Chuck, a friend, and fellow collector I work with was kind enough to share some old photos and stories of his hey-day as a comic collector in the late 50s to mid-60s.
Here's the basics of the story:
Chuck and a buddy of his essentially wanted to specialize in selling comic books at a time when that was unheard of. They talked to publishers about trying to buy directly from them, but were ignored since they were just a couple of kids. So, they decided to buy up every copy of every book that came out at the local grocery stores and shops and build an inventory of back issues. They collected "reading copies" and stored the surplus duplicate issues in manila envelopes for safe keeping. Years later Chuck co-collector sold off the whole collection for a thousand bucks.
Visiting another fan who had been given tons of original artwork by DC during the 60s. The art is the splash page for "Brave and the Bold" #36 , by Joe Kubert (3rd Silver Age appearance of Hawkman, first Shadow Thief and early Hawkgirl). Apparently the guy they were visiting had an "in" with DC and got a ton of original art and books DC was going to toss out.
Also shown is a scan from an art auction.
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into early collecting.