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Press Release - July 10, 2012

$3+ Million Doug Schmell/Pedigree Comics.Com Silver Age Collection At Heritage Auctions July Comics Event

The top Silver Age Marvel collection ever offered at auction; complete early runs of Daredevil, Avengers, Fantastic Four and much more, July 26 in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS – The multi-million dollar Doug Schmell/ Collection, featuring the single greatest grouping of Silver Age Marvel CGC #1 Registry sets ever assembled, will form the centerpiece of the vintage comic book offerings in Heritage Auctions July 26 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.

“Almost every comic in Doug’s amazing collection is the single highest graded, or tied for high graded copy according to the CGC Census,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics Auctions at Heritage. “Most every comic is from different prominent pedigree collections – Pacific Coast, Rocky Mountain, Boston, Northland, Curator, Massachusetts, Western Penn, White Mountain, among others – and were assembled with great care and a great eye by Doug.”

Schmell, the owner of, has been putting his high-grade collection together for more than 20 years. A successful comic collector and dealer, he carefully and deliberately selected Heritage when it came time to let go of his personal collection.

“After watching Heritage become, by far, the world’s largest comics auction house, I knew that it was the perfect choice for me to sell my private collection to realize the highest prices and have no conflict for the consigners on my site,,” he said. “I have a passion for many things in life, but nothing like the passion I have had in putting this collection together. I sincerely hope that the collectors who end up winning any of these comics enjoy them half as much as I did.”

“I’ve watched Doug piece together this fantastic collection across the more than 20 years I’ve known him,” said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage, “and already knew that the collection was amazing. When I went to look at the entire collection as a whole, and saw just how expansive it was, I knew I was looking upon a thing of amazing beauty. Given the advance collector buzz, I can safely say that comics aficionados agree.”

Top individual title highlights include X-Men #1 9.8 Pacific Coast, Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 Pacific Coast, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Fantastic Four #4 9.6, Journey Into Mystery #83 9.2, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Daredevil #1 9.6 Twin Cities, Strange Tales #135 9.8 Pacific Coast.

The incredible run titles include Avengers #1-100 (89 are grade 9.8 and 11 are graded 9.6), Daredevil #1-100 (90 are graded 9.8 and 10 are graded 9.6), Fantastic Four #1-102 (94 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Journey Into Mystery #83-125 (40 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Strange Tales #101-168 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales of Suspense #39-99 (All are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales To Astonish #36-101 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Thor #126-200 (72 are graded 9.8 and 3 are graded 9.6) and X-Men #1-66 (61 are graded 9.8 and 5 are 9.6).

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