You never know what might become collectible
When I was a kid, I loved Batman and Superman. I used to get the comics whenever I could. As they were published in America, I could only get them from one specialist shop. When I’d read them, my younger brother used to take over. He is six years younger than me so I get they got pretty beat up.
I imagine that their final fate was that our mum would throw them away. Now, those same comics are worth thousands to collectors. Who on earth would have thought that they would be collectible one day? It’s the same with sports cards – baseball and the like. They are incredibly collectible.
The reason I mention this is because I have written once or twice about Andy’s graphic design career. Before he joined the BBC in London, he designed many record sleeves. (If you’re a youngster, a ‘record’ is how we used to collect our music in the dark ages. They arrived in a paper sleeve).
This was in the eighties and a few years ago, we were surprised to discover that these sleeves are now highly collectible. Perfect quality records in mint-condition sleeves, admittedly by The Beatles, have been known to change hands for over $100,000.
Sadly, Andy didn’t design sleeves for the Fab Four!