Anthony Frandsen Showcases His Nerf Collection on hobbyDB

Anthony Frandsen, who lives in Pottsville, PA (home of Yeungling Beer), has added his growing collection of Nerf shooters, weapons, whatever you call them to the hobbyDB database. Blasters is the preferred term to the Nerfing Community,” he says. And yes, you also just learned that “Nerfing” is a thing. Besides his Nerf Collection, XyberDAWG, as he is known on hobbyDB, has close to 500 items in his hobbyDB Showcase and counting.

nerf showcaseThe Showcase is a relatively new feature on hobbyDB. In the past, collectors could add items to the database even if they didn’t actually own a particular item. Then they could mark items they actually do have in their collections. But with the Showcase, it’s possible to publicly display your collection without having to dust your shelves every now and then.

nerf star warsIn the interest of providing soft-serve spongy toys for relatively harmless fun, the earliest Nerf blasters were usually single-shot, air-powered devices to launch foam projectiles with either suction cup or rounded rubber tips. Like all the kids, Frandsen prefers the newer models with their rapid-fire action. “My collection’s main focus is the clip-fed ones, actually magazines, but Nerf calls them Clips,” he said. “Along with attachments (scopes, Shoulder Stocks, barrel extensions, etc.)… of course, I have a passion for the Star Wars related Nerf Items as I am a huge Star Wars geek.”

nerf nitronIf you’ve been to a kid’s birthday party over the last decade or so, there’s a good chance a Nerf battle may have erupted. Heck, it’s likely attendees were asked to bring their own blasters as the main theme.

Frandsen enjoyed playing with Nerf toys as a kid but didn’t really consider himself a collector.  “As a boy, I loved them, but didn’t have many, just one or two at a time,” he said. “But it’s something my boys like as much as I do. So about a year ago, I started building a collection for my sons.”

nerf rapid fireSome of his inventory predates that one year period, though. “My Rapid Fire 20 is the oldest item,” he said, “but the gun I have owned the longest is my yellow Switch Shot EX3 I purchased with the Wii Game Nerf N-Strike, I bought that 10 years ago before I even thought of collecting.”

nerf switch shotHe currently doesn’t have any interest in thinning out his collection, but might someday. “ I tend to not sell, I’m a hoarder,” he laughed. Nonetheless, he decided to add his collection to hobbyDB and set up a Showcase. “I wanted to find a suitable place to build an online collection of my Nerf Collection as I couldn’t find anyplace already set up, short of a text list on the Nerf Wiki. The Showcase is a great way to do all that.”

nerf video gameOf course, Frandsen doesn’t limit his interests to one area. He also dabbles in movies, music CDs, video games (and yes Nerf video games exist!), comics, books, Skylanders, and Lego sets. “As I’ve been adding to the database I spill over into many other areas,” he said. “Then I find myself cleaning up and correcting items unrelated because the way the database is so interconnected as you are fixing one thing, it’s easy to just follow the crumbs and clean up other areas.”

The Showcase is automatically created when you set up a profile on hobbyDB… you can go there and add a cover image, then add to your collection and watch it grow. And of course, if you have an item that we don’t have in our database, as always, please add it!

 

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Joschik

Hey Anthony,

Thanks for the fantastic work! Great to have you on board.

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Early Access to hobbyDB Black Friday – Up to 65% off

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hobbyDB Black Friday starts early this year, thanks to our Black Friday Sleep-In Sale.

Why fight the alarm clock and long lines the morning after Thanksgiving, when you can enjoy huge discounts from our most trusted sellers in the comfort of your own pajamas.

Shop now to find deals on all of your favorite collectibles including Hot Wheels, Funko, Matchbox, Garbage Pail Kids, and more!

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Sale runs November 20 through November 26th, so stock up on gifts before it’s too late!

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Millions of items coming to hobbyDB from our newest partner, Heritage Auctions!

We are super excited about working together with Heritage Auctions, here the official press release text  –

Heritage Auctions and hobbyDB to Bring Vast
Collecting Archives to the Masses

DALLAS, Texas (November 14, 2019) – Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer is helping collector site hobbyDB document and provide values for every collector.

Designed to become the ultimate crowd-sourced database for collecting, hobbyDB offers the ability to research, track, value, buy and sell collectible objects. Collectors from around the world already come to hobbyDB to research and acquire everything from Golden Age comics to Porsche posters to Tiffany Glass and beyond.

Now, to the delight of hobbyDB’s millions of visitors, the hobbyDB database will be boosted by over 5 million past lots previously sold at Heritage Auctions.

“As a collector myself, I believe that hobbyDB could be exactly what the collectibles world needs,” said Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin. “We’re delighted to support their ambitious goal to eventually index and document 100 billion collectibles in the most accessible way.”

Since launching in 2014, hobbyDB has become home to over 605,000 collectors, growing its user base 94% in the last 12 months alone. hobbyDB’s combined collections now have a total value of $624 million, and its database will increase roughly tenfold with the gradual addition of Heritage’s archive.

“Heritage Auctions is No. 1 for many areas of collectibles, so we are very excited about this alliance,” commented hobbyDB CEO Christian Braun, “We know that by working together, we’ll be able to bring their data to the widest possible audience and get even closer to becoming the ultimate resource for collectors worldwide.”

About Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions is by far the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, as well as the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, www.HA.com, has over 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of over five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

 

 

In our books, Heritage is our biggest possible auction house partner. Different from Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Heritage is focused on what we are focused on – collectibles. They are also courteous, diligent, professional and overall a perfect ally.  Here some of the cool items they have auctioned  –

From left to right – a Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeating Wristwatch With Moon Phases sold for $322,500, a Dracula Poster, Universal from 1931 sold for $525,800, a 1913 Liberty Nickel, PR64 NGC CAC sold for $3,290,000, a copy of Detective Comics #27, DC, 1939 sold for $1,075,500 and a Hermès 30cm Matte Gris Cendre Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware sold for $112,500!

Soon you will be able to find these and many more items on hobbyDB!

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Meet Tony Karamitsos, Car Designer: 1/64, 1/1 and Scales In Between

As hobbyDB grows into new collectible territory, diecast remains one of our most important core categories. Over the years we’ve had a chance to talk to a lot of legends and heavy hitters in the industry to find out what makes them tick. Tony Karamitsos has been a designer for several important brands over the last couple of decades including Johnny Lightning and Round2.

Tony KaramitsosTony’s first job in the industry was with Playing Mantis in 1999. The company had recently started reissuing some of the original Johnny Lightning Topper models and was fairly new to creating fresh diecast designs for a new millennium.

Tony Karamitsos camaroTony KaramitsosHis career is a natural fit for someone who has had a lifelong passion for cars. “I’ve always had a huge passion with small scale and 1:1 scale cars since I was a kid,” he said. Though it’s not his job, he builds real 1/1 scale cars in his spare time. In fact, several of his own cars have been the basis for scale models over the years. His ’69 Camaro became a Johnny Lightning casting, although it has since been modified to more of a pro-street look. It’s one of the perks of helping to decide what cars get produced in scale. (We’ll cover some of his other Chevy cars in an upcoming article)

Tony has been designing die-cast cars non-stop since those days at Playing Mantis. When the JL brand was sold to Round 2, he went along in 2005. As diecast Brand Manager, “ I oversee the employees, layout specs for 1/64 & 1/18 die-cast programs,” he said. “I’m responsible for all tooling development and graphic design for numerous programs.”

Auto World BuickThat makes him responsible for AutoWorld models, known for their accurate models of mostly stock automotive offerings. They are also known for taking chances on cars that haven’t been oversaturated in diecast, such as mid-1970s Buick wagons and quirky but interesting early 1960s Chrysler designs.

Over the years he has had a hand in designing hundreds of highly detailed die-cast replicas for numerous scales for other well-known brands including, Racing Champions, American Muscle, Legends of the Quarter Mile, slot car replicas, as well as other resin models & model kits which are all currently owned by Round2.

For all his efforts, Tony was inducted into the Model Car Hall of Fame in 2017.

He has never forgotten his childhood roots in his hobby… er, career. “The oldest model I have is an original Topper Toys Johnny Lightning Mako Shark,” he said. “I also collect GI Joe, He-Man, and Thundercats.” His other non-automotive interests include being a DJ (you can follow him on Instagram @DJ_Grind1).

Tony Karamitsos

Tony always draws a crowd at diecast conventions.

In the meantime, He’s on the lookout for interesting cars that haven’t been overexposed in the diecast market. “We have a lot of new 1-64th tooling in the works,” he said. “We’ve announced a couple so far… a Dodge Stealth and a Chevy II Wagon. But I’d like to keep the others under wraps for now.”

 

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Glenn Tyson

Howdy,

Would love for him to design some cars in 1/43 scale. I'm into O gauge trains and 1/43 to 1/50 scale and really see a lot of cool cars just not in the right scale for us hobbyists. Maybe do some Barris cars including but not limited to the Munsters Koach and The CAR from the movie of the same name. And maybe some from the American Graffiti movie, like the yellow 32 deuce, 58 Impala and 55 Chevy 210. I know others have a version of some of these in 1/43 scale but they dont look anything like the ones from the movie. I'm not rich by any means but would love to see these out there with Green Machines and the like.

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Every Collector Benefits as hobbyDB Database Expands into New Territory

Ron Ruelle

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A couple weeks ago, we told you about hobbyDB’s endeavor to add every collectible shot glass from Hard Rock Cafe to the hobbyDB database. In their typical fashion, Hard Rock has created thousands of different designs, including each location, year, and event when possible. Combined with their pins and other collectibles, the hobbyDB database has surpassed 80,000 different Hard Rock collectibles.

hobbydb expansionMany long-time users discovered hobbyDB when diecast vehicles were far and away our biggest subject, and Hot Wheels dominated those listings. In fact, a quick check of our database shows close to 50,000 items when “Hot Wheels” is punched into the search bar which is a lot!

But we’ve come a long way in the last five years. Now with more than 500,000 items and subjects in the database, we’re working to add all sorts of different collectibles. Here’s a quick look at how we got here.

hobbydb sloganFirst, a reminder of hobbyDB’s mission… our slogan, found at the bottom of the main page is “Over 100 Billion Collectibles… Eventually.” And that includes every kind of documentable collectible under the sun. The very first items in the database years ago were from a collection of James Bond Corgi cars. Sprinkled in with those were some View Master reels, corkscrews, and chess sets.

We then moved to diecast cars, particularly Hot Wheels, and quickly became an authoritative source for information on those. Why? Because hobbyDB grew from a diecast website, and our founders have always had a keen interest in diecast, and that brand had the best and most complete data available at the time.  We integrated data from Diecastlovers, Gary’s Cars, Model Pack Rat and South Texas Diecast.

hobbyDB has and will always be a user-driven site. We count on collectors to see where there are holes and add their own items to fill in the blanks. And we have a data team that does the same thing, keeping track of the current offerings as they come out.

dysentery pac man x box commodore 16After working to build out our giant Hot Wheels database, it was time to add video games! So, we partnered with the owner of Hugada (the HUgh GAme DAtabase), to import the result of his long years of adding video games that included fan favorites such as Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda.

Another way we expand is by partnering with companies who see the value in having their entire inventory documented not just on their own site, but alongside other seemingly unrelated topics. Kidrobot, conveniently located in Colorado, also home of hobbyDB Headquarters, was one of our first big partners. Their online archives were incomplete and randomly documented enough that some of their history was in danger of being lost over time. So they partnered with us to form one of our first Official Archives. These archives (and there are a lot of them now) are the result of a collectible company providing the data to us so we can provide that data an organized home.

We’ve also partnered with Funko to add not only their complete archive, but up to date pricing information on their vinyl art toys, old and new to their App.

The benefits of Official Archives are many… the data is accurate and complete because it comes directly from the horse’s mouth. And it’s going to stay up-to-date, as the companies can easily provide listings of new and upcoming products as they are announced. And one of the best parts is any entry can be cross-referenced with other collectibles in the database.

July 4 hard rock cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe items came about another way, though. In this case, we found a community of dedicated collectors of their pins (Pin Masters) who were looking for a new home. So they decided to locate it all on hobbyDB in a standard format with easy search functions and cross-referencing. The result is over 80,000 pins and other collectibles.

Over the past year, we’ve worked hard to add more pop culture brands as well. These include Dark Horse Deluxe, Diamond Select Toys, Garbage Pail Kids (in cooperation with Geepeekay.com), Hot Toys, Eaglemoss, Kotobukiya, Mego, NECA and more!

We are now adding model boats, Lego minifigs, film posters and much, much more! If you have some collectibles that you’d like to add to the database, join us! Find out more about how to become a Contributor here.

 

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