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Selling comics where you stole them.....9811

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https://m.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2019/08/12/burglary-suspects-foiled-by-meddling-comic-book-store-owner


Generally not a good idea
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Collector GanaSoth private msg quote post Address this user
Those two losers need to be sterilized... Wheres Red Son when ya need him.
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
lol you have to wonder what goes through some peoples minds...sheesh
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COLLECTOR Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
Despite what is seen on TV and in movies, the vast majority of criminals are morons.
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Collector Briten private msg quote post Address this user
Glad he got his books back and kept his cool. I would have a hard time staying cool if some one stole my collection and tried to sell it back to me.
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Collector xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
This is a prime St. Louis story because the cops 'jumped out with guns drawn' into a situation with no tension or threat of violence. Glad the owner got his books back though. I don't think that place was open when I lived there.
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Collector infinityG private msg quote post Address this user
Glad the guy got back his books.

Best line in the article - "Cops sat the woman at a table in the back of the shop, questioning her as a cardboard cutout of Batman glowered over the scene." lol
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Glad he got his stuff back.

I've been the victim of theft two times, and the time some of my comics were stolen was by far the worst. When something you collect gets taken, it's somehow more painful and personal than just the loss of money.
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Collector Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
@CatCovers

Not sure about yourself, but after my collection walked away, my need to replace was almost an obsession.
The replacing of the books with higher grades, made me feel better enough to move on.

I hope you were able to rebuild your collection with better stuff too.
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Collector CatCovers private msg quote post Address this user
@Bronte Sadly, no.

I used to label my boxes by what was in them. When we moved state to state, we only had room in the car to take the pets and the comics were entrusted to the movers. I wasn't actively collecting at the time, for several reasons that aren't especially germane, so it wasn't until a few months after we were back in Texas that I realized three boxes were missing. There's no doubt one of the movers knew enough to recognize value, but of course with several months having elapsed the comics were gone beyond any hope of recovery. Naturally I checked with the movers, who said they had no idea. I checked with local comic shops, but no one had brought in anything matching. Since the movers go state to state, he probably sold them off in multiple stores across multiple states.

Most all of these comics were bought back in the mid-'80s, when prices were more reasonable. I was working stupid hours and had no major expenses to speak of, so I blew a lot of coin on comics. Particularly once I fell in love with Golden Age.

The three boxes were:

Box 1. X-Men 94 through X-Men 200, including several associated first appearance/important issues, from GSX 1 to the Wolverine miniseries to a very nice copy of Hulk 181. I've rebuilt most of this, though some issues (Hulk 181, for example) in lesser condition.

Boxes 2 and 3: All Golden Age. All-Star, All-Select, Batman, Captain America, various EC titles and more. All in mid-grade or better. About 225 issues altogether. I finally threw away the inventory sheet a few years ago, as it was too painful to keep pulling it out and picking at that scab, but the memorable run was Batman 10 through 45.

I did have one other box with Golden Age, which was unlabeled and thus not stolen, but it was all extras and low-grade copies. Replacing what I lost is well beyond my means right now, what with all the expenses of adulting and parenting.
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Collector Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
@CatCovers

Thank you for sharing.

Arent you the one with new house and new comic / collectible room?

You may not be able to re create the loss, but in a sense you are starting fresh. I dont think I'd be strong enough to rebuild at all if I suffered a similar loss.
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Collector Instant_Subtitles private msg quote post Address this user
Hearing @CatCovers had lost it makes my 2012 feel universally insignificant. And has me wish the comic book shop owner was the founder/owner of the Transformers fansite where the issues happened. To shorten the story, there is one fansite out there where I was scolded by the founder for calling his star contributor "the worse fan I have ever met." The person I said it to has created issues for others that did what I have done, which was publicly correct him on a silly piece of trivia. And I also said it because he was asked, for 3-4 hours straight, to leave me alone so I could enjoy my birthday.

Again, not comparing anything to anybody. But what he did say has me feel that he sounds like the type that would have scolded those who intentionally harm others, even if they gave him free services. And that if they were the same person, I would more than likely have a large lot of key Transformers comics (Marvel of course)being graded. Hopefully ones he even helped me obtain. And not what I am dealing with today when it comes to building a collection of any kind.
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A couple of random thoughts

@Bronte
Thank you for sharing this

Why do collectors store their comic book collections in storage lockers, anyway?

I'm amazed and impressed the police took any interest in this, let alone send several officers to the store for sting.
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Collector Gaard private msg quote post Address this user
I keep hearing these stories about comics being stolen out of storage lockers, and I always hope that someday I'll have a big enough collection to actually need a storage locker. (Of course, I used my mom's garage for decades. I guess that's kind of a storage locker)
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@Gaard

In my opinion, its the quality of the collection vs the quantity.
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Collector DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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I'm amazed and impressed the police took any interest in this, let alone send several officers to the store for sting.

Because the couple were responsible for several different storage locker break ins, not just comic theft.
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COLLECTOR Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
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Why do collectors store their comic book collections in storage lockers, anyway?


I didn't have a choice when I was getting ready to deploy to the sandbox. My family was in the process of moving, and I didn't want to saddle them with 20+ long boxes, 10+ graded boxes and random other nick nacks. Believe me, it wasn't ideal, but I tried to place them as far back in the unit as possible and put all my furniture, and other possessions in the front to hide it. I also chose a unit that was climate controlled, and had a solid security system. I didn't tell the storage unit management what I was putting in there other than furniture. I hope to not have to do that again in the future.
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Collector Siggy private msg quote post Address this user
If the world must have thieves, let them be stuuuuuuuupiiiiid.
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Collector IronMan private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by IronMan
Why do collectors store their comic book collections in storage lockers, anyway?


I didn't have a choice when I was getting ready to deploy to the sandbox. My family was in the process of moving, and I didn't want to saddle them with 20+ long boxes, 10+ graded boxes and random other nick nacks. Believe me, it wasn't ideal, but I tried to place them as far back in the unit as possible and put all my furniture, and other possessions in the front to hide it. I also chose a unit that was climate controlled, and had a solid security system. I didn't tell the storage unit management what I was putting in there other than furniture. I hope to not have to do that again in the future.


That's a good explanation Studley. Thank you. For both the explanation and your service to country. Now I understand there are good reasons to use a storage facility for precious collections.... I'd also mention my son is back home for a while because of a new job and we have his stuff in storage. Like you, we also looked for a storage facility that had indoors, climate controlled units with decent security. And the best stuff went into the back If someone breaks in and steals stuff, they will be 20-30 minutes in moving the crap out into the hallway.
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