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Al Sanders and his daughter, Rose (inset), and part of his collection of vintage comic books
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For most of Al Sanders' life, he collected comic books, and over time, that collection amassed into some 5,000 rare and vintage editions that span the superhero spectrum from Iron Man and X-Men to Batman and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.

"I've got them all in 10 boxes, and the boxes in theory hold 500 each," Sanders, 53, told ABC News. "My wife, when we met, she saw them and asked what they were and I said, 'They're my comic books and they come with me.' She allowed me to keep those, but the Sports Illustrateds had to go."


Sanders is now ready to part with his comics because he wants to take the money he makes off his superhero collection to fund his superhero's college education.

"As all parents who have college-age kids, we started putting together what it was going to cost and what we needed to do," the Seattle father told ABC News. "You start looking at those options you have, and my comic books were an option. That's when I looked at their value, and I'm now trying to find a good home for them."

Sanders' daughter, Rose, is super smart, and as such, she's graduating from high school early in June to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., this fall.

Rose is 16.

"She started kindergarten a year early and she determined last summer that she wanted to graduate a year early," Sanders said.


ABC notes that Sanders is taking his haul to the Emerald City Comicon, happening in downtown Seattle, in hopes of selling his massive collection for mega bucks.

"It's one of this area's largest conventions," Sanders, 53, explained. "I was going to collect cards from some of the dealers to see if there's interest from one individual to take the whole collection. I'm looking for somebody who enjoys reading them. When I was collecting them, I was reading them, not thinking about them as an investment."


Sanders told the news station that he isn't upset about parting with his collection because he really wants to make sure his daughter's college career doesn't end with massive debt.

"We see all these stories of kids having to take out loans to be able to go. We want to try to avoid that," he said. "If there's anything that can help defray the cost of her getting started, then that's what we're going to do."


He added that his daughter, whom he calls "the prettiest flower in his garden," really appreciates his efforts.

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