OPINION: McFarlane cover sells for $657,250 record!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 328 cover by Todd McFarlane
So this is the game-changer--the one that everyone will point to when the question is asked, "When did this little hobby of ours turn into a full on investment portfolio?" Heritage Auctions, on July 26, 2012, sold this to Metropolis Comics owner, Stephen Fishler. I feel it's fair for me to discuss the current owner since it was mentioned for all to see on McFarlane's blog. At first glance this appeared to me to be an insane purchase, by a collector, that was never going to see a return on his investment. But Fishler is a prudent buyer--I have seen him pick up many quality pieces over the years at prices that are almost either slighty below or substantially below market. What could be the reason for Fishler's sudden change in purchasing strategy? Maybe he's got a buyer waiting in the wings to give him an even better deal. But one thing that occurs to me is that Fishler, over the years, has put together a museum worthy collection of OA originals and their worth only increases as the market moves up in value on the heels of such an expensive item selling at public auction. Congratulations on making history, Stephen! Link to image at Heritage: http://tinyurl.com/c3exped