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#1 Ballblaɀer

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:29 AM

Just wondering what non-gaming / non-Atari things you fine folks collect.  Collecting *anything* can be fun and rewarding.  For me, I enjoy the thrill of finding something unusual or uncommon, especially if it comes at a bargain price.  And sometimes the effort put into collecting can be beneficial as well -- take, for example, our fossil collection.  These were all hand-collected by me and my wife over the course of a few years:

 

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There's a LOT of walking, and bending, and long-term *patience* involved in finding nice specimens -- after all, most days you find nothing to write home about.  Anyway, sure, it's not the same as doing something legit athletic, but there's also a level of pride that comes with putting in the effort and hours to hunt.  You develop an eye for spotting things after you do it for a while, and you end up learning a lot at the same time.

 

Since there's nothing in the photo to show scale, here are two of the larger fossil shark teeth next to a USA penny (0.75" / 19mm diameter):

 

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Another more recent collection we've started is uranium glass.  The look of uranium glass being lit by a true black light is like nothing else you've ever seen:

 

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We're trying very hard to stick to collecting Art Deco-styled glass only, but the stuff is so damn cool that it can be really hard to pass up an amazing deal -- sometimes the thrift/flea/yard seller doesn't even know what they have.  The collection is already at least twice the size of what's in the photo; any more and we'll need to expand the display shelf!

 

So, what interesting things do you collect?


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#2 StormSurge

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 10:05 AM

Wow, uranium glass is amazing! So cool!

I collect lots of things. :)

 

Typical, non-surprising stuff.

 

  • Star Wars figures, vintage & modern. I'm far from a completionist & I've found myself becoming more & more selective as I've grown older & poorer. I'll probably have to sell off some of my collections someday.
  • Funko Pop! figures. Again, I've become more selective over time (this has only been going on for about a year but I have nearly 100) and I'm not buying them as much as I did even a few months ago
  • Baseball cards. This was a huge thing for me in the mid-80s and I've now focused my collection solely on Mets Topps base cards for each year. Much cheaper this way, although I have a few expensive holes to fill

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 10:18 AM

  • Baseball cards. This was a huge thing for me in the mid-80s and I've now focused my collection solely on Mets Topps base cards for each year. Much cheaper this way, although I have a few expensive holes to fill

 

Mets?  BOOOOOOO!  That now out of the way, if you have a want-list feel free to send it my way.  I have a ton of baseball cards, especially for the years between 1988 and 1994.  I realize those are essentially the most overproduced years of all, but I would certainly take a look and see if there's anything I have that you need.  I have little to no attachment to most of them!


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 10:38 AM

I have a modest bobblehead collection.  Mostly obscure ones and Portland Trailblazers.  For example, I have one of Phil Knight, founder of Nike. 

 

And also old electronics.  Calculators, handheld games, Pong machines.  Older the better. 

 

And books.  Anything related to TV production (especially Star Trek TOS) and Disney. 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 11:08 AM

Mets?  BOOOOOOO!  That now out of the way, if you have a want-list feel free to send it my way.  I have a ton of baseball cards, especially for the years between 1988 and 1994.  I realize those are essentially the most overproduced years of all, but I would certainly take a look and see if there's anything I have that you need.  I have little to no attachment to most of them!

 

B)

 

Much appreciated but all of my needs are from '62-'71. 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 02:04 PM

That uranium glass looks phenomenal! I had no idea such a thing existed.


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 02:08 PM

That uranium glass looks phenomenal! I had no idea such a thing existed.

Me either.  And I agree...it looks spectacular.  Is it radioactive at all? 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 03:06 PM

Is it radioactive at all? 

 

Yes... but not really.  The majority of pieces will barely register on a geiger counter -- most will only emit a few times more radiation than the background level your body absorbs just by existing on Earth.  It's recommended not to eat/drink from uranium glass (leeching is a possibility), or to grind it into powder you could accidentally inhale/ingest, etc.  But that isn't because of radioactivity -- it's because uranium itself is toxic.  Anyway, yeah, you'd probably get a bigger dose of radiation from eating a banana (potassium) or by taking an international flight than from handling uranium glass.  The UV tube we use to light the glass may be more dangerous!

 

Uranium's radioactivity is not what causes the glass to fluoresce.  Ultraviolet light excites electrons in uranium atoms to a higher, unstable energy state, and as they return to the lower energy state they emit photons at a wavelength longer than UV (i.e. the green glow).  Some other elemental compounds react similarly -- glass containing manganese or cadmium for example.

 

It's surprising just how much of the stuff is floating around out there.  I keep a pocket UV flashlight in my car's glove compartment -- we've found pieces everywhere from antique shops all the way down to Value Village and thrift/junk stores.  We'll probably never come across an affordable uranium glass chandelier, though...

 

Edited to add: this chart.  If you were to sleep with your uranium glass every night, you'd still absorb way less than µ40 Sv in a night.  So, you know... don't sleep with it every night and you'll be a-okay.  Just keep it to the weekends!


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 03:20 PM

Fascinating info.  I'll have to keep my eye out for pieces when visiting thrift/antique shops. 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:34 PM

I like to collect coca cola stuff and guns, sword, and knives
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:39 PM

Good to know Justin...I have a Coca Cola pen.  I'll get it in the next junk box. 



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:57 PM

Good to know Justin...I have a Coca Cola pen. I'll get it in the next junk box.


Alright great to know!

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:41 PM

I also collect arcade marquees, dvd sets (especially 80's early 90's cartoons, used to collect sports cards back in the day but don't have the desire anymore.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:28 PM

I collect vw Hotwheels, Johnny Lightning, Matchbox basically anything brand that are vw and mostly the aircooled.  I have quite a lot of them, but they are still in cases mounted on the wall in the house I lived in 2 houses ago.  Hopefully I get them soon and find a place to display them (may have to be in the garage.)  


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 08:38 PM

I typically don't do a lot of long term collecting, but short term where I collect for a while, then sell it to start something new.

 

Right now I'm collecting:

 

Basic Hot Wheels based on TV shows and Movies (Batman, Star Trek and so on)

 

Marvel GI Joe Comics

 

Uncle Johns Bathroom Readers 


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 09:11 PM

You know what?  I collect those bathroom readers too.  Don't read them in the bathroom, but they are interesting, concise, and fun!    I may have a few duplicates if you are interested NSG. 


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#17 LeeJ07

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 08:16 PM

I collect books, stamps, coins, lapel pins, vintage toys, Marx toys, Hot Wheels cars, vintage G.I.Joes, Kenner/Hasbro Star Wars toys, View-Master, World's Fair memorabilia, Teddy bears and other stuffed animals, Dept. 56 Christmas Village, vintage Fisher-Price Little People toys, keychains... I think that's about it.
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:10 AM

Right now I am collecting VHS and LD movies, on the lookout for an RCA Videodisc Player SJT model, and music of vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and CD formats. I prefer physical media over digital downloads of music and movies. Someday I hope to own a minidisc player/recorder.
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:39 AM

Right now I am collecting VHS and LD movies, on the lookout for an RCA Videodisc Player SJT model, and music of vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and CD formats. I prefer physical media over digital downloads of music and movies. Someday I hope to own a minidisc player/recorder.

Do you need a LaserDisc "Bambi"?  I have one if you do. 


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Posted 30 May 2016 - 12:54 AM

I don't have that one.




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