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Is Rangers Comics #2 the toughest-to-get Fiction House comic book? The data suggests that it just might be.
When it comes to determining the toughest-to-get Fiction House comic books, the elephant in the room is Jumbo Comics #1-8. Those oversized issues are much larger than standard Golden Age comic books and are thus not able to be CGC graded at present. That means they don’t appear on the CGC census, and while the census is by no means a flawless tool to determine the rarity of comic books for a variety of reasons, as a rough guide and under many circumstances, it’s often a reasonable pointer towards what’s tough to get and what might not be. But turning towards the Heritage auction archives for a look at the availability of Jumbo Comics #1-8 is enlightening. Somewhat surprisingly, it appears that at least four or more unique copies of each of those issues have been offered by Heritage over the years, and often they’ve been offered multiple times. It looks like Rangers Comics #2 is even more rare. But there’s a raw Rangers Comics #2 (Fiction House, 1941) Condition: GD up for auction in the 2023 October 19 The Fiction House Comics & Comic Art Showcase Auction #40235 at Heritage Auctions.
There are only four “universal” (not restored) copies of Rangers Comics #2 on the CGC Census, with the highest graded at CGC 6.0 (there are two copies at that grade). One of those CGC 6.0 copies sold in 2021 for $5040. While there are a small handful of Fiction House comics with lower census numbers — notably Jet Aces #4, for example — it’s unlikely that the census is an accurate reflection of rarity in such cases, because the comic book is less collected, of lower value and thus not often slabbed. Taking such factors into account, it appears that Rangers Comics #2 might just be the toughest to get Fiction House comic out there, but there’s a raw Rangers Comics #2 (Fiction House, 1941) Condition: GD up for auction in the 2023 October 19 The Fiction House Comics & Comic Art Showcase Auction #40235 at Heritage Auctions. New to collecting Fiction House or want to learn more? Bleeding Cool is doing an ongoing deep dive into the history behind Fiction House in the run-up to this auction. If you’ve never bid at Heritage Auctions before, you can get further information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related matters.
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