Associated Press: Collectible prices skyrocket, to the dismay of hobbyists. “Americans have become obsessed with collectibles, bidding up prices for trading cards, video games and other mementos of their youth. The frenzy has brought small fortunes to some, but a deep frustration for those who still love to play games or trade cards as a hobby.”
PRZen: Sneakervista is the largest online catalogue of sneaker stores (PRESS RELEASE). “To help sneakerheads pursue the pair of their dreams, Sneakervista developed an entire sneaker and streetwear encyclopedia to provide all the information they need. The sneaker shops stored on the database feature accurate details of the store addresses all around the world. The comprehensive store catalogs extend from countries to cities that make it a reliable guide for tourists and travelers looking for just about any kind of sneaker – from local sneaker boutiques to hyped pop-up stores, Sneakervista offers it all.”
New York Times: Here’s How Bored Rich People Are Spending Their Extra Cash. “Rather than elbowing past each other for reservations at the latest restaurants from Marcus Samuelsson and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, or getting into bidding wars for apartments at 740 Park Avenue, they are one-upping each other in online auctions for jewelry, watches, furniture, sports cards, vintage cars, limited-edition Nikes and crypto art. Bread lines grew longer, Birkin bags got hotter. A number of retailers were reticent to speak about the trend, stating that they did not wish to be on the record talking about nearly sold out $90,000 earrings during a time of growing wealth inequality.”
High Snobriety: ‘From the Ground Up’ Explores a Japanese Museum of Game-Worn NBA Jerseys & Bespoke Sneakers
New-to-me, from High Snobriety: ‘From the Ground Up’ Explores a Japanese Museum of Game-Worn NBA Jerseys & Bespoke Sneakers. “Tadahiro Hakamata, owner of an online museum called Layupshot which houses 1,500 game-worn NBA jerseys and numerous Nike bespoke sneakers, tells us his story for the latest episode of From the Ground Up.”
SYFY WIRE: Searching For Your Favorite Childhood Toy? A Rare Collectible? Look No Further, It’s Here.
New-to-me, from SYFY WIRE: Searching For Your Favorite Childhood Toy? A Rare Collectible? Look No Further, It’s Here.. “When Christian Braun was a kid growing up in Germany in the ’70s, he was an obsessive collector of Timpo Toys. By the time he was 10 years old, he had 8,000 Timpo Toys, neatly organized in cases in his bedroom.Sometimes people grow out of a childhood hobby. Braun made it his life. He financed his education by buying and selling toys that he acquired on hitchhiking trips through Europe, then spent years writing a reference guide to Timpo Toys. He has spent his life cataloging and organizing different toys and collectibles, and now… he’s focusing on putting every single one of them in a single database.”
Wow. An entire Web site – a whole site – devoted to one stamp. Of course, that stamp is the Inverted Jenny. “The new website offers five main sections for collectors to explore: History, Production, Discovery, Sale records and Biographies. All are illustrated with historical photos and pictures of the stamps involved. Siegel president Scott R. Trepel told Linn’s Stamp News that he expects to add more information to the site to encourage visitors to return again and again. He wants to include a section about the upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp issued in 2013, and has plans for a downloadable curriculum about airmail and the original Jenny stamp that teachers can use in the classroom.”