I collect a lot of things. No, it’s true, I have more toys and comics than any grown man should, but the longer that I collect, the more willing I am to cut down the fluff and focus on the really good items. This is the natural progression of being a collector — there is just too much stuff out there, and a good collection is one that has been curated to entail only the best of the best. As I look at my shelves, I wonder what I might let go and more importantly, what might take its place. I would be happy, no thrilled, to sell 20 items in order to get one true gem.
My collecting focus is on pop culture icons. I collect characters who have been rebooted multiple times through several generations — characters like the Lone Ranger, Batman, Superman, Spider-man, the Hulk, G.I. Joe, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, King Kong — you get the idea. I try not to collect items based on a person, such as Peewee Herman, Mr. T, or Hopalong Cassidy, because when they’re dead, their collectible shelf life will typically soon follow. I want the characters who keep coming back to life. When a character can be reimagined and reinvented in multiple ways by multiple people, that’s exciting to me.
Our friends at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles are truly experts at finding the best of the best, and their current auction is filled with items that I would hope to find in my collection someday. Here are some of the items that would fit perfectly within my “iconic” collection. (Click the images to go to the auction for more info.)
All of the above items are currently available in Hake’s auction #210 going on now!