I’ve recently been going through all of my Funko Pops, for a reason that I’ll explain in another post. But it’s weird, because back in the day, I never wanted to collect them at all. I remember seeing people talking about them on all of the toy collecting forums and I was simply not interested. Bobbleheads? To a “serious” action figure collector like me? Nonsense!
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
You know what really, really pisses me off? When I go into a store to buy toys and the store has stuck price tags and other advertising stickers all over the front of the box. All you’ve done is guaranteed that neither I, nor any other semi-serious collector is going to touch that particular toy.
I’ve been thinking about this recently, seeing that the hosts of my favorite stamp collecting podcast Stamp Show Today started commenting on a previous post. I had said that I’d try to get to a couple of local big stamp shows, which I didn’t do, mostly because I forgot all about them. The next local show of any size is Sescal, sometime in the fall, and once I have actual dates, I’ll put it on my calendar in an attempt to remember it.
But the more I think about it, the more I’m asking myself why.
A new topic has sprung up on the stamp collecting forums, that being stamp auctions. There have been a number of notable auctions of late, selling off the collections of well-known philatelists and people have been talking about them and how actions operate in general.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of auctions at all, be it the in-person, online or even eBay for my stamps. Not that you asked but it’s my blog and I’m going to tell you why anyhow.
Since I do read a couple of stamp forums, I get to see some crazy stuff. In Australia, the post office is shutting down public mailboxes that receive less than 25 letters in them per day because it just makes no financial sense to send someone around to pick up a couple of things a day. All of a sudden, Australian stamp collectors (and probably others) are up in arms because they want the mailboxes to stay, out of tradition more than anything else.
Some of these people just don’t get how businesses operate.
There aren’t a lot of stamp collecting podcasts but I’ve been listening to a new one called Stamp Show Here Today. They had an episode recently about the 2014 SESCAL stamp show and how it seems that people are starting to go back to some of these shows, following a mass exodus with the advent of the Internet because it’s cheaper and easier to just buy something online than it is to travel to a show and dig through dealer boxes.
There’s been a considerable discussion of late about getting kids interested in collecting stamps and the problems inherent in such. Most stamp collectors are stodgy old men who have been doing it for decades, finding stamp collectors under 50, in most cases, is a difficult task indeed. Lots of people have, through their own wishful thinking, said that we should make a concerted effort to introduce more kids to stamp collecting as a means of passing on our hobby to the next generation.
I say it’s a waste of time and here’s why.
I suppose I’m lucky that I live in an area where there are a couple of stamp shops, or at least they pretend to be stamp shops. I haven’t walked into any of them recently because I haven’t really collected stamps in a while, but since I’ve gone a little nutty of late and gotten a considerable number, I was running low on a couple sizes of stamp mounts, I figured I might as well stop in and see what I could see.
Now I wish I hadn’t.
I was talking to a friend today and he brought up something he read in Linn’s Stamp News and that brought back a lot of memories. See, I used to subscribe for years and years and years to Linn’s, back when it was a weekly full-size newspaper and I actually gave a damn about modern stamp issues. I still have a couple of boxes out in the garage filled with back issues. I used to love going over the pages every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the Internet, which largely killed it, and the enjoyment I got from it.
Recently, I was involved in a discussion about what kind of stamps people collect. I’m someone who collects mint stamps almost exclusively, others enjoy used stamps. Some people like complete covers and documents, others like just stamps. It really doesn’t matter what you collect so long as you collect what you like, but there are people who get really upset if everyone doesn’t do what they want to do, like it’s a personal affront to their collecting.