So, now I'm a Hallmark ornament collector. Ugh. Seriously, how could I not collect these things when they keep coming out with items that I have to have for my Christmas tree year after year? Have you seen what they are offering up this year? Here's what I've got (so far). The classic Batman ornaments are strong this year. There is a black Batmobile kiddie car … [Read more...] about I’m a Hallmark ornament collector. There, I said it.
Welcome to a new feature here on Cool & Collected: Friday Face-Off! Each week, I'll post a topic and see if we can get a friendly debate going. Please no biting, kicking, or hitting below the belt -- let's keep things civil. To start things off, let's discuss those ubiquitous pieces of plastic that can be found on store shelves everywhere -- Funko Pop! vinyl … [Read more...] about Friday Face-Off: Funko Pop!
Assembling a collection that rivals no other is a challenge that many of us aspire to, but few ever achieve. So, what does it take to become a super-collector? What are the stages of building a museum-worthy collection? Here's how I see it... 1. The Spark is Lit For whatever reason, you are attracted to an item and place a sentimental value on it that is much higher than its … [Read more...] about The five stages of being a collector
While comic book fans descended on New York City for NYCC this past weekend, we had our own little comic show here in northern Virginia. The Shoff Show comes around every few months, and I've been going to it fairly often lately -- I'm a sucker for the bargain bins. There is one dealer who brings dozens of long boxes with comics priced from 75 cents to five bucks. This is where … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for comic book collecting?
We've all done it -- the shameful act that can elicit shrieks of terror and uncontrollable sobbing. Yes, I'm talking about that moment when tragedy strikes and we accidentally destroy a prized possession in our collection. It might be an item falling off a shelf and smashing to bits on the ground far below, or clumsy fingers losing an important, but tiny piece in the shag … [Read more...] about This Dr. Zaius bank just got a little more rare
Halloween is awesome, but for procrastinators like me, it can be stressful. I'm always scrambling for a costume at the last second, when the only costumes still available in my size are usually food products. Well, not this year! Here's a list of pop culture costumes that you could throw together with items you probably already own -- the lazy man's way to win at Halloween in … [Read more...] about 2017 DIY Halloween costume ideas for lazy people
Have you seen this? Titus Welliver, an actor who has appeared in tons of TV shows and movies, including Amazon's Bosch series (which is excellent), is one of us -- he collects pop culture toys and figures, especially those produced by Sideshow Toys. Welliver is "a collector, then an actor, in that order." The man in black is my new hero. … [Read more...] about Bosch is one of us!
The upcoming Heritage Illustration Art auction features work by iconic illustrators such as Gil Elvgren, Rockwell Kent, and Arthur Szyk. While illustration art may not command the same astronomical prices as "fine art," if I had much deeper pockets, illustrations by these masters would be hanging on my walls long before anyone name Pablo or Claude. These artists are the reason … [Read more...] about Illustration Art at Heritage Auctions