Occasionally you catch an interesting story and you find a distinct connection that you never knew was there, and never expected. I was recently reading a story about an amazing sports memorabilia find and along the side bar was a link to a story about the highest graded Action Comics #1 up for auction so I took a look. I have never been a comic book collector though I have read them and just about anyone who has spent time around comic books or comic book collectors know that Action Comics #1 is the first appearance of Superman.
A lower graded copy sold for $2 million, the only comic book to ever top that price, and this particular copy is a CGC 9.0, the highest graded AC#1 ever. While reading the story I saw that the owner, Darren Adams, owns a comic book shop named Pristine Comics. The name rang a bell but I couldn’t place it right away. I took a look at the auction and scrolled through the auction details and got to the bottom where Pristine Comic’s address is and it hits me like a ton of bricks.
Pristine Comics is located inside a store called West Coast Sports Cards in Federal Way, Washington. A place I called my LCS for nearly 15 years when I lived in the Seattle area. I knew Darren when he ran the first incarnation of West Coast Sports Cards on the corner of 320th and Pac Highway across the street from Sea-Tac Mall in Federal Way, he later moved up the hill to a larger location which is where he opened the Pristine Comics section inside of the sports card shop.
I hope the sale goes well for him, the auction is currently sitting at $1.75 million after 21 bids and over 7 days left on the auction. With this being such a high profile auction they are only allowing pre-approved bidders to keep the bids honest. I like that a portion of the sale is going to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a foundation that is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries, something that is personal to me.