CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Nerds are on alert thanks to a rare copy of an iconic comic book that found its way to a local store.

The asking price isn't cheap. It's the most expensive comic book to ever be sold at a retail store in Charlottesville, but it could go fast.

This is a find most comic book collectors can only dream about, and this rare edition is worth thousands of dollars.

"This is the holy grail of books,” said Telegraph Comics owner David Murray.

While most are familiar with the X-Men movies, the origin of the series dates back 60 years to comics.

"A book like this from 1963 is actually very hard to find,” said Comic Book Expert Joe Fisher.

This kind of rare find is something even comic lovers will fawn.

"We buy collections every day, buy thousands of comics a month. But this is the biggest thing we've ever seen. And as a comic fan, it's just really cool to see it in person,” said Murray.

Vintage comic books like this one can go for up to $85,000 in mint condition. Telegraph Comics is asking $14,500, which is a price Fisher says is a total steal.

"The X-Men one for $14,000 is actually a bit cheaper than both. I brought my X-Men one, which we have priced at $18,900,” Fisher explained.

The book was removed from its cover for a one-time look over the weekend. Murray says it has small initials inscribed on the cover, possibly from the original owner, and some minor wear.

Though comics have always been traded and loved, Fisher says the pandemic changed the industry.

"We saw prices we never thought we'd see,” Fisher said.

Murray says he's only selling the beloved book to a local owner, and offers are already pouring in.

"This one is in decent shape and you know I think it's going to be a nice addition to someone's collection,” he said.

If you live in the area and want to make an offer, you may want to do it soon. The owners say it may be gone in the blink of an eye.