NEW YORK – The Billy Wright Collection, a newly CGC-pedigreed collection—featuring five of the top six comic books in the hobby, all unrestored and all offered without reserves—leads the way in Heritage’s Feb. 22-24 Vintage Comics and Comic Art Signature® Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 E. 79th St. (at Fifth Avenue).
“While a relatively small collection of little more than 300 comic books,” said Lon Allen, managing director of Comics Auctions at Heritage. “The Billy Wright Collection represents not only five of the top six comics in the business, but also 45 of the top 100 comics overall, all unrestored.”
Those top comics include Detective Comics no. 27 (DC, 1939) CGC FN+ 6.5, the first appearance of “The Bat Man” (Estimate: $475,000+); Action Comics no. 1 (DC, 1938) CGC GD/VG 3.0, the most important comic book ever published (Estimate: $325,000+); All-American Comics no. 16 (DC, 1940) CGC VF 8.0, the debut of Green Lantern (Estimate: $125,000+); Batman no. 1 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5, a superb copy of the first official Batman comic (Estimate: $125,000) and Marvel Comics no. 1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VF- 7.5 (Estimate: $125,000+).
In complement to the Billy Wright copy of Detective no. 27, Heritage will also be offering another copy of the famed comic book, this one in a lesser grade, CGC 2.0, estimated at $80,000+, giving collectors two chances to own one of the greatest comic books of all time.
Collectors will also take special note of the amazing Curator Pedigree run of Fantastic Four comics, led by a superb CGC 9.4 graded copy of Fantastic Four no. 5, estimated at $55,000+.
“Not much is known about this collection,” said Ed Jaster, senior vice president of Heritage Auctions, “but many experts agree that the Curator books are among the best Silver Age Marvel comics available, and many of these FFs are the highest-graded copies in existence.”