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Ted’s Top-12 Collectibles from “Button Power: 125 Years of Saying It With Buttons”

Ted’s Top-12 Collectibles from “Button Power: 125 Years of Saying It With Buttons”

Ted Hake

I have been a pinback button collector and dealer for 63 of my 80 years. I love the color and design of the best ones and I see each button as a survivor representing a moment in the life of America. Buttons led me to create America’s first and most diversified collectibles auction in 1967; […]

Collecting the Stanley Cup, the Quencher Tumblers, Not the NHL’s Holy Grail

Collecting the Stanley Cup, the Quencher Tumblers, Not the NHL’s Holy Grail

The very mention of collecting the Stanley Cup conjures up images of bearded, toothless NHL players parading hockey’s holy grail triumphantly overhead. The Stanley Cup is very much like a collectible in that hundreds of players annually pursue the sport’s ultimate chase piece, it arrives with an LE of just 1, and the cardinal rule […]

Yeah Baby, Yeah! How Austin Powers Helped Turn Funko Into an International Success

Yeah Baby, Yeah! How Austin Powers Helped Turn Funko Into an International Success
Javier Serrano

Javier Serrano

A few days ago, an event took place at Bob’s Big Burger in Burbank (Los Angeles -California) hosted by the Chairman of Fun, Mike Becker and the comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, called “Back to the Beginning.” Beyond the surprises and the presentation of the new Funko line, Project Fred, these kinds of events remind me […]

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Score of a Lifetime: Case of 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE Discovered

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Score of a Lifetime: Case of 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE Discovered

It’s been 45 years since Wayne Gretzky made his NHL debut, yet more than four decades later, the legendary hockey player is still proving why he’s considered “The Great One.” Trading card history is strewn with tremendous stories of long-lost collections stashed away and forgotten by time. So leave it to Gretzky to be a […]

Did You Own It: The Original Voltron Action Figure

Did You Own It: The Original Voltron Action Figure

  If there’s one thing most boys from the 1980s can attest to, it’s the “awesomeness” that was Voltron. It essentially ticked all of the right boxes. Robots? Check. Lions? Check. Space fights? Double check. Now 40 years after making its debut in 1984, we want to know…did you own the original Voltron? If you […]