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:
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):
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:
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?