It’s a collector’s worst nightmare, returning home to find windows broken and important and valuable parts of your prized collection stolen. Martin Anderson knows this more than most. His house was recently broken into and parts of his 40 year collection amounting to a staggering $75,000 were taken, but as with most collectors, the emotional loss hurts just as much if not more.
KTLA Channel 5 reported that Anderson’s house was broken into sometime between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday. The home’s surveillance system was disabled during the time when the thieves cut power to the home. Anderson took them through the house pointing out where they broke in and where the stolen items were taken.
You see the broken glass, they came in through the window, and they took everything that’s high-end. None of the DC all Marvel, made by Alex Ross, signed by Stan Lee.
You’re not going to be able to sell that stuff, guys. They’re going to know you took it.
Included in the collectables taken: a Stan Lee-signed Captain America shield, a Doctor Doom statue and about 700 Blu-ray discs. Anderson went on to say that he felt like he had been deliberately targeted. He has filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station.
You can easily see how pissed off Anderson is about the whole thing. He’s right that these items should be easily tracked if word is put out to the collecting and comic book world.
We hope that he recovers the items and those responsible get caught and pay the price for what they did. One major thing that every collector should take away from this story is to have a complete listing of your collectables, and documentation with your insurance company about your collection.
This will help not only in the case of theft, but also fire or other disaster. I can’t tell you the times I’ve heard about collections destroyed by water damage from storms or broken pipes. It’s heartbreaking, and while it won’t replace your emotional loss, at least it can help take care of the financial side and help you begin the quest to reconstruct your collection.