Even though most of my testosterone is invested in table tennis competition- and hitting that little white ball six days a week, I still immensely enjoy the “art” of collecting- and have been an active collector for about 20 years. Even though I actually started collecting coins and stamps when I was 7 or 8, my passion (and financial wherewithal) hit a peak after I hit 50. In fact, for a time I was absolutely possessed and a collector on steroids! While I still enjoy the hunt and making that outstanding impossible-to-say-no “strategic” acquisition, I too have become afflicted with that dreaded condition- “out-of-space-itis”.
Getting together with and sharing the passion with other collectors adds a lot of enjoyment. Attending national and regional conventions, entertaining collectors in my venue and traveling to distant lands adds enjoyment, knowledge and contacts. In the last several years, we’ve attended functions in London, and all over the U.S.- from New York to Phoenix to Princeton to Seattle to North Dakota, North Carolina, San Francisco and on. While I am primarily known in the world of penny arcade coin-op machines (1900- 1950’s), today mechanical advertising window displays, Baranger Motions, and automatic music devices have enriched my landscape. Baranger Motions and automatons are at the top of the list.
If anyone has an unusual tale of the hunt to share, I’d love to hear from you. In addition, since collecting tastes change, and buy-sell decisions are often made based on health, space (or lack of), changing tastes or/and financial considerations, staying in touch is key. It is true than many collectors purposely choose to fly under the radar. Yet, I often know some that are motivated- either to buy, sell or trade. I often like the latter, if possible. I’ve sold off a few items over the years when I absolutely ran out of space and upgraded with cool additions. I’ve been able to change my Baranger Motions collection by trading some that others really wanted- and who had motions that I had been looking for a long time. After all, shouldn’t a collection evolve- be dynamic and alive- and not simply a static pile of “stuff”?
Perhaps we can hook up!