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83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!

83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!

With an obvious explosion of investments in collectibles companies over the last 8 months, Trading Cards are clearly the Elephant in the Room (even before NFTs!). In this article, we take a deep dive into the most recent investment trends in the FanMerch market (worth roughly $450 billion annually). Here are the investments this year […]

5 Years, 5 Fun Facts – KMJ Diecast, Kirk Smith, and hobbyDB

5 Years, 5 Fun Facts – KMJ Diecast, Kirk Smith, and hobbyDB

A little bit more than five years ago, Kirk Smith found himself running an online store selling Hot Wheels cars on kmjdiecast.com that was doing very well – until he heard from his software provider that they were going to phase out the very product he relied on running his store. In a nice twist […]

Microcar Models’ Danny Draper is Latest hobbyDB Shareholder

Microcar Models’ Danny Draper is Latest hobbyDB Shareholder

Danny Draper of Microcar Models Australia is the newest shareholder in hobbyDB. MMA is a small company that makes minuscule models of microscopic cars. But they still think big. “Our desire is for microcars and bubble cars not previously made or to reimagine those known but longer available,” said Danny, founder of the company. Started […]

Here’s Another Collection of the World’s Largest Collections

Here’s Another Collection of the World’s Largest Collections

We recently shared a large collection of the world’s largest collections, ranging from diecast cars, Funko Pop figures, and James Bond memorabilia. In each case, hobbyDB has a pretty good start on documenting those segments of the hobbies. For example, we have over 40,000 distinct variants of Hot Wheels in our database. And we have […]

The Ultimate Poser: DC Sculptor Tim Bruckner Captured Iconic Moments

The Ultimate Poser: DC Sculptor Tim Bruckner Captured Iconic Moments

A few weeks ago we introduced you to Tim Bruckner, who spent about 20 years sculpting action figures and statues for DC Direct (now known as DC Entertainment). As his career there evolved, he spent more and more time on statues instead of poseable characters. A lot goes into the decisions on how to represent […]