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Season 6, Episode 6

Joust-A-Bouts

Things get medieval when Ming and a customer joust over the price of Batman #111. Wolverine shows up as the largest statue to ever enter the Stash.

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At the podcast, Walt says he got to look back on something that makes him smile every time he reads it...

At The Secret Stash, a customer walks in looking for a copy of Batman #111. It features artwork by Sheldon Moldoff, who Walt deems "one of the Silver Age greats." Walt admires Batman and Robin's suits of armor on the cover and bonds with the customer over their affinity for knights. Walt wants $125 for the book, but the customer notices a few imperfections on the outside and tries to bring him down to $75. Walt comes back at $110 and the customer suggests $85. Walt challenges the customer to a joust and agrees to sell it for $85 if the customer wins. Otherwise, Walt wants $100. "The fate of $15," Walt says. "May the best knight win!" Ming and the customer go at it with what appears to be giant cotton swabs and the customer is declared the winner. Walt keeps his word and lets the comic go for $85.

A customer walks in with a Mr. Clean action figure. Walt laughs and admits he owns advertising merchandise himself, including the Jolly Green Giant and the Trix Rabbit memorabilia. The customer says she used to have a crush on Mr. Clean when she was younger and was gifted the doll, but is ready to part ways. "He fights grime instead of crime!" she jokes. She wants $25 for the figure, but Walt suggests $10 instead. They settle on $15.

A customer brings in a Wolverine Legendary Scale bust that weighs fifty pounds and sits at over two and a half feet tall. Walt is instantly blown away. "That should be at Ellis Island right now!" he exclaims. The customer explains that the statue is sold out and less than 5,000 were made. Bryan spots some scratches on the figure, but learns that those details were intentional. The customer wants $3,000 for the one-of-a-kind piece and he even has the original packaging for it. Walt is immediately excited, but Mike reigns him in. Walt instead suggests $2,000 and then $2100, but $2500 is the lowest the customer is willing to go. They pass on the deal.

A customer stops by with a copy of The Death of Captain Marvel. Mike and Walt explain that this story was a groundbreaking issue in comics: following the tragic story of the superhero's losing battle with cancer, The Death of Captain Marvel showed everyone that comics weren't just "funny books" for kids anymore. After finding a better copy, the customer wants to sell his own for $40. Walt suggests $15 and the customer comes back at $25. For a book Walt considers as part of his top 5, Walt agrees to purchase it for $20 and they call it a deal.