Archive for July, 2006
It's official: Brett Martin has a metric buttload of video game memorabilia. By Mr. Martin's own estimation, his collection clocks in at about ten to fifteen thousand individual pieces. But not all of those trinkets of molded plastic, cast metal, and fluffed polyester are depictions of Nintendo's famous Italian plumber. His gaming nicknack collection actually spans a diverse range of characters from different franchises, companies, and eras.
Martin is married to a loving wife that is tolerant of his collection. But in the process of settling down and moving on to a new phase of his life, he recently realized that some things have to go. So Brett set up a new website to help him thin out his massive collection, while also sharing it with the world. The site, called the "Video Game Memorabilia Museum," is a virtual museum of Martin's pieces, which he is always updating with new photos and entries when he gets the chance.
The main gallery area of the VGMM site is divided into sections dedicated to specific video game franchises like Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, Mega Man, and Crash Bandicoot. Each main franchise section has sub-categories based on characters from within the franchise. Within those are further sub-categories based on the type of item (keychains, plushies, figures, and pins usually among them). Further probing reveals individual items from his collection, complete with pictures. He also has a section with a number of items for sale, as well as a community forum. It's a lot of fun looking through all the stuff he has up there — I definitely recommend taking a stroll through the museum at least once yourself.
Brett recently sent me a new batch of photos his collection, which are splashed throughout this article, and agreed to an email interview, which is reproduced below.
Well, the auction ended last night, and "bunikmonkey" is the winner. The final price? $282.73 (US). Not bad at all! This will definitely help take care of the kittens. I'd like to thank everyone who bid in the auction, and everyone who helped spread the word.
Before you start thinking "Wow, that's a great price! I should go into business selling NES DVD players," remember this: eBay is a strange market that sells to the highest bidder. Usually only a couple people on earth are willing to pay eBay prices for high profile items. I believe much of my NES DVD player's value is seated in the fact that it's a one-of-a-kind item. Once you start churning them out, the value per unit goes waay down. And I'm not going to make any more.
Anyway, I hope you don't mind, but I might post an entry about some more VC&G-related items for sale soon. I won't litter the blog with eBay crap, of course, but I might just do one more post to announce another round of VC&G fundraising / housecleaning in the future.
Thanks again, everybody, for your help.