I have been looking for a vintage comic book spinner rack for years — I have placed bids on eBay auctions only to lose out at the last minute or passed them by entirely due to the massive shipping charges these usually command. Last week, I came across a spinner rack listing on Craigslist that was five days old, so I was already setting myself up for disappointment when I sent the seller an email. It turns out that the rack was still available, and was being sold by Past Generation Toys, a local toy shop in Occoquan, Virginia that I have visited in the past. The spinner rack they were selling was THE rack that we all remember from the local drugstores and mom and pop shops of our childhood. The metal header panel features Richie Rich, Spider-Man, Archie, and Superman, and it makes that nostalgically ear-crushing squeal as you spin it around.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that the rack was still available and I pounced on the amazing deal, paying about the same amount as the shipping charges typically end up being on all those eBay auctions. The rack is beautiful by itself, with its bright yellow base, but just looks naked without some comics in it.