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World Banknote Auctions Offers Unique Set of 12 Solid-9 Serial Numbers

Several weeks before the sale, bidding has already reached $100,000. A set of 12 US banknotes featuring Solid-9 Serial Numbers, all certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), is being offered at auction. Several weeks before the sale, bidding has already reached $100,000 for the unique set, which is part of World Banknote Auctions’ US Currency Sale 1 being held on February 24, 2023. The set comprises 12 PMG-graded 1999 $10 Federal Reserve Notes with Solid-9 Serial Numbers (lot 1146). It has an

PMG-certified $5,000 Federal Reserve Note Expected to Sell for Six Figures in World Banknote Auctions Sale

The $5,000 note from Dallas represents a rare opportunity for collectors, with only 28 known to exist. A $5,000 Federal Reserve Note is at center stage in an auction of more than 200 US notes certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®). Bidding is already underway for the World Banknote Auctions US Currency Sale 1, being held on February 24, 2023. Leading the sale is a 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note (Dallas) graded PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated (lot 1164), with an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000

CGC-graded Golden Age Nedor Comics Offered in Heritage Sale

Classic comics from Nedor, Better and Standard Comics are found in Heritage Auctions' Thrillingly Exciting Heroes of Nedor Comics sale in February. Some of the earliest Golden Age comics published by Nedor, Better and Standard Comics, which are graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), are being offered in a February sale. Bidding is already underway for Heritage Auctions’ Thrillingly Exciting Heroes of Nedor Comics sale, which will be held February 23, 2023. Standing out in this auction i

CCS Announces Faster Submission Turnaround Times

Now between just 4 to 15 days, CCS has greatly reduced its turnaround times for pressing services. Classic Collectible Services® (CCS®) is very excited to announce faster turnaround times for our comic book and magazine pressing services. The significantly improved turnaround times are the result of a concerted effort to increase capacity and streamline workflow while never sacrificing our high standards. These turnaround times are for CCS pressing services only and do not include additional C

NGC Special Labels and Designations for the 2023 American Women Quarters

The 2023 coins recognize the achievements of Bessie Coleman, Jovita Idar, Edith Kanakaʻole, Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Tallchief. The US Mint is releasing the new American Women Quarters, which feature renowned women whose accomplishments helped shape the United States. The 2023 coins recognize the achievements of Bessie Coleman, Jovita Idar, Edith Kanakaʻole, Eleanor Roosevelt and Maria Tallchief. The multi-year program will run through 2025. Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) is offering a

CGC Featured Comic of the Month: Avengers #8

Variants: A UK price variant edition was released in 1964, and a facsimile edition was published in 2023. What makes it special? This issue is the first appearance of Kang the Conqueror, who, in the comics, is Nathaniel Richards (a distant relation to the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards) from the 31st Century. After discovering Dr. Doom’s time travel technology, Nathaniel travels back to ancient Egypt, where he was known as Pharaoh Rama-Tut, and eventually returns to the future where he conquers

CGC Registry Featured Set: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Before they were a hit Saturday morning cartoon for kids, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first introduced in comics as a dark, noir team of mutant vigilantes. CGC Registry member pubmonkey has four early issues of the original series in a radical CGC 9.8 grade! CGC has certified thousands of the first edition versions of these four books combined, and none has graded higher than CGC 9.8. Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first published as a

Vern Riffe School pep rally celebrates Special Olympics team

Students at the Vern Riffe School in Portsmouth came together on Thursday to celebrate their VRS Cardinals Special Olympics team in a pep rally at the school. “For the past couple of years we’ve been limited in what we can do. We finally got the OK to open up the gym and play ball,” said Rita Arthur, coach of the VRS Cardinals. “It’s more of a celebration for our kids here at the Vern Riffe School to get back to playing basketball. We want to let the kids know it’s OK to be kids again.” The seas

Starrett hired as SCDD Special Olympics basketball coach

After two years without games, the players of the Scioto County Special Olympics are excited to get back on the court. Traditionally the students and adults have played in the same league, but this year they’ve been separated into their own divisions. To start things off, the Scioto County Development Disabilities has hired Brandy Starrett as the new coach of the adult Special Olympics basketball team, known as the Shooting Stars. Starrett is a former substitute teacher at SCDD’s Vern Riffe Scho

CGC Comics and CGC Trading Cards Attending London Comic Mart on February 5

We'll be accepting submissions and answering questions at the Royal National Hotel on February 5, 2023. Representatives from Certified Guaranty Company™ (CGC®) and CGC Trading Cards® will be accepting submissions and discussing CGC services for comics and trading cards at the London Comic Mart, being held at the Royal National Hotel in London, on February 5, 2023. The London Comic Mart has been an established event for more than 30 years, offering rare and exciting comic books and other collec

PHS students learn about local prevention services

Students from Portsmouth High School took a field trip to participate in the Youth Impact Prevention Summitt at Shawnee State University, on Jan. 19. Zac Nance, student behavior intervention support specialist at Portsmouth City Schools, took a diverse group of Portsmouth High School students to participate in the Summit to discuss the drug and suicide prevention services that are offered in our community. Because it was a youth-led event, students from 10 local school districts had the opport

CGC and CSG Attending Emerald City Comic Con

Submissions are being accepted for comic books, video games, trading cards and sports cards at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on March 2-5, 2023. Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), CGC Trading Cards®, CGC Video Games™ and Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) are attending Emerald City Comic Con, at the Seattle Convention Center Summit in Seattle, Washington, on March 2-5, 2023. Company representatives will be accepting submissions, answering questions and providing information on CGC and CSG s

Rare Morgan Dollars Certified by NGC Offered in Heritage Sale

An 1893-S Morgan Dollar is one of over 400 NGC-certified US coins offered in the Long Beach Expo auction on February 9-12, 2023. Rare Morgan Dollars are among over 400 US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) that are available in an upcoming Heritage sale. Bidding is already underway for Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo U.S. Signature Coins Auction, scheduled for February 9-12, 2023. Standing out in this auction is an 1893-S Morgan Dollar graded NGC MS 64 (lot 3774). There

CGC-graded Dell and Gold Key Comics in Upcoming Heritage Sale

Many classic comic books featuring popular characters from Walt Disney, Looney Toons, Scooby Doo and more, and certified by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), are offered once again in Doug’s Dell and Gold Key Comics Showcase Auction Part II on February 16, 2023. Among the auction’s top highlights are a Four Color #291 graded CGC 9.6 (lot 82100) and a Four Color #318 graded CGC 9.6 (lot 82106), each starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck. Dell had been publishing comic books since 1929, and in th

CGC-graded Action Comics #1 Sells for a Record $3.55 Million!

The “Rocket Copy” has set a new price record for Action Comics #1 and is the third-highest for any comic book. The first million-dollar comic book sale of 2023 has arrived! The famous “Rocket Copy” of Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1, which is graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), set a new record when it was sold for $3.55 million in a private deal brokered through ComicConnect on January 24, 2023. Published in 1938 by National Press, Action Comics #1 launched the Golde

CSG and CGC Attending Front Row Card Show and Accepting Submissions

The companies are accepting submissions of sports cards, trading cards, video games and comic books at the Front Row Card Show in Las Vegas on February 4-5, 2023. Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®), Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), CGC Trading Cards® and CGC Video Games™ are attending the Front Row Card Show, at the Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 4-5, 2023, as the show's exclusive grading partner for sports cards, trading cards, comic books and magazines! The show will incl

CGC-graded Hulk and Avengers Lead ComicConnect Auction

CGC-certified books with the first appearance of Wolverine and the return of Captain America are featured in a February sale. Many Marvel and DC key issues that are graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) can be found in the February Mega Monthly auction on ComicConnect, which ends on February 2, 2023. Currently leading the auction is an Incredible Hulk #181 graded CGC 9.8, featuring the first full appearance of Wolverine, after his cameo introduction in Incredible Hulk #180, which is als

NGC-certified Russian Coin Sells for More than $400,000 in Stack's Bowers Auction

The rarity was one of four NGC-certified coins that each sold for six figures in the Stack's Bowers NYINC sale in January 2023. A rare Russian coin that is certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) was the top-seller among hundreds of ancient and world coins offered in the NYINC auction presented by Stack’s Bowers on January 13-14, 2023. The Russia 1835 Imperial Family 1.5 Roubles graded NGC MS 63 and pedigreed to the Sigma Collection (Session D, lot 22212) sold for $408,000. Its obvers

Elementary students explore learning through VR

Students at Portsmouth Elementary School are taking a field trip to the swamps and mastering floating geometric shapes thanks to new virtual reality technology in the classrooms. The school introduced new VR technology this year in Regina Flinders’ 5th-grade math and Megan McGraw’s 5th-grade science classrooms. “We’re doing life science right now, so we’re learning about habitats and ecosystems of living and non-living things. So the students will go through a pond ecosystem, and they had to te

PES students learn to be heart healthy

Students at Portsmouth Elementary School were paid a special visit by a pack of friendly dragons on Thursday, Jan. 19, to learn about the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge. “This is basically getting kids doing physical activity, and at the same time raising money and having different challenges throughout the week. We’ll be playing in gym class and talking about raising money and how staying active keeps your heart healthy,” said Portsmouth Elementary Gym Teacher Kristen Bradsh
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