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Collector Spotlight

Uncover objects of play through the eyes of collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Paul Bottos

Paul Bottos collects objects relating to Mickey Mouse. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Paul explains how his collection has saved his life and divulges how a plea from his son prevented him from parting with his collection. 

Collector Spotlight: Paul Knapp

Paul Knapp collects G.I. Joe action figures. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, he explains why he thinks toys are a bad investment and reveals the 2 figures his collection won’t be complete without.

Collector Spotlight: Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones collects Nickelodeon merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Marcus talks about owning an irreplaceable piece of the brand’s history and the value of connecting with other Nickelodeon fans through his popular YouTube channel, Comfort Cartoons.

Collector Spotlight: Marla Mogul

Marla Mogul is a wind-up toy collector. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she talks about her Guinness World Record experience and reveals the Disney character she’d most like to add to her collection.

Collector Spotlight: Steve Kelley

Steve Kelley collects comic books. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, he explains how he came to trade a single comic for a Jeep Wrangler, and shares his strategy for adding new titles alongside the holy grails already in his collection.

Collector Spotlight: MOTU Joe

Joe Teague collects merchandise from the Masters of the Universe franchise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Joe puts out a call to other collectors for information about a specific item and sheds light on the fine line between passion and obsession when collecting.

Collector Spotlight: Sherry Groom

Sherry Groom holds the Guinness World Record for her troll doll collection. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Sherry explains how her childhood collection of trolls became the foundation of her own museum.

Collector Spotlight: Chaz George

Chaz George collects Batman comics, toys, and memorabilia. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Chaz explains his obsession with Batman and shares details of his expansive collection, including the one item that had been forgotten in an attic for forty years.

Collector Spotlight: Hans Geyer

Hans Geyer collects merchandise from the 1987 series, Dinosaucers. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Hans explains the opportunities and pitfalls of curating a collection based on a short-lived animated series.

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.