With temperatures clocking in at 100+ degrees, I was once again grateful that the Big Flea is an indoor event. I visited on Sunday afternoon and the crowds were thin, making the aisles seem much wider than usual, which made browsing the booths much more enjoyable! I have been trying to scale back on my collecting focus, trying to buy only items that really fit into my … [Read more...] about Report from the DC Big Flea
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Have you checked out the latest Hake's auction catalog yet? The highlight of this particular auction is the Franco Toscanini Superman collection, but even if Superman isn't your thing, there is plenty to rev up your collecting engines! I always set aside a good hour or two to carefully go through the auction, category by category, usually finding items that I normally … [Read more...] about Hake’s Highlights — Top Picks from Auction #215
Once again, Mike Bartley, a friend of Cool & Collected, wrote up an awesome recap of his visit to Pittsburgh’s Steel City Con. It's that time of year again. When the icy grip of winter relents and allows access through the mountainous passes that separate Philadelphia from Pittsburgh, PA. I attended the April 2015 Steel City Comic Con in Monroeville, PA (a Pitt suburb) … [Read more...] about Report from Steel City Con
It was a busy weekend on the collecting front! On Saturday morning, I headed out to the Big Flea to meet up with fellow bloggers from the Toy Box and G.I. Jigsaw to see what pop culture goodies could be found. I called dibs on the Batman items, which worked out great, because now I had two sets of eyes helping spot items I may have missed (thanks, guys!). Loyal visitors to … [Read more...] about Weekend recap — DC Big Flea and a new collection!
Did you feel that? A disturbance in the force of collecting, as if millions of collectors cried out with joy -- Hake's has released their latest auction catalog. Okay, maybe that's a little melodramatic but I actually feel that way when a new Hake's catalog is unveiled online. I feel as if collectors across the globe are simultaneously scrolling through the thousands of items, … [Read more...] about A few of my favorite things — Hake’s auction #214
I've often thought about loading the kids into the family Truckster wagon and hitting the road in an attempt to visit some of the great vintage toy shops and flea markets I read about online. The problem is that I just don't know where they are! Sure, the big ones are on my radar, but I don't really have a concept of their physical locations, so I thought we might be able to … [Read more...] about Introducing the Pop Culture Destination Map for Collectors!
Morris Everett Jr. is my new hero. He has spent the last 53 years amassing the world's largest collection of movie posters and lobby cards, and now he has decided to sell it as ONE LOT. That's right, he's not piecing this out into 196,000 lots, he wants a single buyer to purchase the collection and continue to add to it. Now that's a collector! Check out this video which … [Read more...] about World’s Largest Movie Poster Collection to be Sold at Auction
Hake's Auction #213 is jam packed with amazing pop culture collectibles. Bidding will start to end on November 11, so there's still plenty of time to devour the catalog and put in your bids. Here are a few of the items I'll be watching closely... Batman Glider Toy: I do love all those wonderful Batman toys. I haven't seen one of these gliders before. It looks like Batman … [Read more...] about My wallet weeps again — Hake’s Auction #213