"This is just one of those collections that all the guys in the business think don't exist anymore," said Lon Allen, the managing director of comics for Heritage Auctions, the Dallas-based auction house overseeing the sale.
The Action Comics No. 1 — which Wright bought when he was about 11 — is expected to sell for about $325,000. A Detective Comics No. 27, the 1939 issue that features the first appearance of Batman, is expected to get about $475,000. And the Captain America No. 2 with Hitler on the cover that had caught Rorrer's eye? That's expected to bring in about $100,000.
Allen, who called the collection "jaw-dropping," noted that Wright "seemed to have a knack" for picking up the ones that would be the most valuable. The core of his collection is from 1938 to 1941.
Man, all the older generations in my family ever did with comic books is throw them in the trash or use them to mop up oil leaks on the driveway!
I'm certain that with them were at least a couple issues of the original Mad comics. I left them at home when I went off to work after college. My parents moved around that time and the collection disappeared. I always believe that the movers stole them or even possibly my Mother thinking I had no use for them gave them away.
Sigh. I bet others have had similar experiences.