Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your "digital collection"? Oh really?

I've heard several collectors talk up their collections as of late...their "digital collection" as they put it. When I first heard of someone with a digital collection, I was caught off guard for a second, did they really mean as in only pics and files on electronics devices? Yep, they did. And they don't actually buy things?  Nope, not to the extant that many collectors do. After my initial introduction to the practice, it came up more frequently. The idea of collecting not only just pics online, but pics online of other peoples toys seem ludicrous to me. As a collector it's almost toy blasphemy. Let's not even take into account those who only collect MISB or AFA, they at least have the items in hand, now the new thing is to just have pics? When I read that even well known collectors have kinda come on board with digital collecting, I just couldn't believe it. Is the economy that bad? Has the sheer craziness of online pricing finally started to drive collectors out of the marketplace? I couldn't really wrap my head around the concept, so I just kinda let it go.

This weekend my big project around the house, besides weather proofing the windows, was trying to just a lot of my toy related paperwork, books and catalogs organized. My goal is to try and get as much scanned over the next few weeks as I can. I keep thinking about how each time I've moved into a new place over the last 10 years it's gotten harder and harder. I've slowly gotten rid of more and more toys in this time, but in a cruel twist, I've taken on more and more books. A box of toys can be relatively light to move, a box of books is murder on the back. I've thought about getting rid of a lot of this stuff and just keeping scans. And sure as shit, it hit me, I'm creating my own digital collection. Now the reasons for doing this may be completely different from other collectors I've run into, but I am still doing it all the same. Funny how that works.

So as for the scanning part of this weekend's work, I'll share a little tiny bit. Some of the stuff I have goes back more than 20-25 years. And I don't mean it's dated from the 80-90's, I mean it was bought back then when I was a kid. Some of those items are old toy magazines. After reading Maz's great collector interview with Karl Hartman, I wanted to make sure I scanned all my old books that they contributed to. I really wanted to have copies that would last as the originals slowly begin to fall apart from age and use. And of course in anything I do toy related,I spent a good deal of time going over the material instead of scanning it.

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 This is I believe the first article that Jon and Karl Hartman helped the folks at T-AFD on, an updated price guide for the Transformers toy line. Now this was done just as G2 appeared, so it's been some time, but boy the prices? I dream of going to places and finding these toys at these prices. And to think, at the time some of these prices seemed high? The first article also featured a small color section and in it the mail away Reflector, which until this pic appeared I had never actually seen. As a kid nobody I knew had one, and I only ever had a Powerdasher and Downshift from mail in.

Back in 1993-94 these guys helped me realize that I wasn't some lone weirdo who still liked Transformers as an adult. There were lot's of weirdos who still like Transformers as adults. I have a good portion of the Hartman articles, but I don't have any intention of putting them online. Most of the books are still available cheaply online from either the publisher or random sellers on Amazon/ebay.

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Aside from the toy magazines, I've been going through company catalogs this weekend as well. This is where some really neat stuff comes into the picture. Next up is the dreaded kid's magazine scans, and then comics. Great to look through, boring as hell to sit around and scan.

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