Hobby Loyalty

I seriously don’t get the desire of hobbyists to have utter loyalty to the source of their hobbydom, even when that source is really screwing up.  I see this kind of fanatical devotion in a lot of hobbies, in fact, maybe in all hobbies, where people think they somehow owe it to companies or organizations […]

End of an Era?

I’ve been collecting action figures for decades, in fact, for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never been a fanatic about anything I collect, I get what I like, I keep it pristine and I put it away.  I did that when I was 10, I do it today in my 40s.  There just […]

What A Good Idea!

Saw this floating around some of the toy forums and blogs and though it was a really good idea.  I ought to make some of these up!  It might convince some of the local retailers to actually put some product on the shelves instead of leaving the pegs bare. Nah, that might mean they’d make […]

We Don’t Owe You Jack

This happens all the time and frankly I’m sick of it.  Today, on a stamp forum, someone popped up and demanded to know how much he could sell a stamp collection that his grandfather left him.  All he wanted was a value.  He didn’t want to go research it, he wanted everyone on the forum […]

I Don’t Get Obsession

I’ve been thinking, over the past couple of days, and reading threads on obsession in hobbies and to be honest, I just can’t relate to it.  I don’t understand the feeling.  Sure, I can wrap my head around the concept, understand how and why it happens but I can’t relate to it in any way, […]

Collectors Getting Butthurt

It really bothers me that when people start asking the “hard questions”, so many people freak out.  As most know, we’ve been having a discussion over on an action figure forum regarding how collectors act and what makes one a collector.  I think I’ve made some very good points and I’ve had a lot of […]

The Good Old Days

After posting that article on collecting, I got to thinking about how things used to be.  This isn’t necessarily going to be a “good old days” article no matter what the title says, so much as an article on why I do things the way I do them and my formational years as a collector. […]

Collector or Accumulator

I know it’s a matter of definition, but I consider myself a collector of various things.  I’ve collected a lot of different things over the years, starting with stamps when I was much younger, moving to action figures, gashapon, comic books, regular books, DVDs, coins, etc. over the years.  I even got involved with collecting […]

Freaking Out the Stamp World

I just love watching people freak out over nothing.  In a recent story, Sweden announced that it’s going to stop producing stamps.  Immediately, the stamp collecting world donned sack cloth and is lamenting the end of the world.  Oh no!  The whole world is going to stop making stamps and we’ll all have nothing to […]

What Is It About Money?

I’ve noticed this for a while, but since I went back to collecting stamps, it’s become much more pronounced.  For a large segment of the collecting population, collecting is all about making money.  They want their collections not only to be worth something, but to make a profit. Why?