A copy of DC Comics Flash #105 (February-March 1959) in superb condition, with a grade of CBCS 9.0, soared to $20,000 at a Toy and Comic Auction that featured many rare superhero comics, including Flash, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman and Robin, held Dec. 1 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the showroom at 63 Fourth Ave. in Cranston, R.I. With an estimate of $15,000-$25,000, the Flash #105 was expected to do well. The book featured the first Silver Age Flash in his own title, plus the first appearance and origin of Mirror Master and the origin of Flash retold. When compared to the CGC census 6 in the 9.0 grade, only five are graded higher. Its ranked #13 on Overstreets list of the top 50 Silver Age comics.
DC Comics Flash #105 (1959) Brings $20,000 At Bruneau & Co.'s Toys And Comics Sale
The auction was packed with 388 lots of toys, comics and comic art. While comic books reigned supreme, there were other items ranging from Star Wars collectibles to 16 unopened packs of 1985 Garbage Pail Kids cards with the original display box. The comics featured great single-graded books to amazing runs and lots at price points that appealed to all levels of collector.
It takes me back to my childhood every time, but I just cant forgive myself for destroying all my Star Wars items, said Bruneau & Co. president and auctioneer Kevin Bruneau with a laugh. But in all seriousness, it was a great day with sound results and an in-person crowd to the end.
It was a strong day all around, with interest in-house and online. People were bidding nonstop, and it was a collectors crowd. The Black Panther and Hulk #181 drew in a lot of attention. It was a fun, action-packed day, added Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co.s director of pop culture. Actually, three copies of Marvel Comics Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov. 1974), featuring the first full appearance of Wolverine, came up for bid. One was signed by the late comic book legend Stan Lee but had a modest grade of CGC 4.0. It sold for $2,812. Another one, however, was in great condition, with a grade of 9.4, and brought $8,125. The third, graded CBCS 3.0, hit $1,750. All prices reported include a buyers premium.
A new auction record was set for a copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966) in the CBCS 9.2 grade. The book featured the first appearance of Black Panther and had appearances by Inhumans and Wyatt Wingfoot. In overall very good condition, the comic book made $7,500.
Flash proved to be popular with collectors. In addition to the sales top lot, also sold was a copy of DC Comics Flash #110 (December-January, 1959-60), the first appearance of Kid Flash (Wally West) and Weather Wizard, graded CBCS 9.0 ($5,625), and a copy of DC Comics Flash #106 (April-May 1959), the first appearance of Gorilla Grodd and Pied Piper, graded CBCS 8.5 ($4,688).
A copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), graded CBCS 1.8, the second appearance of Spider-Man and Aunt May and the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon, fetched $4,375, while a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974), graded CBCS 9.2, the first appearance of the Punisher and the Jackal, realized $3,125.
Two comic books sold for identical prices of $3,750. One was a copy of Marvel Comics Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962), graded CBCS 2.5, the first appearance and origin of Thor. The second was a copy of DC Comics Batman #49 (October-November 1948), with classic Bob Kane Joker cover art, graded CBCS 7.0 and featuring the first appearance of Vicki Vale and the Mad Hatter.
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