$85,000 In Comics Stolen From One Vendor At Tampa Bay Comic Con

rickcomic_17711223_8colRick Whitelock of New Force Comics has reported to police, $85,000 worth of comic books stolen from Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend, including  two copies of Amazing Fantasy #15, CGC rated at 5.0 and 4.0, and priced at $19,995 and $15,995.

Chris Spata of Tampa Bay Times reports that one box that was delivered with the rest of Rick's stock at the show to his booth was locked up overnight on the Thursday but was discovered missing on the Friday morning.

Whitelock doesn't discount that a wrong box was picked up by accident but the contents are rather distinctive. Bleeding Cool will be acquiring the specific CGC serial numbers, but if anyone is approached with such Amazing Fantasy #15 copies, featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man, they should get in touch.

Other books include Amazing Spider-Man #1, Incredible Hulk #1, Uncanny X-Men #1, Brave and the Bold #28 (first modern Justice League), Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange).

He has been told that nothing of use in the convention center's CCTV could be seen. The comics have been insured against theft, but for Rick it's a lot more than that.

If you have any knowledge of this theft, or attempts to sell them on, do get in touch, Bleeding Cool will try and run a full list with CGC serial numbers later.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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