The auction will be held December 1st, online and at Bruneau & Co.’s gallery in Cranston, R.I.
CRANSTON, R.I. – A 400-lot Toy & Comic Auction featuring rare superhero comics, to include Flash, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and Robin, will be held on Saturday, December 1st, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. Star Wars collectibles and an unopened box of 1985 Garbage Pail Kids cards will also be sold.
There will be a pre-sale of over 100 lots, with no online bidding, of toys, comics and comic art. People must be in attendance at the gallery to bid. Doors will open at 8 am EST the day of sale.
“This 400-lot catalog is just simply dynamite,” said Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Director of Pop Culture and auctioneer. “There are examples of comics that haven’t crossed the auction block in over five years, including an outstanding run of DC’s Flash from #105 to #110. With Flash being an incredibly hot property right now, these books could surpass expectations.”
Bruneau & Co. company president and auctioneer Kevin Bruneau added, “The toy and comic auctions happen to be one of my favorite times in the auction season. It brings a fun change to the gallery compared to the norm. It was a privilege to handle some outstanding collections from Cambridge and Hartford, Connecticut that will surely not disappoint, at attractive price points.”
Early Flash comic books are expected to do well. A copy of DC Comics Flash #105 (Feb.-Mar. 1959), graded CBCS 9.0, carries a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000. 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. It’s ranked #13 on Overstreet’s list of the top 50 Silver Age comics.
A copy of DC Comics Flash #109 (Oct.-Nov. 1959), graded CBCS 9.2, featuring the second appearance of the Mirror Master, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Also, a copy of Marvel Comics Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov. 1974), graded CBCS 9.4, featuring the first full appearance of Wolverine, should hit $6,000-$9,000. Both books rank high when compared to the GCG census.
A copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966), graded CBCS 9.2, featuring the first appearance of the Black Panther, plus an Inhumans and Wyatt Wingfoot appearance, has a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Also, a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Mar. 1963), graded CBCS 1.8, featuring the second appearance of Spider-Man and Aunt May and the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and Chameleon, is expected to hammer for $3,000-$5,000.
Star Wars fans will be pleased, with lots that include a 1977 Kenner Star Wars Toy Center shelf talker display, graded CAS 90+, a fine example (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a 1984 Kenner Star Wars Young Jedi Knight kit mail-away internal sample with bagged Logray, graded CAS 85, with paint on inside of the baggie when the figure was first placed inside (est. $2,000-$3,000).
A set of 16 Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 trading card wax packs from 1985 (no 25-cent price), unopened, in good condition, plus the original store display box in fair condition measuring 3 ½ inches by 2 ½ inches, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,500 and would display well in any collection.
The auction will begin promptly at 11 am Eastern time. Online bidding will be facilitated by bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com, or by downloading the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Previews will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, from 9-5. Doors will open auction day at 8 am EST.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the December 1st Toys & Comics Auction, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently. To contact the company via e-mail, use [email protected]. Or, you can phone them at the gallery, at (401) 533-9980.