Book of the Day - 2/5/04

Captain Marvel #13 Mar 1969

- Overstreet 2006 (9.2) NM- Price: $18 -

What a nice high grade comic cheap?  This comic makes Book of the Day not because of anything significant in the comic itself but because you can find literally hundreds, probably thousands, of these in high grade.  The reason?  Chuck Rozanski, owner of Mile High Comics, discovered (or "fell into" based on your opinion) a warehouse full of unread of 1960/1970s comics.   1.7 million to be exact.  This collection became known as the "Mile High 2" (MH2) collection (Mile High 1 being the discovery of Edgar Church's remarkable Golden Age collection in 1977).  Based on comments by Rozanski, there was one individual issue that had 10,000 copies in the collection.  He has never indicated what issue this was but the rumors indicate that Captain Marvel #13 heads the pack.  Near Mint copies have for years been available from Mile High in the $5-10 range; very cheap for a Mile High 1960s comic!  Currently, you can get a copy from them for $15 but wait awhile and it'll go below $10 again whenever Chuck decides to have his next sale.  The copy has also made it into the general comics market and is generally easily found in high grade for cheap.  So for those that want a nice 1960s comic but don't want to pay Silver Age prices?  Look around and get this on the cheap.  Just don't expect it to appreciate much if you're the speculator type.....

One other note on the MH2 collection.  When it was discovered, Rozanski offered what he said was the best 10-15 copies of each issue and sold them at the 1985 San Diego Con complete with certificate of authenticity.  For years these were given a sort of pedigree status in the collecting community and  premiums were paid by collectors wishing to own one.  Recently though, Rozanski has "found" in his warehouse what he claims are MH2 copies and has been submitting them to CGC for certification complete with label notation.  Now whether you believe these copies are actually from the original MH2 collection is up to you.  But regardless, he has stained all those collectors who paid premiums for the certificates at the '85 SDC and cast a pale over the whole collection....