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Collector Spotlight

Uncover objects of play through the eyes of collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Robert Murch

Robert Murch collects talking boards. Here, the Ouija’storian and collector shares his history with the often misunderstood spiritual tool and explains his theory on what happens when people use talking boards.

Collector Spotlight: Rebecca Kilbreath

Rebecca Kilbreath collects View-Master viewers and reels. In this Collector Spotlight, she shares the social media platform that has enriched her life as a collector and reveals which reels she considers to be Holy Grails for collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Eric Jaskolka

Eric Jaskolka holds the Guinness World Record for largest X-Men collection. He talks to Toy Tales about his start as a collector and explains why he’s drawn to X-Men.

Collector Spotlight: Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith collects vintage cardboard ephemera. He talked to Toy Tales about the impetus behind his collection and the inherent challenge of collecting such a wide variety of objects.

Collector Spotlight: Walter Krueger

Walter Krueger owns what could be the largest private Wizard of Oz collection in the world. Walter talks about his lifelong admiration of the classic tale and his plans for sharing his collection with other enthusiasts.

Collector Spotlight: Bob Bretall

Bob Bretall holds the Guinness World Record for the largest comic collection. Bob talks about his introduction to comic books and explains while he will never disclose the monetary value of his massive collection.

Collector Spotlight: Neil Scallan

Neil Scallan holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Monopoly boards. Neil shares highlights of his collection with Toy Tales and explains why he started collecting the iconic game.

Collector Spotlight: Peter Trott

Peter Trott was fascinated by Doctor Who the first time he watched Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, on the BBC science fiction series. Peter talks about his adventures in collecting and gives insight into what Tom Baker is like in person.

Collector Spotlight: Nick Prueher

Nick Prueher’s fondness for obscure VHS videotapes led him to co-found VCR Party Live! and the Found Footage Festival with his childhood friend and fellow videotape collector Joe Pickett. Nick talks about his collection and reveals the story behind one of their most treasured acquisitions.