I wasn't too upset to let the collection go, because it all went to good homes. I still have everything related to the comic strip, which I am a big fan of, at least the Harold Gray and the Leonard Starr versions. I've also been getting rid of some of my other collections besides Annie (sheet music, children's series books, 45rpm records, etc.) simply because I no longer have the room to display them properly. Some day I'm going to market my Playbills (I have hundreds), which I haven't looked at in years. My co-editor Tricia on Annie People had given me the movie costumes which I showed in Life After Tomorrow, and I gave them back to her because I know she paid big bucks for them, and she has other costumes including some Aileen ones, so it seemed appropriate for all the costumes to be together.
No, I had to let most of my Annie collection go when I retired and moved down South a few years ago, simply because I no longer had the room. Fortunately, when Julie and her crew were at my house in April 2005 for Life After Tomorrow, the collection was still intact in its full glory. I have naturally retained my most prized pieces, such as Louanne's original 2nd National white jacket that she gave me in 1998. Best wishes, Jon