Silver Age Comic Collection, ca. 1965
Much to my parents' sorrow, I was an avid collector in the early '60s. And they were devout Southern Baptists, so they thought it was a waste of time and money. Well, for several years I got away with it. And then one day after about 500 comics or so later, we had a war. And they won the war, but I did win a battle. I told them there was about 150, about a third of my collection that I was not going to part with. I was going to leave home first. Well, my bluff worked. These were some of the better ones that I managed to save.
On the top row we have the first of each issue: the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, and Justice League of America. And on the bottom row we have the second issue of each series. And they're all in tremendous shape. I mean whatever you were doing to hide these from your parents, you've done a great job. If you look closely, a lot of these have a little staple hole in the front.
The corner store druggist was grouchy at times, and we would go in and fan through to see if we really wanted to buy it or not. Well, he decided he didn't like us fondling his merchandise, so he got his stapler... (imitating stapler click) ...and away he went. So we had to buy them unlooked-at.
Well, that is actually not that uncommon. They do detract from the value somewhat because it's all about the condition with these things. But overall, they're in such great shape, those pinholes are of very little consequence. They're in what we call ungraded condition. They haven't been taken by a third party, encapsulated and professionally graded. But the condition they're in, good to very good condition. For this collection, I'd estimate at auction this would be between $15,000 and $20,000.
Well, for 80 cents... (laughing) That's pretty good, huh? (laughing)
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