"The Rocket Copy" is an original-owner copy of Action Comics #1 that was purchased by a then 13-year old off the newsstand in 1938. It is called "The Rocket Copy" because the 13-year old counterstamped the book with a red-ink rocket ship imprint. Action Comics #1 is, of course, considered one of the holy grails of comic book collecting, and copies of this book routinely break the million dollar threshold at auction (see "'Action Comics' #1 CGC 8.5 Sells for Record Sum").
"Finding any copy of Action Comics #1 is a great day at the office," said Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster. "From the newsstand to our current auction, this treasure has never left the family of its original purchaser. Which is just one thing that makes this a truly unique find."
Original-owner provenance, in any form of collecting, makes a big difference in value at auction. As a recent example, in 2021, a 9.8 copy of Marvel Spotlight #5 went for an absolutely astronomical number at auction (see "First Appearance of Ghost Rider Sells") partially due to its high grade and original-owner provenance. "The Rocket Copy" not only has an original-owner provenance, but also a unique counterstamp.
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