My most prolific collection outside of cards is gig posters and art prints. I have them hanging all over my house like an art museum. I'm not exactly sure how many I have now (must be approaching 1000), but I can tell you that I've become very good friends with the framers at Michael's. If you're interested, go check out gigposters.com. Here's a few of my favorite framed prints and the artists who made them:
|Chuck Sperry - Miles Electric|
|Aaron Horkey - Detritus|
|Daniel Danger - Please Don't Worry, When I Wake Up I'll Be Something New....|
|Aaron Horkey - The Magnetic Fields|
|Malleus - Bloom|
|Daniel Danger - And I Need Sunny Days...|
|Kevin Tong - Dune|
|The Simpsons/Fox Studios - Springfield Jazz Festival giclee|
|Aaron Horkey - Plighting the Troth (this one is mega-rare)|
|Rhys Cooper - Art of War|
|Justin Hampton - QOTSA|
|Aaron Horkey - Sunn O))) Boris 2006|
|Four Different Malleus peices|
|Bill Green - Lebowski Fest 2004|
Like Griffey is the focus of my card collection, my focus in this collection is Radiohead posters. I have nearly every one (there are only three that I know of that I'm missing). That's hundreds, most of them limited-edition silkscreens that are signed and numbered by the artist. Here's a few favorites:
That was just a small portion of my poster collection. You can view the entire thing online here. I've been thinking of starting a whole new blog around it. Hmmmm.
My most eclectic collection is the one I have of props and other items from the show Mystery Science Theater 3000. You may remember it from Comedy Central and The Sci-Fi Channel. It was the one with the guy and the two robots making fun of bad movies. When the show ended they did a prop sell-off, and I jumped on it. Here's what I ended up with:
|Pearl's glasses, a "bomb detonator" from season 8, and Tom Servo's sick head.|
|Joel, my favorite host.|
I'm an avid vinyl record collector. I tend to spend my entire record-buying budget in a single day every year, that being Record Store Day. Even if you don't actively collect vinyl, I suggest you check it out. I've already shown a few items in a previous post, but here are a few items from that collection I have framed:
My earliest collection was coins which my grandmother got me hooked on. It started with pennies and now includes every denomination of U.S. coin with a focus on silver coins and some old bank notes. I don't keep the good stuff at the house, but here's a peek at my coin shelf:
|Those albums are mostly full.|
I would mention my CD/DVD/Blu-ray collection, but I think everybody collects those. I'm currently in the process of digitizing the entire thing and getting rid of all those discs. Most of my collection is in plastic storage bins. I do have a few rare items that are worth a little money:
|This is about half of my DVDs - the rest are in a bin in the attic :-(|
I totally collect Lego still. It's fun and holds value better than some recent precious metals investments. I currently have two large plastic bins of Lego and a bunch of assembled Star Wars models in the man cave.
|Some of the Star Wars models in the man cave. The rest of my legos fill two large bins.|
When my wife and I bought our house I started turning the garage into a man cave. When it was done I started collecting pennants of New Orleans and Louisiana teams to decorate the walls with.
|The New Orleans Jazz and New Orleans Breakers pennants on the left there were the toughest to find.|
I collect setlists from shows and get them signed as often as possible. Everybody collects autographs, right? Here is my autograph wall with a few of my setlists:
|Brian Wilson, Radiohead, Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, TMBG (several), the Rentals, Fishbone, The Refreshments, Grandaddy, Galactic, and coming soon Yo La Tengo.|
Scotch! Single malt or blended, 10, 12, 15, 18 years old, Islay or Highland, peaty or malty or both - I love it. Here are a few I have in stock at the moment:
I have a few small collections of old local beer cans, a few signed books, a few random nerdy items here and there. I grew up on Micro Machines and Hot Wheels, and I still have them all. This is less of a collection and more of an eventual hand-me-down to my potential offspring. Then again, some of those Micro Machines are pretty fragile.
Here's the bulk of my shot glass collection:
Here's some random nerdy items:
|Super vintage, creepy Luke Skywalker mask on the back.|
So, what else do you collect? This is a call to all my fellow bloggers to show us your stuff! The nerdier, the better. Link to the appropriate posts below!