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Rare Spider-Man comic sells at auction for record price

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A rare near-mint copy of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 debut of Spider-Man, sold at auction Thursday for $454,100.

Heritage Auctions said that’s the most ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic (as The Associated Press notes, a near-mint copy of the same comic reportedly fetched $1.1 million in a private sale in 2011).

Although the buyer of the 9.4-graded edition wished to remain anonymous, we do know who sold it: 60-year-old Walter Yakaboski of Middle Island, New York, who  picked up the comic in 1980 for $1,200. Recently laid off from his job as a baker, Yakboski plans to use proceeds from the sale of Amazing Fantasy #15 and a few other vintage comics to maintain ownership of the family farm he and his brother inherited a couple of years ago.

“You can’t hold on to something forever,” he recently told the Riverhead News-Review.

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“You can’t hold on to something forever,” he said so he could hold onto a farm.

Holding on to a family farm would seem a little more important than holding on to a funnybook encased in plastic.

I’m not going to argue the priorities, but it struck me as an ironic statement by the seller.

At least it is going to a good cause.

Between a farm and a comic book, I rather protect land over a rare comic book copy. Decisions can be tough but he makes the right decision. It’s just a comic book in the end of the day.

Not a pro grader by any means… but ive enough CGC submissions of my own to eyeball… that is a VERY generous 9.4, the spine discoloration and left upper corner and color chips along the top alone would knock down to a 8.5-9.0 in my opinion… those colors though are definitely amazing.

$450K for a $1200 investment in 1980. That probably outperformed 95% of the stocks out there.

Too bad there are hundreds of guys with 50 NM/MT copies of Spawn #1 and The Death of Superman still in the black bag, in their storage units, who thought they could do the same.

As a big Marvel fan as a kid, I had one of these when I was 12, along with FF1 and many others. I collected Marvel for years. When I got drafted my mom gave them all away, figuring I wouldn’t want them anymore. The kids she gave them to cut them up and wrecked them. They weren’t in mint condition, but I would never have sold them. They reminded me of moments, like my first kiss. If I still had them, I’d still just read them from time to time, to remember.

I have held a copy of this in my hand. I wasn’t born until 1968, but my older brother had most of the early Marvels. This one, ToS 39, early FFs, the mid 60s Batman run when it was hot from the tv show…odd stuff like Magnus, Robot Fighter and the THUNDER agents… He probably had between 5 and 10 thousand comics from the early 60s through about 1970. When I was 6 he sold them all. For 100 dollars, damn it!

I don’t know what’s worse, wishing we still had them…or realizing that he could have held on to them and gotten rich now!

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