When valuing comics, there are a number of factors that are taken into consideration – age, character, title, quality, and so on.  While it is great to hear stories of people who have discovered a cache of valuable comics, it’s also nice to hear about those who stumble across a lost treasure in their own attic.

George Toman was cleaning out his attic and stumbled across a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), that he bought way back in the ’60s for a dime.  After taking it down to Chimera’s Comics, Toman was informed the comic was worth approximately $12,000 – due to the fact it was stored in an attic without any kind of protection.

Toman, a software analyst at Xerox, will more than likely get around $10,000 after the store takes its cut.

via La Grange Patch


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  1. Avengers#4 and X-Men#1 for about 25 cents at a garage sale in the summer of 1969. Five years later, i got married and moved out of my parent’s house. I hid my special comics really well in the attic. They moved… without my comics. Every Avengers, Spider-man, Daredevil, and X-men up to 1970. I wonder if anyone has found my “stash” of comics in an attic somewhere in Houston, Texas! (Alas, no Amazing Fantasy #15.) Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish, and Journey Into Mystery… etc.
    Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ironman, Silver Surfer, Sub-mariner… every FF from #5… (I didn’t do DC in those days.)
    Moral to the story… don’t get married.

  2. That guy doesn’t look nearly old enough to have bought Amazing Fantasy #15 for a dime. I’m forty, and that book came out 7 years BEFORE I was born. You have to figure that any one who bought the thing off the stands is at least fifty years old, even allowing for second-hand comic sales. He looks 25…

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