Collectors’ News Roundup 5/04: Auctions, NFTs, & Pokémon

by Sarah Lee

043021C_2-300x157-1 Collectors' News Roundup 5/04: Auctions, NFTs, & PokémonAuctions, records, and Pokémon, oh my! Just this past week, we saw NFTs continue to explode, a rare Pokemon card set a record, and Queen Elizabeth’s golden Wii. What’s next, collectors?

So much happens in the world of collecting from day to day that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. We’ve decided to start rounding up those stories each week to help keep you in the know. Welcome to Collectors’ News Roundup!

Rest in Peace:

John Paul Leon Dies at 49: The beloved comic artist known for his work on titles like Static, Earth X, and Batman: Creature of the Night, has passed away at the age of 49. The news was confirmed on Sunday by multiple people in the comic industry, including DC Senior Editor Chris Conroy. The cause of Leon’s death is currently unknown at this time.

Hot Auctions:

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  • MAY 2021 MEGA MONTHLY- ComicConnect: Bid on Bidders can go after the first appearance of the Amazing Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 CBCS 5.0, Thor’s introduction in Journey into Mystery #83 CGC 6.0, the Man Without Fear’s debut in Daredevil #1 CBCS 6.0 (Ohio Copy), the Punisher in Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.6, and Dr. Strange in Strange Tales #110 CGC 4.5, as well as many more items. This auction ends May 18-20. Read more!
  • Online Catalog: 2021 May 6 – 8 Spring Sports Catalog Auction – Dallas #50041: There are a few days left to bid on a large selection of sports cards. Ty Cobb, Christy Matthewson, & Cy Young… the gang’s all here! Read more! 
  • Kurt Cobain: Images from Final Photoshoot Being Auctioned NFTs: The images from the final formal photoshoot of Kurt Cobain are set to become non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and will soon be auctioned off.  Photographer Jesse Frohman launched a new website for the auction, which opened 5/3. The website describes the photoshoot, dubbed “The Last Session,” at length. This includes how Cobain was four hours late due to being ‘holed up in his hotel room’. The auction ends May 7th at 6pm EST. Read more!
  • Collectible sneakers: Pair worn by Michael Jordan up for auction: Sotheby’s will put the NBA champion’s 1984-1985 Chicago Bulls season sneakers up for auction in May, as enthusiasm for collectible sneakers grows. It is estimated that the red and white “Air Jordan 1” sneakers could go for at 100,000-150,000 Swiss francs. Read more!

queen_gold_wii-1-280x300 Collectors' News Roundup 5/04: Auctions, NFTs, & PokémonNews from the World of Collectibles:

  • Marvel Promises Biggest Change To Fantastic Four Member Since 1961: Is it the Human Torch? That’s what a Fantastic Four-related page grabbed from the new Marvel Previews suggests.  We have a promise from Marvel. We will be getting the biggest change to a Fantastic Four member since the comic book debuted 60 years ago.
  • The Final Fate of Queen Elizabeth II’s Fabled Golden Wii Is in Your Hands: The novelty alone of a 24-karat golden Wii is enough to inspire plenty of jokes. Many didn’t even know this system existed or forgot about it.  Given that only one genuinely golden Wii exists in the world, however, this could be someone’s chance to own something truly unique.

  • What are the most expensive NFTs sold so far? You might be surprised. Fifth place, CryptoPunk #7804 (algorithm-generated pixel art image of an alien) came in at $7.57 million. #1 is way higher than that! Check out the list here.
  • People are now dropping $20,000 on digital collectible racehorses: Zed Run is the latest digital collectible company leveraging blockchain technology to create a platform where people can buy, trade, breed, and race digital collectible racehorses. People are dropping some serious money on these digital animals, too. Read more!

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  • New record! Rare Collectible Pokémon Card Auctioned off for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars:  An ultra-rare collectible Pokémon card with The Pokémon Company’s president’s likeness on it, and with his autograph right on it, sold for almost $250,000. Just goes to show you: Pokémon is still going strong even after 25 years. Read More!

Take a Look:

  • Comics Legend Louise Simonson Recalls Her Marvel Publishing Past: In a conversation spanning her early days at Marvel, creating Power Pack, working on X-Force, and the power of the X-Men animated series, Simonson emphasized the most compelling way to attract readers—characters.
  • Star Wars Day 2021: Disney+ Celebrates the Star Wars Saga With Fan Art Takeover: “May the Fourth” be with you: fan art from a galaxy not so far, far away is taking over Star Wars landing pages on Disney+ in celebration of Star Wars Day 2021. Disney and Lucasfilm announced Friday that in honor of the fan-started annual holiday, commissioned fan art will decorate the Star Wars hub and the landing pages of Star Wars movies and series from May 4 through May 9. Read more!
  • Indie Comic Creators Refile Lawsuit Alleging Disney Stole Iron Man Armor Design: The Lai brothers had an Image comic book series called Radix that ran in 2001 and 2002 and featured state-of-the-art armor designs. The brothers feel that Marvel has taken advantage of their distinctive designs by using them for Iron Man and Ant-Man’s armor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more! SIKTC_issue_1_cover-196x300 Collectors' News Roundup 5/04: Auctions, NFTs, & Pokémon
  • ‘Something Is Killing The Children’ TV Series Reportedly In Development:  According to insider Daniel Richtman, a television adaptation of Something Is Killing the Children is in development. Created by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera in 2019, Something Is Killing the Children is published under Boom! Studios. The series synopsis reads as follows:

    When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it MUST be done.

    What do you think about NFTs? Did we miss any exciting stories? Tell us in the comments!

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