 2004 Market ReportGreetings from sunny Southeast Florida. We have survived 2 major hurricanes and prolonged power outages since we made the move from New York and despite all of this we have had an incredible month in September selling high grade, CGC certified books through our website. Both our main areas of specialization, Silver and Bronze Age Marvels, have shown continued strong sales and interest in the last month. Even before having the opportunity to individually list them, we sold an entire run of Strange Tales from #136 through 168, all from the Massachusetts Collection, to one individual collector. 75% of the run was ultra high grade (9.4 or better) and over 90% had white pages!! In addition, we sold perhaps the finest run of original Incredible Hulks to a private collector, with the #1 issue (Northland 9.2) going for a straight trade for books valued at $75,000. The individual issues sold from the rest of the 6 issue run are listed below. Finally, at the end of the month, we uploaded the remaining copies of the Mass. Werewolf By Nights onto our site in the new arrivals section (most of the issues between 9 and 39). The response to these relatively cheap Bronze books was amazing, as most sold within the first 24 hours of their listing and at strong multiples as the data below clearly show.
August 2004 Market Report
Pedigree Comics buys and sells comic books from different genres and publishers, but we specialize in high grade Marvel Silver and Bronze books. We also specialize in books from a known provenance or pedigree, the subject of this month’s report and the reason for our company name. Many buyers like to have a book from an original owner collection, and will pay a multiple to obtain a comic from a known pedigree run even though a non-pedigree is available in the same condition and at a lower price. Many collectors will try to amass as many pedigrees as they can of a certain title or run. Some collectors will try to buy as many keys and origin issues from a known provenance. Whatever the reason, pedigrees have made a significant impact in our hobby and the entire comic book market. Sales of pedigree Marvels have been exceptionally strong as of late (non-pedigrees as well) as you can see from the following recent transactions we have made through our website. Of significance is the sale of our Amazing Fantasy 15 9.4 White Mountain copy, which established a record for a Silver Age comic book.