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    Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC FR/GD 1.5 Off-white to white pages. Opportunities to secure an attractive, unrestored original-owner copy of Batman's first appearance almost never present themselves, and this one made our jaws drop when we unpacked it.

    The eye appeal is very strong, front and back, and superior to some other unrestored copies we have offered with higher technical grades. Of course you'll notice CGC's comment "Cover detached and completely split," but note that the spine is split neatly, and the split is not due to brittleness. In fact, the page quality is quite nice.

    This copy has never been offered for public sale before, and it hails from the same collection that produced the Detective #30 and the Action #7 in this same auction.

    This would certainly be an excellent candidate for professional restoration, but the appeal here is such that the winning bidder could well choose to enjoy it "as is" -- we certainly got a thrill examining it before it was certified.

    It doesn't appear that many more heretofore unknown copies of this book will surface. If current trends continue, unrestored copies of this book will soon be unavailable for sums below "high five figures," with higher-grade ones commanding six figures. There will not be too many chances to get one before this book becomes the exclusive preserve of the "money is no object" collector.

    This monumental comic book issue is number two on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Books list, and increased its lead over number three Marvel Comics #1 during the past year. This book had the #1 spot for a while in the early 1990s, and since many favor Batman over Superman, it's not inconceivable that it might retake top honors one day. Overstreet 2009 GD 2.0 value = $37,000. CGC census 4/09: 1 in 1.5, 16 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 912171003 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    May, 2009
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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