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Old February 15th, 2007   married guy is offline   #1
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Default Your comic owning horror story

Everybody's got 'em. What's your collection horror story?

Mine is when my stepfather took my collection and threw the lot in the trash while I was away.

Savage Sword of Conans, Defenders, Avengers, Justice League, Justice Society, and a Phantom collection that started with issue 14 and ran through to the early 50s.

Stuff that would cost me a fortune to replace even if I could find 'em.

I'm STILL pissed at him about it.
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Old February 15th, 2007   SaneHal is offline   #2
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Mine was when in 1985 my parents bought me a box of comics from the local auction there were probably around 250 issues inside. Every single one of them were in fine condition or better and the best (worst) part is that again every single one had a 10 cent or 12 cent cover price, lots of them had warbonds ads in them plenty of mainstream DC books.

Of course at the time I was only 9 or 10 years old. I was stupid as well as poor in the spending money department, $2 a week allowance won't buy much junk food.

Any ways within a few months of getting this box of comics and after reading them all I proceeded to sell them in bunches of 10 or 20 at a time to the local 2nd hand store for 10 cents each. So I in essense traded away god knows how much money worth of golden and silver age books for about a dozen each of bottles of Rootbeer, bags of Ketchup chips and frikkin twinkies.

I will never live it down or forgive myself.
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Old February 15th, 2007   Chris Hansbrough is offline   #3
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mine was ust this winter while I went on vacation. power went ut ad blew a fuse that ran the climate controlls for my room. needless to say freezing temperatures combined with humidity from evaporating snow and ice during the day outside damaged a good 75% of my collection
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Old February 15th, 2007   Starba is offline   #4
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Not my story, but I did hear about a guy whose collection was almost entirely destroyed by the flooding from Hurricane Katrina.

Just more proof that if you want to take care of your comics, you may as well buy a lockbox in the Rockies or forget about it!
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Old February 15th, 2007   Holiday is offline   #5
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I know my brother had at least a long box of comics ruined when he left his window open on a summer day and we had a freak rain storm and it soaked his box. Luckily the bags and boards saved most of them, but he had some Amazing Spiderman issues (298-300 and a few others) that got destroyed. He has gotten most of them back through buying but still was pretty upset.
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Old February 15th, 2007   ConnorFan is offline   #6
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I put a bottle of laundry detergent on top of my comic boxes but apparently I didnt notice that the bottle was cracked... the lid to my boxes werent tight for easier access and well you can imagine what happened.
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Old February 15th, 2007   Peter Bardyn is offline   #7
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Probably the time I spilled a bowl of cereal on a stack of new trades (most were aquired for dirt cheap on clearance but it still sucked)
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Old February 15th, 2007   Chris D. is offline   #8
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I traded Action Comics #1 for a Klondike Bar
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Old February 15th, 2007   Marky is offline   #9
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Over 100 issues of Transformers comics on one garden fire.

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Old February 15th, 2007   Greg Owens is offline   #10
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I sold a bunch of comics when I started seeing my first serious girlfriend in high school. I'm kicking myself now a little bit but what can ya do?
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Old February 15th, 2007   RainKing is offline   #11
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Not necessarily horror stories, but here are a few.

1. When I was in high school, my family had a cat the used one of my long boxes as a litter box one time.

2. About 10 years ago I received a Mark Bagley Spider-man print in the mail through some type of Marvel or Wizard promotion. The print arrived in a plain manilla envelope which was difficult to open, so I used a pair of scissors to cut it open and ended up cutting a 1/2 inch strip off of the bottom of the print. I was very angry with myself.

3. My Marvel & DC Treasury Editions are MIA. I don't recall getting rid of them and I fear they may have been lost when my parent's moved to NC back in 1996. I dearly miss my Superman Vs Shazam, Superman Vs Spider-man, ans Superman Vs Wonder Woman.
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Old February 15th, 2007   troialover04 is offline   #12
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hey marriedguy! my stepfather did the EXACT same thing to me when i was 16 - threw away (knowingly) SO many of my comics -
every justice league comic i had from issue 160 something to the final ones from JL detroit - all my thundercats comics, all my original legion of superheroes -
and like you, i am still VEX to this day about that -
luckily he aint still married to my mother
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Old February 15th, 2007   Devlyn16 is offline   #13
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Old February 15th, 2007   jasonleo is offline   #14
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I sold a bunch of comics when I started seeing my first serious girlfriend in high school. I'm kicking myself now a little bit but what can ya do?
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Old February 15th, 2007   Matches is offline   #15
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I traded Action Comics #1 for a Klondike Bar
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Old February 15th, 2007   Can1 is offline   #16
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