It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...a million dollars!

One of the readers here, Bob, emailed me asking if I heard about a Superman comic book that sold for a million bucks.

Having collected basketball cards as a kid, I remember thinking how crazy it was when a Honus Wagner baseball card would sell for that amount. Heck, a Bill Russell rookie card I bought for $45, was once deemed the most valuable basketball card at over a thousand bucks. For some reason, that number dropped significantly years ago.

Any collectable worth a million bucks is worth investigating. So, I checked into the story.

It was a 1938 Action Comics #1.

Now, if you were to give me a million bucks and tell me to buy something with it...I'm going for a Duesenberg or some classic car like that. But I digest (I just ate dinner).

A nice investment on the dime this comic original sold for, with a cool cover showing Superman lifting one of those classic cars.

This price is a new record for the most ever paid for a comic book.

Rock drummer John Dolmayan (System of a Down) paid $317,000 for one of these years ago, but of the 100 that are believed to be in existance, this is considered the best conditioned copy.

You have to wonder how someone can keep something 72 years in such great condition. Maybe it's because baseball cards were so easy to put in our bicycle spokes. You can't really do that with comics.

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Comment by Robert Babb on February 25, 2010 at 3:55pm
I wish one of my comic books was worth half of that Josh! Maybe my stan lee autographed comic book is? Well maybe it is worth 20o bucks any way!
Comment by Josh Board on February 26, 2010 at 1:14am
I've had Stan Lee walk by me at Comic Con a few times, but he had so much security and so many people jumping at him, I couldn't get the signature. But, on a comic book, that's a big score. Nice job.
Comment by Robert Babb on March 6, 2010 at 6:09pm
In my opinion it would depend who signed it and what issue and so on Russ! I have at least a box full of different comic books signed and one i bought from a local comic dealer of stan lee autographed for 25 bucks. In my opinion it is worth at least 50- 75 bucks. Know if if was a number one issue of superman or batman for example it might make a difference.


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