There's something interesting there about the source of the donation coming from a comic book shop that had the comics in storage for the past few years. I can't quite succinctly verbalize it at the moment, but consider:
- Back issue sales in most retail comic shops has been trending downwards, thanks in part to online sales and auction sites.
- The value of back issue comics has been trending downwards, thanks to increased reprint output (in the form of TPB and hardcover collections) from publishers.
- The economy, as a whole, is worse off than it was a year ago.
- Public library usage has gone up, but library budgets have gone down.
- One possible implication of the large-scale donation is that the tax write-off is worth more to the retailer than trying and/or not being able to sell the individual issues.
Feel free to draw your own connections and write your own analysis.