LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A complete Magic: The Gathering Beta card set from 1993, just the second set for MTG, with a print run of 3,200 cards, sold for a staggering $120,000 in an online-only Comics, Comic Art, MTG Booster Boxes & More auction held October 19 by Weiss Auctions.
Magic: The Gathering (also known as Magic or MTG) is a tabletop and digital collectible card game created by Richard Garfield and released in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro). MTG was the first trading card game (TCG) and more than 20 billion of the cards were produced between 2008-2016.
The 1993 Beta set was complete, with 302 black-bordered cards. Six were graded by Beckett, including the Black Lotus (graded BGS 8 NM/MT), the Mox Ruby (BGS 8.5 NM/MT+), the Mox Sapphire (BGS 8.5 NM/MT+), the Mox Emerald (BGS 8 NM/MT), the Mox Jet (BGS 8 NM/MT) and the Mox Pearl (BGS 8 NM/MT); 299 cards were ungraded.
Overall, more than 500 lots came up for bid, including collections of Golden, Silver and Bronze Age comics; original comic art, including more offerings from the Joe Kubert estate; original Peanuts comic strip art by Charles Schulz; and, of course, the collection of unopened MTG Booster Boxes and Starter Decks, including Legends, Tempest, Mirage and Homelands.
An original eight-panel Peanuts Sunday comic strip art page by Charles Schulz, never before offered at auction and in great condition, went for $50,400. The piece, dated “1-21-73,” showed Lucy and Schroeder in five of the eight panels. In one panel, Lucy asks him, “Do you want to take me to the Senior Prom?” Another original Peanuts strip, this one a smaller daily, but signed and inscribed by Schulz, “To our good friends with every best wish, Charles Schulz and Charlie Brown,” rose to $32,400. The Charlie Brown who also signed the strip was Charles Francis Brown, a neighbor of Schulz’s and the inspiration for the Charlie Brown cartoon character. The strip was dated “8-27-1962.”
A copy of Detective Comics #29 from 1939, featuring just the second-ever Batman cover, with an appearance by Dr. Death in the first part of a two-part story and cover art by Bob Kane, earned $32,400. Also, an original pen-and-ink book illustration by Frank Frazetta for the Doubleday edition of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, signed by the artist, hit $36,000.
Fabulous original cover art for issue #3 of Ragman by Joe Kubert realized $20,400. Other cover art by Kubert in the sale included Sgt. Rock / Our Army at War ($10,500); Sgt. Rock / Old Parisians Never Die ($8,700); Sgt. Rock / Keep Me Alive! ($9,000); two cover artworks for Our Fighting Forces ($8,400, $6,900); and Son of Tomahawk ($7,500).
Original ink over graphite splash page title art for Batman #164 (DC, 1964) by Sheldon “Shelly” Moldoff and Joe Giella, for the story titled Two-Way Gem Caper! featuring Batman and Robin, finished at $21,600. Shelly Moldoff was an acclaimed 1950s-era Batman artist and Bob Kane’s first assistant on the Batman title. This artwork was signed by Moldoff and signed and inscribed by Bob Kane.
A copy of Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel, 1962), graded CBCS 6.0, with cover and artwork by Jack Kirby and story by Stan Lee, with the origin and first appearance of Doctor Doom, went for $17,400. Also, a 1985 Garbage Pail Kids 1st Series GPK OS1 opened box, complete with all unopened wax packs from the highly sought-after 1st Series, garnered $15,000.
Original splash page-type artwork with overlaid art by Wally Wood for Murderous Gangsters #1, signed on the street sign “Joe & Wood” (for Joe Orlando and Wally Wood), achieved $13,200; while alternate cover art for Eerie Comics #2 by Wally Wood, an interesting piece with paste overs, changed hands for $12,600.
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