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What do you guys here collect - like, what do you have collections of that you're proud of? What do you collect as a hobby?

Myself:

-Foreign/Old Coins (Got a box full of stuff from tons of different countries, my oldest coin goes back to around 1910; I wanna collect some Roman coins if I can but it's easy to get fakes)

-Vintage PC games in their original boxes (Mostly Sierra games with some childhood favorites plus I'm currently bidding on a sealed version of Diablo)

-90s Disney and X-Men toys
-90s video game magazines
 

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4 minutes ago, Skeeter said:

Memories with my loved ones. 

You with your damn happiness.

 

I have a bunch of guitars, kept all my old video games from childhood that keeps growing.

 

Nowadays, it's becoming mountain bike shit.

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3 hours ago, AxlisOld said:

You with your damn happiness.

 

I have a bunch of guitars, kept all my old video games from childhood that keeps growing.

 

Nowadays, it's becoming mountain bike shit.

 

What's your oldest guitar? Any particular brands you enjoy collecting?

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Here's my real answer, if anyone gives a shit.

 

First and foremost, it's action figures.  A small percentage of my collection is vintage stuff, either from my own childhood or the early days of ebay.  But the majority is newer releases that are more highly detailed, articulated, and better painted than the stuff we had as kids.  My favorite properties are Star Wars, Transformers, Batman, GI Joe, RoboCop, Japanese anime stuff (AKIRA, Macross, Cowboy Bebop), Marvel super heroes, and random stuff that catches my eye.

 

In addition to that there's comic books.   I was a voracious collector from the late 80s to the early 2000s.  I have at least 10,000 individual books, possibly more.  Most of them are pretty worthless, and are in longboxes in basements at various friends' and relatives' houses across Ohio.  But I managed to get my hands on some gems over the years, like New Mutants 98, which is the first appearance of Deadpool.  And Batman: Mad Love which is an early Harley Quinn.  I also have the first several appearances of Bane.  My prize as far as American books is something I actually bought fairly recently:  the set of Dark Knight 1-4, 1st prints from 1986.  I had them signed in person by Frank Miller last year.  As for Japanese books, I tracked down just about everything ever published by Katsuhiro Otomo.  I have 5 different complete sets of AKIRA:  Japanese black and white, Japanese color, English black and white, English color, and the recently released English black and white in hardcover.

 

My lust for collecting all things Otomo spilled into other media, and I have LPs, laserdsics, VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blurays of AKIRA.  I try to have a copy of all my favorite movies on Bluray even though most people have abandoned physical media.  I think there's something cool about seeing stuff all neatly lined up, whether it's books in a bookcase or a DVD collection or records.

 

I still buy the occasional CD or vinyl if it's something really cool.  Of course I have all the music digitally, but I still like having the "real" thing.  No, I did not buy Locked N' Loaded.   But I have just about every other GNR release on vinyl, including the now rare and expensive Live Era, which I bought for retail the day it was released.  Almost got in a car wreck for the damn thing....it was snowing like crazy in Ohio that day. 

I've bought some vinyl records I'll never listen to and have zero interest in, simply for the cover art, like the LP with art drawn by Otomo or the limited edition 7 inch I got last year that was drawn by Eguchi Hisashi.

 

Speaking of Eguchi Hisashi, I've started collecting art books too.  Again, most of the world would consider this a waste of paper but I like having the real thing.  I have art books by Hisashi, Otomo, Aquirax, Mucha, and many many more.

 

I even have a small collection of tote bags that started simply cause I'm in Japan and they love tote bags.  I have a GNR tote bag, two Mucha tote bags, an Otomo tote bag, two Eguchi tote bags.  There's a Hokusai exhibit going on that I'll attend on Monday...and a Transformers exhibit after that.  Chances are I'll have a Hokusai and Transformers tote bag very soon.  And I never "tote" anything....what the fuck am I buying all these goddamn bags for??

 

I've got posters too.  Obviously, some of the NITL lithographs.  Some rare Pearl Jam posters from gigs over the years.  I have some really rare theatrical lobby posters, double sided for light up cases.  I have the original 1990 American release AKIRA poster.   I bought some cheap reprints of some stuff I really liked that I wouldn't feel guilty about hanging up, like the Revenge of the Jedi poster.  I always wanted it as a kid and it was too goddamn expensive.  Well, a few years back I bought a 1:1 repro off of ebay for $20 and the thing is gorgeous.  I don't mind that it's a fake.

 

Speaking of fakes, I just bought a bootleg GNR shirt from the 01-01-01 show that I've wanted for almost 20 years.  That brings my GNR shirt total to at least two dozen.  I'm almost to the point where I can wear nothing but GNR shirts for a month.   I don't wear them though.  They just hang in my room as decoration.

 

My latest addiction breaks the cardinal rule:  never, ever PAY for porn!!  I know.  It's dumb.  But there's an "artist" I really really like.  She's my favorite of all time.  And some of her movies are just not anywhere online.  I've searched.  So I started buying her used DVDs on amazon japan a while ago.  And now I have a stack.  But it's just like CDs and Blurays and books....I see them starting to form a little "collection" and I can't quit.  I don't think I'm nearly a hoarder or anything, but I just really like the stuff I like.  And hey, one of the DVDs I bought for like $5 is going for $100 now, so that's pretty cool.

 

If you'd like any further info, or even pics, just ask, and I'll be happy to share.  As a guy in my 40s with no wife or kids, this stupid pile of dumb shit I've amassed over the years is all I have.

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I'd had an antiquing relative that was a hoarder (think Collyer Brothers) so I'm paranoid of possessions.

 

Travel photos, a few obscure CDs nobody remembers, band t-shirts, posters. DVDs/Books. Now I wish just had the digital copy instead.

 

If it makes you happy then that's fine but being beholden to the past holds you back. I want to accomplish things as an illusion of a legacy.

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First/Signed/Limited Edition books mostly relating to Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, Bret Easton Ellis, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk, assorted drug literature and beat generation/counterculture writers. 

 

 

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Can I ask those of you who are actually serious collectors and have everything organized and you know exactly what you have (not just hoarders who say 'I collect XYZ', it's sitting in some box somewhere in my addict"), does it actually make you happy? Or if it doesn't truley make you happy, does it at least make you content with what you've  purchased over the years? 

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44 minutes ago, GNS said:

Can I ask those of you who are actually serious collectors and have everything organized and you know exactly what you have (not just hoarders who say 'I collect XYZ', it's sitting in some box somewhere in my addict"), does it actually make you happy? Or if it doesn't truley make you happy, does it at least make you content with what you've  purchased over the years? 

I have everything fairly organized.  I know what I have and what I'm missing.  I don't need to make a list...it's all in my head.

 

My various collections certainly bring joy to my life, but they don't "make me happy."  At the end of the day, it's just stuff.  I'm certainly content with what I have.  There are definitely pieces I'd like to add that I missed out on, or things that were never produced that left a "gap" but luckily I'm not OCD enough to let that stuff bother me.  I just look at the things I DO have and appreciate having them.

 

 

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It really bothers me that someone fucking stole my original Sega Genesis and games. I got one from a local retro shop and I can easily re-get all the games but it's not MY Sega that I got for Christmas back in 1994. Bugs me.

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I collect Coke memorabilia. I used to anyway. I don’t have 4 shelves of coke cans anymore but I do have a few items, glasses, display units, limited edition bottles. 

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21 hours ago, Miser said:

 

What's your oldest guitar? Any particular brands you enjoy collecting?

76ish I think? No particular brands I want, as I avoid Gibson at this point. They've had shitty QA for too long, I refuse to buy new guitars for the most part. You get so much more interesting guitars used, and for much less.

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I’ve never understood why people collect autographs. Especially if you don’t get them purposely. 

Whi gives a fuck if another human took two seconds to scribble some ink/sign his name on a piece of paper. 

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7 minutes ago, Skeeter said:

I’ve never understood why people collect autographs. Especially if you don’t get them purposely. 

Whi gives a fuck if another human took two seconds to scribble some ink/sign his name on a piece of paper. 

 

Probably for resale, and because it makes them feel special "look, so and so celeb took the time to sign MY (insert item), I'm special."

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I definitely never got them for resell.

 

I'm a big fan of comic books, and early on, one of the thrills of collecting was going to conventions where the actual writer or artists might be in attendance.   You got to talk to them a bit, and they'd sign your book.  I always thought that was very cool to have the actual book signed by the creator.

 

I met Axl once and I really wish I'd have been able to have him sign a record, but was strictly told beforehand "no pics, no autographs."

 

I can't really explain it.  I just think it has to do with appreciation of the art and the creator.  Having something signed is so much cooler.  I wouldn't turn down an Axl autograph on a scrap of paper, but having one on the sleeve of an LP would be so fucking cool.

 

As for feeling "special" or having bragging rights?  Yeah, that's part of it.  I'd never buy something autographed on ebay.  I only want stuff that I got personally, cause it's proof of the encounter I had with the artist.  These works, whether they're movies, music, or art enrich our lives and mean so much to us, and I think it's human nature to want to try to give that back to the person that gave it to you.  But realistically, we're never gonna be friends with these people.  The best normies can hope for is a pleasant exchange of "Dude, I really love your work, it means so much to me."  And "Thanks, I'm glad you liked it." while getting an autograph or a selfie.   It's fleeting and it's shallow, but it's still there.  It's still a momentary connection.

 

Of course you have sickos that think that's not good enough so they go and shoot people or whatever.  Thankfully those types are very few and far between.

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1 hour ago, EstrangedTWAT said:

I definitely never got them for resell.

 

I'm a big fan of comic books, and early on, one of the thrills of collecting was going to conventions where the actual writer or artists might be in attendance.   You got to talk to them a bit, and they'd sign your book.  I always thought that was very cool to have the actual book signed by the creator.

 

I met Axl once and I really wish I'd have been able to have him sign a record, but was strictly told beforehand "no pics, no autographs."

 

I can't really explain it.  I just think it has to do with appreciation of the art and the creator.  Having something signed is so much cooler.  I wouldn't turn down an Axl autograph on a scrap of paper, but having one on the sleeve of an LP would be so fucking cool.

 

As for feeling "special" or having bragging rights?  Yeah, that's part of it.  I'd never buy something autographed on ebay.  I only want stuff that I got personally, cause it's proof of the encounter I had with the artist.  These works, whether they're movies, music, or art enrich our lives and mean so much to us, and I think it's human nature to want to try to give that back to the person that gave it to you.  But realistically, we're never gonna be friends with these people.  The best normies can hope for is a pleasant exchange of "Dude, I really love your work, it means so much to me."  And "Thanks, I'm glad you liked it." while getting an autograph or a selfie.   It's fleeting and it's shallow, but it's still there.  It's still a momentary connection.

 

Of course you have sickos that think that's not good enough so they go and shoot people or whatever.  Thankfully those types are very few and far between.

 

I respect your opinion but I'll never understand it. For myself the interaction would be enough. You've always said you talked to Axl in person back in 2002 I think I would've been floored by that alone. I think as an artist people asking for your autograph is probably creepy and annoying. I'm not attacking you, it's just...imagine if someone asked for your signature. It'd be weird.

 

I mean someone like Axl probably just wants to be treated like a normal dude. I feel like asking for pictures or autographs reduces that artist to a thing, a product, and sure, they are. But I can see why artists would hate both.

 

Think of it from their perspective. You're not showing any interest in them as a human, just as a trophy of sorts. I mean in Axl's case the happiest fan stories seem to involve actually engaging with him like about music or even about memories or Slash. It must be nice to just have fans treat you like a regular dude. Not like you're this amazing superman figure

 

Like, thanks to FB, I get to talk to heroes of mine regularly. Most of the time we talk about our lives and shoot the shit like friends. Sometimes I'll ask them for a memory or for a story behind something they made, but it's easy to tell the truth much prefer to just chat like regular folk. 

 

You know? 

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Well, asking someone whose work you really respect to SIGN that work seems more honest to me than just "treating him like a normal guy."

Cause he's NOT a normal guy.  And he's not your friend.  He's the artist, you're the fan.  That's the nature of the interaction.

 

I'm not advocating you get down on your knees and suck the guy off, but there's no harm in getting something signed if you genuinely respect the work and aren't just flipping it on ebay.

 

Unfortunately, the majority of guys getting autographs these days ARE flippers, especially in LA.  Guys do that for a living.   I blame the lazy shits that actually BUY pre-signed stuff on ebay.

 

If I didn't get the signature in person myself, I'm not interested.  Even if the artist is dead, cause I'll have no way of knowing if it's legitimate or not.  It's something I have to witness myself.   That's why it's such a shame I didn't get Axl's.  I was in the room with the guy for a few hours.   I'll likely never, ever have that chance again.

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9 hours ago, EstrangedTWAT said:

Well, asking someone whose work you really respect to SIGN that work seems more honest to me than just "treating him like a normal guy."

Cause he's NOT a normal guy.  And he's not your friend.  He's the artist, you're the fan.  That's the nature of the interaction.

 

I'm not advocating you get down on your knees and suck the guy off, but there's no harm in getting something signed if you genuinely respect the work and aren't just flipping it on ebay.

 

Unfortunately, the majority of guys getting autographs these days ARE flippers, especially in LA.  Guys do that for a living.   I blame the lazy shits that actually BUY pre-signed stuff on ebay.

 

If I didn't get the signature in person myself, I'm not interested.  Even if the artist is dead, cause I'll have no way of knowing if it's legitimate or not.  It's something I have to witness myself.   That's why it's such a shame I didn't get Axl's.  I was in the room with the guy for a few hours.   I'll likely never, ever have that chance again.


Obviously he's not your friend. But come on. Put yourself in an artist's shoes for a minute. All the adoration and being treated like you're something really special must fuck with your head after a while, and get really boring, and it must fuck with you like, these people don't care about YOU, they just care about this image they have of you. You've literally become a product. So, no, I'm not advocating treating a celeb like they're your bud, just....Chatting like you would someone you met in a casual circumstance.

I mean different strokes for different folks but if Axl or Mick Jagger were in front of me right now I honestly wouldn't want their autograph. I'd just wanna chat with them about what music they've been listening to lately, what they think of music nowadyas, that kind of thing.

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13 hours ago, Miser said:

 I'm not advocating treating a celeb like they're your bud, just....Chatting like you would someone you met in a casual circumstance.

I mean different strokes for different folks but if Axl or Mick Jagger were in front of me right now I honestly wouldn't want their autograph. I'd just wanna chat with them about what music they've been listening to lately, what they think of music nowadyas, that kind of thing.

 

I disagree.  Obviously I'm not famous, so I'll never know, but in general, I'd think the celebrity would prefer a straight forward interaction.

 

You really think after all these years, Axl and Mick aren't savvy to guys just pretending they don't know who they are, thinking they're gonna "trick" them into letting their guard down and "shooting the shit" for 3 hours?    "Oh hey man, I don't know who you are....you're just a regular dude like me....you like Coldplay?  Cool.   You psyched about Game of Thrones?  Rad."

 

I'd imagine they prefer the honest interaction: "Hey man, you fuckin' rock!"  "Thanks, I appreciate it."   Smile for the camera, get the hell on with your life.

 

Surely, they'd prefer to be left the fuck alone most of all.  But even a recluse like Axl still likes to go out and meet fans and enjoy being idolized every now and then.   These guys knew what they were signing up for when they got famous, so I don't feel sorry for them.   "Boo hoo, I can't go to McDonalds without people telling me how great I am and wanting pictures with me!"   Poor baby.

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