I was an avid comic book collector as a kid. I had a notion that the rags I was collecting might someday be worth something, so I stored them all in little plastic bags. I don’t know what they’re worth today, but I’m sure that it’s far less than I was hoping when I was a kid.
But that wasn’t the case for Michael Rorrer who recently found 345 comic books neatly stacked in a basement closet as he cleaned out his great-aunt’s Virginia home after her death. He didn’t know that they were collector’s items and sat on them for a long time. He mentioned something about them to a friend at work and discovered that he had a collection worth millions of dollars. Among the rare comics he had found were the first appearance of Superman (1938) and the first appearance of Batman (1939). At a recent auction the Superman sold for $299,000 and the first issue of Batman for $523,000. By the end of the auction, the comics had sold for $3.5 million.
Read the rest here.