Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You May Have Noticed Something

I excised two words in the title of this blog: "sports card". I find myself wanting to write about other collectibles besides just sports cards, as witness in my last post about non-sports cards. So I'm making the change in order to broaden my own writing horizons, and also maybe bring in a bit larger audience.

So exactly what is it that I'm collecting (currently)?

  • Baseball Cards - Focusing on Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Basketball Cards - Focusing on UCLA Alumni
  • Non Sports Cards - Barack Obama and Indiana Jones Sets
  • Action Figures - G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Style Figures
  • Disneyana - Tinkerbell (wife), Pirates of the Caribbean, Eeyore, Minnie Mouse (daughter)
  • Anime Merchandise - Gundam 00 stuff
  • Lego
  • Indiana Jones
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Pressed Pennies
  • Postcards
  • Things that come out of toy machines
  • Battlestar Galactica Titaniums
  • Johnny Lightning Star Trek

In the past I have collected a lot of things, and for the most part I've kept a lot of stuff which is now in storage.

A partial list of past collections:

  • Wrestling Merchandise (Magazines, books, figures, cards)
  • Hockey Cards - Focusing on the LA Kings
  • Football Cards (Sold them all)
  • Trading Card Games (UDE Versus, Harry Potter, WCW Nitro, WWF Raw Deal, Star Trek (Decipher), Guardians, Red Zone, others that were cheap)
  • Heroclix
  • Pirates Collectible Strategy Game
  • Star Wars Figures (both Vintage and 1995-)
  • Comics (6000+ in storage) and I still buy a few here and there
  • Records, Cassettes and CDs - I no longer purchase music on a physical medium. I hope to get that way with DVDs.
  • VHS Tapes - at one point I had over 500 movies on VHS. That's a lot of tapes.
  • Micronauts
  • G.I. Joe ARAH

I never really collected Hot Wheels surprisingly enough. I did buy more than a few "Hot Ones" back in the day, they were LIKE Hot Wheels, each with individual license plates and they were made by Kenner.

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm a child of the 70's, certain pop-culture franchises resonate more with me than others. Star Wars was huge during my formative years, but by the time that ROTJ came out I was almost a teenager and my interests matured quite rapidly, thus after a certain point I didn't buy any SW merchandise, until my 20's.

Upcoming posts will still feature sports cards in the mix, but will also focus on individual franchises, and entire areas of collecting, all from a budget minded perspective. If you're looking for me to write lengthy pieces on high-end Star Wars Statues from Japan, this isn't the blog for you. However, if you're looking to find the best prices on last year's Indiana Jones action figures, I'm your man (Wal-Mart had singles for $3.00 right after Christmas, TRU has them at $4.98 and Target is at $3.98 I think, and yes Mutt Williams in all his incarnations are about what you'll find these days).

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