Sale of best Marvel Silver Age comic collection ever offered closes July 26

BEVERLY HILLS – The multi-million dollar Doug Schmell/ Collection, featuring the single greatest grouping of Silver Age Marvel CGC No. 1 registry sets ever assembled, will form the centerpiece in Heritage Auctions July 26, 2012 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

X-men No. 1

This copy of X-Men No. 1, graded a high 9.8, may take top lot honors at Heritage Auctions July 26, 2012 comic book auction. The sale could bring a total of $9 million.

“Almost every comic in Doug’s amazing collection is the single highest graded, or tied for high graded copy according to the CGC Census,” said Lon Allen, managing director of comics auctions. “Most every comic is from different prominent pedigree collections – Pacific Coast, Rocky Mountain, Boston, Northland, Curator, Massachusetts, Western Penn, White Mountain, among others – and were assembled with great care and a great eye by Doug.”

Schmell, the owner of, has been putting his high-grade collection together for more than 20 years. A successful comic collector and dealer, he carefully and deliberately selected Heritage when it came time to let go of his personal collection.

“After watching Heritage become, by far, the world’s largest comics auction house, I knew that it was the perfect choice for me to sell my private collection to realize the highest prices and have no conflict for the consigners on my site,,” he said. “I have a passion for many things in life, but nothing like the passion I have had in putting this collection together. I sincerely hope that the collectors who end up winning any of these comics enjoy them half as much as I did.”

“I’ve watched Doug piece together this fantastic collection across the more than 20 years I’ve known him,” said Steve Borock, senior consignment director at Heritage, “and already knew that the collection was amazing. When I went to look at the entire collection as a whole, and saw just how expansive it was, I knew I was looking upon a thing of amazing beauty. Given the advance collector buzz, I can safely say that comics aficionados agree.”

Top individual title highlights include X-Men #1 9.8 Pacific Coast, Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 Pacific Coast, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Fantastic Four #4 9.6, Journey Into Mystery #83 9.2, Avengers #1 9.6 Pacific Coast, Daredevil #1 9.6 Twin Cities, Strange Tales #135 9.8 Pacific Coast.

The run titles include: Avengers #1-100 (89 are grade 9.8 and 11 are graded 9.6), Daredevil #1-100 (90 are graded 9.8 and 10 are graded 9.6), Fantastic Four #1-102 (94 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Journey Into Mystery #83-125 (40 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Strange Tales #101-168 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales of Suspense #39-99 (All are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Tales To Astonish #36-101 (64 are graded 9.8 or 9.6), Thor #126-200 (72 are graded 9.8 and 3 are graded 9.6) and X-Men #1-66 (61 are graded 9.8 and 5 are 9.6).

To learn more or to register to bid visit Heritage.

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