I saw this article on ESPN this morning about a collector who has been secretly buying up every 1964 Topps Curt Flood trading card. Whether he intended to or not, Mike Haply has cornered the market for that particular card. Collectors who try to complete their set are forced to pay an average of $30 […]
Another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and once again, I watched the events unfold from the comfort of my air-conditioned cave several thousand miles away. I am always thankful for (and more than a little jealous of) those of you who do go to the show and share your bounty of photos with […]
Lately, I’ve been writing way too much about my ape fetish, but there is an item in the new Hake’s auction catalog that would be an incredible addition to my growing Planet of the Apes collection. Take a look at this beauty… From the days before bright orange tips were required on toy guns, comes this […]
There are some genius marketing skills in play here. I just hope the giant inflatable gorilla dancing on the roof isn’t hurting their sales.
I have a confession: I’ve been going a little ape lately. Like many collectors, my particular focus tends to ebb and flow. Collecting vintage Batman items is a constant, but the last couple of years had me seeking out apes, gorillas, and chimps — even more so than usual. I just can’t get enough monkeys! Sure, I’ve […]
When I hit the yard sales and antique shops, I don’t really have a specific list of items I’m hoping to find, but I do have specific categories. Granted, I tend to stray from that list fairly often, but when it comes to things I really want to add to my collection, they tend to […]
The D.C. Big Flea Market made another visit to town last weekend, and I had a pretty good day of hunting. Surprisingly, most of the items I found were at booths that had no reason to even have toys — most of their stock was antique furniture, handbags, glassware — you get the idea. When […]
Here’s a recent addition I made to the collection after visiting a toy show earlier this summer. This is a large, 12″ plastic, blow-molded figure from Mexico. The head is reminiscent of an old Mego figure, but the rest of the figure is in a world by itself. I bought this for $10 from a […]