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THERE WAS A BOX FULL OF FAMILY MATTERS CARDS. WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO?

Sports and pop culture junkies Bill Simmons and Rembert Browne visit the 2014 National Sports Collector's Convention.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 comments

"If you give a girl a different toy, she will tell a different story."

Frustrated with the modern toy market's focus on female characters with uncomfortable costumes, uninspiring back stories, and unrealistic body proportions -- "most are created for the adult male collector, decidedly more Hooters than heroine" -- Wellesley alumnae Julie Kerwin and Dawn Nadeau joined forces with the legendary creative team at EleventyPlex to crowdfund a new line of fierce, Joan of Arc-inspired action figures, designed to encourage girls to embrace their inner strengths and imagine themselves as self-made superheroes: I Am Elemental. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 7, 2014 - 73 comments

As you can see, we are both compulsive collectors.

The private collection of Jim & Gayle Halperin includes original EC comic book art, work by R. Crumb (such as the original Big Yum Yum book), Maxfield Parrish prints and a lot of other great stuff.
posted by xowie on Nov 24, 2012 - 5 comments

Buy Marilyn's dress from The Seven Year Itch!* (*subway grate not included)

The Girl With the Golden Wardrobe. Long after the Golden Age of Hollywood has dimmed, and its legendary stars taken a bow, history's most iconic film costumes are returning to the spotlight as actress Debbie Reynolds sells her showcase collection.

The Catalogue (PDF)
posted by crossoverman on Jun 4, 2011 - 88 comments

Baseball Bromides (Japanese baseball cards)

Besuboru Bromides (Japanese Baseball Cards) from the collection of John Gall, as featured at A Journey Round My Skull. Here is an earlier essay by Gall about Japanese baseball cards.
posted by OmieWise on Dec 8, 2009 - 4 comments

Vintage Postcards and Ephemera

Moody's Collectibles sells vintage postcards, but they also make available a huge catalogue of their stock. You can browse geographically by US State, by country, and by topic. Or, you can search for anything from alligators to the California Zephyr. They also have a blog. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Apr 26, 2009 - 8 comments

You like vinyl? I've got your vinyl right here.

Desperate Man Blues Edward Gillen's documentary about Joe Bussard, renowned collector of 25,000+ blues, folk and gospel 78rpm records from the 20s and 30s. It's about the hunt and the hunter, as much as what he found. One week only on Pitchfork TV [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jan 31, 2009 - 15 comments

It's a dog, and it's stuffed, and it's for you!

Taxidermia! Animal furniture! Via tanned hides!
posted by parmanparman on Aug 16, 2007 - 5 comments

personal treasures

Charming, informative and interesting range of stories about antiques and collectibles: Antiques Roadshow, Follow the Stories; from Cornucopia of Crate Labels, A Lost Little Picasso, Space "Junk": Buying, Owning, and the Law to What is Catlinite?
posted by nickyskye on Jul 26, 2007 - 4 comments

I'll trade you a Farrah for a Frampton.

Classic trading card scans from 1930-1980. Okay, I confess, I had some of the Sgt. Pepper's (movie, not album) cards. What young 70s girl didn't swoon over Peter Frampton as Billy Shears (sigh)? A boy down the street from me had most of the Star Wars cards, but I would never trade my Charlies Angels or my Six Million Dollar Man cards with him, although he really wanted Farrah.
posted by amyms on Jun 18, 2007 - 19 comments

Nice blog about art prints

We Heart Prints is "a compilation of beautiful, affordable art prints." Your own mileage on beautiful and affordable may vary. {via artdorks, of course}
posted by dobbs on Jul 26, 2006 - 24 comments

How many foxes you got? Lots.

Foxes and many more foxes.
posted by Wolfdog on Apr 13, 2005 - 21 comments

Er ... what?

Because you never know when you might need to purchase some historic(al) hair
posted by magullo on Aug 6, 2004 - 5 comments

Kerouac bobblehead

Kerouac becomes a bobblehead. From the sports promoters in Lowell, Massachusetts, to the literati, everybody thinks it's a terrific idea. "Certainly, Jack would love it," says the executor of his estate.
posted by beagle on Jul 29, 2003 - 12 comments

Jesus.

Lord, Bless This Defender of Freedom. "No matter where his mission takes him, he'll never be beyond the reach of God's protection. As the brave members of the U.S. military head out to defend our freedom, it's comforting to know that each one is sheltered in the loving hands of God." Order your Defender of Freedom, complete with hands of God, for only $19.95 plus shipping. Assault rifle included.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Mar 31, 2003 - 44 comments

aw, look. it even has a little pointless bandaid.

it's getting hot in here... in miniature.
posted by grabbingsand on Feb 3, 2003 - 10 comments

Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl.

Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl. There are lots of vinyl sites out there, but some of the items in this collection had me floored. And the quantity is just as impressive as the quality -- several pages of unintentionally funny Christian vinyl you have to see to believe. MP3 samples too! Via BoingBoing, but got lost under a lengthy EFF post (which was also good).
posted by condour75 on Dec 5, 2002 - 26 comments

Some people collect baseball cards.

Some people collect baseball cards. Lots of people collect comics. Others collect stuffed animals, salt and pepper shakers, commemorative plates, ventriloquist figures, bottlecaps, hubcaps, antique radios, farm implements, even chainsaws. Some wealthy folks even collect yachts. What makes a thing collectible? Are the best collectibles sold as "collectibles", or is "collectibility" a cynical marketing gimmick? Of course, Elvis collectibles are a whole sub-culture all by themselves.
posted by mrmanley on Aug 28, 2002 - 52 comments

Does an appearance in the 1997 Disney flop "Flubber" make a classic T-bird worth more?

Does an appearance in the 1997 Disney flop "Flubber" make a classic T-bird worth more? Or less?
posted by kcmoryan on Nov 23, 2001 - 3 comments

Psychedelic Republican trading cards!

Psychedelic Republican trading cards! Get them while they are hot!
posted by Rastafari on Nov 20, 2001 - 7 comments

One of my favorite things about surfing the web is stumbling upon someone's magnificent obsession.

One of my favorite things about surfing the web is stumbling upon someone's magnificent obsession. In order to qualify as a Magnificent Obsession (M.E.) -- at least according to my definition -- the hobby must strike me as slightly-to-extremely insane while, at the same time, fill me with admiration for the hobbyist's discipline. Some M.E.s are about collecting totally useless data (like the main link above), or like this research into EXIT Sign Coloration; or strange items, like Wal-Mart receipts or air-sickness bags. But my favorite M.E.s are the ones that lead to huge expense and huge amounts of time spent building or fixing wonderful, useless objects -- like planetarium projectors or Lost in Space robots, which "can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $35,000 and vary in detail depending on the abilities and resources made available to the builder. A project like this can take months if not years to complete." Know any other good M.E. links?
posted by grumblebee on Oct 4, 2001 - 80 comments

When your Mommy and Daddy just aren't enough... Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey will kick your rear into gear! (You may want to turn down your speakers before clicking)
posted by stew560 on Sep 4, 2001 - 7 comments

$14,999? It's a steal!

$14,999? It's a steal! And come on, there's only 2 left... (Yes, it's more election-era humor.)
posted by teradome on Nov 16, 2000 - 5 comments

Everything's a collectible...

Everything's a collectible... on eBay, anyway.
posted by milnak on Nov 14, 2000 - 1 comment

T-206

T-206 The most valuable baseball card of all time is up for auction on Ebay. Honus Wagner T206
posted by owillis on Jul 5, 2000 - 5 comments

An even better article

An even better article from the same issue on The Transformers. more than meets the eye.
posted by crawdad on Apr 18, 2000 - 3 comments

I found these FUTURE JOES

I found these FUTURE JOES (GI Joe 2010 series) while following a link from Rebecca Blood's site for the Navajo Code Talker GI Joes. Perhaps it's showing my age, but I really want one. Of course, I also want some of the Nisei soldiers so that I can reenact those POW camp scenarios that I used to subject my GI Joe to as a kid. I know where the bodies are buried. Hey, how come The Grim Reaper Site didn't have questions about GI Joe? Was your GI Joe a) home on leave when you were concieved b) 12" c) 12" with lifelike hair and beard and realistic scar d) 12" with Kung Fu Grip e) really an Action Man f) a little pussy 3" action figure g) $50 and from the "Collectible Collection"? h) dolls are for girls.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 3, 2000 - 9 comments

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