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The Ambler Collection of Original Golden Age Comic Books (390)

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $26,100.00

Auction Description Addendum #1: Please note that after checking the interior page count of every comic in the collection, we have found one comic in the collection (Marvel Mystery Comics No. 74) which appears to have a couple of pages missing from the center.

Auction Description Addendum #2: We have discovered that all six "Millie the Model #2" comics in the collection are error issues. While the covers of all six are indeed "Millie the Model #2" covers, the interior pages in each of these comics feature a "Silly Seal and Ziggy Pig" story in error, as manufactured by the printer. All six issues have the same printing error.

Presenting "The Ambler Collection": an untouched, unpicked-through, unseen-since-the-1940s original collection of 390 "Golden Age" comic books, which were assembled in the 1940s by an extremely devoted youngster. He saved his treasured childhood collection for the past 50+ years and has personally consigned the collection in its entirety to be sold in this auction. Each book was read and handled, but not abused. The formal naming of this collection as "The Ambler Collection," referring to its safe storage for so many years in Ambler, Pennsylvania, is in part in jest. Many of the most significant original-owner comic collection finds, such as the "Mile High Collection," are given names which forever refer to their provenance. We understand that "The Ambler Collection" is not really one of the all-time finds in the history of comic book collecting. We are having a little fun. But it is also true that it is quite a rarity at this late date to find a freshly discovered original-owner collection of such magnitude in the hands of its original owner: a total of 390 books in all, offered as a single collection, with each and every book book in its original state, with no pressing, recoloring, flattening, replaced staples, or any of the other various modifications that are so common with books from this time period. This collection is a comic book collecting time capsule. We would call it a "shoe box collection" but anyone whose ever seen 390 comic books from this era knows that they don't fit in a shoe box. A section of a closet was devoted to storing this collection, where they have been safe from the elements for all these years. They are not Mint, but they are in very pleasing and highly collectible grades as detailed below. We have selected six books among the numerous highlights to be encapsulated and professionally graded by CGC. A complete list is available upon request. Some of the many highlights include: 1) Action Comics #65 (Gd), 93 (Vg), 105 (Gd); 2) Air Fighters Comics Vol. 1 #10 (Gd-Vg) & 11 (Gd-Vg); 3) All-American Comics #53 (Vg), 57 (Gd), 63 (Vg), 70 (Vg), 71 (Vg), 82 (Gd); 4) All-Flash Quarterly #2 (CGC GD-VG 3.0); 5) All Star Comics #9 (CGC GD-VG 3.0) & 12 (Fr-Gd); 6) All Winners Comics #9 (Fr); 7) Batman #31 (Vg), 32 (Gd-Vg), 35 (five-inch front cover tear, otherwise Gd), 38 (Fn-), 39 (Fn), 40 (Gd); 8) Blonde Phantom #12 (Gd-Vg); 9) Captain America Comics #12 (CGC VG+ 4.5); 10) Comic Cavalcade #20 (Fr); 11) Detective Comics #109 (Vg), 114 (Vg), 119 (Pr-Fr), 127 (Gd-Vg); 12) Donald Duck Four Color #29 (Gd); 13) The Human Torch #2-1 (CGC VG+ 4.5); 14) More Fun Comics #107 (Gd); 15) Green Lantern #19 (Fr); 16) Leading Comics #7 (Fr); 17) Marvel Mystery Comics #46 (piece missing from back cover, otherwise Gd), 70 (Vg), 74 (Gd); 18) Spy Smasher #5 (top staple is detached, otherwise Gd); 19) Star Spangled Comics #13 (Gd), 72 (Gd+), 73 (Gd-Vg); 20) Sub-Mariner #21 (Fr-Gd); 21) Superman #20 (covers detached from bottom staple, otherwise Gd-Vg), 24 (CGC VG-FN 5.0), 30 (CGC VG 4.0) 45 (Gd-Vg); 22) Wonder Woman #4 (Pr-Fr), 16 (Vg-Fn), 21 (Gd), 24 (Fr), 25 (Vg-Fn), 26 (Gd); 23) Zoot #7 (Vg). The balance of the comics in this collection range in grade from Poor to Fine, averaging Good overall. This is an extraordinary collection of comic books, both in terms of quantity and quality of titles, representing a very unique and exciting collecting opportunity. A complete list of the collection is available upon request, and can easily be provided by mail, fax, or email in a spread sheet. Total 390 comic books. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000.

Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $26,100.00


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