Did you know that there are only 3 Golden Age copies of Superman graded 9.8 by CGC? It's true. In all the years they've been around and out of the thousands of golden age Superman books they've graded, only 3 have hit 9.8. Incredibly, all of them are going to be up for auction in the current Heritage Signature Auction. The golden age Superman books in this auction are all phenomenal and I'll touch on some of the other books at a later date. For now, as part of my lead up to the spring auctions, let's take a look at these three beauties.
All three of these books have crowded Census numbers for golden age Superman. For #28, there's this 9.8, 1 9.6s, 2 9.4s, 2 9.2s and 6 9.0s. That said, this is a perfectly preserved 9.8 Superman from the Golden Age and it just happens to be a double cover. This book is so nice I think the 9.4 outer cover is under-graded. The yellow on this book practically screams. I think it's going to generate a lot of interest. Even with a crowded high grade census this is a unique book.
The census on this one has this 9.8, 1 9.6, 2 9.4s, 3 9.2s and 3 9.0s I have a hard time believing that there's another copy out there with cover colors this bright. This is also an Eldon Hamann copy. While not an official pedigree, the "Eldon" books are still interesting since they come up often and are easy to spot since they're clearly marked.
Also! I love this goofy cover. What does this old-timey scene have to do with anything?
Speaking of goofy covers… Superman could fly at this point, so why would he be tunneling to China? DC you're so crazy. The census numbers here have a gap at 9.6. There's this 9.8 and then a logjam at 9.4 with 5 copies. Once again, the colors here just pop. It's got perfect preservation.
I'll have more on the Heritage books over the next week or so, I think. Then I'll be ready to talk about the ComicConnect Event auction.