Some comics collections just aren't complete without a first printing of The Walking Dead #1, even if it might be the worst copy in existence.
Even before Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard's black-and-white zombie survival comic was adaptated into a hit TV series and became one of the biggest pop-culture entities in the known universe, copies of the small first print run of the very first issue were hot commodities among comics collectors. Now that the show's blown up the comic even more, though, people are paying hundreds for even much, much less-than-pristine copies of that landmark comic book. In fact, someone was even willing to pay a hefty chunk of change for the worst-graded copy of the book ever. So far, anyway.
Ebay seller comickings just unloaded a very shabby copy of Walking Dead #1, with a 0.5 grade from the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), for $754 after an auction that garnered 47 bids. To put that in sharper perspective, someone paid more than $700 for a comic that looks like this:
So, how does a book make it from this lowly state to eBay goldmine? Well, comickings provided a bit of backstory:
"All the BS aside…this is one special book! The owner had no clue that Walking Dead comics were worth anything and drove around in his car for months with this book laying in the back seat,the floor board,up in the back window,etc…he thought he threw it away until he went looking through the stuff in his car,are there it was! "
So we have saved this baby from the dumps of Va.Beach,Va. and preserved it for all time thanks to CGC. It may be ugly,but it’s a beautiful in it’s own way. With your high bid,you can give this book the loving home it deserves!"
Well, there you have it. When it comes to The Walking Dead, anyway, one man's trash really is another man's $754 treasure.
(Via Bleeding Cool)