Dec 8, 2017

A Star Trek-Sized Coincidence

In the 1920s, American novelist Anne Parrish was going through a bookstore in Paris when she found a copy of Jack Frost and Other Stories, a book she loved as a child. She opened the book and saw an inscription that said "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs."

Yes, it was her book.

That's a coincidence, but the strange thing about life is that it's full of coincidences. Take Cube friend Rich Handley for instance. Rich, head of Hasslein Books, relates the tale:

Something crazy happened today--in a good way. Let me tell you a story....
:::insert wavy-line flashback effect:::

Eleven years ago, I did something I regretted: I sold my complete set of the old Star Trek Fotonovels. Why? Because I happened to mention online that I had them, and someone immediately offered me $300 for them. Three hundred dollars? Heck, yeah.

So I sold them... and them thought, "Wait, why the hell did I do THAT?" They're Star Trek comics, but made from episode stills. I am an avid Trek comic collector--in fact, I had every issue and strip going back to the beginning, in 1967. So how stupid was it that I sold these? That meant I now had a hole in my collection, one that would not be easy or cheap to fill--and, in fact, I never did because those books are EXPENSIVE. Like I said, I've regretted it ever since.


:::insert wavy-line flash-forward effect:::

OK, now jump ahead to last week. A set of all 14 books showed up on eBay for $60. I figured "What the hell?" and bought it, happy in the knowledge that I had not only replaced the set, but made $240 in profit from my previous lapse-in-sanity sale.

But that's not the crazy part. This is:

The books arrived in the mail today, and when I opened the package, there was a handwritten card thanking me for buying them, signed with the name "Judy." I suddenly had a very strong sense of déjà vu. No one ever sends personalized thank-you cards to those they deal with on eBay, yet here I was, convinced I'd received a card just like this in the past--and connected to the Fotonovels, in fact. I couldn't shake that feeling. So I looked at the name on the return-address label, and I recognized it.

How?

Because this was the SAME person who bought my books eleven years ago... for five times what she was now selling them for on eBay! In other words, I don't have mere replacements--I have my ORIGINAL set of books back, plus a $240 profit. I can only hope Judy never realizes this. I'd imagine the resultant facepalm would knock her unconscious.

Isn't that insane?

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments on The Comics Cube need approval (mostly because of spam) and no anonymous comments are allowed. Please leave your name if you wish to leave a comment. Thanks!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...