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    Captain America Comics #1 San Francisco Pedigree (Timely, 1941) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. Not just one of the most sought-after comics in the hobby, but one of the nicest copies ever seen of it, and from one of the most famous collections! That combination puts this among the most desirable comic books Heritage has auctioned to date.
    The distributor markings combined with the "Tom Reilly" stamp in the middle of the back cover identify this as being from the storied San Francisco pedigree collection. Many a Golden Age collector ranks this pedigree near the top, with some putting it behind only the Edgar Church/Mile High hoard. And the story of the collection being brought into a show in Berkeley, California in 1973 has entered collecting lore. However, this Captain America #1 has not been seen by the hobby at large since that day, nor was it ever certified until now.
    We have always loved Bob Overstreet's description of the significance of this book: "Simon & Kirby's most classic creation; a patriotic paragon that set the comics market reeling. A trend setter." And Jim Steranko summarized the impact: "the classic heroic figure -- the comics had found a reason to exist... Captain America was an unprecedented success. The first issue sold out. The super hero business became the comic publishers' Holy Grail."
    A top seller it may have been, but that doesn't mean copies are readily available now. Heritage has at times gone an entire year without offering a single copy. And this ranks as the best one we've ever had by two grade increments.
    Unfortunately you can't share the experience we had of enjoying this copy "raw" in just a mylar and a board, but by all means zoom in on our scan to your heart's content, and if your mission is to find a flaw you will have a very hard time doing so. And as you compare it to other Captain America #1s in our archives pay special attention to the back cover -- the backs of this issue always seem to have some sort of smudging or darkening but on this San Francisco copy the quality shines through.
    And that's true even compared to other pedigree copies, of which we have offered a few in our day. It's particularly noteworthy that the Mile High copy is no competition for this specimen, being both a couple of grades lower and restored. The two copies that are even with or ahead of this one on CGC's census are also pedigrees: the 9.8 Allentown and 9.4 Denver copies.
    Any comic fan knows the famous Adolf Hitler cover, one of the most famous comic book covers ever. Nor would any collector fail to know that this is the first appearance of the Red Skull as well as of course the first appearance of Captain America and Bucky, all by the immortal creative team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
    But you could argue that the last decade has taken Captain America to an even higher level of pop culture celebrity -- he has after all been the star of three solo movies since 2011 and appeared in multiple others, including some of the highest-grossing movies of all time such as this year's Avengers: Endgame.
    As we have quizzed some of our top clients on their want lists in recent years, one of the most common requests has been for a high-grade, unrestored Cap 1. The problem has been, of course, that they almost never change hands these days. Well, this one definitely will change hands as it is being offered without a reserve, so do what you must to make sure you're the one taking possession!
    Overstreet 2019 NM- 9.2 value = $500,000. CGC census 8/19: 2 in 9.4, 1 higher.


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    August, 2019
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