CRANSTON, R.I. – A copy of Marvel Comics’ X-Men #1 from September 1963, two Pokemon booster boxes from 1999, Goudey baseball cards for star players from the 1930s, and original cover art for Drift Marlo #1 from 1962 will all come up for bid in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Summer Pop Culture auction, slated for Tuesday, August 8, beginning at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Also titled a Comic, Sports, TCG (Trading Card Games) & Toy auction, the 478-lot sale will offer an eclectic mix of comics, sports, toys and associated collectibles from collections across New England, online and live in the Bruneau & Co. gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. A preview will be held in the gallery on auction day when doors open at 8 am.
The Goudey baseball cards aren’t graded highly, but that will open the door for collectors looking to acquire Goudey examples in any condition. They include a 1933 Babe Ruth card #133, graded BVG 1 Poor and estimated at $3,000-$5,000; a 1933 Lou Gehrig card #92, graded BVG 1 Poor, estimated at $1,000-$1,500; and a 1938 Joe DiMaggio #250 Heads-Up rookie card, graded BVG 1.5 Fair, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. All of the Goudey cards are individually housed in BVG cases.
The copy of Marvel Comics X-Men #1 from Sept. 1963 features the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto. The book, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, is graded CGC 3.5, with off-white pages, and is presented in a CGC case. Also, a copy of Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #121 from June 1973, featuring the so-called “death” of Gwen Stacy and an appearance by the Green Goblin, graded CGC 9.6, with white pages and in a CGC case, is estimated at $1,800-$2,400.
The 1999 Pokemon Wizards of the Coast Base Unlimited booster box, factory-sealed with tight and intact WOTC-branded cellophane wrap, showing Charizard box art with a single country code on the bottom, has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. It’s a great fresh-to-the-market booster box consigned by its original purchaser. The new owner will have to decide whether to break the box.
The same dilemma awaits the winning bidder of the 1999 Pokemon Wizards of the Coast Fossil 1st edition booster box, which is also factory-sealed with tight and intact cellophane wrap. It’s beautiful and fresh-to-the-market, also from its original purchaser and also estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Both this and the other Pokemon booster box show some wear that’s to be expected from their time in storage.
Original cover artwork for Dell Publishing’s Drift Marlo issue #1 from May-July 1962 is an oil and pastel on board of the space detective who first captured readers’ attention in newspaper comic strips before his first comic book appearance in this issue. A truly awesome piece of comic art, the painting is 24 by 17in and is signed illegibly. Its estimate is $2,000-$3,000.
Lot 289 is a collection of 25 copies of Warren Publishing’s Vampirella comics (#1-#31). It’s a mid-grade group, with books ranging in grade from about 5.0 to 8.0. Included is the 1972 annual, Vampirella #1, featuring the first appearance of Vampirella, graded CGC 6.5, with off-white/white pages. The others are #2-#19, #21, #24, #26, #28 and #31, and the whole is estimated at $1,800-$2,400.
Beckett-graded baseball, hockey and basketball cards will feature a 1966-1967 Topps Bobby Orr #35 rookie card, graded BVG 3.5 Very Good+ and estimated at $2,000-$3,000; and a 1979-1980 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 rookie card, graded BVG 7 Near Mint and estimated at $1,800-$2,400. Toys will include factory-sealed G.I. Joe action figures and accessories.
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