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Dear Compal customers,
Welcome to our May / June catalogue. We continue to team up with the-saleroom.com to provide you with real time bidding, viewable online, as bids are placed by our customers who have registered their details. Click here to browse this catalogue.
Just one further point regarding last second online bidding: On our closing day (Sunday 14th June from 2 pm) last second bidding or ‘sniping’ automatically extends a lot by a further minute so bidding on that lot continues whilst bidding on the following lot has started. If you are bidding on consecutive lots and taking part in extended bidding we suggest placing bids early, a few days before the auction finalises if necessary, so you don’t miss out on following lots.
For those of you who send us postal or faxed bids you may, of course, continue to do so and you might consider sending us your highest bids which will be entered online by us and not be viewable unless they are bettered - just like eBay. You will no longer need to telephone or email us to raise your bids as all the latest bids will be online in real time. To include the-saleroom.com’s commission of 3%+VAT our buyer’s premium is now 14%.
And now for the important comics stuff: Our last auction was a real Beano Bonanza – we offered nine early Beano comics numbered between 4 – 14 and they sold in the range of £1200 to £2300 each. This is normally the four-figure territory of trophy No 1 issues but only a handful of these early comics survive and their fresh grades were unrivalled in the 23 years of our auctions. Even post-war Beanos broke records and a complete year of 1948 came in at a staggering £1640. Paper shortages dictated that issues were printed fortnightly so the 26 fresh copies ended up at £63 each. With bidders from as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India and the USA records were expected to be challenged, but not like this. A new bench-mark for British comic values has now been established.
In this catalogue we offer more of the same; Beano Nos 2, 3, 5 and 6 are followed by issues 15-28 in the same high grades as before and they include the first Fireworks and Christmas numbers. Complete years of 1944, 1946-1949 are also here, some in more affordable lower grades. There’s a magnificent high grade run of Detective Weekly 1934-36 in 3 bound volumes located at lot 6 and a run of ‘Blitz’ books (lot 13), so-called because they were printed during WW2 to amuse and distract children in the air raid shelters and Underground stations of London during the bombing.
Broons and Oor Wullie books from the 1950s vie for your attention along with Comet, Sun and Super-Detective Library. There’s original artwork of Dan Dare, Oor Wullie, Robot Archie, Adam Eterno and Kelly’s Eye and The Beatles could please you at lot 139.
Our US section starts with strong Golden Age runs of Captains Marvel and Marvel Jr. and EC’s Shock SuspenseStories #1 and #4 along with Ditko’s last cover for The Thing. There’s a good Silver Age selection of early Spider-Man and Avengers with Tales Of Suspense #39-48.
Have fun and please enjoy our Summer auction.
Comic Book Auctions Ltd.
All postal and fax bids need to be with us by FRIDAY 12 JUNE and we will enter them on your behalf in the-saleroom.com/Comic Book Auctions website which concludes on Sunday 14th at 2pm..