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    Captain America Comics #1 Windy City pedigree (Timely, 1941) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. The only thing nicer than seeing the 8.5 on the slab of this key book was seeing the blue "universal" label signifying an unrestored copy! That's because this is one of the most frequently restored comic issues around, with many of the nicest copies (the Mile High copy, for one) bearing purple labels. A mere three unrestored copies of the issue have been certified with higher grades than this gem. This premiere issue is currently #6 in Overstreet's ranking of the most valuable comic books. It's the origin and first appearance of Captain America, written and drawn by the immortal duo of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and graced by one of the most famous and influential comic book covers of all. It also has the first appearances of Cap's sidekick Bucky and the villainous Red Skull. This particular copy has an interesting story behind it: the Windy City collection was assembled by a mailman who liked collecting #1 issues. He amassed a large collection indeed, extending from Famous Funnies #1 (1934) through the early 1960s. While the collection was assembled in Pennsylvania, it was Chicago dealer Gary Colabuono who introduced the books to the market, thus the "Windy City" moniker. The Captain America Comics #1 stands as one of the real gems of the Windy City hoard -- here's your chance to make it yours! Overstreet 2005 VF 8.0 value = $50,000; VF/NM 9.0 value = $95,000. CGC census 9/05: 1 in 8.5, 3 higher.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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