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Longtime Comic Book Collector Opts to Sell Entire Collection to Send Daughter to College


Nowadays, for 53-year-old vintage comic book collector Al Sanders, somethings are more priceless than reading of super heroes draped in flowing capes, things like seeing his daughter attend college.

Sanders has been a collector of comics since he could remember. Some of which are vintage collectibles that have accumulated to about 5,000 rare articles, from Iron Man and X-Men to Batman and Luke Cage, and Hero for Hire.

“I’ve got them all in 10 boxes, and the boxes in theory hold 500 each,” Sanders told ABC News.

However, Sanders will part with his favorite childhood pastime soon, as he plans to sell his comics to fund his daughter’s college education. As tuition in today’s society has reached scathing heights, receiving a higher education has become more of a challenge for many students but parents similar to Sanders seek alternatives.

According to a Washington Post article, tuition at a private university is now roughly three times as expensive as it was in 1974, costing an average of $31,000 a year; public tuition, at $9,000, has risen by nearly four times.

Luckily, Sanders’ daughter Rose, 16, “is super smart” and is graduating high school early in June to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., this fall.

 “We see all these stories of kids having to take out loans to be able to go. We want to try to avoid that,” he said to ABC News. “If there’s anything that can help defray the cost of her getting started, then that’s what we’re going to do.”
Sanders anticipates traveling to the Emerald City Comicon in downtown Seattle with hopes of selling his massive collection.
“It’s one of this area’s largest conventions,” Sanders explained. “I was going to collect cards from some of the dealers to see if there’s interest from one individual to take the whole collection. I’m looking for somebody who enjoys reading them. When I was collecting them, I was reading them, not thinking about them as an investment.”
He isn’t so upset about parting with his collection, but rather his daughter attend school debt free.
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