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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Collector Spotlight

Uncover objects of play through the eyes of collectors.

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: Clive Henry

Clive Henry collects Pokémon cards. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, he shares words of wisdom about the acquisition of Holographic cards and explains how to add value to a Pokémon card collection.

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: Deb Hoffmann

Deb Hoffmann holds the Guinness World Record for her collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia. Here, she explains how missing out on a purchase kick-started her passion for collecting and shares the item that induced a 24-hour road trip to collect.

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: Jenny Serfecz

Jenny Serfecz collects My Little Pony figures and accessories. Here, she shares the role her grandmother played in establishing her collection and how the “need it now” mindset can work against collectors.

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: Jenny Crowther

Jenny Crowther collects Crayola crayons and other art supplies. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she explains the experience that got her started as a collector at the age of eight and shares a word of warning about a harmful crayon ingredient.

Collector Spotlight: Kerchie

Kerchie collects vintage Polly Pocket compacts from the 1990s. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she explains how growing up in the Philippines shaped her interest in Polly Pocket and why she’s unafraid to repaint and restore items in her collection. 

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: Mark Bergin

Mark Bergin evolved from punk musician to toy collector then dealer of rare tin toy collectables. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Bergin explains how he became a trusted dealer and shares his tips for collecting.

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.

Collector Spotlight: Fred Weichmann

Fred Weichmann collects vehicles and has celebrities autograph them for a one-of-a-kind collection. Here, he shares details about how his passion led him to meet Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Van Williams, Larry Dixon, and other well-known personalities.

Collector Spotlight: Clark Risley

Clark Risley has amassed an impressive collection of Mr. Potato Head objects since he began collecting twelve years ago. Here, he explains how he got his start with the toy spud and shares a resource that no one else has mentioned in all our years of talking with collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Bruce Pascal

Bruce Pascal has curated the rarest Hot Wheels collection in the world and wrote the book on Hot Wheels prototypes. Here, he dishes on details about his massive collection and shares his dying wish related to the hobby.