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Old 11-29-2017, 08:22 AM
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Default Need advice re: consign original art for popular baseball comic strip

One of my best friends, Mike Witte, an artist, co-created daily "Scroogy" comic strip with Tug McGraw for two years in mid-'70s, which was syndicated to over 50 top papers in U.S. The strip was collected in two popular books at the time. Mike went on to be a top illustrator for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker etc. (he's not really famous, however) and drew and appeared on air in recent World Series with his illustrations based on games, also has done portraits of stars for MLB and some at Hall Of Fame. He has all 600 of his original "Scroogy" panels, which are a good size (something like 8 x 16) and now wants to consign at least some of them, signed originals.

I have no idea what to tell him about best way to consign, whether as a few singles to judge interest, or in a group of 10 or 20 or 50 or for that matter the complete run....Also, what would possible bidding interest and value be? Here's one panel and one of the two books. Thanks for any tips.
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I guess I would reach out to the comic/ comic art personnel at Heritage. I'm sure
They would be very helpful.
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They would be very helpful.
+1 that was my first thought
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So is consensus that this is not really a "baseball card/memorabilia" auction house type thing but more of a "comic" thing? Would not do well in the mainly baseball universe? Or what?
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It's cross genre-- fits into two areas. You just have to figure out if it will sell better in a sports memorabilia or comic auction. Heritage does both, so ask what they think.

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One thing to consider would be how Charlie Brown baseball strips do and where they are sold.
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Original Peanuts art sells VERY well, but Peanuts is like the Babe Ruth or Elvis of cartoon art. Though, for this thread, a Peanuts with baseball content sells well in either sports or comic strip auctions.

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One thing to consider would be how Charlie Brown baseball strips do and where they are sold.
And then realize if "Peanuts" is the Major Leagues, "Scroogie" is A ball.

Don't get me wrong it's cool, and being syndicated in 50 papers is more impressive than anything I've done, but 50 papers is nothing, especially in the 1970's, and I would say if you took a poll less than half the members here have heard of it. I haven't and I'm the perfect age and geographic location. If THIS group isn't familiar with it I don't like your chances with the general public, or even sports collectible enthusiasts.

I'd guess he'd do very well to get $100 per panel But hey, it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong about something. The other problem is 600 panels at one time will depress them a LOT. Supply will far outstrip demand so even my $100 per would be very optimistic if he were to dump them all at once.
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Like several other members here, I collect a wide array of items including art, comics and cards. I am familiar with Scroogie but doesn't necessarily warrant a place on any of my walls. You can always test the waters with the largest auction of all and try a few on ebay. Patience will payoff better than an all at once auction. I'd list a few at a time and maybe even consign them. My guess is 50-60 per panel. As mentioned above - I could be off so it's just a guess. Good luck.
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