Yesterday afternoon, I braved a monsoon, flash floods, and falling trees on the Beltway, to make it to Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore one final time. Last week, it was announced that Steve Geppi, founder of Diamond Comic Distributors, had decided to donate a large portion of his massive pop culture collection to the Library of Congress, and as a result, Geppi's … [Read more...] about A final visit to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
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
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
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!
I've never been a mint-condition collector, not because I don't like toys that are in pristine condition and in their original packaging, but because those items tend to be astronomically more expensive and difficult to find. Plus, in collecting vintage toys, knowing that the items were played with at some point and have a history to them, is appealing to me, but sometimes you … [Read more...] about Upgrade acquired!
Okay, so I may not be very active on Pinterest -- it's probably been a couple of years since I pinned anything, but that's about to change! After a slightly insulting Twitter exchange last week, I was told that Pinterest was where the action was, and I was crazy to ignore it. Honestly, I like Pinterest. It's a way to collect photos, and I'm all about collecting stuff, so … [Read more...] about Pinterest, this one’s for you!
The Washington, DC area is severely lacking in toy and collectible shows, so when the Timonium show takes place, it's always worth considering. For whatever reason, this show is always around July 4 or Thanksgiving, which makes it hit or miss for me -- family obligations tend to get in the way -- but this past weekend was free and clear, and I made the trek up to northern … [Read more...] about Toy Show Report: Dave Hart Show in Timonium, MD