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Press Release - March 4, 2011

New CGC-recognized Twin Cities Pedigree highlights $1,000,000+ Gary Dahlberg Collection at Heritage Auctions

First round of selections prepares for Heritage Comics & Comic Art Auction, May 5, in New York

DALLAS, TX – Heritage Auctions’ May 5 Signature® Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York, will feature a newly recognized pedigree collection, the Twin Cities Pedigree, assembled by the late Gary Dahlberg of Minneapolis, MN.

“It’s definitely the best Silver Age Marvel collection we’ve sold,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage, “and there’s no Marvel collection out there with better page quality.”

“When I saw the Twin Cities books I was astonished by how nice they were,” said Paul Litch, Vice-President of the comic certification service CGC. “The collection runs the scope of Silver Age Marvels and DCs and goes all the way to some stunning Copper Age books – beautiful books, beautiful preservation. Once collectors see them, they’ll understand why we decided to give them a pedigree designation on the CGC label.”

While the collection encompasses more than 6,000 comics, the standout runs from the collection include Amazing Spider-Man #1 and up, Avengers #1 and up, Daredevil #1 and up, Fantastic Four # 1 and up, Journey Into Mystery #83 and up, Strange Tales # 101 and up, Tales of Suspense #39 and up, and X-Men #1 and up. While most attention will likely focus on the Marvels, the collection does have strong runs of every DC superhero title as well. Gold Keys and Charltons from the 1960s are also part of this pedigree collection.

“The CGC grades for the first few books we’ve submitted have been very strong,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Heritage’s Comics division, “but just as important as the technical grades will be that these are very pretty copies. The books just ‘pop’ when you look at them. When collectors see the 9.6 Spider-Man #2 or the 9.6 Spider-Man #4, they’ll know what I’m talking about.”

Dahlberg, who passed away in July 2010, was a meticulous collector who also had the advantage of working at a bookstore as a high school student in the early 1960s, with the opportunity to buy new comics from the store owner before they were put out on the stands.

The inaugural auction featuring the very best books from the collection will be held May 5 at the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion in New York. Public lot viewing will be held in the days preceding the auction. “We encourage anyone who collects Silver Age Marvels to come look at the books in person before the sale – you won’t be disappointed,” Jaster said.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit

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