Action Comics #1 (Superman) Found in Minnesota Home
When you are remodeling or renovating a home, there is no telling what you might find stashed away in walls and hidden corners. For one Minnesota man, the treasure that was hiding away in the walls came in the form of the extremely rare Action Comics #1 issue, or the world’s first Superman comic. The comic had been hiding inside the home for nearly 70 years before it was discovered, and it offered a hefty reward to its finder, David Gonzalez.
A Super Rare Discovery
The Minnesota home purchased in 2013 by Gonzalez was a $10,000 investment, making it a pretty severe fixer-upper. When tearing out the insulation, he noticed that the wall was lined with old newspapers and comic book pages. Knowing the potential value of vintage comics, Gonzalez inspected further to find the first ever Superman issue intact. The comic did suffer some damage sitting in the wall for so long, and it was not exactly handled with care immediately after its discovery. Even still, the rarity of the find made it incredibly valuable.
A Valuable Auction
After seeking the help of a collectables trader out of Tampa Bay, Gonzalez had the comic appraised. It ranked at a 1.5 on a scale of 10, but this was still worth a whopping $175,000 at auction. To provide some perspective on the potential value of this particular comic, consider that a near-mint copy sold in 2011 for $2.6 million. Still, Gonzalez was happy to bring in the extra cash, as it more than paid for the house itself and offered some capital to continue the renovations.
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