A CGC 9.6 copy of Avengers #1 was sold for $250,000 by Metropolis Collectibles last week — a record sale for an Avengers #1 by a significant margin.
“This exceptional copy is tied with two other copies ofAvengers #1 CGC in 9.6. The other two copies have never been brought to market,” says Metropolis COO Vincent Zurzolo. “Their owners have no interest in selling. This makes this the only publicly sold copy of a CGC 9.6 to date. We are very proud to make this the highest price anybody has ever paid for a copy of Avengers #1. ” Zurzolo notes, there are only three copies of Avengers #1 graded 9.6 unrestored on the CGC census, with none higher — and no recorded public sales for any of them, until now. Bleeding Cool told you about the sale of a CGC 9.4 copy for $100,000 last March.
With Marvel’s increase in popularity to the general public at an all time high, it’s been a great year for high grade copies of vintage Marvel comics. We’ve noted record sales of X-Men #1 for $200,000, Fantastic Four #1 for $300,000, and Captain America Comics #1 for $343,000 in recent months, with the best copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (first appearance of Spider-Man) shocking the vintage collecting scene with a $1.1 million sale in March.
Also, recently there was the sale of a CGC certified 9.2 (NM-) copy of Journey Into Mystery #83 for $100,000. Featuring the origin and first appearance of Thor, JIM #83 is one of the most popular and valuable early Silver Age keys, ranked as #6 according to latest Overstreet Guide listing. It is also one of the most difficult Silver Age Marvel first appearance issues to locate in high grade, trailing only Tales to Astonish #27 and Incredible Hulk #1. Cover dated August, 1962 (the same month as Spider-Man’s initial appearance In Amazing Fantasy #15), JIM #83 is easily one of, if not the hottest books on the market right now, with record sales in each grade being recorded over the past year. A 9.0 copy from the Twin Cities Collection sold in Pedigree’s May, 2011 Grand Auction for a record price of $52,000, eclipsing the record price for a 9.0 example (similarly sold by Pedigree Comics) of $39,500 in March, 2011. The $100,000 paid for the subject 9.2 is similarly a record price. This same copy sold for a then record price of $82,800 at auction in February, 2011, the very first (and until now only) known sale of a NM- copy of Journey Into Mystery #83.
The book is characterized by unbelievable color strike, perfect centering, tight staples, razor sharp edges and corners and phenomenal white pages. It is easily the 5th best existing copy behind only one in 9.6 and three in 9.4 and looks even nicer up close than any possible description could make. Only 5 other 9.2’s have been certified by the CGC to date. The buyer, who bought X-Men #1 in 9.4 ($137,500) and Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 9.2 copy ($90,000), was interested in Journey Into Mystery 83.
An example of the Thor issue, not the actual high grade comic itself.