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Published: Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:20:45 -0800

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split the Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island cartridge in half

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:20:45 -0800

What is the highest dollar-value video game collection the exact value of which was either ascertained or independently confirmed by a court of law in a divorce proceeding?

I want other people's memories.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:27:25 -0800

I collect other people's old photographs. The vast majority of which that I have access to are from antique stores, junk shops, and sometimes estate sales, where I only see photographs from around 1965 or earlier. Where are all of the more recent photographs, and how can I get some of them?

Tools & sites for Junior Rock Hounds in New England?

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:40:25 -0800

What things should I bring along on a hike with some kids (age 9 & 12) who are curious about looking for cool rocks after a great demo in school? My two younger kids went on a field trip to a nearby rock & mineral shop, and are quite interested in finding some pretty rocks themselves. We live near a hill with a lot of quartz (Diamond Hill in Cumberland, RI), and it's easy to walk up and down it to see big quartz outcroppings.

Last weekend I grabbed a shoulder bag and tossed in eye protection, a hammer, and an old screwdriver, and we wandered around the hill for a little while. They were interested and we will go back, but what else (if anything) should I bring along in order to collect a few small samples?

(Bonus if anyone can suggest places within maybe a 45-minute drive to see cool rocks or -- be still my heart! -- fossils. We have already been to see the Cumberlandite, which is pretty neat for being totally unique.)

Can you identify this action figure toy?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:37:21 -0800

I would like to know more about this toy and bonus points where I could possibly get one? Two Headed Action Figure. I have limited background, but basically a toy collector friend spotted (and took this photo) at a toy convention. He wants one. The owner had no details on the figure. Thanks.

Things to "collect" in a neighbourhood or place? Non-internet edition.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:30:39 -0800

Aimless wandering is one of my preferred pastimes, and finding things locally blends well with this; I have a strong collecting impulse and it's a good way to know an area. But many recreational spins on this - geocaching, Ingress - are too internet-based for my tastes lately, and feel somewhat artificial. So what other things do you find it interesting/useful to go hunting for? All I can think of offhand is edible weeds/plant stands.

Beautiful complex mechanical puzzles, toys, and tools?

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:08:13 -0800

I'm looking for desk objets d'art of a particular kind - beautiful, highly complex mechanical objects. One great example would be a Curta mechanical calculator. Another would be Price is not a major concern; I'm interested in the "solidness" and beauty of the piece (so, no plastic, no made-by-the-millions jigsaw/blacksmith puzzles.

How do we sort & value a construction toy collection?

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:49:02 -0800

How do we catalog & value a large die-cast construction toy collection for eventual sale? A family friend's husband collected die-cast models of construction equipment (mainly Caterpillar stuff). He passed away a few years ago and she'd now like to sell the collection, but doesn't know its value and her husband didn't keep records. The task of figuring it out is overwhelming to her. Her children aren't interested in helping, and she doesn't trust a lot of people, so we offered to help. We're now sitting on several storage tubs of toys with only a vague idea of where to begin. She's not looking to get rich, but nobody knows what a fair price might be.

- Are there good programs, paid or free, for handling something like this? Or does one roll up a custom spreadsheet?
- What information should we note about each piece?
- What resources exist for setting a price on these things?

What's a good category of souvenirs to collect?

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:58:51 -0800

I'd like to start a collection of some kind of everyday items from different parts of the world... I've been enjoying reading this cookbook. The author, a chef, has a collection of knives that she has bought on her travels (more details here).

I would love to start a collection like this: something which exists in every culture, is an everyday item, but comes in many variants. Since I'm not a chef, though, knives are not that meaningful for me.

Any suggestions for things which might be suitable? Whatever it is they should be fairly small and not too expensive; but should in some way be meaningful of the place that I bought them (eg I have a lot of notebooks from around the world, but I don't exactly look at one of them and remember the place that I bought it). Ideally I would also like things which I might be able to use, or at least handle, rather than just display. And they shouldn't be perishable.

When I travel I love to visit supermarkets and hardware stores, if that helps.

Used records in Amsterdam

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:35:42 -0800

My previous thread was a huge success, so I thought I'd give another go. We're talking vinyls, we're talking shops, only this time, we're talking Amsterdam! I'll be visiting Amsterdam for four days, and I will be on the hunt. Do you know any good places for vinyls in the city? Thanks!

1999 alternative to the 1994 Prestige Proof Set

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:41:48 -0800

The state quarter sets are pretty cheap and boring, so is there something I'm not seeing that could provide a nice substitute? For my nephew's 16th birthday I gave him a 1994 Prestige Proof Set, which was cool because he likes sports and it included a commemorative World Cup silver dollar. His sister is going to be 16 next year and I'd like to get her something similar, but seeing as how the whole proof set thing changed in the late 90s, not to mention my relatively non-numismatic knowledge, I can't find anything that's nearly as neat.

I'm looking at American Eagles for their 21st's, so I guess anything but that can be in play.

archival storage and protection for laserjet/inkjet/xerox material?

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:56:55 -0800

Looking for acid-free non-plastic translucent or transparent sleeves or envelopes to fit folded printed paper PDF event tickets of various sizes and similar containers for digest-size and legal-digest (7 x 8.5 in ) xerox zines. Any leads? Details follow. Prompted by this, I am archiving and properly storing all my ephemera. The Magic deck is indeed worth some care and investment, and was the easiest thing to figure out how to manage.

However, I have a couple of categories of things that are unlikely to have resale value but which I want to store properly for my own satisfaction. They fall roughly into two categories: recently-printed paper tickets originally delivered as PDFs on both laserprinters and inkjets, and thirty-year-old 'zines, originally printed using xerox machines.

Adapting card-collection strategies to the laserjet and xerox stuff seems dumb, as the toner will stick after a few years. I think what I want are appropriately sized acid-free translucent paper envelopes, which were the storage standard for stamp-related ephemera in the 1970s. However, given the lack of resale value and consistent size for the tickets, I have not found the right product for them, nor for the zines.

Google has been unhelpful in uncovering niche communities exploring these needs. How about you, Hive Mind?

Can you dig it? Can I?

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:54:55 -0800

Is there anywhere I'm welcome to go fossil hunting along the Connecticut River in MA? Greenfield's closest, but down toward Springfield isn't out of the question.

Collectable Collecting - what's going on?

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 06:16:07 -0800

There's been some discussion recently about what a bad investment Beanie Babies turned out to be - but what about other products sold as 'collectables'? Have there been any studies or articles on these products and those who buy them, or has anyone here done so? I'm curious as to whether people primarily collect them because they like them or because they see them as an investment. Is anybody getting rich from selling their old Franklin Mint plates or Ashton Drake porcelain dolls? I've been fascinated by this ever since I would see the ads for 'limited edition' sculptures, jewellery and knick-knacks. As a child, a chain of jewellery stores would sell 'collectable' figurines such as Lladro or Pocket Dragons, complete with 'certificate of authenticity' and instructions that the packaging should be kept so that they would be 'worth something' in the future. (My mother bought a newborn porcelain doll from a Sunday supplement ad as she collected them at the time- when we tried to sell it on eBay, boxed and certified, it sold for £10. This was before the reborn craze, however.)

I'm aware how powerful 'limited edition' and 'collectable' are as persuaders - and I used to enjoy the process of collecting things as a child, albeit 99p bear figures from the local market - but I am curious as to whether people collected as a view to recouping an investment, and how often does this come to fruition? (I note that there are in face some Beanie Babies that remain relatively expensive on the secondary market.) Is there a subculture around collecting these?

Can you collect meteorite dust in your backyard? How?

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:10:08 -0800

I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? After the recent flyby of 2012DA14 and the coincidental meteorite strike in Russia, I've become interested in meteorites. I've read a little about astronomy and I've talked to the guy who runs the local observatory. He says it's possible to collect meteorite dust in your own backyard.

According to him and according to some of the things I read, you basically just put something like a cookie sheet outside for a week or three to catch any crud that lands in it. Then you run a magnet through it and carefully examine with a microscope the bits of dust and whatnot for things that look like this.

But the astronomer I talked to also said that most space debris is not metallic, so I conclude the magnet would be useless for most of what you'd catch. Also, how the heck could you tell whether you were looking at dust and debris from the Earth or from beyond?

Does this method really work?

Point us towards some sweet matchy books

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:03:45 -0800

My sister and I like matchy books: works by a single author or in a thematic series in new, nice, editions. Preferably hardcover, preferably freshly typeset, preferably authoritative and not decorative. To kick things off: the Overlook Press' P.G. Wodehouse editions and the Grove Centenary Beckett are the sort of thing I'm thinking of. We are aware of Library of America.

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price?

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:17:11 -0800

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price? When I was a kid I collected a full set of Revised Dual Lands. I looked up what they're selling for recently, and some of them are in the three figures. What's the best place to sell them and get a fair price for them. I know one answer is "eBay", but will serious Magic collectors buy from me if I don't have a history on my account? (I haven't used eBay in years, so I'm guessing I'd be starting with a fresh account.) Frankly, to save time I'd rather sell to a reseller if I'm not paying TOO high of a premium to do so.

Philately is to Stamps as ____ is to Rocks.

Sat, 03 Nov 2012 13:42:39 -0800

Stamp collecting is philately. Coin collecting falls under numismatics (perhaps as a subdivision). Rock collecting is not really geology in the same way as the above terms are used. Is there a similar term for rock collecting?

Investing in art on a budget.

Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:58:27 -0800

How can I find and buy art as an investment but without breaking the bank? I'd like to buy works of art as a long-term investment. They don't have to be big and they don't have to be by famous artists, but since I'll be living with them, I'd quite like them to be nice to look at rather than 'interesting'. Let's say that my budget would be around one to two thousand Euros/Pounds/Dollars per item. This is going to be a once a year (or less) event, so I am happy (nay, I want) to do some research to make sure I am making a sensible choice, but I seek advice on where to start.

Auction houses occasionally sell sketches or peripheral work of [semi-]famous artists, and they sometimes lie within my price range. Often, they don't look that attractive sadly. Do these sorts of items hold their value well? Should I trust what auction houses give for the guide price?

Should I buy new things? I have some friends who are artists but I don't want to turn our relationship into one involving the exchange of money. Surely if I buy something from them, then (like a new car) it loses most of its value immediately? Is it worth the gamble?

Are there avenues of investigation that I have missed?

I saw this question but it doesn't quite tackle the same issue.

Russian Translation

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:23:55 -0800

I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. And if anyone knows how they may be safely sold, so much the better.

I have looked at NY auction houses and also eBay but not happy as they do not seem to cater for foreign documents. Any help welcomed!

I know the search word is 'Scripophily' but this has not helped.

Help me collect on a default judgement win.

Tue, 15 May 2012 08:06:40 -0800

How do I collect on a default judgement in MA without an attorney? About 18 months ago I won a default judgement against someone that I sued. My attorney is a good friend (working pro bono) that has since not had time to deal with collecting on that judgement.
What can I do on my own to be able to pursue collection? I am in MA.
The defendant has a few liens on his house already, which I think is why my friend is dragging his heels. He sees this as a zero-reward effort.

I've asked a similar question a while ago (prior to winning judgement) but received very mixed responses. My question now is what I can do WITHOUT a lawyer to collect.

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:09:40 -0800

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection. Late last year I was browsing the Chapters Indigo website and on one of their holiday recommendations lists I came across the newly-published Louis Wain art book Louis Wain's Cats by Chris Beetles. I liked the book's description and performed a Google Image Search for the name "Louis Wain" and was impressed with Wain's art, so I immediately purchased the book.

I'm now obsessed with Louis Wain's art.

I've since received Louis Wain's Cats; I was very impressed with it. While I was very impressed with it, I'd still like to have more of Wain's art -- either high-res digital images or images in (physical) book form -- to add to my collection.

So what are some essential, comprehensive Louis Wain art books that I should add to my collection? Also, is there anywhere online where one can find high-res images of Louis Wain's art? I've come across many brilliant (low-res) artworks of his on Google Image Search that aren't contained in Louis Wain's Cats that I'd love to have either high-res digital copies of, or physical copies of.

If you think you can help me, either leave a comment or MeFi Mail me. Thanks.

Kinder Surprise Collector Callout!

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 08:30:31 -0800

Does anyone have information about collecting Kinder Surprise Toys in Canada or getting German goods into Canada affordably? My wife and I collect kinder surprise toys and are wondering if anyone knows of any resources in Canada for collectors. Like clubs, meets or anything of the like. Most of the material we find is German or French.

Also, a while ago we discovered that the Canadian line is pretty blase compared to the European (especially German) lines. Does anyone know of a Canadian importer of German goods. Or a way to get German goods into Canada cheaper than getting a German friend to ship a box (at $50 for shipping)?

How to collect B&B guests' deposits online?

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:19:27 -0800

My hope is to find a secure and inexpensive method for collecting my client's B&B guest deposits online, but I am unsure how to proceed?! My newest client is an already existing B&B that wants to attract new guests, in return a portion of the stay rate (aka my commission) will be allotted for me and my services. Works for me in theory, but unsure how to go about collecting the funds... How can I, as their independent marketing/sales consultant, best set up a way to collect the deposit? Things to know:

1) I am also creating their website, and I suppose I could set up a paypal account to require a deposit and the balance can be paid on arrival. But, I'm not sure if Paypal is the most reputable way to do that if there are better options out there.

2) As it exists, the B&B has only been requiring payment when the guest arrives, so there is not an existing platform to piggyback on.

3) They would prefer that I collect my commission in advance rather than receive it from the B&B after the stay. This is mostly due to logistics as the property is located in Italy and I am American (with both American and Italian bank accounts, if this is relevant). They are getting up in age and prefer the cash based transactions on their end and the idea of dealing with transfers and balances back to me is not so appealing to them.

My hope is to find the simplest method for collecting the B&B guests deposits online, ideally integrating this option into the new website for the B&B. If not, I'm happy to send a request for deposit via a confirmation email, but again looking for the best technology to accomplish that!

Thanks in advance for any insights.

Where can I find a replacement 3D 1937 maundy coin?

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:57:35 -0800

I have a 1937 King George V1 Specimen Coin set. The 3d maundy coin is missing (my grandma lost it). Where can I find a replacement? I expect the answer will be to contact a dealer, but which one or ones are best suited for this?

Fossil Collecting tips & tricks

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 07:32:41 -0800

Help me jump-start my fossil collection without getting scammed. I've got (literally) a nest egg to start off fossil collecting, and I suddenly find myself with a bit of disposable income. I've started my hunt on ebay and a couple random websites, but can't find any personal accounts of collecting and how best to do so.

Does anyone have any experience buying or selling fossils?
Know any reputable sites for doing so? Preferably with extensive collections (tired of sifting through shark teeth)

Do museums/scientific repositories ever sell off their damaged/examined-to-death bones?

Where would someone go to buy stands / glass enclosures / engraved plates to display the trophies?

Side question: Is this 'hobby' something most people would see as weird, or interesting?