Has anyone here tried cataloging their collection, and ultimately put a value on it? I tried tackling that with my ERTL, RWS and TUGS collection just to gauge how much I have spent over the last 8 years since I began collecting, and how much money is "tied up" in the toys and books. It didn't take overly long as my collections of each aren't all that massive in their respective size.
Interestingly, its hard to gauge how much it is worth. For example, my loose ERTL trains I would say aren't worth much more than maybe $2 a piece (if that), but realistically, there is absolutely no way I could ever replace them for that price. Antique store prices for loose ones are grotesquely overpriced (sometimes more than a NIP train off eBay), and buying online involves shipping prices and often a high exchange rate.
Anyways, this was a fun little thing to do this morning, and tackling my Wooden Railway collection is next on the list.
My main hobby is model railways, and I will fully admit, for the last 10 years my interest in 'The Railway Series' had subsided. ' Nearly two years ago my Father passed away, and since then I've been gradually making the house my own. The property is old (1692 build) and there is a built in cupboard/display cabinet.
So I have dug out my Railway Series collection and.... I hope I have done the collection justice.
I present, 'Awdry Corner'
I am so pleased I've finally done this, there are books in there I have had from childhood, which my late Dad read to me as a child. It's making me emotional right now, but in a good way....it's a cabinet of childhood memories.
I don't think I've posted my collection here yet, but here it is: I don't collect the toy lines anymore such as Wood, Trackmaster, or Adventures to name a few. Nowadays I just stick with Home Video releases as well as certain books
Some of these VHS covers are custom made. The ones I used to have were lost as time went on. Part of me wants to re-purchase some of these VHS tapes just for the covers, but I suppose these covers will do for now.
If you're wondering about the UK DVD's: Some of them were given to me from my family in the UK, and as far as the Japanese DVD's go: I imported them from Buyee. It's very rare to come across some of these DVDs on sites like Ebay, but even if you find them, they're most likely being sold for high prices (around the $20-$40 range). I figured out that it was cheaper to import Japanese DVD's from Buyee and plus I find it much more convenient.
Aside from Season 2, I imported the complete seasons from Amazon UK. Same case scenario as the Japanese DVD's, only they're just hard to come by on sites like ebay. Plus it's cheaper to import from Amazon UK.
I don't have too much to say about the books, though I will say it's been a tradition of mine to always receive the Thomas annual as a Christmas gift each year from my family in the UK. I'm only a few annuals away from completing the collection.
As far as other stuff goes: - I do have Wooden Railway, ERTL, Take-Along/n' Play, Tomy, Trackmaster and Bachmann Thomas merch, but I have them stored away in boxes since I don't have much use for them nowadays. - I have the first 7 seasons digitally on Amazon seeing as this is the closest Americans will get to having Complete Seasons here in the US. -I also have Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and The Great Race digitally on iTunes as well as Journey Beyond Sodor on Youtube. -I do have Season 20 pre-ordered from Amazon UK, and it should be coming in Mid-June since it's an import and they usually take longer to ship internationally.
Over the past few years, I've been quietly building up a collection of early 1990s Wooden Trains, with a focus on 1992 trains especially. It's easy for me to buy and forget about these on the shelf, so I took the time the other day to take photos and really appreciate what I've been able to collect thus far.
I encourage you all to stop and appreciate what you've acquired for your respective collections, as it is easy to get carried away for the "next one" in our fast paced world.
OJ: Sad news everybody. Peter Fonda has died. He was 79. RIP.
Aug 16, 2019 22:39:38 GMT
Zorgoth: You're kidding? I didn't even know he was ailing (or was it just natural causes?) Either way, that's real disheartening to hear. R.I.P. Mr. Fonda.
Aug 16, 2019 22:53:19 GMT
Dungeon Master: To quote Scooter, "IT'S THE WEEEEEK-EEEEEEEEND!" -- and so, the next instalment of ERS #9 "Dockside Engines" has now dropped! This latest instalment opens the second Book of the novel and introduces the -next- element of the story behind Tidmouth Harbour.
Aug 17, 2019 0:06:35 GMT
Dungeon Master: Head on over to the ERS Library - Novels section to find out more! Bon appetite.
Aug 17, 2019 0:15:29 GMT
Odd: i would like to wish a very happy birthday to 01Salty, no doubt one of the best artists in the fandom, cheers!
Aug 17, 2019 9:03:24 GMT
TheIsraeliSudrian: He died of respiratory failure due to lung cancer. R.I.P.
Aug 17, 2019 17:49:21 GMT
Ian: It's been a while since he last penned for the series, so it's great to see the latest ERS offering from long-term SiF member stuart7 is now available to read in the Library... and we're off to Wales for this one!
Aug 18, 2019 14:12:47 GMT
Madness: Happy belated Birthday to 01Salty .
Aug 19, 2019 22:13:24 GMT
gambo1946: is it wrong that i have only seen Fonda in magic railroad? i unfortunately haven't seen easy rider. But it is really sad that he has passed, at least he was almost 80, that is a reasonably long life, and he is back with his dad, Henry, two screen legends
Aug 20, 2019 3:25:55 GMT
gambo1946: -back together
Aug 20, 2019 3:26:10 GMT
ScarletSpider: My friend has decided to downgrade from Bluray to DVD. I just got.. a Bluray player, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman 5 B;u-Ray collection, Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, Dark Knight Returns, Killing Joke, Bad Blood,
Aug 20, 2019 11:24:40 GMT
ScarletSpider: Throne of Atlantis, and New Frontier for a total of £50
Aug 20, 2019 11:24:41 GMT
gambo1946: today is my 18th birthday, my sister hannah's too, officially a grown up
Aug 20, 2019 23:13:02 GMT
Ten Cents Too: Happy Birthday to you and your twin!
Aug 21, 2019 22:29:18 GMT