Musings By Joschik. Christian is one of the founders of the hobbyDB project and his musings share some of his collecting experience, here unfortunately sad news.
Yesterday Ian Carrick, an old friend got in touch with the sad news that Martin is not with us anymore. I knew Martin since 2006 when we started working together for 2 years.
He was always in the best mood possible, always willing to share and always more than happy to help. Martin was just an amazing person to spend time with. Maybe it is because he has been collecting toys all of his life and became a full-time toy person 22 years ago (it is telling that he died on the way to a toyfair).
Everybody at Auctioning4u enjoyed Martin’s “Show & Tell” lunches
When we went to the UK we always tried to make sure we could meet up, even my wife and kids (who generally try to stay away from visiting collectors) loved going. Martin and Julia’s house was always full of fun things, nice stories and lots of biscuits!
One of Martin’s favorite items, the Dan Dare Rocket Gun
Martin sold what was probably the best Dan Dare collection to one of our other supporters, to Chang Yang Fa who now displays it at his Mint Museum in Singapore.
We always had fun sharing names and other features of some of the early Chinese stuff, like here the Photoing on Car model
He then became an expert in vintage Chinese tinplate and was probably the most important vendor of it (sending lots of it back to China!). He was going to share his wealth of knowledge and photos with collectors via hobbyDB, it’s a shame that we all miss out on this. Martin, rest in peace (hopefully you have internet up there so you can check in from time to time).