274 Comic Books Gross Over Six Figures at Bodnar’s June 20, 2019 Auction

Throughout the years, Bodnar’s Auction has been fortunate enough to host some pretty fantastic vintage toy auctions here in New Jersey, but our sale on June 20th was one for the ages. In fact, it could be considered one of the greatest single-owner comic book auctions in recent history! 

We welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 registered bidders — in addition to hundreds of absentees and multiple phone bidders — and we sold just under 300 lots of fantastic comics, mostly individually, with no internet bidding!

We’ll recap this epic sale shortly, after a brief bit of background.

The owner of these comics started collecting as a child, purchasing them from newsstands close to his home. After he read them, they were stored away for safekeeping. How many of us wish we shared his story? Instead, many of us lament that our parents threw out our comic book collections soon after we moved out to carry on with our adult lives! 

He was one of the lucky ones, which is part of what made these comics so rare and valuable to begin with. As an auction house, stumbling upon a collection as complete as this, and being able to bring it to market with absolutely no reserves, was truly like finding a unicorn. This is exactly what brought all the buyers out; they knew that these comic books had been purchased and taken care of by the same person for their entire lifespan.

 The highlight of the collection — and the day — was a copy of Amazing Fantasy 15, widely known in the comic book world as the first appearance of Spider-Man. The bidding began fast and furious with an in-house bidder opening the bid at $20,000. Between the large crowd and the bidders on the phone, the bidding quickly jumped to over $30,000. No one wanted to give up on what they considered a priceless gem of the comic book community! 

The comic book finally landed with a sale price of $36,800, a wonderful price for a comic that has not been graded. In fact, none of the books up for auction that day had been graded. The owner had just kept them stored well and wanted to simply let them go to other collectors who would appreciate them.

 This was only the beginning. Here are some other big moments from this massive day at Bodnar’s Auction: 

  • A copy of X-Men #1, in excellent condition, went for $9,200. 
  • A copy of Tales of Suspense #39 brought $6037.
  • A great copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 was sold for $8,337.
  • Daredevil #1 was hammered down for $4,887.
  • Avengers #4 sold for $4025.
  • Fantastic 4 #48 went for $2760.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #14 fetched $1725.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #2 sold for $1380.00. 
  • In total, the first 15 items at the auction sold for over $75,000!

At the end of the day, 274 lots were sold, totaling over six figures. The owner of the collection was thrilled, and everyone was able to take home a piece of this fantastic collection.

Bodnar’s Auction conducts monthly multi-estate auctions at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, N.J. Every month features over 500 lots of toys, dolls, and trains, in addition to an impressive selection of fine personal property, antiques and collectibles. 

Our next auctions will take place on July 27 and August 15, 2019. For more information about our legendary New Jersey toy auctions and other exciting sales, visit www.bodnarsauction.com or call 866-349-7378.

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I’m happy with everything Joe and Janet did, you were both informative and were very helpful with the questions I had being that I was never in that position before. Janet’s response time was also positive for me. It was interesting to watch the auction live. I thought you did an amazing job and had a nice banter back and forth. You seem to be a good team! Thank you for all your hard work and making this difficult time of letting  my deceased father’s collectibles go an easy experience.

Kim F.

I would like to thank you for including me in your online sale.
Everything from none contact drop off, to none contact pick up, was handled with the outmost professionalism.
I appreciated your clear communication after the sale with a printout and an explanation of when I’ll receive my check.
Overall I was very please with the prices my jewelry achieved, some lot  went for less then I expected, others went for more, it’s all in the average.

Thank you very much

Michal F.

I come to your auctions often. You and your staff are great. Your change to an online auction on 4/9 is just another testament to your fine character and being thoughtful of others. The items are great no doubt, but a big reason I keep coming back is due to the culture you have created. Thank you. Art

Art F.

Thank You Joe! We Had a Very Good Experience With Your Team! 8/15/19

Carry G.

Sold in July 18, 2019 sale and Overall Pleased!

Frank D.

I received the proceeds from the Auction and wanted to again thank you and your team.  Everything went so smoothly and you all did such a great job from start to finish.This was an overwhelming experience for me and you made everything so easy.  I have been recommending you to everyone!

Thank you again for helping me; your kindness was very much appreciated.

Debbie B

Five Stars!

Samuel P.

Great deals and great company

Armand P.

Love this service! Great deals if you know what to look for!

Anthony D.

As I said once before, Wonderful People Work here. Thanks too all for your constant help. One Huge Look Auction!

Michael L.

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