A keen eye can produce superior investment returns when you know how to spot pedigree collection comic books while on the hunt!
In a recent post, I discussed what a pedigree collection is and some of the various types currently listed with CGC. Presently, I would like to take some time to dig into how a collector (like you and me) can find these pedigree books raw and ungraded as we scan through long boxes at stores and conventions or even scroll through eBay. If you know what you are looking for, you may be surprised what you can find!
Pedigree Books with a Cover Signature
Let’s focus on the handful of pedigrees that can be identified by the signature located on the cover. For all intents and purposes, these will be the easiest to spot and verify. Many of the listed pedigrees with CGC do not have identifiable marks and were verified as a group or came with certificates of authenticity in some form when the books were initially put up for sale or auction.
Firstly, the Eldon collection can be identified by the name “Eldon” written on the cover. Most of the books in this collection were from the 1940s and this collection surfaced in the late 1980s.
This is an interesting collection, not because it is focused on DC superheroes during the 1940s but because the collection didn’t include any titles starting with the letters E through O at the time it was graded and auctioned. Could there be more to this collection still out there? Theres only one way to find out! You can identify this pedigree by seeing Harold, Harold Curtis, HC, or HEC written on the front cover.
The Larson pedigree is one of the most rare as it covers the time period around 1936-1941 and includes books like Action Comics #1 and Superman #1. Talk about a perfect time to start collecting! This pedigree can be identified by Lamont’s name written on the front cover or simply his last name, Larson.
This pedigree may give you the highest chance of actually finding one in the wild. Unfortunately, a portion of it was stolen from Recil Macon’s home in the 1990s. The rest of the collection was sold in smaller batches at different times. As a result, it’s hard to say when and where these books ended up! Most of the books have his full name written on the cover and sometimes on the interior pages as well.
Last, but not least, we have the Winnipeg pedigree, which is a collection that was put together by two friends. Later, one of them wrote their name on nearly every cover in the collection. Dennis Kjolso is the name you will see written in pen on the cover if you ever come across this pedigree. It’s important to note that this collection is much newer than most of the others as it starts in the early 1960s and runs through the 90s. It is known for holding some of the highest grade books in that 60s era.
Here’s to running across one or more of these pedigree collections on your next hunt!
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