Comics Auction Watch – Star Wars #1

A copy of Star Wars #1 (Marvel, 1977) 35-cent issue, CGC-Graded 9.6 condition, is up for auction this month at Comiclink.com. It could top out at $35,000 or more,

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Auction Watch!

Comic Link’s Featured Auction for June has begun and, while the main attraction is the some 500 comics from the Rocky Mountain Pedigree, I’ll be watching a CGC 9.6 condition Star Wars #1 (Marvel; 1977) with a very rare 35-cent cover price. I’ve written about the Marvel 35¢ variants in the past, (here’s a link to a site that will tell the whole story) and how they’ve begun to sky-rocket in price in the last few years but this example of Marvel’s first Star Wars comic is probably going to smash previous records.

The CGC census lists this comic as one of only two in 9.6 condition and there are none listed in better condition. Back in 2009, the other Star Wars #1 35¢ in CGC 9.6 condition sold in Comic Link’s November focused auction for $26,250, making it the most valuable Bronze-Age comic. The most valuable until June 30, that is, when this auction ends. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this issue sell for more than $35,000. The auction began on June 9 for a $1 opening bid and already it’s up to a $2,200 with 13 bids. Watch this space for updates.


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UPDATE I June 22, 2 p.m.

As of today, bidding is up to $6,200 with 21 bids. This auction is moving up slowly but I’d expect the bulk of the bids to come in within the last few days. I’m still confident with my prediction of $35K-plus. For now anyway.

UPDATE II July 1, 12:45 p.m.

Well, it’s all over and my guess of $35,000 was a little high. When all was said and done, this Star Wars #1 sold for $21,805 with 48 bids. Still, 21k is nothing to scoff at. I’ll go deeper into this one in this month’s upcoming Back Issue Report.

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