I own or have owned a plethora of things, though I might be being a big generous with the term "collectors' item" here.
A Willie McGee 1997 homerun ball that I got signed by him at Spring Training the following year. It should be worth something ... he only hit three that year.
A 2002 Bucs season program from their training camp in Orlando, autographed by Brian Kelly and Ronde Barber.
A ticket stub and program signed by head coach Jim Leavitt from South Florida's 45-14 win over then-No. 9 Louisville in 2005.
A baseball signed by Charlie Hough that I got at the Marlins' first spring training, though I have no idea where it is.
A baseball bat signed by Ozzie Smith that my grandfather won in a raffle and gave to me.
My most prized possession, a baseball I got signed by Stan Musial at a Cardinals game in 1999, I gave to my father on his 50th birthday two years ago.
I also have a 100 billion Zimbabwe dollar bill that has expired (money with an expiration date!) and was worth less than one-half of one cent US when I got it like nine months ago, and is worth something even closer to unmeasurable now.
Originally posted by DrDirtLps. The old vinyl albums, Love them, look at them, smell them, and admire them.
Books. Hardbound. Especially of American Classics.
Not really collector's items like yours but to me priceless.
There's a Taiwanese guy who owns a bar here in Cambodia with a MASSIVE vinyl collection from the 70s and early 80s. I mean, you name ANY band from the 1970s and he has them on vinyl. Two friends of mine are determined to stump him by requesting music they think he won't have and they're zero for about 100 so far. It's pretty impressive.
I own three comic book pages all inked by Mark Mckenna.
"What if?" volume 2, issue 94, page 7, where the Juggernaut is climbing up a sentinel and sends it crashing into the Statue of Liberty. It is drawn and inked, but there are no word balloons on the page. I believe it was done on computer before/after it was colored.
New Warriors issue 63, page 6, featuring The Scarlet Spider and one of the word balloons became unglued, to my dismay.
Ultraforce issue 1, page 3 (I don't know which volume) that is a huge splash page featuring a very old Prime on it getting zapped. I was really into the Ultraverse until Marvel bought and then buried it.
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The only real collectors item I have is my grandfather's cash register from the grocery store he opened in Los Angeles after WWI. I'm fairly certain it's at least 70 years old, maybe older (it only goes up to $99.99). It's sitting in a closet right now and it needs some service, but I plan to hold onto it forever.
It might not even be worth anything, except to me....
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I have two WW1 bayonet blades. One is German and one is British. They are in a box in my old bedroom at my parent's house, and I doubt I will ever do anything with them other than give them away or maybe sell them on eBay.
I used to have a German gas mask as well, but then I brought it up to college at Halloween for a Sandman (Wesley Dodds) costume, got drunk, and never saw it again.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
I think I'm finally down to just one standard box of comics, and I limited it to things that I can't get in Trade Paperback. I also own a decent amount of toys and figurines dating to my disposable income days. I'm looking to pare those down in the next year or so, especially the variant ones still in boxes.
full collections of baseball cards from '87, '88, and '89. Topps, Upper Deck (their first year), Donruss, Fleer. I got the rookie cards of Barry Bonds, David Wells, Kurt Schilling, Deion Sanders(!), and Ken Griffey Jr, three times over in different sets from different companies.
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I actually have a pretty extensive baseball card collection going back to the mid 60's, with complete sets from 1972 to the mid-1980's, and then starting in the nineties again, along with some other sports cards.
The most valuable card I had was a Nolan Ryan rookie, which I sold for $500 back after college to pay some bills. Still have a Pete Rose rookie, Reggie Jackson, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and several others.
They would probably be worth more if I didn't have the audacity to play with them when I was a kid. When I watch kids buy cards today and see them put them immediately into protectors and the such, it seems like they are missing the point.
I have a couple things here and there. My favorite two are a set of Return of the Jedi drink glasses and a copy of Sports Illustrated ("Top Gun") with David Robinson on the cover signed by every player on the Navy team including the Admiral himself.
Originally posted by TheBucsFanI also have a 100 billion Zimbabwe dollar bill that has expired (money with an expiration date!) and was worth less than one-half of one cent US when I got it like nine months ago, and is worth something even closer to unmeasurable now.
Can I buy this from you? I'll give you $5 PLUS I'll send you a self addressed stamped envelope!
EDIT: Oh yeah, I seem to collect more shit then there actually is. Comics, toys, shot glasses, trading cards, records, autographs, DVDs, posters, money, dust... I kinda have more crap then I really know what to do with...
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I have to say that since I started working in a museum my urge to collect has waned, and a deep desire to purge everything as often as possible has replaced it.
I think it has something to do with the fact that at home I don't have to make a presentation to a committee, get permission from the committee to take it to the board, and then get board permission to THROW OUT A PLASTIC EGG!!!
I'm normally a Diet Pepsi guy with all the various flavors (Diet Pepsi Twist is so much better than Diet Lemon Coke it's ridiculous... Lemon Coke tastes like Lemon Pledge!), but I have to go with AWA on this one.