Here it is folks. No, it’s not those ’84 Gobbledygooks nor is it that shifty Gold Turtlemania. Fittingly, that title belongs to a TMNT #1, 1st print. The one and only book in CGC 9.8, it’s the highest graded TMNT book ever!
You may be wondering what’s so special about it. I mean quick searches on ebay will yield books that can be had in the hundreds, if not low thousands. So what’s the big deal?
That CGC 9.8 label is the big deal. CGC has become the world authority on graded comic books. The higher the score on a 10 point scale, the closer to perfection your book is. To finally have such a rare book in incredible condition has comic geeks salivating. So how much is it worth?
Estimates from numerous high end comic collectors/experts agree that if this book went to auction, it would fetch $20,000 – $30,000!! With the last 9.6 selling for nearly $10,000, I really think those numbers are VERY likely.
And of course as the fates would have it, the owner of the book doesn’t even like the TMNT. He only bought the book back in ’84 from his LCS because the guy behind the counter was so persistent. So he buys it, flips it open, sees no color, and quickly closes it. He puts it away not to be seen again for another 25 years or so. He hears about this new fangled CGC thing, sends in his book, and now has basically won the lottery! As of now, he plans on holding on to it to pay for his kid’s college education one day. I’ll let you know of any developments.
The Turtle Doc crew is invading the great sunny California on Thursday the 12th of March. This is great news for us! We are all Canadians…. and right now its cold up here, so needless to say we are digging into our “summer clothes” drawers to find our shorts in eager anticipation!!
For those TMNT fans out in CA we are looking for you! I will take this time to forward my thanks to our wonderful webmaster here at GoGreenMachine Mr. Reese who’s support with our project has already been wonderful and we look forward to hanging with him in CA soon.
If anyone is interested in having a chat and share their passion for the TMNT while we are in the area please let me know, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org we will be on the road so let us know where you are and maybe we can make it to your location!
We can’t wait! and we are sure all of you will be pumped to see the outcome of our interviews in CA! We will be blogging as we go, over on the turtledoc.com site, updating who we have interviewed and so on.
Previews is (the comic industry’s monthly catalogue magazine) featuring Michael Dooney’s original Archie miniseries! Archie are reprinting this book with all new colors for the 25th Anniversary of the TMNT! Its appearance in Previews means that it will be in stores and available to purchase in May. Tales of the TMNT #58 is also listed, featuring the return of the C.O.W.Boys of Moo Mesa! Make sure you get down to your comic shops (or even your online stores like B&N now!) and put in your order!
Just got word from Mr. B over at Mirage: “Tales of the TMNT” #56 will ben in stores March 23rd! Tell your friends, and if you don’t have a comic shop nearby, check out this link for the best places to order online!