Comic fan sacrificing $250K Spider-Man collection
Gareth Gaudin, Victoria, B.C. native and avid Spiderman comic collector will be parting ways with his first love of 20 years ago, now eclipsed by the birth of a second child.
Gareth co-owner of Legends Comics and Books in Victoria, B.C., built an impressive collection of Amazing Spider man comics, a passion of collecting that included writing to the editor upon the birth of his first child in 2008 to include her photo in an upcoming issue in the hopes one day, his daughter Enid would appreciate her fathers commitment to his love of Spiderman, and his love to his daughter who would one day inherit his impressive collection of Spiderman comics.
With the birth of a second child due, Gareth and his wife Bronwyn now facing increased parental and financial commitments will be parting ways with Gareth's collection of 20 years.
While the collection of Amazing Spiderman comics are estimated at $250,000.00 a princely sum, the sentimental value most likely is priceless.
One can only surmise what his Legends Comics and Books store is like, perhaps a storefront right out of the Big Bang Theory, with the Sheldons, Leonards, Wolowitzs and Rajeshs types, nerds all, hovering over counters, frantically looking for the latest, greatest and past issues of comics, with the giddiness of a child given their first taste of chocolate.
While some feel hobbyists who collect for monetary gain and investment, never truly understand the mind of a true collector. Collecting can be an obsessive passion, ruining relationships and families.
The mettle of a true collector, is one who knows reality from passion with all things collectible, and in the case of Gareth, reality has set in to let go of his passions for his family, knowing one day, he may get his collection back when financially on solid ground.
Because in the end, Gareth just replaced his passion of collecting for the passion of his family, because family is forever, and you can never put a price on that.