The World's Greatest Sets! 2007 CGC Registry Awards Announcement
Congratulations to the Winners of our Second
Annual Comics Registry Awards!
like to thank all of the participants in the CGC Registry and congratulate
everyone on their individual accomplishments in each and every set.
Registry has seen incredible growth in the last year. With more than 5,500
registered sets, more than double the number of sets registered at this time
last year, the CGC Registry is quickly becoming the community where collectors
can really share their collecting passion.
Choose three sets each in five competitive categories Best Golden Age, Best
Silver Age, Best Bronze Age, Best Modern Age and Best Presented.
we had the task of choosing just three outstanding message board contributors. Finally, like last year, we selected one
CGC Registry participant to receive the Award for Overall Achievement in Comics
of judges reviewed all of the top sets across every category in the Comics
Registry and after lots of consideration, selected the following winners.
Congratulations to all!
CGC 2007 Award
for Achievement in Comics Collecting
The winner of the CGC 2007 Award for Achievement in
Comics Collecting is Ghost Town!
Twelve of his beautiful sets are ranked #1. Seventeen
of his sets are 100% complete. His sets focus mainly on Silver Age through
Modern Age with a portion of sets that cross through ages. Ghost Town has put
together high ranking sets of Avengers, Captain America, Fantastic Four,
Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, Tomb of Dracula and Werewolf By Night.
His Amazing Spider-Man set, Daredevil set and X-Men set are all ranked 1st and
all over 60% complete. All of these sets exhibit a great feat in collecting!
Congratulations to Ghost Town!!! View all of these sets and more at Ghost
Best Golden Age
Force Comics - NFBats
This set is for
Batman #1 to #500 plus Annuals. The
collector who has won the #1 Golden Age set this year chose to only go after #1
to #103. He went after it with gusto
and was able to come very near completing his goal, missing only #77 and #78. This set is highlighted by a Batman #1 CGC 8.0.
The grades are very respectable given the extreme difficultly of finding
these books, particularly the 1952-1956 timeframe DC's. Many of this
collector's other sets were very impressive as well, so check them out!
Funaiole – Funi’s Wings
Flying high is
the perfect descriptor for this set!
Wings Comics was published by Fiction House for 124 issues from 1940 to
1954. This set includes every issue
except for #31. Only 5 are certified at less than 6.0 and only 21 are certified
at less than 8.0. Eighty-one of
them are the Highest Graded Copy. A
Golden Age run like this is rare indeed.
Comics - Completist
More Fun Comics
has always been considered by collectors as being one of the rarest DC
titles. This collector has put together
quite a nice run of them. Although
not complete, the fact that many are pedigree copies and the grades of the
books represent quite an accomplishment in collecting.
Best Silver Age
Comic Book Emporium - 4GEMWORKS 1-100 ASM BEAUTIES EMPORIUM
This is an amazing complete set of
Spider-Man’s with some spectacular high grade gems. The #14, tough in
high grade, is a beautiful 9.4.
There are only 2 copies of the #18 graded higher then the killer 9.6
represented here. The #23 is the highest graded copy. The #28, a deceivingly
tough black-cover book to find in high grade and un-restored, is a 9.4 with
only 4 un-restored copies graded higher. Everyone and their mother read Amazing
Spider-Man growing up. That is why high grade copies are hard to find and
extremely sought after. This set is fanboy heaven.
colmoreman – Awesome
Annuals aren't that
cool, you say? Check this set out and change your mind. Most of the Annuals
represented here are the highest graded copies, which is a difficult feat
considering the binding process these square-bound books had to go through at
the printer. Ripples, crunches, scuffs and tears are common and can detract
from the grade, but not these beauties. There are some real toughies here like
the Fantastic Four Annual #1 in 9.6. It is a great set that spans many comic
book eras. Someone find this man a Millie the Model Annual #11!
Finuga – Wings & Mace
Putting together a
high grade Hawkman run is not an easy task. This may be a relatively small set,
but it packs a punch containing 3 of the highest graded copies and also many of
the second highest graded copies. This is a really great set that has come
together since 2005 and looks to be growing in the future.
Best Bronze Age
S. Ireland – The X-Men Complete Set
The Bronze-era books in this set are amazing. Consider that issues #68-93 are
reprints, so not only were less produced than other books at that time, like
FANTASTIC FOUR or AVENGERS, but they were considered virtually worthless for
many years, languishing in back-issue bins. Amazingly, all those issues are
accounted for here in 9.2 or better.
The early era of the new X-Men, from #94-137 are well represented here
as well, despite the expense these issues command. All 9.4's or
better make that run extremely impressive.
Comics – There’s No Escape…
After a 3-year hiatus, HOUSE OF SECRETS resumed publishing
with a new horror motif, abandoning its sci-fi beginning. This highly desired run lasted 74 issues
and not only included great art from legends like Neal Adams, Nick Cardy,
Bernie Wrightson & Mike Kaluta, but brought us the first appearance of the
Swamp Thing in issue #92. This awesome
set contains 64 of the 74 issues, all in 9.4 or above, including #92.
– Good old-fashioned Hellfire
Mere mortals will
well-envy this set of the 70's GHOST RIDER series from Marvel. This series which saw Johnny Blaze
transform into a motorcycle-riding spirit on vengeance lasted for 81
issues. This set has 80 of them
(the last one probably coming any day now) and of those, there are two 9.2s,
with the rest being 9.4 or above, including a 9.9! This impressive set
obviously took a lot of time & energy to assemble.
Best Modern Age
MutantKeys – MK’s Copper X-Men
This is an outstanding collection of modern-age X-Men comics.
Unless the book is a 9.8 or higher it has no place in this collection. Given
the sheer number of books, this is no easy task. Combine this with images and
descriptions for almost every book and it sends this recently added collection
right to the top.
Vantagepoint – Signature Series ASM McFarlane
It has happened again. Last year we were impressed with this
candidate’s signature series run of the Batman “Hush”
storyline. This year’s collection is a remarkable set of Todd
McFarlane’s Spider-Man run. Most are graded 9.8. The thought of trying to accomplish this is enough to make
any serious collector start to sweat.
colmoreman - X-Traordinary
This is a
collection of some the most prominent key X-Men issues and they are in very
high-grade. The collection includes an X-Men #94 in
9.6 and a #95 in 9.8. The rest of this collection is just as solid with most of
the books being in 9.8. This is a collection to keep your eye on, if only to
see what a serious modern collection looks like.
– New Dawn for DC
This is a short set
but exhibits a lot of personal flair!
By starting with a dramatic introduction and giving his personal take on
each storyline we can experience how he felt when he read each issue. This really gives us insight into the
collector's mind and how comics can affect each of us differently. Containing descriptions and front and
back images for all the comics registered, this set’s presentation is
both complete and creative.
Skahan - Star Trek Gold Key CGC 9.4
The presentation of
this set is thorough and detailed.
Each comic described gives specific details of the art and stories
contained within as well as the “pedigree” of where it was
obtained. Though this set was completed
in 2006, the owner has spent time and effort upgrading and updating the
individual comics and descriptions.
Not only is this a great collection of comics, but the details and
images given for every book really make it to stand
out from the rest.
worldsbestcomics – Beautiful
While a short set,
this is definitely one that we could not ignore. From the introduction to the
individual descriptions of the books, this set is excellently presented. The personal collecting story and the
details of the book are cleverly interwoven in a compelling fashion. This set entertains and informs through
the concise descriptions of each book and accompanying images. Even non-collectors will enjoy reading
about this set!
For sharing his wealth of knowledge of the hobby and his awesome
collection with the boards.
For all the fun with Cap-N-Mandi. It was a great idea!
For being a great poster and board member. His love for comics is contagious.
He also had the best shill ever!!!!
– Honorable Mentions
many great participants on the forums, it was difficult to select just three.
So we would like to give honorable mention to the following for consistently
being great community members:
must mention Bangzoom and thank him for posting this Golden
Age Collection thread which certainly stands out as a highlight among the
many great threads started this year.
in Set Type
We would also like to acknowledge
the top set in each set type. See our 2007 Awards Archive page for the Best in
Set Type winners.