Of course, none of that happened if your mother convinced you to give your stuff to your young cousins before you even had a wife to make those kind of decisions for you. How many guys have come home from college or, as in my case, the military, to find their collectibles gone?
The Sacramento Bee has the story of one man who did manage to hang onto a comic book he paid 10 cents for in 1939. But this was not just any comic book; it is an almost perfect copy of "Detective Comics #27," the very first comic book in which Batman appeared, and it sold at a November 18 Dallas auction for an astounding $492,937.
Irwin, who traveled to Dallas with his wife and son to attend the live auction, will make roughly $400,000, once the auction house subtracts its commission fee.Seriously, folks. Think about the odds against something like this happening. In 1939, a 13-year-old boy hands a dime to a Sacramento newsstand and takes a comic book featuring a new superhero home with him. Some 71 years later, that same boy, now an 84-year-old man, sells that very same Batman comic book for almost half a million dollars. His mother and wife/wives must have been slackers. (Just kidding, ladies.)
Irwin said he planned to celebrate with dinner in Dallas before returning home today.
He intends to use the bulk of the money from the auction to pay off the mortgage on his Granite Bay home.
"At my age, I'd rather be free and clear so that I don't have to owe anyone anything," said Irwin.