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Collector Spotlight

Uncover objects of play through the eyes of collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Trey DuBose

Trey DuBose collects action figures of the 1970s, ’80s, and beyond. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Trey shares details of the more-than ten thousand figures in his collection and discloses which item took a year to secure.

Collector Spotlight: William Hedges

William Hedges collects toys and memorabilia from the original Lost in Space television series. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, William explains what attracted him to the science fiction series as a child and how his collection of original series props led him to create models and dioramas based on the show. 

Collector Spotlight: Rick Goldschmidt

Rick Goldschmidt is a historian with a special interest in Rankin/Bass Productions, the animation studio that created holiday television classics such as Frosty the Snowman. Here, Rick shares how Rankin/Bass informed his childhood and led to a career preserving the legacy of the production studio. 

Collector Spotlight: Linda Guillory

Linda Guillory holds two Guinness World Record titles for her collection of gaming systems. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she explains the role a house fire played in her approach to collecting and shares her thoughts on the recent record-breaking auction prices for some games.

Collector Spotlight: Susan Suazo

Susan Suazo holds the Guinness World Record for her Slinky collection. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Susan shares with us how her quest for a Guinness World Record started and why one of her Slinky toys caught the attention of state and federal enforcement agencies.

Collector Spotlight: Gerda Scheuers

Gerda Scheuers holds the Guinness World Record for her collection of Smurf merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she shares how her mischievous brother instigated her collecting, and which Smurf figure she’d most like to add to her collection.

Collector Spotlight: Union Jack Ranger

Union Jack Ranger collects Power Rangers merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, the UK-based collector shares details of his possibly one-of-a-kind collection of autographed Funko POP! figures and how his work in money management plays into how he approaches collecting.

Collector Spotlight: Soupie

Soupie collects keshigomu, mono-coloured plastic figurines also known as keshi. Here, he details the role collecting has played in his life, and the importance of establishing a trusted network of fellow collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Mary Wernke

Mary Wernke collects dolls from Mattel’s Barbie brand, including Barbie’s long line of family and friends. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Wernke shares her early start as a collector and why she focuses on Skipper, Barbie’s younger sister.

Collector Spotlight: Paul Scardino

Paul Scardino holds the Guinness World Record for his collection of Funko Pop! figures. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Scardino shares details about some of his most highly prized figures and explains why it’s important to have family buy-in when it comes to establishing a large collection.

Collector Spotlight: Larry Franks

Larry Franks is renowned for his Dukes of Hazzard collection of memorabilia. Here, he shares his early fascination with the television show and explains how his relationships with the cast of the show have cemented his reputation as an authority on all things Dukes.