Marvelmania - Toys for Tots poster art by Jack Kirby
A number of years later, I decide it's time to part with the piece. Prices had been increasing on art. I now had two kids and there were expenses I needed to attend to. When you have a piece unique like this it's sometimes difficult to figure out how to price it in the current market. They are no real comp sales to compare it to. I finally decided, a guess, that it should be about the same price as a Kirby twice-up cover--it was much bigger and inked by Kirby, so I figured it should rate about the same as a published cover. Well, I put it out there at 30k, the then going rate for Kirby 2X covers, and had no takers. Everyone felt I had WAY overpriced it. I finally traded it to So Cal collector, Tony Fornaro, for a ASM 23 page by Ditko, a fight page with Spidey battling thugs in every panel, that was thought to be worth 22k. It wasn't a keeper page for me and a few months later I managed to move the Ditko for about 25k in trade. Sometimes if you can't quite get your price on a piece it makes sense to trade for an item that the market deems more desirable.
The thing is, a year or two later my finances improved and I kept thinking about that piece. I really wanted it back! I've never seen it posted anywhere since then. After Tony, it went to some unknown collector and vanished into thin air. Quality pieces can disappear like that. If you're out there somewhere, Mr. Toys for Tots poster, you can always come home. Don't be afraid, I'll take you back!