13 Magnificent Holy Grail BATMAN COLLECTIBLES

EXCLUSIVE: From the creators of The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman

One of the most anticipated books of the year for Batfans is The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman, a jam-packed, 415-page compendium of historical essays, photos and, naturally, price guides.

The softcover, from Gemstone Publishing, is out Nov. 13 and we’ve got some EXCLUSIVE coverage planned for you – especially considering how much time we’ve spent on Batman’s 80th anniversary this year. (Click here for much more on that.)

In any event, I asked the editors of the book — chiefly Carrie Wood and Amanda Sheriff — to provide us with a list of the 13 most valuable Batman collectibles. Thing is, generally speaking, that would largely limit the list to comics and comics art.

So, to give you a sense of the broad nature of the book, the editors instead came up with a more general list of particularly key Batman items from across different categories — or what I’ve chosen to call 13 HOLY GRAIL BATMAN COLLECTIBLES — along with their values.

Dig it — and keep an eye out for more EXCLUSIVE coverage of The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman coming soon to 13th Dimension.



— Detective Comics #27 has sold for up to $2,800,000.

— Batman #1 has realized $830,000.

ORIGINAL ART (Comic Book and Comic Strip)

— Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2: Original cover art by Frank Miller sold for $478,000 at Heritage Auctions.

— Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #3: Page 10 splash by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson sold for $448,125 at Heritage.

— Batman and Robin Sunday comic strip from 1946 sold for $28,680 at Heritage.


Joker costume worn by Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman recently sold for $91,575 at Prop Store.

Batsuit Michael Keaton wore in Batman Returns sold for $41,250 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions.


— Ideal Super Queens Batgirl (unopened) in near mint condition has reached $17,925.

— Marx Bagatelle game prototype in fine condition realized $11,825.

— Ideal Official Batman & Justice League of America Play Set (opened, nearly complete) has sold for up to $10,755.


— Batman 1966 TV show concert poster for Shea Stadium: $13,750.

— The New Adventures of Batman and Robin serial six-sheet reaches $18,600 and the three-sheet goes for $8,950.


 — The Adventures of Batman and Robin for SNES sells for $600.

The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman is 416 pages and is published by Gemstone Publishing. It’s due in comics shops Nov. 13 and booksellers by the end of the month. The book, which lists for $30, can also be ordered directly through Gemstone. (Click here.)


 — The 80th Anniversary TOP 13 GREATEST BATMAN STORIES EVER – RANKED. Click here.


Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. The SNES game sells for $600!?! I had no idea! Is it rare?

    I had no idea this book was coming out either. It’s now on the Christmas list. Thanks as always for keeping us in the know, Dan!

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  2. Wow, I got that Batman / Justice League playset for Christmas 1966! I still have some items from it including the Thunderbolt figure.

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    • I wanted that thing SO bad! After seeing it in the Sears catalog, I’d go down to the local department store just to stare and drool over the thing. Looking at that pic just now, is it me, or are the Superman, Batman and Robin figurines’ poses based (with some vague modification) on the Aurora figure kits?

      Such an odd assortment of supporting character figures, too. Pictured (L to R) are: Mouse Man, Joker, and The Key to the left of the JLA Sanctuary HQ, and to the right of it are Johnny Thunder’s magical Thunderbolt, a 2-headed dragon man (not sure where from), and The Thinker. Mouse Man is a pretty obscure Wonder Woman villain, and JT’s Thunderbolt isn’t even a villain, at that point I think having only appeared in a couple of issues of JLA. I would bet dollars to donuts that the 2-headed dragon man isn’t just some random figure, or that tall, skinny robot either — I just can’t identify the specific comic books they came from.

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  3. Even thought I am a very, very casual collector, I will definitely be getting this. I can spend many hours just flipping through something like this.

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  4. I can’t believe they didn’t include the 1966 Ideal Batman Utility Belt in this! When I was a kid, that was IT! It may not go for as much as a Frank Miller splash page, but… man, did I feel like I was Batman while I was wearing it!

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