First-ever ‘Star Trek’ comic book sold at auction for record price
A first edition “Star Trek” comics from 1967 which is in near mint condition was auctioned off for a new record price.
Heritage Auctions, a multinational collectibles auctioneer in Dallas, has put the first issue up for sale at a Doug’s Dell and Gold Key Comics auction on Nov. 3, and the comic reportedly sold for $46,500, according to Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) — a third-party comic-grading service in Sarasota, Florida .
The comic experts at the CGC gave the white page “StarTrek” issue an NM+9.6 rating, meaning it is “a very well-preserved collector’s item with several minor defects in workmanship or handling,” according to the warranty company’s standard grading scale.
“This is the first comic book appearance in the Star Trek franchise, published by Gold Key Comics in 1967,” the CGC wrote in a Friday, November 11 press release.
“This is one of five copies of the CGC census classified as CGC 9.6, with only one classified higher,” the CGC continued. “This sale more than doubled its previous all-time high of $20,400 for a CGC 9.6 sold in 2019.”
The record five-figure price includes the buyer’s premium the winning bidder had to pay, the CGC noted.
Doug Schmell, a comic book dealer and collectorprovided the record-breaking “Star Trek” comic book to Heritage Auctions, the auctioneer wrote in a press release.
Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and George Takei – the actors of the “Star Trek” of 1966 TV show – are depicted on the cover of the comic as Science Officer Spock, Captain James T. Kirk, and Helmsman Hikaru Sulu.
There is also a solo photo of Shatner on the back cover pin-up of the comic.
“To date, only one copy has received a top rating from CGC,” Heritage Auctions wrote under the comic’s product description.
The original “Star Trek” television series aired for three seasons from September 1966 to June 1969 and followed the fictional 23–century of the space crew of the USS Enterprise, a mission ship.
The series won a Writers Guild of America award in 1968 for its “The City on the Edge of Forever” (Season 1, Episode 28), which was written by Harlan Ellison.
Gold Key Comics reportedly produced 62 issues of “Star Trek” in 12 years, according to Heritage Auctions.
The Nov. 3 auction also listed another 480 comics.