Friday, August 06, 2010

Foreclosure to Fortune, Thanks to Superman

Nothing to do with anything, but this story is cool. A family is down, about to lose their house, they're packing up their stuff to move out, and they come across the old comic books in the basement...
A struggling family facing foreclosure has stumbled upon what is considered to be the Holy Grail of comic books in their basement – a fortuitous find that could fetch upwards of a quarter million dollars at auction.

A copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first in which Superman ever appeared, was discovered as they went about the painful task of packing up a home that had been in the family since at least the 1950s. The couple, who live in the South with their children, asked to remain anonymous.

"The bank was about ready to foreclose," said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of and Metropolis Comics and Collectibles in New York. "Literally, this family was in tears. The family home was going to be lost and they're devastated. They can't figure out a way out of this. They start packing things up. They go into the basement and start sifting through boxes – trying to find packing boxes – and they stumble on eight or nine comic books."

Most of the comic books in the box were worth between $10 and $30 but one – dated June 1938 and depicting the Man of Steel lifting a car above his head – was extremely rare. That issue, which originally sold for 10 cents, is considered to have ushered in the age of the superhero.

"It's a tremendous piece of American pop culture history," Zurzolo said. The couple learned online that had brokered the record-breaking sales of Action No. 1 copies for $1 million in February and then $1.5 million one month later. They immediately texted a cell phone picture to the firm's co-owner, Stephen Fishler.

"You couldn't have asked for a happier ending," Zurzolo said. "Superman saved the day." Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure

Don't you wish you'd held on to some of those toys you used to have? If you just had a place to keep everything, and you never threw anything away, your old stuff would become antiques and could support you in your old age. The older, the better.

This ABC News article turns serious.
Most Americans aren't so lucky. Nationwide, more than 1.6 million properties were in some stage of foreclosure in the first half of the year, according to RealtyTrac, up about 8 percent from a year ago but down 5 percent from the final six months of 2009. The couple had recently taken out a second mortgage on their home to start a new business, which failed in the uncertain economy. Mortgage payments were missed and the bank soon came after their home, which became theirs after the death of the wife's father. Fishler had to get on the phone to convince the bank to back off.

"My partner basically had to explain to the bank, 'You'll have your money soon,'" Zurzolo said. "We sent them information about our previous sales and what this could realize."

Cool that these people were able to keep their house.

You can just see them, weeping and digging around in the basement for boxes, "Honey, I wonder if we could get anything for dad's old comic books?" This one was not in perfect shape, that's why it's only worth a quarter million. The article explains that the collectable comic industry is doing well, as investors are uncomfortable putting their money in the stock market. Strange times ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was an avid reader of the DC universe in my youth and had stacks of them at the foot of the bed. At one point, after excessive nagging by my parental units, I threw them away. Who knows how much it would be worth now.

btw, does anyone else find it funny that Rand Paul leads the Democratic candidate by 10 points in the latest polls in Kentucky?

I find it chuckle-icious!

btw, Biden said the other day that the stimulus didn't work because the Republicans stopped them from spending enough.

OK, so he's saying if the Dems had more influence than just control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, they would have spent more than 862 BILLION.

Do us a favor, Joe.

Keep saying stuff like that.


August 06, 2010 2:36 PM  
Anonymous hardy-har-har said...

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August 06, 2010 2:38 PM  
Anonymous shamelessly liberal said...

I'm starting to think maybe electing Obama wasn't such a good idea after all:

"U.S. employment fell for a second straight month in July as more temporary census jobs ended while private hiring rose less than expected, pointing to an anemic economic recovery.

Non-farm payrolls fell 131,000, the Labor Department said on Friday.

In addition, the government revised payrolls for May and June to show 97,000 fewer jobs than previously reported.

"We're seeing an economy that's moving ahead slowly but not creating net on balance a lot of new jobs, and it points to continued expectations the economic slowdown we've seen will probably extend another two to three years, if not longer," said Fred Dickson, chief market strategist at The Davidson Cos. in Lake Oswego, Ore.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent in July. The steady jobless rate largely reflected a drop in the labor force as discouraged workers gave up the search for jobs.

Job growth has taken a step back after fairly strong gains between February and April, putting in jeopardy the economy's recovery.

Growing unease over the health of the economy is weighing on President Barack Obama's popularity and hurting the Democratic Party's prospects of keeping control of Congress in November's mid-term elections."

and that would be the understatement of the year...

hooo boy

we are gonna get an electoral beatin' in November

I'm gonna buy some earplugs so I don't to listen to the GOP laugh

August 06, 2010 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the antics of Senator "Three Stooges" Franken:

Sen. Al Franken immaturely mocked Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor Thursday while he delivered a speech on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

McConnell was delivering a speech on Kagan’s nomination shortly before the Senate voted to confirm her to the high court.

Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces while McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan.

The television cameras broadcasting the speech on C-SPAN remained fixed on McConnell, missing Franken’s antics from the Senate president’s chair.

Franken made fun of McConnell before a crowded public gallery and Senate aides lining the chamber walls. Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion.

After McConnell finished his remarks, he walked over to the dais and addressed Franken.

“This is not 'Saturday Night Live,' Al,” McConnell said, making reference to Franken’s "career" as a comedian on NBC’s long-running show.

I think the Congress could do with a few less Demmocrats.

August 07, 2010 9:35 AM  
Anonymous shamelessly liberal said...

Franken is an embarassment to the country.

August 07, 2010 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franken apologized.

August 07, 2010 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, it's better that he apologized than not but he was presiding over the chamber at the time

no way this guy should be in a position like that

hopefully, Minnesota voters are thinking of ways to get him to resign

what an ass!

August 07, 2010 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Anon, I'm sure there will be a big, big, BIG movement to force Al Franken out of office for being rude while someone was speaking. That almost always happens.

Doesn't it?

August 07, 2010 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Real Liberal said...

Al Franken likely was expressing what millions of people actually think about Republican politicians in Washington.

The location may have been inappropriate, but the sentiment was not.

August 07, 2010 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AlFranken's presence in our government is inappropriate

millions of people?




August 07, 2010 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Al Franken likely was expressing what millions of people actually think about Republican politicians in Washington."

actually, he was more likely expressing what millions of people think of him

you ever seen any of his old bits on Youtube?

few who have consider him leadership material

he's not exactly Mr Class

August 07, 2010 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not exactly Mr Class like you, Anon.

And not nearly as funny.

August 07, 2010 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces"

could Franken be any more gay?

August 07, 2010 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my..."Anonymous", a.k.a. "Shamelessly Liberal", "Real Lieral":
your schizoid personality is really revealing itself..the conversations between yourself would almost be funny if your attempts to hide behind multi-identifications weren't so transparent.

Perhaps you, and other readers of this blog, would find AOL's policy on "Anonymous" entries in their Comments section. My hope is that such a similar policy could be adopted by this Blog's administrator in order to prevent you from dominating the "dialogue", even when it is off-topic, as it so often is because of your unmannerly refusal to stick to the topic.

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August 07, 2010 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOps...I apologize to "Real Liberal". I did not mean to identify you as the same schizoid "Anonymous" who frequents this site ad nauseum. Your comment made sense after all!

August 07, 2010 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Franken:

The Idiotic Idiot Who Acted Idiotic

and hero of Diojeans!

August 08, 2010 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Looks like Anon spent another weekend evening socializing with his favorite folks here on Vigilance.

Anybody who was OK with Joe Wilson's apology for yelling "YOU LIE!" at the President during his address to a joint session of Congress months ago should be much more OK with Franken's apology for a much less egregious failure to maintain the decorum of the office of a member of the United States Congress.

During that same address to the joint session of Congress where Joe Wilson yelled out the President had lied, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-TX held up signs that read "What Bill?" and "What Plan?"

When Obama told the chamber that the "death panel" lie was, in fact, a lie, a Republican member said loudly enough to be heard in the press gallery, "Read the bill" [that bill, Rep. Gohmert] -- a common refrain at last August's angry town hall meetings.

When Obama told the chamber that he had "no interest in putting insurance companies out of business," a Republican member responded with a loud, "Ha!"

Even a GOP member of the Supreme Court, Justice Alito, made faces and spoke against the President during his State of the Union Address, smashing not only decorum but smashing up against the separation of powers designed by the Founding Fathers.

The only GOP supporter to apologize for any of these lacks of decorum directed toward President Obama was Joe Wilson.

Thanks for bringing up the Al Franken flap to remind the good readers here what a bunch of hypocrites Republicans are.

August 08, 2010 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sad thing is, this clown Franken, is not up for re-election so he will be one of the vastly out-numbered Democrats left in the Senate, becoming a senior member and leader of the minority

just think, this jackass clown as a face of the Democrat party

how appropriate that Democrats are symbolized by a donkey

they remind of the JD boys in Pinocchio who morph into braying jackasses

think gay marriage, Arizona's immigration law, health care, 20 billion extorted from BP...

Americans are fed up with the attacks on self-determination

Democrats: it's not for Democrats anymore!

btw, death panels are on the way

Obama used some fancy maneuvering to appoint a health czar without Congressional approval, who has written extensively in support of health rationing

he'll be stopped in November

August 08, 2010 10:11 AM  

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