The latest Hake's catalog arrived recently, and as usual, it is overflowing with incredible pop culture collectibles. I usually take a few hours to pore over every page, leaving a rainbow of post-it notes sticking out from the pages, tagging items that I want to research and add to my watch list. I have winnowed the rainbow down to the top ten items that I am excited to watch … [Read more...] about My Top 10 favorite items in the Hake’s auction
It's no secret that I love vintage items from the 50's and 60's, so when a 1954 Motorola television popped up on Craigslist, I pounced on it, not knowing what I would actually do with it. The TV did not work and there was no way I would ever feel safe leaving the thing plugged in for an extended period of time. After almost a year of having to work around this immobile behemoth … [Read more...] about How I repurposed a vintage TV console into a functional cabinet
Last week we talked about how important the condition of an item was to your collecting decisions. Let's keep the ball rolling with this week's topic... Blank Slate. If you could go back in time and start over with a blank slate -- empty shelves, and a full wallet -- what would you choose to collect? Add your comments below. … [Read more...] about Friday Face-Off: Blank Slate
Last week we talked about Dead Media. Let's see if we can keep the ball rolling with this week's topic. Please no biting, kicking, or hitting below the belt -- let's keep things civil. Condition is everything -- or is it? Some collectors only buy the best of the best, while others are fine with lesser quality items. Where do you stand? Add your comments below. … [Read more...] about Friday Face-Off: Is condition everything?
The current Hake's auction has tons of great stuff, but while browsing through the catalog, I kept being drawn to these amazing custom framed pieces of comic art. Sure, the art itself is incredible, but the frames take it to a whole new level. The collage work done on the frames is the work of artist Dan Makara, who uses clippings of comics along with hand-colored elements and … [Read more...] about Custom collages almost as good as the art they frame
The DC Big Flea held before Christmas always seems to be the busiest show of the year, and this time around was no exception. When you can't find a parking space, you know the aisles are going to be crowded with antique hunters. I saw a woman pushing a double stroller, and did a double take when I realized she was pushing around two very spoiled pups rather than children. I'm a … [Read more...] about A few super hero finds at this weekend’s DC Big Flea
In last week's Friday Face-Off! we talked about Movie Monsters. This week, we'll discuss a new topic that I'm sure many of us dabble in, whether intentionally or not. Vinyl records, 8-tracks, VHS tapes, 8mm films, video game cartridges... How do you feel about collecting "Dead Media?" Do you have a library of obsolete media? Where do you draw the line? Add your comments … [Read more...] about Friday Face-Off: Dead Media
Last week's inaugural Friday Face-Off!was a lot of fun -- we talked about Funko Pop! figures. Let's see if we can keep the ball rolling with this week's topic. Please no biting, kicking, or hitting below the belt -- let's keep things civil. Halloween is just around the corner, so... You can only collect one -- which is the movie monster for you? Classic or current, … [Read more...] about Friday Face-Off: Movie Monsters