Collectibles that never quite made it...


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By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
Remember "Phone Cards"...

There were special binders and price lists...and they were touted as the best thing since baseball cards...BigGrin

Or "Pogs"...which were a variation of the old milk bottle caps...again they designed special Ultra Pro pages...though I don't recall any priceguides...:hmmmm:

Any stories of being among those collectors? BigGrin

Or can you think of any other fads that never quite took hold?...:hmmmm:

By colorpit - 5 Years Ago
Well.....these took hold...and had price guides....and possibly are still collected by some.....but I'd still say this is one of the biggest flops of all time..... BEANIE BABIES!!!!
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
colorpit (3/20/2009)
Well.....these took hold...and had price guides....and possibly are still collected by some.....but I'd still say this is one of the biggest flops of all time..... BEANIE BABIES!!!!

There are still collectors...but not as many "investors"...BigGrin

Or "Furbys"...I remember when people would search for the "rare color combinations"...Wow

By colorpit - 5 Years Ago
This topic makes me think of other things that other people paid a lot of money for.....then it went away......like Beta, Laser Discs, and lots of mini disc variations, none of which caught on.

The latest to the list would have to be Blu-Rays competitor.....what were they called?? Just HD??  Thankfully.....i waited until the smoke cleared.....and didnt' get stuck on the losing side.

I would say I feel bad for those who invested in that stuff...but then again...it was typically the wealthier who could afford it, that bought it.....so I don't feel so bad now.

By tyedyejedi - 5 Years Ago
Them &%*$ing stupid *** POGS! Or whatever they were called. The little bottle caps that I guess you crammed up your *******. God those things were retarded.
By tyedyejedi - 5 Years Ago
I'd rather collect toe nail clippings from homeless people than a Bennie baby.
By NU_Blackshirts - 5 Years Ago
tyedyejedi (3/20/2009)
I'd rather collect toe nail clippings from homeless people than a Bennie baby.




Is there an Overstreet Guide to Nail Clippings?
By wpbooks - 5 Years Ago
colorpit (3/20/2009)
This topic makes me think of other things that other people paid a lot of money for.....then it went away......like Beta, Laser Discs, and lots of mini disc variations, none of which caught on.









Don't get me started on Laserdiscs...I was one of those aficianados who ended up getting burned...though I still have my player hooked up and it does get an occasional workout.....it caused me to hold out for a long time before buying a dvd player, as I wanted to make sure the format was going to take hold a tad better than LD....still, I think LD's are slightly better picture-wise than dvds...their size, though, is a major issue and the difference in quality doesn't quite make up for the heft required from LD. Oh well, it was expensive but short-lived, and when the format went bust I was able to pick up many films on LD for under $1...all in all it evened itself out, but when my player finally dies I'm going to have a lot of Frisbees to chuck into the nearest landfill.....
By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
I have some Spawn pogs (or Spogs)

Have about a 12 foot stack of LPs and 6 comic long boxes filled with VHS tapes... those are low value.  I don't have any lazer disks, so at least I saved that money.

Other toys-n-such...

Moose's Mighty Beanz (those were fun)

Monster in My Pocket (there are some color variantions that sell for big$$)

Collectible Card Games (other than Magic)

Stratego Legends (booster packs are HTF)

Attacktix

By colorpit - 5 Years Ago
wpbooks (3/23/2009)
colorpit (3/20/2009)
This topic makes me think of other things that other people paid a lot of money for.....then it went away......like Beta, Laser Discs, and lots of mini disc variations, none of which caught on.




Don't get me started on Laserdiscs...I was one of those aficianados who ended up getting burned...though I still have my player hooked up and it does get an occasional workout.....it caused me to hold out for a long time before buying a dvd player, as I wanted to make sure the format was going to take hold a tad better than LD....still, I think LD's are slightly better picture-wise than dvds...their size, though, is a major issue and the difference in quality doesn't quite make up for the heft required from LD. Oh well, it was expensive but short-lived, and when the format went bust I was able to pick up many films on LD for under $1...all in all it evened itself out, but when my player finally dies I'm going to have a lot of Frisbees to chuck into the nearest landfill.....

If you have a pretty good collection of LD movies...I would highly suggest keeping an eye out for a good deal on another player on Craigslist...or ebay.....and buy one or 2...and stick them away in a closet for when your's finally does die.   The more time that goes by, the harder those players will be to come by. 

By wpbooks - 5 Years Ago
colorpit (3/23/2009)
wpbooks (3/23/2009)
colorpit (3/20/2009)
This topic makes me think of other things that other people paid a lot of money for.....then it went away......like Beta, Laser Discs, and lots of mini disc variations, none of which caught on.









Don't get me started on Laserdiscs...I was one of those aficianados who ended up getting burned...though I still have my player hooked up and it does get an occasional workout.....it caused me to hold out for a long time before buying a dvd player, as I wanted to make sure the format was going to take hold a tad better than LD....still, I think LD's are slightly better picture-wise than dvds...their size, though, is a major issue and the difference in quality doesn't quite make up for the heft required from LD. Oh well, it was expensive but short-lived, and when the format went bust I was able to pick up many films on LD for under $1...all in all it evened itself out, but when my player finally dies I'm going to have a lot of Frisbees to chuck into the nearest landfill.....




If you have a pretty good collection of LD movies...I would highly suggest keeping an eye out for a good deal on another player on Craigslist...or ebay.....and buy one or 2...and stick them away in a closet for when your's finally does die. The more time that goes by, the harder those players will be to come by.






Thanks for the tip, but at this point in time very few LDs that I own have NOT been released on DVD, and I'm talking mostly supplemental material that hasn't gotten transfered even though the film may be available....stuff like the supplements on the Criterion Dr. Strangelove LD, or the David Cronenberg commentary on Crash...things like that, that eventually if it doesn't get released properly, I'll just copy it myself and jettison the LDs....at this point I'm not feeling that wed to the objects but I will hold onto them for the nonce.....because I'm too lazy to do otherwise, and the collector/packrat mindset is in control....
By Turing_Machine - 5 Years Ago
Right now I am attempting to purchase 150 'original' Pokemon cards, in all actuality the original base set was 102 cards and had trainers and prof Oaks etc. If anyone remembers the original poster with the 150 on it, those are what I am currently searching for. It is my intent to mount them (somehow) and frame them in the order they were in on the poster. Eventually sub in as many holos as I can, and just wait for the girls to come a knockin'.
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
wpbooks (3/23/2009)
colorpit (3/23/2009)
wpbooks (3/23/2009)
colorpit (3/20/2009)
This topic makes me think of other things that other people paid a lot of money for.....then it went away......like Beta, Laser Discs, and lots of mini disc variations, none of which caught on.




Don't get me started on Laserdiscs...I was one of those aficianados who ended up getting burned...though I still have my player hooked up and it does get an occasional workout.....it caused me to hold out for a long time before buying a dvd player, as I wanted to make sure the format was going to take hold a tad better than LD....still, I think LD's are slightly better picture-wise than dvds...their size, though, is a major issue and the difference in quality doesn't quite make up for the heft required from LD. Oh well, it was expensive but short-lived, and when the format went bust I was able to pick up many films on LD for under $1...all in all it evened itself out, but when my player finally dies I'm going to have a lot of Frisbees to chuck into the nearest landfill.....


If you have a pretty good collection of LD movies...I would highly suggest keeping an eye out for a good deal on another player on Craigslist...or ebay.....and buy one or 2...and stick them away in a closet for when your's finally does die. The more time that goes by, the harder those players will be to come by.



Thanks for the tip, but at this point in time very few LDs that I own have NOT been released on DVD, and I'm talking mostly supplemental material that hasn't gotten transfered even though the film may be available....stuff like the supplements on the Criterion Dr. Strangelove LD, or the David Cronenberg commentary on Crash...things like that, that eventually if it doesn't get released properly, I'll just copy it myself and jettison the LDs....at this point I'm not feeling that wed to the objects but I will hold onto them for the nonce.....because I'm too lazy to do otherwise, and the collector/packrat mindset is in control....

Let me know when you're getting ready to chuck the LD's BigGrin...I'll give 'em a good home...Wink

It's a shame how people always want smaller copies...LD's gave way to CD's and DVD's...
8-tracks gave way to cassettes...
Beta gave way to VHS (Beta tape is wider)...
When in reality...if you read any of the technical mags...the larger formats are far superior in capturing the qualities of the original recording...:hmmmm:

By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
Robbie (3/23/2009)
I have some Spawn pogs (or Spogs)

Have about a 12 foot stack of LPs and 6 comic long boxes filled with VHS tapes... those are low value.  I don't have any lazer disks, so at least I saved that money.

Other toys-n-such...

Moose's Mighty Beanz (those were fun)

Monster in My Pocket (there are some color variantions that sell for big$$)

Collectible Card Games (other than Magic)

Stratego Legends (booster packs are HTF)

Attacktix

I liked "beans"...though they had absolutely no one watching for quality control on their production line...:hmmmm:
Bought all of mine (Marvel and TNMT) at the "Dollar Store" after the blush had worn off the fad...BigGrin

And there are thousands of CCGs (collectible card games) that never caught on...I know...I own portions of many of them...Blush

By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
Shadow (3/24/2009)

 

I liked "beans"...though they had absolutely no one watching for quality control on their production line...:hmmmm:
Bought all of mine (Marvel and TNMT) at the "Dollar Store" after the blush had worn off the fad...BigGrin

And there are thousands of CCGs (collectible card games) that never caught on...I know...I own portions of many of them...Blush

Dollar store? Nicely done, I bought 3 cases of TMNT Beanz from a seller in Australia before they hit the US (ouch), later I bought cases of Series 2 from him for 90% off - those were fun to give as birthday & x-mas presents. Cool

By Boboset - 5 Years Ago
When thinking of toys Skeleton Warriors immediately pops to mind.  HUGE flop

For Video Games...  E.T.  EPIC flop that destroyed Atari

By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
Boboset (3/26/2009)

For Video Games...  E.T.  EPIC flop that destroyed Atari

 

I might buy one of those some day, you can find Mint Sealed copies on ebay for $20 or less.

 

Paid $25,000,000 for royalties, then gave the developer 1 week to create the game.

 

Atari deserved to lose buckets of money.  That game plus the equally ill-executed Pac-Man destroyed the home videogame industry (initial print run = 20% more than all the Atari systems sold to date. Marketing figured everyone who had an Atari would buy the game, plus new people would buy their system just to play Pac-man)

 

From the ashes came Nintendo, Sega and Sony, so in the long run it was a good deal for all of us...  Today, the industry is bigger than Hollywood.  Let that be a lesson in what happens when government fails to bail-out a floundering industry. :hmmmm:

By Boboset - 5 Years Ago
You know your stuff!  I also find it interesting that Atari nixed the deal to purchase nintendo when they were about to release the NES.  It was over some real stupidness, I think it was because nintendo made a demo for marketing purposes alone of the game Donkey Kong.  Atari freaked and tried suing them, effectively pulling the deal off the table. 

Nintendo then in turn treated Sony poorly when they were developing the SNES CD-Rom add on.  Sony, then fed up with Nintendo went and made their own system with the plans for their add on and that became The first Sony Playstation.  There's crazy stories in gaming history.

By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
Good stories Boboset. Smile

I think videogames in general can count as "collectibles that never quite made it".  The old Atari games came with a mini-comic, and I read somewhere that some people collect comicbooks.

Last week a sealed SNES Super Mario Kart auctioned for $800+ and a sealed NES Metroid went for $400, but mostly videogames don't go up in value.

By Stumpr - 5 Years Ago
Pet rocks
By hadokenchild - 5 Years Ago
Robbie (3/27/2009)
Good stories Boboset. Smile



I think videogames in general can count as "collectibles that never quite made it". The old Atari games came with a mini-comic, and I read somewhere that some people collect comicbooks.



Last week a sealed SNES Super Mario Kart auctioned for $800+ and a sealed NES Metroid went for $400, but mostly videogames don't go up in value.




As long as the games were produced in decent numbers then yes. They, like movies and music, slowly decrease in value till the sequel shows up then it drops quickly about a year later. The rare times a game goes up in value, or becomes highly sought after is either:



1- When the game is a cult hit and picks up steam at the end of the console's life cycle thus making it more popular then when it was still on store shelves.



2- Controversy controversy controversy. Some content in a few titles can get the game pulled or even banned. Thus triggering a mad rush to find the "naughty" version before the cleaned up copy makes it to store shelves. Pornographic titles (in cartridge format) can get a bit pricey due to shock value and rarity.



3- Sometimes when a console is on its last legs, publishers dial down production and only make smaller numbers of copies in anticipation of the next generation or they're folding up shop for good. This event, when coupled with reason #1, can singlehandedly destroy your wallet. Those of us looking to obtain the US release of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn ($125- to $160-) know this very well.



4- Something that has been happening with high profile titles in recent years is premature release. Some store have put a game on their shelves up to 3 days earlier or more. This always gets some people to sell off their advanced copy and sucker some impatient sap to pay through the nose.



5- Back in the 70's and a few times in the 80's, some developers sent out beta or pre-release copies to publishers. These on occasion get released out into the wild via trade or garage sale. These titles due to their rarity, can get expensive to try to acquire, even being worth more than their street legal counterparts were brand new.



Any one of these will happen during a console's lifespan but it would be less then a handful. Collectors and addicts. like me, amass our catalog mostly due to the nostalgia and fun factor of games. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to profit from it tho. For me the most useless of collecting hobbies are ones where you but into it, but then store it somewhere and never touch it hoping it goes up in value, only to find years later everything you have is worthless.
By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
hadokenchild (5/4/2009)
Robbie (3/27/2009)
Good stories Boboset. Smile



I think videogames in general can count as "collectibles that never quite made it". The old Atari games came with a mini-comic, and I read somewhere that some people collect comicbooks.



Last week a sealed SNES Super Mario Kart auctioned for $800+ and a sealed NES Metroid went for $400, but mostly videogames don't go up in value.




As long as the games were produced in decent numbers then yes. They, like movies and music, slowly decrease in value till the sequel shows up then it drops quickly about a year later. The rare times a game goes up in value, or becomes highly sought after is either:



1- When the game is a cult hit and picks up steam at the end of the console's life cycle thus making it more popular then when it was still on store shelves.



2- Controversy controversy controversy. Some content in a few titles can get the game pulled or even banned. Thus triggering a mad rush to find the "naughty" version before the cleaned up copy makes it to store shelves. Pornographic titles (in cartridge format) can get a bit pricey due to shock value and rarity.



3- Sometimes when a console is on its last legs, publishers dial down production and only make smaller numbers of copies in anticipation of the next generation or they're folding up shop for good. This event, when coupled with reason #1, can singlehandedly destroy your wallet. Those of us looking to obtain the US release of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn ($125- to $160-) know this very well.



4- Something that has been happening with high profile titles in recent years is premature release. Some store have put a game on their shelves up to 3 days earlier or more. This always gets some people to sell off their advanced copy and sucker some impatient sap to pay through the nose.



5- Back in the 70's and a few times in the 80's, some developers sent out beta or pre-release copies to publishers. These on occasion get released out into the wild via trade or garage sale. These titles due to their rarity, can get expensive to try to acquire, even being worth more than their street legal counterparts were brand new.



Any one of these will happen during a console's lifespan but it would be less then a handful. Collectors and addicts. like me, amass our catalog mostly due to the nostalgia and fun factor of games. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to profit from it tho. For me the most useless of collecting hobbies are ones where you but into it, but then store it somewhere and never touch it hoping it goes up in value, only to find years later everything you have is worthless.


Yep. I think the popularity of Wii is pushing up cart prices on the old systems. Used NES & SNES games seem to be selling pretty well... Everyone in Super Smash Bros has a bit of the "cult hit" thing going on.



(Last year I bough a pre-release Atari 2600 Planet of the Apes cart, it never was released... under $20 including shipping... to bad I don't have the system, nor a TV that one could connect to.)
By SP1TF1R3M4N - 5 Years Ago
I did! I got an xbox hd dvd drive for christmas that my gf paid 200 bucks for and a month later they were 50 bucks! That's the first time that happend to me and I was mad! What was funny was that best buy gave me 50 bucks back on it.
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
Anybody want to admit they have a collection of "Furbys"....BigGrin
By head-rush - 5 Years Ago
I got a sack of two.
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
head-rush (7/29/2009)
I got a sack of two.

w00t...BigGrin

I meant the animated dolls with the computer chips...Wink BigGrin

As pictured here...

and here...

and a really disturbing one here...

Furbies, guns, and a babe in a bikini...:hmmmm:

By pixiedark1976 - 5 Years Ago
colorpit (3/20/2009)
Well.....these took hold...and had price guides....and possibly are still collected by some.....but I'd still say this is one of the biggest flops of all time..... BEANIE BABIES!!!!




Angry TELL ME ABOUT IT! I was stupid enough to collect the beanie babies! Now I HATE [size=4][/size]the stupid things! I can't get anyone to buy them! I guess I will eventually have to give them to Goodwill.
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
pixiedark1976 (7/30/2009)
colorpit (3/20/2009)
Well.....these took hold...and had price guides....and possibly are still collected by some.....but I'd still say this is one of the biggest flops of all time..... BEANIE BABIES!!!!


Angry TELL ME ABOUT IT! I was stupid enough to collect the beanie babies! Now I HATE [size=4][/size]the stupid things! I can't get anyone to buy them! I guess I will eventually have to give them to Goodwill.

Or....BigGrin...you can pack them all in a flat-rate priority mail box and ship them to me..er...my daughter!...Yeah, that's it! BigGrin

By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
pixiedark1976 (7/30/2009)
colorpit (3/20/2009)
Well.....these took hold...and had price guides....and possibly are still collected by some.....but I'd still say this is one of the biggest flops of all time..... BEANIE BABIES!!!!




Angry TELL ME ABOUT IT! I was stupid enough to collect the beanie babies! Now I HATE [size=4][/size]the stupid things! I can't get anyone to buy them! I guess I will eventually have to give them to Goodwill.


I do have a mail order set from General Mills (don't think they are the real BB brand), Trix rabbit, Lucky, Count Chocula, etc... I like those.



I've been noticing that Series 3 of Monsters in My Pocket are pretty expensive ($50ish each for rare colors) - The Marvel comic series still sells for less than the paper recycle value.
By jbs726 - 5 Years Ago
Starting Lineups, the sports figures, are the biggest flop to me. They were big time collectibles for more than ten years and then...crash 95% of them are worthless. I know collectors who had thousands invested in these things and they'd be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar now.
By Shadow - 5 Years Ago
jbs726 (8/5/2009)
Starting Lineups, the sports figures, are the biggest flop to me. They were big time collectibles for more than ten years and then...crash 95% of them are worthless. I know collectors who had thousands invested in these things and they'd be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar now.

Depends on the person...BigGrin

I still get great offers on my Jordans...:woot2:

By XcasperX - 5 Years Ago
A few rarities I have in my collection are:

The Visionaires knights with the holo-gram bodies. going across, I have the 2nd guy and the 3rd guy on bottom row.

M.A.S.K: Got the motor cycle guy,somwhere. In box too.

Robotix: stupid robots thing. Just a few parts.

Construx: better then legos.w00t

By NDPsycho - 5 Years Ago
hadokenchild (5/4/2009)
Robbie (3/27/2009)
Good stories Boboset. Smile

I think videogames in general can count as "collectibles that never quite made it". The old Atari games came with a mini-comic, and I read somewhere that some people collect comicbooks.

Last week a sealed SNES Super Mario Kart auctioned for $800+ and a sealed NES Metroid went for $400, but mostly videogames don't go up in value.


As long as the games were produced in decent numbers then yes. They, like movies and music, slowly decrease in value till the sequel shows up then it drops quickly about a year later. The rare times a game goes up in value, or becomes highly sought after is either:

1- When the game is a cult hit and picks up steam at the end of the console's life cycle thus making it more popular then when it was still on store shelves.

2- Controversy controversy controversy. Some content in a few titles can get the game pulled or even banned. Thus triggering a mad rush to find the "naughty" version before the cleaned up copy makes it to store shelves. Pornographic titles (in cartridge format) can get a bit pricey due to shock value and rarity.

3- Sometimes when a console is on its last legs, publishers dial down production and only make smaller numbers of copies in anticipation of the next generation or they're folding up shop for good. This event, when coupled with reason #1, can singlehandedly destroy your wallet. Those of us looking to obtain the US release of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn ($125- to $160-) know this very well.

4- Something that has been happening with high profile titles in recent years is premature release. Some store have put a game on their shelves up to 3 days earlier or more. This always gets some people to sell off their advanced copy and sucker some impatient sap to pay through the nose.

5- Back in the 70's and a few times in the 80's, some developers sent out beta or pre-release copies to publishers. These on occasion get released out into the wild via trade or garage sale. These titles due to their rarity, can get expensive to try to acquire, even being worth more than their street legal counterparts were brand new.

Any one of these will happen during a console's lifespan but it would be less then a handful. Collectors and addicts. like me, amass our catalog mostly due to the nostalgia and fun factor of games. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to profit from it tho. For me the most useless of collecting hobbies are ones where you but into it, but then store it somewhere and never touch it hoping it goes up in value, only to find years later everything you have is worthless.

I'm also a video game collector and have bought/sold more games than I can remember.  I'd have to add a few other items to your list which have been pretty profitable for me.

6- RPG's hold their value and often increase in value.  This is more true if it is part of a long standing franchise, but even niche titles do well.

7- Limited editions, not collector or special editions, but limited editions.  Bioshock LE comes to mind.

8- Sealed/New games from older generations.  I have made 3-4x the original MSRP on sealed RPG's from older generations.

9- Shmup's (vertical/horizontal scrolling shooters) have considerable value.  Imports lead the pack if they haven't been released domestically.

That being said, it's like any other collection.  Don't expect to get rich, just buy what you like.  It's tough to say what will or won't increase in value.

By Virii-IX - 5 Years Ago
Construx: better then legos. [w00t]


Don't get me wrong, I liked Lego but I have to say you are totally right about construct. I miss mine so muchhhh!!!! :woot2:
By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
NDPsycho (9/11/2009)






I'm also a video game collector and have bought/sold more games than I can remember. I'd have to add a few other items to your list which have been pretty profitable for me.



6- RPG's hold their value and often increase in value. This is more true if it is part of a long standing franchise, but even niche titles do well.



7- Limited editions, not collector or special editions, but limited editions. Bioshock LE comes to mind.



8- Sealed/New games from older generations. I have made 3-4x the original MSRP on sealed RPG's from older generations.



9- Shmup's (vertical/horizontal scrolling shooters) have considerable value. Imports lead the pack if they haven't been released domestically.



That being said, it's like any other collection. Don't expect to get rich, just buy what you like. It's tough to say what will or won't increase in value.


I bought the SNES version of Might & Magic a few weeks ago. Smile Lots of people bidding on RPGs. Maybe it's laid off people who finally have time to finish the game? Hehe



I think games being unloadable from Wii, xbox, etc will make people want the original carts, but not to play, and the premium for sealed will increase.
By NDPsycho - 5 Years Ago
Robbie (9/11/2009)
NDPsycho (9/11/2009)



I'm also a video game collector and have bought/sold more games than I can remember. I'd have to add a few other items to your list which have been pretty profitable for me.

6- RPG's hold their value and often increase in value. This is more true if it is part of a long standing franchise, but even niche titles do well.

7- Limited editions, not collector or special editions, but limited editions. Bioshock LE comes to mind.

8- Sealed/New games from older generations. I have made 3-4x the original MSRP on sealed RPG's from older generations.

9- Shmup's (vertical/horizontal scrolling shooters) have considerable value. Imports lead the pack if they haven't been released domestically.

That being said, it's like any other collection. Don't expect to get rich, just buy what you like. It's tough to say what will or won't increase in value.

I bought the SNES version of Might & Magic a few weeks ago. Smile Lots of people bidding on RPGs. Maybe it's laid off people who finally have time to finish the game? Hehe

I think games being unloadable from Wii, xbox, etc will make people want the original carts, but not to play, and the premium for sealed will increase.

You're probably right.  I'm glad that I don't have that problem yet, though I have plenty of unplayed RPG's, I'd rather stay employed Smile

By define999 - 5 Years Ago
Blank tape collecting is a weird hobby! Apparently some people pay big money for rare blank tapes. Its kind of an underground thing from what ive read. Here is a blog about it, there was a expansive article on this somewhere on the web but for the life of me I cant find it now? So this link will have to do.....

http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2004/12/strange-world-of-german-cassette.html



First post here, Hi guys.....
By thedon1969 - 5 Years Ago
Stumpr (3/31/2009)
Pet rocks

I wanted a pet rock. My parents took a chunk of gravel and drew a smilie face on it.

By LouMatt - 5 Years Ago
Define999

Thats a great avatar.Any idea who the artist is?

By LouMatt - 5 Years Ago
thedon1969 (12/11/2009)
Stumpr (3/31/2009)
Pet rocks

I wanted a pet rock. My parents took a chunk of gravel and drew a smilie face on it.

Now that's real love.

Must of made you feel pretty special.

By thedon1969 - 5 Years Ago
LouMatt (12/12/2009)
thedon1969 (12/11/2009)
Stumpr (3/31/2009)
Pet rocks

I wanted a pet rock. My parents took a chunk of gravel and drew a smilie face on it.

Now that's real love.

Must of made you feel pretty special.

Almost as special as the time I wanted a dirt bike for my 13th b-day and ma made me think she was going to get me one. My b-day comes and she hands me a small wrapped box. My gullable self thinks, "Wow! Electric start!" I open it to find a matchbox dirt bike inside. Mama just laughing herself into a tisy said when I could afford the hospital bills I could buy my own full sized bike.

And now she ponders why I'm so cynical about everything as an adult. lol

By LouMatt - 5 Years Ago
thedon1969 (12/12/2009)
Almost as special as the time I wanted a dirt bike for my 13th b-day and ma made me think she was going to get me one. My b-day comes and she hands me a small wrapped box. My gullible self thinks, "Wow! Electric start!" I open it to find a matchbox dirt bike inside. Mama just laughing herself into a tisy said when I could afford the hospital bills I could buy my own full sized bike. 

And now she ponders why I'm so cynical about everything as an adult. lol

That's child cruelty.Why didn't someone call the police?

My sympathies Don.If you have problems and go off the deep end tell this to any judge and I'm sure he'll be very sympathetic seeing what you've been through.

PS- Did you ever ask her why??

By thedon1969 - 5 Years Ago
LouMatt (12/12/2009)

That's child cruelty.Why didn't someone call the police?

My sympathies Don.If you have problems and go off the deep end tell this to any judge and I'm sure he'll be very sympathetic seeing what you've been through.

PS- Did you ever ask her why??

I agree on the child cruelty. But no need to ask why. I just learned that my smartbutt personality was not totaly inherited from my father. lol

By kamakaze_ekun - 5 Years Ago
How about comic books that came with a record? I own this He-Man comic book made back in 82 that has on the back of it a record for someone too lazy to actually read the comic. To be honest though I'm surprised this never caught on when people were actually listening to cassettes as opposed to reading.
By Robbie - 5 Years Ago
kamakaze_ekun (12/22/2009)
How about comic books that came with a record? I own this He-Man comic book made back in 82 that has on the back of ita record for someone too lazy to actually read the comic. To be honest though I'm surprised this never caught on when people were actually listening to cassettes as opposed to reading.


You mean the Power Records issues? I have a small collection of those Cool
By thedon1969 - 4 Years Ago
kamakaze_ekun (12/22/2009)
How about comic books that came with a record? I own this He-Man comic book made back in 82 that has on the back of ita record for someone too lazy to actually read the comic. To be honest though I'm surprised this never caught on when people were actually listening to cassettes as opposed to reading.




They were real popular when I was growing up on into the 80's. I was even buying Barbie books and cassettes for my daughter into the mid 90's. I think they probably started going down in sales when videos and video games came out. I imagine the reason there's not many left is a kid can be ruff on vinyl and cassettes. I know I broke and scratched several throwing them at my brother when we were fighting.
By Virii-IX - 2 Years Ago
Tough it would be fun to re-open this topic Wink
here some of the toys I had and like but that never seem to took off
http://www.the-back-row.com/index.php/2011/04/22/9-awesome-toys-from-my-childhood-that-need-to-be-rebooted
By ElectroKnight - 2 Years Ago
HAHAH Those Boglins took me back! 
By Robbie - 2 Years Ago
ElectroKnight (1/18/2012)
HAHAH Those Boglins took me back! 


MIB Drool... sold for $130, he's one of the common Boglins.  I count that as a "made it" collectible  Cool
By Smallville0608 - 2 Years Ago
Not surprised about any of those 9 flopping.
By Virii-IX - 2 Years Ago
         
ElectroKnight (1/18/2012)HAHAH Those Boglins took me back!
MIB Drool... sold for $130, he's one of the common Boglins. I count that as a "made it" collectible Cool


Seriously after checking some of those stuff on ebay I was quite surprise at how much they fetch :S I was a big fan of Starcom and looking at it I was surprise that the smaller one started a 40$ and I don't want to speak about the still boxed one loll