From Princess Diana to Kurt Cobain, the Most Valuable Collectible Sweaters

From Princess Diana to Kurt Cobain, the Most Valuable Collectible Sweaters

The world of collectible fashion saw a spike during the Fall of 2023. Just in time for the autumnal sweater season. On the Sotheby’s auction block that September was the fabled Princess Diana Sheep Jumper. The iconic sweater, knitted by the British brand Warm & Wonderful, was donned publicly by the then Diana Spencer in […]

Did You Own It: Sesame Street’s Tickle Me Elmo

Did You Own It: Sesame Street’s Tickle Me Elmo

For many kids of the mid-to-late 90s, it was love at first giggle. The toy was Tickle Me Elmo, an animatronic plush doll that sparked one of the largest toy crazes of all time.  The success of Tickle Me Elmo helped to resurrect a long struggling Children’s Television Workshop, while simultaneously propelling Elmo into a […]

Optimus Prime (Finally!!) Makes His Hot Wheels Debut

Optimus Prime (Finally!!) Makes His Hot Wheels Debut

It’s finally happened. Optimus Prime, the fearless leader of the Autobots, has joined a new team. Team Hot Wheels. Some 40 years after the inception of Hasbro’s insanely popular Transformers franchise, fans can finally see Optimus Prime in all of his Hot Wheels glory. Our hero is reborn courtesy of Mattel Creations and is modeled […]

KAWS: From Street Artist to Global Icon

KAWS: From Street Artist to Global Icon

Today’s issue is about the artist known as KAWS, the ex-Disney illustrator whose familiar style has evolved into a global pop culture phenomenon. What began with the rattle of a spray paint can on New York City streets is now recognized the world over — and has created a huge market for collectibles to boot. Even […]

Art Toy of the Week – Sametan

Art Toy of the Week – Sametan
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This week’s Art Toy of the Week is Sametan by CometDebris. First released back in 2011, every sale of Sametan, a shark-like figure wearing trousers with his fins sewn back on, helps to benefit PangeaSeed.

Top-10 Most Valuable Hot Wheels ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gassers

Top-10 Most Valuable Hot Wheels ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gassers

We’re rolling up the garage doors and having a peek under the hood for our look at the Top-10 Most Valuable Hot Wheels Gassers. The ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser is among the most iconic of classic cars. And who better to document the Gasser’s rich history than Hot Wheels. We take a look at […]

Our Plan to Reach 100 Billion Collectibles and How You Can Help

Our Plan to Reach 100 Billion Collectibles and How You Can Help

When we started hobbyDB 10 years ago, we had a vision to document every collectible ever made. We set a lofty target, and we knew we wanted to do it right by documenting items in the exact way each collector base wanted to see them. It was a bit of a slow start, but I’m […]

Get Your Exclusive Abominable Toys Zoltar Chomp!

Get Your Exclusive Abominable Toys Zoltar Chomp!

The fortunes have been revealed, foretelling us that you’re going to love Abominable Toys’ new exclusive Zoltar Chomp in a BIG way. Meet the latest Chomp, based on Zoltar, the famous all-knowing animatronic fortune machine. With a limited edition of just 500 pieces, it doesn’t take tarot cards to know that you’ll need to act […]

7 Must-Do’s to Make a Brand Collectible & Keep It That Way

7 Must-Do’s to Make a Brand Collectible & Keep It That Way

Beginning as far back as the Roman Emperor Octavian (collector of coins, many with his own face on them), history shows that there have always been collectors. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor spent $3 million in today’s money for his grail, a seashell. Sir Walter Rothschild collected 800,000 specimens and employed spotters on different continents […]

Protect Your Pokemon Cards From…the Japanese Yakuza

Protect Your Pokemon Cards From…the Japanese Yakuza

If Pokemon has taught us anything since its inception nearly three decades ago, it’s that anyone will go to great lengths to add Pikachu and friends to their collection. That includes the notorious Japanese organized crime syndicate the Yakuza. Keita Saito, a lieutenant in the Yakuza’s Takinogawa family, was arrested recently in connection with an […]

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