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    Four Color (Series One) #16 Mickey Mouse (#1) (Dell, 1941) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white to white pages. This is the first Mickey Mouse comic book, and if you doubted that a NM- copy even existed, we certainly couldn't blame you. The Overstreet Guide doesn't even list a value for grades above 8.0, and therefore it doesn't appear in the "top Golden Age books" list, but we doubt anyone would dispute this issue's status as one of the top 20-30 comics in the hobby.

    When we were fortunate enough to offer the second highest-graded copy in 2007, the 8.5 specimen sold for $23,900. The copy presented here was auctioned last year, and sold for $65,725! If you've seen the fairly rough copies that usually come onto the market, the attractive edges and even blue background of this one will come as a revelation. The book features Floyd Gottfredson's "Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot," which premiered in the funny papers.

    This copy would have to rank among the best single copies of a Disney book from this era ever offered, and as such we expect spirited bidding. Overstreet 2009 VF 8.0 value (highest value listed) = $15,000. CGC census 10/09: 1 in 9.2, none higher. From the Gary Keller Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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