Category Archives: Comic Book Characters and Collectibles

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn In keeping with this issue’s special focus on comic books, it seemed like an opportune time to check in with two of the comic book industry’s leading figures, ComicLink’s Josh Nathanson and Metropolis Collectibles’ Vincent Zurzolo. Both operate in the highest ranks of dealers or comic book-centric auction houses, […]

Star Wars, Comics Dominate in Hake’s Auction

Star Wars, Comics Dominate in Hake's Auction

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Following up on last month’s column, which saw Hake’s Americana & Collectibles on track to set multiple records for the company with Auction #223, the results surpassed expectations. The auction, which closed from Tuesday – Thursday, March 13-15, 2018, totaled $2,357,183. This marked the first auction to surpass $2 […]

Hake’s Sets New Single-Week Record

Hake's Sets New Single-Week Record

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn After setting records with their previous auction, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles looks well on their way to doing it again with Auction #223. The sale, which will close after this issue goes to press, has already been another record-setter for the firm as bids topped the $1 million mark […]

Feast of the Seven Fishes: From Comic Strip to Movie

Feast of the Seven Fishes: From Comic Strip to Movie

Comic Book Characters and Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn It’s 11:52 p.m. on cold January Saturday night in Rivesville, West Virginia on the set of Feast of the Seven Fishes, and director Robert Tinnell is about to lose his mind. The previous night’s shoot went late, so he’s concerned about having gone over budget. He’s not […]

Pop Culture Horizons: Looking at Different Niches

Pop Culture Horizons: Looking at Different Niches

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The theoretical downtime between big auction news events and my own writing deadlines during the holidays granted me a few moments to think about how fortunate I am to work with authors who are excited to share their collecting passions with others: Amanda Sheriff, our Associate Editor at Gemstone […]

Star Wars, Comics, Superman, and Politicals Dominate at Hake’s

Star Wars, Comics, Superman, and Politicals Dominate at Hake's

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The final auction of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles’ 50th year, #222, was held November 14-16, 2017 and it turned out to be the most successful one in the company’s five decades. The $1,754,464 realized eclipsed the previous high mark of $1.3 million, which was set in 2013. It also […]

Beckett Acquires Comic Book Certification Service

Beckett Acquires Comic Book Certification Service

Comic Character Collectibles: December 2017 By J.C. Vaughn Comic Book Certification Service, LLC (CBCS), the company headed by President and Primary Grader Steve Borock, has been acquired by Beckett Media. Long established in the world of certified sports cards and collecting guides, Beckett moves into comic book certification with the acquisition. Prior to founding CBCS, […]

A “Cover Story” That Changed My Life

A "Cover Story" That Changed My Life

Character Collectibles: November 2017 By J.C. Vaughn Sometimes a comic book cover can change your life. Weird, but true. It’s happened to me more than once, if you can believe it. First, a bit of background. If you’ve ever been a serious comic book fan or even known one very well, you’ll already know that […]

Wonder Woman Keeps Making News: Three Comics Top $1.5 Million

Wonder Woman Keeps Making News: Three Comics Top $1.5 Million

Comic Character Collectibles: October 2017 By J.C. Vaughn Pristine Comics realized record prices for a CGC-certified 9.4 copy of All Star Comics #8 and a CGC 9.6 copy of Sensation Comics #1 as they, along with a CGC 9.0 copy of Wonder Woman #1, sold for a combined $1,562,200 on August 27, 2017 on eBay. […]

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Jon Berk Collection Sets Records for ComicConnect

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The world of pop culture collectibles is very far from being a hyperbole-free zone. As a group, we are at least as guilty, if not more so, than many other niches of society. It’s been said that certain parties in the field would describe the actual one-and-only Holy Grail […]