Arizona man sells comic collection for cancer treatment

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(CNN) — An Arizona man who has spent most of his life collecting comic books is now selling off his most prized possessions. All in an effort to cover the growing medical cost he’s now facing after being diagnosed with cancer last year.

Robert Letscher’s home is covered in photos of the good times with his wife Cathy and their children.

“This year has been rough and included the removal of the esophagus and the stomach,” Letscher said.

Diagnosed with cancer, he’s not only fighting for his life but fighting to stay afloat.

The medical bills just keep coming in.

“It doesn’t stop, it just seems like each day when you get the mail you always know there’s going to be more of them in there,” Letscher said.

One thing that’s always kept him going was his love for something else, specifically the X-Men series.

It all began when he was probably five-years-old.

“I remember my earliest memories being so excited opening those bundles of comics and just seeing all the different characters,” Letscher said.

He’s been collecting and holding on to almost every one for 50 years.

“For some it kind of makes you a hoarder but for others it makes you a super collector, so I try to go with the latter,” Letscher said.

He’s ended up with more than 600 copies, that’s the entire X-Men collection, and then some.

Comics he used to buy as a kid for less than a quarter are worth thousands today.

“It never really faded out for me, I kept loving them all my life,” Letscher said.

Letscher told himself when he got old one day he’d sell them and retire. That plan going out the window now.

Letscher now hoping auctioning off his most prized possessions can pay piles of medical bills, and keep his family afloat.

“I had just invested so much of my life’s energy into that collection but you know when you think about it logically and as a parent you know that you have to do right by your loved ones,” Letscher said.

Letscher will be auctioning his collection online.

It will go live on August 19th on the website Comic Connect.

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