CRANSTON, RI – Anyone who doubts the growing popularity of Magic: The Gathering trading cards need look no further than Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ upcoming winter auction of comics, TCGs (trading card games) and toys scheduled for Saturday, February 26 , starting at 10 a.m. EST. The first five lots – all MTG cards – have a combined high estimate of $135,000.
“It will certainly be an extravagance for Magic: The Gathering collectors,” predicted Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co.’s auctioneer and the company’s director of pop culture. “This is one of the best collections to surface in a long time. It is also a first for a very long time that comics do not dominate the catalog. I can’t wait to see how many new bidders will be attracted to the auction.
The sale, comprised of 427 lots selected from across the country, will be held online as well as at Bruneau & Co.’s gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, RI Internet bidding will be facilitated by popular platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com, as well as bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or Google Play.
The top five expected bundles are MTG cards from a single-owner Virginia collection and all date from 1993. Magic: The Gathering Beta Black Lotus card, CGC 9 Mint grade, a holy grail item for MTG collectors (estimate: $40,000-$60,000). He is idolized for his rapid mana acceleration during gameplay and is famous for his sleek artwork by Christopher Rush.
Then comes lot 219: a Magic: The Gathering Ancestral Recall Alpha card, CGC 9.5 Gem Mint grade (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). Another MTG Holy Grail card, the Power Nine is on most collectors’ wish list to complete, with Alpha the print being the most coveted. As an example of CGC 9.5 Gem Mint, it is one of the best to have sold at public auction.
A Magic: The Gathering Beta Mox Sapphire the trading card, graded CGC 9.5 Gem Mint, has an estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. the Mox Gem Artifact Cards are an incredibly powerful set, rightfully earning their place in the Power Nine. This Mox Sapphireas a sample print CGC 9.5 Beta, is one of the best on the open market, a must-have card.
A Magic: The Gathering Alpha Timetwister the trading card, graduated BGS 8.5 NM-MT+, is expected to change hands for $10,000 to $15,000. When played with the other Power Nine cards, Timetwister becomes a very powerful tool. As an Alpha print BGS 8.5 example, this card is a serious investment for the serious collector’s MTG wallet.
A Magic: The Gathering Beta Time Walk The trading card, rated CGC 9 Mint, earns its place in the Power Nine for the incredibly powerful advantage of taking an extra turn in play. It’s also a serious investment for an MTG wallet (estimate: $7,000 – 10 $000).
“It’s amazing how many different things come into the gallery,” said Kevin Bruneau, President and Auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. “While the Magic: The Gathering collection is very exciting, I always look forward to seeing our comic book wall gallery with all these colors. The copy of Wonder Woman #7 is a great war cover that is sure to spark interest. It will be a fun sale.
The DC Comics copy of Wonder Woman number 7 (Winter, 1943) features a story and cover of “Wonder Woman for President” with art by H. G. Peter. According to the CGC 5 in 3.5 census, only 44 examples are higher. This is a rare and iconic Golden Age DC wartime cover, a rare opportunity for collectors today; in a CDC case (estimate: $4,000-6,000).
A copy of Marvel Comics Amazing annual issue of Spider-Man #1 from 1964 has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. The 72-page comic features the first appearance of the Sinister Six, with appearances from Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Dr. Strange, and the Fantastic Four. It is CGC 6.0 rated, with off-white pages. The CGC case measures 13 inches by 8 inches.
A copy of DC Comics Detective comic #359 (January 1967), rated CGC 8.0 with white pages, features the origin and first appearance of Batgirl and has a Killer Moth appearance. According to the CGC 104 census in 8.0, 180 is higher (estimate: $3,000 to $4,000).
A preview is available by appointment weekdays and day of the sale, with doors opening at 9 a.m. EST. To make an appointment, you can call (401) 533-9980; or, you can email [email protected] Auctions will be available in person, by mail, by telephone or via the Internet, with a buyer’s premium of 20% (or 18% in cash, check or bank transfer).
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has three auctions scheduled for March: a DiscoverIt antiques and collectibles auction on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. EST; a comic book auction held on BidLive.Bruneauandco.com on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. EST; and an online-only Estates Art and Antiques auction on Monday, March 28, starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers always accept quality submissions for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. This would be the perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding the consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can email [email protected] Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Winter Comic Book, TCG and Toy Auction scheduled for Saturday, February 26, starting at 10 a.m. EST, visit www.bruneauandco.com.
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