Phil-Comics final British comic auction of the year offers great range of rarities

eBay comic auctioneers Phil-Comics final sale of the year is running now, closing this Sunday (12th December) – and includes a bumper range of British and American publications and ephemera – some 550 items in all – some of them quite rare, some unique.

Here are just a few highlights, including a few of the many comics offered with their Free Gifts…

Beano Book 1940 Facsimile Edition from 2004 Limited Edition #0127 of 2000
Beano Book 1940 Facsimile Edition from 2004 Limited Edition #0127 of 2000
Broons Book / Annual 1956
Broons Book / Annual 1956
Magic-Beano Book 1947 with most spine missing, but complete
Magic-Beano Book 1947 with most spine missing, but complete
Bunty Book 1962 Rare Printing Plate
Bunty Book 1962 Rare Printing Plate

“This is one of the rarest items we’ve sold,” says Phil. “Apart from one or two similar items (owned by DC Thomson) and displayed in a Beano exhibition a couple of years ago, we’ve not seen any others apart from around ten or so that appeared on the market around 12 months ago.

“This one came from that small (almost certainly a one-off) stash, in which we were told a former employee of DC Thomson, who was selling them, ‘acquired’ them decades ago whilst they worked for the publishing giant Thomson.

“The item is small, measuring approx 2.5 x 1.5 inches and weigh 100g (quite a weight for a small item). I’m not sure what metal it is but it’s solid and no doubt the rarity of these stems from the fact that they were produced for that week’s printing and then melted down to be re-used (and of course never meant to leave the premises in someone’s pocket).

“This one shows the cover of the 1962 Bunty Book and would have been used as the printing plate for a small advert in the weekly Bunty, or another DC Thomson publication, promoting the annual. The detail is superb. A couple of very small dents but otherwise in nice shape.”

Marvel UK The Avengers comic #68-93 (1975) Jan-Jun x 35
Marvel UK The Avengers comic #68-93 (1975) Jan-Jun x 35
Buster comic Club Membership Pin Badge 1960s
Buster comic Club Membership Pin Badge 1960s
Buster Book of Gags 1971
Buster Book of Gags 1971
Captain Scarlet Badge 1960s Spectrum Shade TV Century 21 comic Gerry Anderson
Captain Scarlet Badge 1960s Spectrum Shade TV Century 21 comic Gerry Anderson
Countdown Holiday Special comic 1971 featuring Doctor Who
Countdown Holiday Special comic 1971 featuring Doctor Who
Dandy No. 1662 - cover dated 29th September 1973 +Free Gift Squeaky Squawker, Unused
Dandy No. 1662 – cover dated 29th September 1973 + Free Gift Squeaky Squawker, Unused
Penny No. 1 - cover dated 28th April 1979 +Free Gift Mouse in Cheese Pendant
Penny No. 1 – cover dated 28th April 1979 +Free Gift Mouse in Cheese Pendant
Toby comic No. 1 - cover dated 30th January 1976 + Free Gift Blow Up Dog, Unused
Toby comic No. 1 – cover dated 30th January 1976 + Free Gift Blow Up Dog, Unused
Superadventure Comic Annual 1970 DC Comics featuring Superman and Batman
Superadventure Comic Annual 1970 DC Comics featuring Superman and Batman
TV Century 21 Special Agent Badge from the 1960s Comic - you had to send away for these, they cost 2/6d at the time
TV Century 21 Special Agent Badge from the 1960s Comic – you had to send away for these, and I seem to recall they cost 2/6d at the time
The Man From Uncle Shield Pin Badge No. 11 (1960s) Lone Star
The Man From Uncle Shield Pin Badge No. 11 (1960s) Lone Star
UFO Anglo Card Gum Cards x 12 (1970) with gum wrapper Gerry Anderson
UFO Anglo Card Gum Cards x 12 (1970) with gum wrapper Gerry Anderson

Run by Phil Shrimpton, Phil-Comics specialises in vintage comics and related items such as annuals, holiday specials, free gifts and original artwork.

Holding monthly eBay auctions, often with 500+ listings, they aim to bring a diverse array of items – and are always on the lookout for vintage comic collections, either to buy or auction on commission.

• Check out the latest auction items at ebay.co.uk/str/philcomics

• Bidding on items in this auction begins to close on Sunday 12th December 2021

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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