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
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
Some wallets were emptied at the recent Hake's auction. Hake's does a great job of only listing the rarest and the best pop culture collectibles, and the prices their auctions realize is a testament to that. Here are a few of the results that caught my eye. This Adventures of Superman syndication promotional kit sold for $4,283.30, well over the $400-700 estimate. This … [Read more...] about Some Eye-popping Results at Hakes Auction #220
Okay, I'm picking the low hanging fruit for today's topic, but I'm three days behind so gimme a break. Spider-Man is one of the "Big 4" for me when it comes to collecting. I focus on vintage Batman, Superman, Hulk, and Spider-Man items, but will occasionally pick up a random Captain America or Green Lantern toy, among others. Starting primarily in the mid 60's the Big 4 … [Read more...] about S is for Spider-Man
They're not just transistor radios, they're "transistorized" radios. Is that a real thing? I have no idea, but it sure sounds way cooler! These guys look like they just walked off of the pages of a comic book, don't they? There's just something about these large hunks of plastic that appeals to me so much. I still need to track down the Superman radio. I wonder if … [Read more...] about R is for Radios
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
There's nothing I love more than looking through other people's collections. Things have certainly moved around since the last time I took you on a tour of my own cave. After the Great Flood of 2015 (not really), I decided to rearrange the shelves and focus more on the heroes in my collection, which is where pretty much all of my attention is focused these days. It's still a … [Read more...] about Collection Update: May 2015
I picked up this bootleg figure a couple of weeks ago. It's just so wrong that it's right. I have a newfound love of foreign toys produced beyond the reaches of our fine American legal system. Hey Rich, I bet you don't have one of these in your Super Powers collection! ;) … [Read more...] about Remember when Spider-Man was in the Kenner Super Powers line?