Copy of Marvel Comics Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963) soars to $23,125 in Bruneau & Co. Pop Culture auction
Also, a copy of Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964) brought $17,500, and a 1st edition sealed booster box of Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Gym Challenge gaveled for $17,500. The July 10th event was called a Comic, TCG & Toy auction.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
"The bidding action this Comic, TCG & Toy auction brought to the gallery takes me back to what was found in similar sales ten, fifteen years ago," said Kevin Bruneau, president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. "The floor, phones, online were all busy. It shows what direction the business is headed in for the next generation to come." TCG stands for Trading Card Games.
Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co.'s Director of Pop Culture, added, "This auction proved again how hot the comic and TCG market is. Everything was on fire. I'm happy to say we broke 51 market records for graded books. Most notably, percentage-wise, was the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. The day of the auction market average was $1,680, but it ended up hammering for $4,750."
The copy of Marvel Comics Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), graded CGC 8.0 and featuring the origin and first appearance of the Avengers, plus appearances by the Fantastic Four, Loki and Teen Brigade, was the expected top lot of the auction and it delivered, selling within its estimate of $18,000-$24,000. Mr. Bruneau called it "the finest copy of Avengers #1 we've handled to date."
Not far behind was the copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), graded CGC 9.0 and having a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The comic book featured the very first appearance of the Green Goblin, as well as the first meeting of the Hulk and Spider-Man.
On to Pokémon, and the ever-popular world of TCG. The Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Gym Challenge 1st edition factory sealed booster box from 2000 was a big hit with collectors. Also, a 1999 French Pokémon base 1st edition Dracaufeu (Charizard) holographic trading card, graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint, finished at $10,000.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the firm's calendar of upcoming events, visit www.bruneauandco.com.