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THE PEDIGREE BOOK TIMELINE
After publishing an article on comic book pedigrees in CBM #32, Matt Nelson felt that an entire book covering all pedigreed collections would be a valuable information source for the hobby. The project began in 2004 with an accumulation of research material, original lists, and backstories for each collection.
In 2006 Matt partnered with Stephen Ritter, who had also considered writing a book on comic pedigrees. At this point the scope of the book expanded to include in-depth analysis of CGC grades and sales reports based on GPA and Overstreet data. It was decided the book would be broken into two volumes, the first covering Golden and Atomic Age pedigrees, and the second Silver and Bronze Age pedigrees.
Shortly thereafter, Arnie Sawyer, who runs a graphic design business in Manhattan and is known for his layouts of the popular Skybox Marvel trading cards and numerous comic company logos, joined the team. As one of the top collectors of vintage comic books in the world, Arnie's knowledge of pedigrees, combined with his talent in graphic design, elevated the project to a new professional level.
In March 2008, Stephen retired from the Air Force and partnered with Matt to form Worldwide Comics. After Matt sold his other company, Classics Incorporated, to CGC and moved to Florida in 2013, he divested his interests in Worldwide, which also moved to San Antonio, Texas. Work on the book was suspended for the next five years.
In 2018 Matt, Stephen and Arnie met to discuss the future of the book, re-evaluating its scope, assessing new layout designs, and ultimately deciding on only one volume that would cover every pedigreed collection recognized by CGC. The new format and design can be viewed in the PDF below, which displays the chapter on the Okajima pedigree collection.
Work on the book has resumed, but its completion will take a considerable amount of time and effort. Matt, Stephen and Arnie appreciate everyone's patience, and encourage anyone who has access to stories, pictures or data pertaining to any pedigree collection to contact them. Progress will be posted periodically on the official CGC form thread found here.
Below is a new sample featuring the Okajima chapter of the book. Click on the images to download the full PDF file.