Are you a collector? What do you collect??

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  1. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    Feel free to share what you're items you're collecting or even show off your collection. Maybe even get some ideas for starting up a collection!
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    I'll start, as a kid I always watched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and had the toys when younger of course which were played with extremely rough in my younger days. I've taken a liking to some of the Bandai Tamashii Nation Figuarts Action Figures, I've decided to start collecting them. Strange thing is, I've always seen these and some of the "Legacy" remakes of items from the original series and kind of shrugged them off...but now for some reason now I feel obsessed. Haha.

    First up, is the White Ranger. As my collection grows I'll report back!
     

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  2. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I have diecast cars and hotwheels. I had over 200 cars but i got rid of ALOT of cars this past weekend. I needed the money more than the cars. I did keep a few but the majority are gone to a good home
     
  3. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000

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    Mine's a bit odder than most of yours I'm sure: I collect antique and vintage electric fans :)

    Stuff like this (I have a fan exactly like the one in this photo; it's a 1940 Hunter Zephair):

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  4. CaptMarvel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah I used to play with those a lot too when younger. Did you have the tracks and such? The ones you kept, are they exclusives or hold sentimental value?

    are they for show or do you use them to cool off? :eek:
     
  5. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000

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    Well, some of the restored ones are competent enough to use to cool off, but most of the others are just for show. One of them makes the whole table shake when you turn it on, it's so out of balance lol
     
  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    My garage is filled with yo-yos. Not the old Duncans but modern aluminum and plastic models. The ones with bearings that sleep for 5-minutes.
    Those and flashlights. Again modern and custom builds with aluminum and titanium bodies.
    I just love simple things that are crazily over-engineered.
    :)
     
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    Yeah, i used to have 2 totes full of tracks. Alot got lost as i moved around a bit when i was younger, but the rest of what i had went on to my little brother, which he promptly destroyed. So ungrateful and careless he is. The cars ive kept are my more recently acquired ones. Still in the cards. The ones i sold were ones ive had for many years, they were all loose (out of the cards) and beat up.
     
  9. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    Amiga magazines, in fact anything Amiga related.. :)
     
  10. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816

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    Sadly i would collect more than i do , if i had the money and space, as it is i limit myself to batman memorabilia, Star ships (many different franchises) and Master Piece Transformers.
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    I LOVE the amiga, still have my HEAVILY modded A500 , but its been mothballed, instead i run an emulator now.

    Amiga OS, still the best OS ever created, way before its time and powerfull enough to run on a CPU that was basically an elastic band and two pencils wound together,
     
  11. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I was born with the collecting bug, and have actively collected a variety of things over the years.

    My first real interest was in both Lionel and American Flyer trains, specifically postwar stuff. I'm no longer actively collecting, but still have pretty much everything. That has waxed and waned over the years, although every time my nephews come to visit and get me to fire up the train layout, I can't help but get interested again. One of the worst blows to that collection, though, was when a local shop that I'd visited pretty much weekly for about 15 years closed several years back. It was run by a husband and wife, and I still go to visit them frequently, but it's still not the same as the old days.

    Right now, my two main active collections are American pocket watches and Macintoshes(hence my involvement here). Unfortunately, I've reached the stage of collecting watches where a lot of the major stuff I want is just out of reach at this point in my life(esp. the early high grade Walthams that I love). With that said, though, one of the benefits of being active in the collecting community and actually going out to network with folks(in real life) is that people know my interests and I have a lot of stuff come to me, whether it's an email, a link to an Ebay auction, or someone pulling something out of their pocket when I walk up to their table at a show.

    My Macintosh collection now comprises some 100 pieces covering primarily the "G" era(G3, G4, G5), although I've been chasing compact Macs lately and am still on the hunt for certain high end 68K computers. I'd really love a IIfx and a Quadra 840AV. As a more attainable goal, I've been fleshing out my collection of iMac G3 colors and variants more recently, and once that's finished am going to concentrate more on clamshell iBooks. A TAM is probably among the top items I really want. I also WANT an Xserve G4 along with an Xserve Raid, and feel obligated to get an iMac G5 to complete my "G" series Mac collection even though they don't excite me that much. Along with all of that, there are also peripherals. For a while, I was looking for Studio displays, although I've managed to get all but a couple of the very early LCDs as well as a blueberry 21" CRT.

    If I had the time, space, and money I'd collect British sports cars. Unfortunately, I'm lacking in all three, so I keep myself content with one MGB-and it does keep me plenty busy. I've been wavering back and forth the past week on buying an all out project car-a late(and cheap) MGB, but I come back to the time and space problem with it(primarily space).

    I have dabbled on and off the last few years in collecting Smith and Wesson revolvers, although again the ones I really would like are high four figure prices at a minimum and more realistically a five figure price. It's getting difficult to even find common ones(like Model 27s) for under $1K and the ubiquitous prewar M&P in 38 special, which used to be a $200-300 gun for most varieties in "shooter" condition is now running in the $400-500 range. I'd love to collect Colt double actions, but many of them have gone through the roof-especially the "snake" guns. Around here, "shooter" grade Pythons start in the $2500 neighborhood. I have a few lesser known Colts that I really enjoy, but even those are creeping up in value. I'd like to find both a nice Officer's Model Match in 38 Special and a Colt "357"(model name) before market inertia brings them out of reach. I have a very similar gun to the 357, a Trooper 357, but would like the much better finished 357 for my collection.
     
  12. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure I'm much of a collector of anything right much right now.

    I have have a couple antique apothecary items that have been gifted to me, including two beautiful torsion balances (aka tabletop scales). One mfg by Central Scientific Co of Chicago from the early 1900's and one from Torsion Balance Co of NY (now known as Torbal) from 1898. They still work too 100+ years later. Along with those a weight set for the balances from the same time period. I have some antique apothecary bottles and jars of obsolete products as well as some old medical/pharmacietical books that are crazy to read. I'd love to get one of those old apothecary cabinets.

    I suppose my inherited 75% of my grandfather's fine writing instrument collection might count but I don't actively look to expand it- it's cool but I have never really delved into learning about it. My part includes 20 antique pens and 5 relatively modern ones. Waterman, Parker, Cross, Whal-Eversharp, Mont Blanc. Supposedly the my portion of the collection of antique pens alone was valued at $7,000+ with a couple pens exceeding $1000 (as of ~8 years ago when he died). It's a pretty crazy investment IMHO. I actually haven't seen them in a while as they're wrapped up in my safe deposit box.

    That's neat! I love that older Art Deco kinda stuff. The other day I was looking online for Edison bulb lamps. I think Edison bulbs are awesome but you really only see them in ceiling fixtures. I came across this (I assume the blades don't spin haha).

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    $400 on Etsy. Not really worth it IMO. My father is really artistic, surprisingly handy, and absolutely meticulous in his work. I'm going to ask him to build me one. He made some incredible reclaimed hardwood + steel pipe furniture for my sister's industrial conversion apartment. So this should be easy.
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    "Collection bug" or "hoarding gene" there Bunn? :p :D

    I'm jealous of your little MG project. I have always loved British Cars. I wish I had the space to do such a project. Unfortunately living in the Boston metro area with barely enough space in our tandem parking garage space for our 2 daily drivers, no overnight street parking anywhere in our area, and super small, expensive, hard to to come by parking....etc... having a project car highly impractical.
     
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    I used to collect Legos but I gave them all away to my nephew when I moved. I'm starting to collect Lego mini figures now.
     
  14. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    Reggae and Dub vinyl

    Photography books.

    I also have a small collection of 1930's - late 1950's communist propaganda, from the USSR and China, and a bit of Militaria from Communist countries.
     
  15. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Some have accused me of that Ari :) ...but the I don't won't to say too much to our resident psychiactric pharmacologist :)

    In any case, I know we've talked about project cars in the past. You were born with the British car bug, while I've only picked it up later in life :) . At least if British sportscars as a whole interest you, I'd be hard pressed to be swayed that there's a better entry point than MGs. They remain inexpensive compared to any given equivalent peer from other brands(except some Triumphs) and inexpensive parts are readily available. In addition, the MGB at least was fairly advanced when it was introduced with its unibody construction and crumple zones plus a much better four cylinder engine than the Triumph equivalent. Unfortunately, the quality of parts is all over the place, and there's quite an extensive cottage industry that you have to get plugged into in order to find good quality parts in many cases.

    Granted the late MGBs are a joke given how far behind the curve they were in technology by the late 1970s and how badly emissions controls strangled the power, but at the same time they are REALLY cheap and can make for a fun project with some modifications you wouldn't necessarily do on a nice chrome bumper car. That's a lot of the reason why I've been thinking about buy the '76 I mentioned to you, as I'd like to try some things I wouldn't do to my '70.
     
  16. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    I guess you do not need to since they have those Lego type museums we all used to go to.. . I used to enjoy that stuff... still do somewhat..
     
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    At one time I collected vintage guitars. No more. I decided to focus on playing guitar in terms of music being the focus, not gear. People almost always tend to go with one or the other but very, very rarely do both. I sold off stuff and now I invest in my hands. LOL.
     
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    Mistresses. j/k.. I'm not even married but if I were... :p

    Baseball and then basketball cards when I was younger. Then I got into collecting video game consoles, CDs, DVDs, and then phones. Last year, I was obsessed getting as much movie downloads and any video that interest me like horse races and documentaries. Thinking of getting back into video games. During my raver days, I collected different Ecstasy pills. Now, just bedpost notches.
     
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    I have started collecting Bee Gee's Vinyls. Amazing stuff on eBay!
     
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    Whatever fannish thing captures my imagination. It's been old school martial arts films for the past year and thankfully, no sign of burn out. I am particularly fond of Shaw Brothers films and certain martial actors. In the span of six weeks I amassed several posters I never ever would have suspected getting a hold of at a good price because they are coveted. To wit, one I picked up went for almost double that price on eBay. After university, a few of them are getting framed. There are two posters I hope I can obtain and then it's back to picking up the films in whatever format they are released in.
     
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    never really was a collector of anything until mid 2012 when i bought my first 100 bitcoins at 15.00usd now 4 years later thoes same 100 bits now are worth approx 44,000. and just recently bought 200 etherium coins at 7.50 last month. todays price is around 13.50ea 30 days later 2,700usd not bad for newbie
     
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    Think you're confused. I collect physical coins.
     
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    Centaurr macrumors 65816

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    I collect:
    *Action Figures
    *Soccer jerseys
    *Stickers


    Im a 'hardcore' figure Collector or Geek Collector but im very picky on what i buy and my taste is unorthodox. I collect from GI Joes, Thundercats, Transformers, Horror, Weird figures, Nicktoons, Marvel selects and legends, MOTU, DC Icons, TV shows figures as well, just to name a few. I also collect Soccer Jerseys of teams that i 'currently' like. i say this cause im really a 'player' fan not a team fan when it comes to soccer. I follow certain players and once they go on a team i become a fan but if they leave, im not a fan anymore of that team. Cant post pics just yet cause im renovating my room. Im also a Sticker collector as well, tend to buy different and under the radar stickers.
     
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    How did I miss this thread? ;)

    The past few years I have started on Pre-WWII era travel guides… Baedekers, Murray's and of course Blue Guides.
    They are great to take along when travelling, remarkable how many things are unchanged (relatively) and then of course the things that have disappeared through war and neglect.

    A snap of a few Baedekers posing with their covers.
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    And last time we visited Northern Wales.
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