MISSION STATEMENT - SUNDAY JANUARY 1, 2023
Hi there. I'm Howard Hallis.
My Doctor Strange Collection is one of the largest private collections of comics & memorabilia devoted to the Marvel Master of The Mystic Arts in the world, with more than 6600 individual items.
Since I began actively (and obsessively) collecting all things Doctor Strange in 2002, the character has gone from obscurity to notoritety in both the Marvel Universe and the public's consciousness at large. I had no idea back then that Marvel would strike gold in casting Benedict Cumberbatch in the movies. All I knew is that they would probably make a movie some day. Spider-Man and the X-Men were already hits, so chances were good Hollywood would make their way down the classic Marvel character roster. And boy did they... with Strange appearing in some of the most successful movies of all time.
Back in 2002, Spidey and the Mutant collectibles were already too expensive for me to consider seriously collecting. But Doctor Strange back then (outside of the comic book world) was obscure enough for me to amass a formidable museum's worth of stuff. And that's what I did for the next 20 years. I did it partly as a way to get over my dad's death and partly as a way to relax my mind as I scrolled through eBay and hunted down rare treasures around the internet.
So what am I going to do with my gigantic Doctor Strange haul... other than creating this site on the internet?
I plan to sell my entire collection in 2023... either in a giant auction on eBay to correspond with San Diego Comic Con or as individual lots if the auction doesn't meet its minimum bid. The auction on eBay will start on July 20, the first day of San Diego Comic Con, and end three days later on July 23rd.
So what is the minimum bid for all this stuff?
Yeah that's a lot of money, but you get a lot of bang for your buck:
• Multiple copies of Strange Tales #110 including a rare Pence variant and a CGC Signature Series 5.5 signed by Stan Lee
Breaking up the collection is not my first choice, as the ideal situation would be to move this into the hands of another big collector, but we will see what happens. I'm open to offers but $110k is the minimum for the whole thing, and I'm not selling stuff individually until after the auction is over.
If the person who wins the auction lives in the San Diego area and can pick up the items, I'll throw in some poster racks, book shelves, and display cabinets. These things will be too big to ship.
Throughout the year I'll be working on little promo pieces about the collection until the day of the auction. After that the site will either turn into a store or a digital museum.
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