It is the second time in the same day that I will be recommending that you dear readers have a look at the collectibles that your grand parents have accumulated. The first time around it was this $6.3 million Bentley (which I admit is an unlikely find if you don’t already know about). However a secret treasure trove of comic books that sells for $3.5 million is a very possible find in any attic or basement.
This is exactly the story of Michael Rorrer who was told that he would be getting his hands on his great uncle’s comic book collection by his aunt but had no idea that they were worth so much. The collection of his uncle Billy Wright (a man who clearly knew how to pick his comics) includes classics such as Detective Comics No. 27 (the one in which Batman debuted) and sold for $523,000. Other classics included Action Comics No. 1, a 1938 issue featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for about $299,000;Batman No. 1, from 1940, sold for about $275,000; and Captain America No. 2, a 1941 issue with a frightened Adolf Hitler on the cover, which brought in about $114,000.
In fact, the collection was mentioned so casually by Michael’s great aunt that he only found it when he opened up a closet in the basement. The collection consisted of 345 comics which sold for a total of $3.5 million. The high prices were obtained since the books were extremely rare but also because they were stored in near perfect conditions. The collection came to Michael through his aunt who recently passed away. The man with the golden touch when it came to comics – Billy Wright had already passed away in 1994 at the age of 66.