This book was a modern Grail of mine. I instantly fell in love with this book from the first time I saw it, after getting back into comics after a 20 year hiatus.
I honestly have never seen it at a LCS and rarely see it at cons, big or small. I got my copy by preselling the foil con variant. I presold about 15-20 copies of the foil variant, and used the profits from those sales to buy a NM 1st print, at that same show. I walked around to every vendor at fanexpo that year, with the hopes of finding a tec880. Nobody had a copy for sale. Probably because Jock was going to be at that show. One guy heard me asking a vendor if they had a tec880. That dude pulled me aside and said he had a copy, in his personal books, but wasn’t sure if he wanted to sell. After talking with him for a bit, I was able to walk away having pulled the trigger. I then went and saw Jock at his booth and had him sign the foil variant, that I pair with the 1st print. After Jock signed it, I chilled out at Marguerite Bennetts booth (she wasn’t there yet), beside Jock, waiting for Jocks sig to dry, all the while having a great talk with Jock. He told me the story about how the tec880 cover was created and such. That was a good day for me. And I love having a story to go along with the acquisition of that personal grail.