It’s reached the point where Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ pop culture auctions are highly anticipated industry events, and the Comic, TCG & Toy auction slated for Saturday, September 25, 2021, is shaping up as one of the firm’s best ones yet. It’s bursting with over 450 lots of pop culture treasures, pulled from prominent collections across the United States.
“I’m proud to say 2021 has been the greatest year to date for the pop culture department at Bruneau & Co.,” the company’s Director of Pop Culture Travis Landry said. “Looking back over the past six years, it’s incredible to see where we have grown and how the market has grown.” Landry also appears as a pop culture appraiser on TV’s Antiques Roadshow.
“This will be the fourth pop culture sale of the year, with two more scheduled before the new year,” Bruneau & Co. president and owner Kevin Bruneau said. “I’m sure as always it’s going to draw a crowd. Comic and toy auctions are by far some of the most exciting we have when it comes to having an active and energetic crowd. It helps that we have many great items.”
The auction will have the usual fine selection of rare comic books, Pokémon items and Trading Card Game collectibles, but there are a few surprises in the mix as well, like a large, single-owner collection of Steiff animals and dolls (including two Emile Jumeau dolls), which will be offered at the end of the sale. Also sold will be five lots of Mattel Hot Wheels redline.
The sale’s expected top lot is Fantastic Four #1 CGC 4.5 (estimate: $15,000-$20,000). The book features the origin and first appearance of the Fantastic Four and Mole Man and ushered in a new level of realism in the medium. It was the first superhero team created by artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby and editor/co-plotter Stan Lee.
“The Fantastic Four #1 walked through the door during our weekly Tuesday morning appraisals in the hands of the original owner,” Landry said. “The best part was, he hated it. He was a big Western fan, but he wanted to see what ‘Marvel funny books’ were all about. It was the only Marvel book he kept. Luckily for us, and for him, he kept one of the best comic books possible.”
Fantastic Four #48 CGC 8.5, featuring the first appearance of Silver Surfer, with Galactus in a cameo on the last page, has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Also, a copy of X-Men #1 CGC 0.5, featuring the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto, should finish at $3,000-$5,000.
Incredible Hulk #180 CGC 9.0, featuring the first appearance of Wolverine in a cameo on the last page, plus an appearance by Wendigo, is expected to hammer for $3,000-$4,000; while a copy of Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 8.5, also featuring appearances by Wolverine and Wendigo, graded, should hit $5,000-$8,000.
Star Wars fans take note: a copy of Star Wars #1 CGC 9.8 with white pages, around the same time as the release of the legendary feature film, and featuring Part 1 of Star Wars: A New Hope movie adaptation, is estimated to hit $3,000-$5.000.
Pokémon lots include the 2000 Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Gym Challenge first edition factory sealed booster box, showing only minimal shelf wear, intact and wrapped tight in WOTC branded cellophane, (estimate: $8,000-$12,000); and a 2001 Spanish Pokémon Base first edition Charizard holographic trading card BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ (estimate: $800-$1,200).
The auction has a start time of 10 AM ET. Doors will open at 8 AM. Live, in-house bidding will be reserved for active bidders only. To save a seat, call (401) 533-9980. Previews will be held Thursday and Friday, September 23-24, from 9 AM to 4 PM, by appointment only. COVID-19 regulations will be strictly enforced. For an appointment, call the number above, or email to email@example.com.
The Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers gallery is located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay.
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as 0%. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, email or call the contact information mentioend above.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Comic, TCG and Toy auction on September 25,visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted often.