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Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:52 pm 
 

I was curious what sorts of non-gaming type things everyone collects, if anything at all (and judging by the fistfulls of cash some of you spend on this, there might not be much  :wink: )

I collect comics (although not a whole lot of new stuff anymore--mostly bronze and silver age) and soccer/football jerseys from around the world.

Any of you folks across the pond want to set me up with a kit from your home club?  I'll send money! Mwah hah hah!

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:32 pm 
 

I collect some comics, action figures, books and esoteric items that catch my eye. <G>


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:07 pm 
 

What I collect:

Comic Books - Started collecting back around '80.  First comic book I ever purchased was Uncanny X-Men #193.  Have been hooked ever since.  Currently collect X-Men, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, JSA and anything written by Warren Ellis or Garth Ennis.  Own every X-Men comic from #114 up.  Rarest comic I own is a spiffy Amazing Spider-Man #3.  (first appearance of Sandman).  Coolest comic I own is a Jack Kirby autographed copy of Last of the Viking Heroes #1.

Video Games - Kind of on hiatus as I am spending more money on RPG's at the moment.  But I have been a video game junkie from the first time I laid eyes on an Atari 2600.  Have a sizable collection of Atari 2600 and 5200 games, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Playstation games.  The only current console I own is a Nintendo Gamecube...and I only bought that so I could play Metroid Prime.  I also have upwards of 100 PC games.  Titles ranging from Half-Life 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004 to Baldur's Gate and Dungeon Siege.  Someday I hope to either win the lottery or inherit a ton of money so I can buy up a whole bunch of old arcade games like Asteroids and Galaga and build a huge house just for my video games.  :D

Action Figures/Statues - Stopped collecting back in the late 90's.  Too much crap that wasnt worth anything and too difficult to find the really rare chase figures that are the big thing now.  Still have a buttload of Star Wars figures from the 70's.  Have a large collection of comic figures and Star Wars figures from the 90's and a smattering of Starting Lineup sports figures.  Have a small collection of cold-cast/porcelain statues (black and white Spider-Man, Batman, Dark Phoenix) and busts (Silver Surfer, Iron Fist, Megatron, Optimus Prime).  The only things I currently buy in this category are the Star Wars Unleashed figures.

I also went through a phase where I wanted to collect movie posters and Magic: The Gathering cards.  I dont have room for the thirty odd movie posters I have and the Magic cards are collecting dust in a few large binders.  At least they are some nice Revised and Legends cards.  Someday maybe I will have to unload them to make room for more games.  :wink:

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:36 pm 
 

Weapons. All kinds. My house is an armory. My goal is to be at least proficient with every weapon. I don't need Great Cleave, just be able to use it effectively.
I collected rare turtles for a while, but now I just breed 2 species. I had 25 or so at one point.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:36 am 
 

Fiction primarily by Michael Moorcock, HPL, CAS, Neil Gaiman, and Lucius Shepard, though I find too many books too interesting to pass up at times ;)
Realistically, though, the Greyhawk/D&D fixation is the only real item that I actively seek to collect:  most of the rest is casual browsing/searching these days, often in between queries for gaming books.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:19 am 
 

Comics, large collection of about 40 long boxes dating back to the 60's


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:22 am 
 

I also collect anime and weapons, both melee and missile (though I have not started on my firearms collection due to how often I move).  The wife collections medical devices, she only have three, but keeps hinting she wants more (and damn are they expensive, and hard to come by).

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:39 am 
 

i collect some comics, not everything tho, just very specific things. Books - mainly sci-fi and fantasy, music - CD's and vinyl, films - DVD and Video and of course RPG stuff, not necessarily stuck to TSR related type o stuff tho....

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:02 am 
 

Blackmoor wrote:Comics, large collection of about 40 long boxes dating back to the 60's


You, me, and Badmike need to pool our resources and open a comic book store.   :D  I've only got 6 long boxes but I have over 70 mid-size boxes plus two large bookshelves filled with trade paperbacks and graphic novels.  I can only guess at how much Badmike has.  I got to see a tenth of his comics in a storage shed and that was quite a bit.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:05 am 
 

I can still remember finding Amazing Fantasy #15 in a box I bought for $10.
I do collect Conan items, I forgot. I have a few bookcases of paperbacks, but I don't actually collect them, I am just too packrattish to sell them.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:17 am 
 

Deadlord36 wrote:I can still remember finding Amazing Fantasy #15 in a box I bought for $10.
I do collect Conan items, I forgot. I have a few bookcases of paperbacks, but I don't actually collect them, I am just too packrattish to sell them.


Amazing Fantasy #15......for $10???? Lucky sonuva..... :twisted:

I wish I could find all of the Conan paperbacks but there are just too many and like most people, they dont want to get rid of them so there arent many to find in used book stores.  I have to get my Conan fix by reading all of the old Savage Sword of Conan magazines that I have and the new Dark Horse series is really good as well.

BTW, have you seen the McFarlane toys Conan action figures? They are pretty cool. The only one I have bought though is the King of Aquilonia figure with the throne and backdrop.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:02 pm 
 

KingOfPain wrote:I wish I could find all of the Conan paperbacks but there are just too many and like most people, they dont want to get rid of them so there arent many to find in used book stores. I have to get my Conan fix by reading all of the old Savage Sword of Conan magazines that I have and the new Dark Horse series is really good as well.


hey KOP...i have some conan paperbacks, which i have been getting round to ebaying for like a small sum just to get rid. there aint that many tho and UK > US shipping might be a lil pricey, but if youre interested, i can give you a list of what i have left?

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:14 pm 
 

Deadlord36 wrote:I can still remember finding Amazing Fantasy #15 in a box I bought for $10.
I do collect Conan items, I forgot. I have a few bookcases of paperbacks, but I don't actually collect them, I am just too packrattish to sell them.


I have owned Amazing Fantasy 15 2 times, sold them both, one copy I owned I got on a trading card deal when sports cards were hot, probably paid $10-$15 for the cards and got an AF #15 out of the deal.  I have also owned vitually every major silver age comic in my life at one point or another.  I still collect but just to read.  My wife used to collect Star wars memorablia, but she sold a good chunk of it when episode one was about to be released, man were star wars collectables hot back then, we got crazy money for lots of old junk, stuff like old books, toys, games, pictures, even stand ups.
RPG's are still my favorite though, fun to read and collect and you can still get the killer deals at used book stores, flea markets etc.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:45 pm 
 

madman31 wrote:I was curious what sorts of non-gaming type things everyone collects, if anything at all (and judging by the fistfulls of cash some of you spend on this, there might not be much.


Just started on my collection of Schleich Knights, Moors, and Castle peices -

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Each peice is about 4-6" tall (not miniatures). Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, but I think this stuff is cool (my wife thinks otherwise).


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:31 pm 
 

So comics seem to be an overwhelming cross-collection here.  That doesn't surprise me, certainly.  My comic collection is only about 4,000 strong these days.  I have done a lot of paring down of it over the last 5 years or so, by getting rid of junk, replacing some with trades, and the like.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:25 pm 
 

madman31 wrote:So comics seem to be an overwhelming cross-collection here. That doesn't surprise me, certainly. My comic collection is only about 4,000 strong these days. I have done a lot of paring down of it over the last 5 years or so, by getting rid of junk, replacing some with trades, and the like.


Either comics or books.  I dont consider the thousand or so books that I have to be much of a collection since none of them are really rare or valuable.  I would bet that a lot of people that collect role-playing games also read fantasy/sci-fi books (At least from the past threads I have read just about everyone on this forum does).   I might also expect a lot of people read historical/mythological non-fiction.  Is mythology classified as non-fiction?  Gotta get out my pocket dewey decimal system to check.  :wink:

Regardless of what people think, collecting D&D, miniatures, toys or comics is much more fun than collecting fossilized dinosaur turds and less expensive than collecting cars.  :D

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:31 pm 
 

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KingOfPain wrote:I wish I could find all of the Conan paperbacks but there are just too many and like most people, they dont want to get rid of them so there arent many to find in used book stores. I have to get my Conan fix by reading all of the old Savage Sword of Conan magazines that I have and the new Dark Horse series is really good as well.


hey KOP...i have some conan paperbacks, which i have been getting round to ebaying for like a small sum just to get rid. there aint that many tho and UK > US shipping might be a lil pricey, but if youre interested, i can give you a list of what i have left?

Al


Thanks for the offer.  I most likely couldnt afford the shipping right now and I cant make time to read them anyway.  I just started book 3 of the "New Jedi Order" series and I think there are 18 books in the series.  It will probably take me the rest of the year to finish them up.  Then I gotta go back and read all of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series so I can remember what happened by the time his next (hopefully the last) book comes out.  :x

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:45 am 
 

Used to collect beer cans.  I can remember when you could find old cone tops in the woods....ah, the glory days.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 2:25 am 
 

KingOfPain wrote:
Blackmoor wrote:Comics, large collection of about 40 long boxes dating back to the 60's


You, me, and Badmike need to pool our resources and open a comic book store.  :D I've only got 6 long boxes but I have over 70 mid-size boxes plus two large bookshelves filled with trade paperbacks and graphic novels. I can only guess at how much Badmike has. I got to see a tenth of his comics in a storage shed and that was quite a bit.


I just did a new inventory, up to 70 longboxes of just regular stuff; another 10 or so longboxes of stuff I want to sell, and the more valuable stuff in special storage containers.  If I ever get my S.. together, I'll start listing comics on Ebay along with games but for right now RPGs are keeping me quite busy. Problem is I've never got rid of anything and now it's biting me on the ass; I mean, I can see having an almost complete collection of Amazing Spiderman; but I have junk like Arak Son of Thunder and Power Pack complete sets taking up valuable space.

I also collect music, I have several thousand CDs, albums and tapes, most the result of having worked in a music store from 1989 through 1994 and getting tons of freebies (not to mention the 30% discount).  I mostly concentrate on lates 70's-90's punk, alternative, mod, indie stuff, I actually have a few expensive oop CDs ($100+) that have gone out of print, it's shocking what has already been discontinued in the realm of CD music, a lot like RPGs I guess, except you can't buy an old PDF of some of the bands I collect.

The other big collectible is pulp fiction, specifically paperbacks from the 40s through 60s, mostly hard boiled detective, adventure, horror (not a big SF collector for some reason). I have quite a few original pulps such as Weird Tales and Dime Detective, but frankly they are expensive and if you haven't already guessed I already spend far too much money on my "hobbies". I've never done an inventory but suspect I have several hundred at least, most I've never even read (some would probably fall apart if I tried to I suspect, the problem with collecting something that was basically made to self destruct due to low printing quality). I keep telling the wife they are for when i retire, so I'll have plenty of reading material....

My brother has ofte commented that if I had just stuck with one collecting bug (either comics, RPGs or music) I would have been a giant in that field, instead of being a dabbler in three  :cry: Oh well, all three have made me very happy through the years, instead of concentrating on one I just wish I had more money to collect more of all three!

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:35 am 
 

Like most my brother and I have collected several different things: comics, sports cards, movie posters/banners, action figures, music/movies, and movie props.

We started out collecting comic books back in the late 70s. Our collection isn't very impressive, only about 14 long boxes. The Marvel Conan series was our main focus(have the entire series). Other than that most are worthless with the exception of Iron Man #1 and a few X-men. Stopped collecting comics around 2000.

 Sometime in the mid 80s we also started buying sports cards(mainly football & basketball). Don't know how many we have but it is in the thousands. We stopped collecting cards in 1998.

 In 1990 I(Shawn) went to work for Movies 8. During this time we picked up many movie related items. Later a friend went to work for General Cinema and we picked up alot more. Our favorite item is a LOTR banner from the first movie. Don't really buy anymore.

 When the Simpsons action figures hit the shelves we were hooked. We bought everything we could find until about 2 years ago. We also bought other figures that we really liked such as: Dawn of the Dead, Robotech, Dune, Futurama, etc..  

 Our music/movie collection consists of around 425 dvds, 500+ cds, and 400+ vinyl LPs. Most of the music is rock(Pink Floyd, Doors, Greatful Dead, CCR, etc..).

 The movie props we have include several items(swords, crossbows, shields, etc.) from the D&D movie. Other items came from movies like: We Were Soldiers, Resident Evil, and Baseketball.

 Oh, we also collected and still collect TSR/RPG art. Our collection has around 200-300 pieces including 11 cover paintings. Some of the artists include: Erol Otus, David Sutherland, Jeff Dee, Tim Truman, Elmore, Easley, Lakey, Geier, Baxa, Doorman, Burdick, Peter Jones, etc..

 Just wish we never bought all the action figures and sports cards.  Willing to trade for D&D/RPGs.

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