Originally Posted by GAC
I know this will make you sad Kori, but I lost everyone of my comic books in that fire. I am pretty bummed. I listed them on the insurance declaration, so I am gonna see what they do with it. The adjuster called me last night and said he is trying his best. But no amount of money came replace those memories/collectables IMO.
After being concerned about the bunch of other things more important to you than the comics, I did wonder about that.
But if your insurance adjustor is able to get you compensated for those, I'd be very happy. Generally stuff like that needs its own insurance. But the best thing is that they (unlike true heirlooms and pictures, scrapbooks, etc.) are replaceable commodities and I'd be happy to do whatever I can to help out. Yes, you lost YOUR books. But in college I had to sell MY X-Men collection. Since then I've replaced them all and a funny thing happened when I did that...
The replacement books became MINE again. Might be different paper, but I found out that it wasn't having the books that made them special in the first place. When I grabbed X-Men 113 off eBay, my thought wasn't about the X-Men 113 I had "lost". It was about the grocery store in northern North Dakota where I first discovered it as a kid. My brain took me back to Winnipeg, Manitoba when it was time to grab a new copy of #137 online and I remembered, with a great deal of joy, about how my mother purchased my first copy of that book and an accompanying #138 for my birthday during our visit to the first real comic book shop I'd ever seen. Back then money was tight and it wasn't a small thing for her to spend a whopping (at the time) $20.00 on two back issues I couldn't find.
That's the beauty of collecting for me. The books are secondary to the journey.
If you choose to look for replacements, you might find that the quest reinvigorates your love of collecting as well. Losing them was bad. But re-acquiring them- especially if you enlist the aid of your children- could be a whole lot of fun all over again. And with every book replaced, your kids get to learn more about their dad.
I know you gave many of those books to your kids. But from my experience, the only thing better than getting something from a parent is getting something WITH a parent.