Got my hands on a copy of Giant Size X-Men #1... haven't owned one since trading it away for some '76-era FF's in grade school.
Smuggling comics into school borders was tough and I was the kingpin of the network. I was really into the Fantastic Four at that time and traded my Giant Size X-Men #1 to The Johns (two of my comic mules) for some FF issues. There was no value on any of the issues and they were just something we enjoyed... the collectible after market was a long way off.
Once after getting busted by my teacher, I told her that 'comics were the only thing that I saved and spent my own money to buy... they made me want to read more.' I feel like I almost had her convinced but she don't go for it so my criminal empire continued.
Good to see this issue in person again... a true landmark issue!