Any of you collect stuff?
As a child I used collect Call Cards* just like every child in Ireland. I also collected English Premier League football stickers. As a young child I used buy Garbage Pail Kid’s stickers. And as a teenager I used collect Magic: The Gathering. And to be honest, there was nothing like getting a new booster pack, opening it up and getting that new card smell, and going through them to see what you got this time. My brother was far more adventurous with his collections: on holidays one year he collected loads of beer caps, so much so that we couldn’t take them all home. He also collected toilet paper rolls (although that was a more functional collection as they were destined to be used as grenades in his house encompassing wargames.)
I don’t think I’ll ever get over that “collection buzz.” Every so often I get a hankering for it, I just have no idea what to collect. One that seems good, but unoriginal is beer mats. That could be handy because I go to two pubs that get in weird beers. But really I’m just looking for something that is nice to look at, nice to categorise, doesn’t take up huge amounts of space, is relatively cheap, and has a little history behind.
Do any of you collect stuff? From pottery, to bottle caps, to wargames models (this is slightly too expensive for me,) cigarette cards or whatever? And what buzz do you get out of it?
*They were credit card like cards, with a chip on them. They came in currency values and gave you that amount of credit to be used in the major telecom company’s phone booths. I don’t know if they were a big international thing. This would have been about 18 years ago.