(From The Telegraph) Walter Yakoboski scraped together nearly every penny he made as a cook in 1979 to begin buying a small collection of rare comic books for $10,000 (£6900), hoping his boyhood passion could one day pay off as an investment.
That day may soon be here.
Mr Yakoboski’s copy of Amazing Fantasy No 15 from 1962 – which introduced the world to Spider-Man – could fetch $400,000 or more when it goes up for auction later this month.
“This is the first time I really sold anything,” said Mr Yakoboski, 60, who wants to use the proceeds to buy his late father’s 17-acre vegetable farm in Calverton on eastern Long Island.
He insisted that the fact that he was recently laid off as a supermarket baker after more than 27 years is not the reason he’s selling now.
“I have had it for 36 years and it’s just time,” said Mr Yakoboski, who is also is selling a 1963 Spider-Man, as well as two Fantastic Four editions and a Justice League of America, which combined could bring an additional $75,000.
But the crown jewel is the Amazing Fantasy issue, which Mr Yacoboski originally bought for $1,200 in 1980. Its cover, featuring a price of 12 cents, shows Spider-Man clutching a villain in one arm and swinging from his web with the other.