Found some photos from way back of my Timpo Toys Collection

Musings By Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 38 years ago.

I got a Pentax camera from my dad in 1981 and started to experiment around. Here are some of the results  –


Arabs attacking the Foreign Legion


Careful reconciliation?


Coming back from the hunt


Back at the Village


Templars attacking a Turkish castle


Union troops under fire


I have no idea how I did that last image but think that they were not bad overall.

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Nice shots!  Reminds me of Murilee Martin's work for Autoweek!  For example:

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GeePeeKay and hobbyDB Introduce: Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card – Week 2

Garbage Pail Kids

Welcome to Week 2 of the Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card Collection presented by GeePeeKay and hobbyDB.

Last week we debuted our officially-licensed Adam Bomb sticker card featuring a classic white border. Now we’re proud to introduce the second variant in the collection, Adam Bomb with a Bruised border.

The dark blue exclusive card comes with a rarity of just 400 produced and are individually numbered on the back.

The exclusive card is part of a collaboration between GeePeeKay and hobbyDB to celebrate the creation of our Garbage Pail Kids archive and marketplace. So to earn the unique piece of Garbage Pail Kids nostalgia, we’re going to ask for your help in building a bigger and better database – in the form of fun weekly tasks.

Week 2 Task: Jump on the GeePeeKay Database Wagon!

Now that you’ve created an account, let’s start filling in your profile with the things you love. To be eligible for the Adam Bomb bruised border card, we’re asking you to add 10 items to your wishlist powered by hobbyDB. 


Simply click the “+Wishlist” button to add to your collection!

The process is as fun as it is simple and the best part is, the items you select don’t have to be GPK related. Peruse the hobbyDB website for your favorite characters and brands, such as Funko, Hot Wheels and Topps, as well as thousands of other collectibles from throughout the world.

When you find that must-have item, simply click the “+Wishlist” button located to the right of the item image. Add 10 items to your Wishlist and you’ll unlock the ability to purchase the Adam Bomb bruised border sticker card.

Remember, you must complete our first task to become eligible for the second card. See below for further instructions. Cards are limited to one per user.

Make sure to check back on Wednesday for the next card and task.

How Everything Works

GeePeeKayGeePeeKayWe’re gamifying the Garbage Pail Kids experience. To craft the most complete Garbage Pail Kids’ archive, we’re asking for your help and feedback about our features. In short, we’re going to ask you to be more of a Handy Andy than a Lazy Louie in order to obtain this exclusive set.

The six-card set will be available by unlocking levels pertaining to the Garbage Pail Kids database. Each Wednesday we’ll offer an opportunity to buy the next card in the series, along with another task to obtain it. As the challenges rise, so, too, does the rarity of the cards.

Cards are limited to one per user and sold via the GeePeeKay and hobbyDB marketplaces. Please note, to be fair to all collectors we will refund purchases of multiple cards. Cards will ship upon completion of each task.

Late to the game? Do not fear. You can make up weekly tasks provided cards remain.

The Cards

Introducing the Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker card. The officially licensed collection comes in six variants, ranging in rarity from 1,000 to 50 produced.

The back of the cards, with the exception of the white bordered cards, are individually numbered. The reverse side also details the history of the idea sketches that led to Adam Bomb becoming the face of Garbage Pail Kids.

GeePeeKay & hobbyDB

GeePeeKay and hobbyDB have paired up, like Split Kit and Mixed-Up Mitch, to offer a unique piece of Garbage Pail Kids nostalgia.

Powered by collectors throughout the world, collectible ecosystem hobbyDB has partnered with GeePeeKay to create a complete Garbage Pail Kids archive! Centered around a detailed database of trading cards and merchandise, the archive aspires to be the most complete record of all GPK memorabilia.

The Archive

We’re working with GeePeeKay’s Matt Oldweiler and avid collector Andy Goodman, as well as other GPK specialists to create a database that includes every Garbage Pail Kids sticker card created by Topps.

The new archive will be home to stylish collection management and wishlist features, as well as a marketplace. In addition, we’ll be adding price values for cards to better maximize your collection.

Adam Bomb Limited Edition “Art by John Pound” Sticker Card

Ready to roll up your sleeves?

GeePeeKayWeek 2 – April 24

Bruised (400 produced)

Level 2: Jump on the hobbyDB Bandwagon

Price: $8.99

Task: Add 10 items to your hobbyDB wishlist

The Skinny: Now that you’re part of the GeePeeKay community powered by hobbyDB, it’s time to start daydreaming. To be eligible for the next GPK card, we’re asking you to peruse the site and add 10 items to your wishlist. Best part is, they don’t even have to be GPK related. Search our extensive database of Garbage Pail Kids, as well as Funko, Hot Wheels and much, much more. When you find your favorite characters or brands, simply click the “+Wishlist” button. Happy hunting!


Week 1 – April 17

GeePeeKayWhite Card (1,000 produced) 

Level 1: Welcome to the GeePeeKay Customized Database!

Price: $7.99

Task: Register for a hobbyDB account on the GeePeeKay Customized Database

The Skinny: Welcome to the GeePeeKay customized database powered by hobbyDB! Let’s get you started by setting up a user profile with us. Create an account at and you’ll earn the first card in the set, which offers a classic white border look.

Check back at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, to view the next card and task. Thank you for your help. Contact us by clicking the green “Contact Us” button on the right hand side of your screen with any questions or concerns.

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After adding 10 items, how do I get the card?


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Whimsical Book Collecting: Field Notes on Five Finds

Matthew NelsonMatthew is a writer and former member of the Data Team at hobbyDB.  He enjoys blogging about the random things he collects.

Two decades and 4,000 or so books later you could say I’ve spent a minute or three combing bookshelves for rare titles, limited editions, or simply to commemorate a trip I’d like to remember. I thought my collecting was left to whim and chance, but how could it be if what a person collects offers a glimpse into what they value?

It’s a question I never asked myself, too consumed by what that next addition to my already full shelves would be. While I’m still unsure about all this, I have noticed a few quirky approaches I’ve developed towards finding that next great book, reflections that might either serve as tips for book collecting or as a list of inquiries to consider in light of your own collecting.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The book that got me thinking about the different ways I collect, and how these preferences take shape over time, was Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer. The paperback release had a short run sandwiched between the hardback and the April 2016 Pulitzer Prize announcement with no mention of the win. I’d been eyeing the book after all the praise washed in, but it wasn’t until the night I heard Nguyen won the Pulitzer and I rushed to buy the book before closing that I recognized what sort of collector I’d become. Part of me hated the gaudy stamps prize wins lead to, while another part of me wanted to capture a moment in time.


No mention of the Pulitzer Prize on this early paperback edition of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Prizes, the story goes, sell books, so publishers are quick to push new editions with shiny golden emblems touting the book’s success. Soon enough, the edition I found safely resting on the shelf that April night would disappear for good.

The Sympathizer was around book 3,859 of my collection, but it got me thinking of other ways in which these hidden preferences manifest themselves into an approach to curating a collection. Small and humble as this event was, I spied a wrinkle in book collecting like a sea change “into something rich and strange.” (That’s Shakespeare’s Tempest, where “sea-change” first appeared. The more you know.)

Again, Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison

I’m a big fan of science fiction, and there is perhaps no greater, no more influential science fiction short story anthology than Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions (1967). Consider it the bridge from Ray Bradbury’s innocent if haunting tales of neighborhood mischief to William Gibson’s grim world of cyberpunk. So imagine my shock when I happened upon a first edition of its follow-up, a book I didn’t even know existed, entitled Again, Dangerous Visions (1972), sitting in a low lit basement of an old mansion turned community bookstore in a part of town I’d never ventured to before.


Again, Dangerous Visions, First Edition (1972)

Visits to super small, super local stores like this one, which I found on Yelp, not only have random and fun finds but are (fortunately? unfortunately?) rarely shopped and consistently get new stock in from quality collections, making the shelves filled with unexpected finds from local authors and regional topics to the Ellison tome I’m still in shock over. Check those stores near universities, too, as they have a rich selection of titles and subjects thanks to students looking to cash in post-final exam.

It’s also worth chatting up the folks working the store, too, as they typically know of other small book shops, hold their own events, or might even invite you to an intimate poetry reading at a famous local author’s house! You never know. Local booksellers are almost always part of the local community writ large, so conversations with them are always fruitful and interesting. Plus, I’ve taken to collecting bookmarks from each place I visit; another relic, another memory, a richer life.

Fever Chart by Bill Cotter


Fever Chart, First Edition (2009)

Want proof community matters?

I found Bill Cotter’s Fever Chart, which he promoted in Austin while I lived there, signed with the following inscription: “Carla! Spiderhouse turned into JFB—What’s Next? Whatever it is, I cannot wait to read your whole manuscript! Bill” along with a steaming cup of coffee over his name. I’m not privy to the conversation Bill had with Carla, but I do know Spiderhouse is one of the top artist hangouts in Austin. And he wants to read Carla’s manuscript?! That’s classic writing community fodder.


The inscription inside my first edition copy of Bill Cotter’s Fever Chart.

While I found this at a used bookstore in the Austin area, I’ve found signed first editions from the likes of Don Delillo, Michael Chabon, and Dave Eggers at large, local bookstores that often serve as stops on national book tours. Stores like these, such as Tattered Cover Book Store here in Denver, also have the author sign additional books to stock signed first editions in case you missed the event.

Number9Dream by David Mitchell

One of the most elusive books I’ve ever sought was David Mitchell’s Number9Dream, which for some reason is the only book he wrote not regularly stocked by big box and local stores alike, and it soon became a personal challenge to find the thing myself (not online). So imagine my surprise when I found it moping on a poorly lit metal shelf at some random Good Will in Texas. Eureka! Roughly four years of looking, calling, asking and all of a sudden there it was. I still wonder all these years and numerous read-throughs later if it’s a counterfeit.


Any place that sells anything used typically has a shelf or two, however hidden and thin, of used books for cheap. While perhaps the most obvious suggestion on this list, it’s also the most fruitful. The selection is typically so piquant it demands a glance. Estate sales, library sales, and store closings are always strong candidates for unique book finds. But so too are places like Good Will, antique shops, or consignment shops.

My most recent find, in fact, was from an antique consignment shop in Dallas where I scored a 1957 first edition of Ben Hogan’s Five Lesson’s: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf as a Christmas gift for my dad, a book he later said he had been looking for, really, his entire life.

History of My Heart by Robert Pinsky

I went to what essentially amounted to a writer’s boot camp this past summer in Archer City, Texas, where Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning mammoth Lonesome Dove is set, along with his The Last Picture Show. McMurtry also has a bookstore that bloomed from his own personal collection of 10,000+ books, the initial sale of which immediately became part of Texas book collecting lore.

The store was, in a word, overwhelming. Hot. Disorganized. Overpriced. Almost as a surrender, I decided upon a paper-thin book of poetry, History of My Heart by Robert Pinsky, the cheapest I could find at $5, just to get out of there because I felt I should have walked out of there with something for some reason I couldn’t quite name.


It matters less what this book is, and more where I found it.

Though I’ve not yet read the book and, really, have no plans to, when I look at that book I remember my time in that town, that week spent meeting people from around the country and beyond, the glorious food and conversations we shared, an unforgettable time cemented with the purchase of a rather forgettable book.

You’ll never guess what you’ll come across nor how you’ll find it. It’s a metaphor for life I suppose, how a constant aimless unfolding can be refined into a purposeful search with the most unexpected event.

Where has your collecting taken you? How has that changed over the years?

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Some Collector Stores bring together the best of a Museum and a Swapmeet

Musings By Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 38 years ago.

There is nothing more enjoyable than to go to a good swapmeet (we wrote earlier about how different those are in Europe and the US here) or is there?  Some stores manage to rival the excitement.  I wrote earlier about Sinclair’s Auto Miniatures, an amazing store in Erie, Pennsylvania in the 1970s and about Mile High Comics, the biggest comic store just down the road from us in Denver and now came across a book announcement that fascinated me.

Vladimir Antaki’s book on amazing stores is just a must have when it hits the US later this year.  Since 2012 he has been seeking out unusual shops around the world and then photographing them.  This, his first picture book will feature the most intriguing 45 store owners and their stores.  Here are two of them  –

Henri Launay does doll repairs out of his store in Paris

Marie Gagné used to run an amazing collectible store in Montréal

If like me you adore this kind of book add it to your wishlist here (we will try to get some for sale on our Marketplace).  And if you have or had your own favorite shop please share your experience and if you can a photo in the comments!

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After writing the article I found this amazing photo of a vintage travel gear shop in Paris (near the Marché Dauphin).  It seems that the store is no more but if you know differently please let me know so I can put it on my bucket list.

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The Most Expensive Hot Wheels Cars Cost More Than the Real Thing

most expensive hot wheels

Ron Ruelle

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a vintage VW Microbus, do we have a deal for you. All original, including the paint and tires, and it even comes with surfboards. It’s a bit pricy at $45,000, but you’ll likely never have another chance to own one like this. Did we mention it’s a Hot Wheels vehicle?

In the world of toy collecting, there’s the rare and expensive and the just about nonexistent and jaw-droppingly valuable. In these cases, we’re not looking at mythical, unattainable asking prices (looking at you, world of Beanie Babies!). Instead, these are documented cases of real items actually selling for true prices. In some cases, the item may be the only one in existence, but in others, it’s just a very rare version for some reason.

pink beach bombHot Wheels; The aforementioned VW is of course, the “rear-loading” Beach Bomb, an original model that went back to the drawing board to make it more compatible with various accessories. Only a handful of the narrow-bodied originals ever made it to the public, with this pink one being the cream of the crop most recently selling for a reported $45,000.

hot wheels custom ottoThere’s an even rarer Hot Wheels car, the Custom Otto. The car was designed to mimic the generic blue car that graced the blister cards of the earliest redlines, but had never been produced as a model. In honor of Otto Kuhni, the artist who created that illustration, Hot Wheels made exactly one of this car, encrusted in Swarovski diamonds. It was sold for a reported $140,000!

In a kind gesture to collectors, Mattel has since released versions of both the Beach Bomb and the Custom Otto in more affordable versions. They haven’t hit the mainline pegs yet, but are in range of most enthusiasts of the brand.

Here are a few other articles featuring verifiable and/or anecdotal stories about other super premium cars…

  • AutoWise  –  10 Most Expensive Hot Wheels
  • Car & Driver –  The Most Valuable Hot Wheels Cars (for Now)
  • Complete Set  –  The 10 Most Expensive Hot Wheels
  • Complex  –  The 50 Best Hot Wheels of All Time
  • GEMR  –  The 10 Rarest Hot Wheels Ever Made
  • History  –  These Vintage Hot Wheels Toys Are Worth Thousands of Dollars
  • Hotcars  –  People Who Own Any Of These 25 Classic Hot Wheels Cars Could Be Sitting On A Fortune
  • Money Inc  –  The Five Most Expensive Hot Wheels of All-Time
  • The Gamer  –  Hot Wheels Cars That Are Worth A Fortune
  • The Richest  –  20 Hot Wheels Toy Cars That Are Worth A Small Fortune In 2018
  • Twenty-Two Words –  These Are The Most Valuable Hot Wheels Toys

If there are other good lists please add them in the comments! And maybe eventually somebody will combine all these lists into one Super List!

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