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From the Cool to the Quirky, Collectible Collaborations from Lancôme to Lego

From the Cool to the Quirky, Collectible Collaborations from Lancôme to Lego
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Joschik

What’s better than our favorite collectible brands? How about when our favorite collectible brands partner up for some mind-blowing collaborations? Here is taking a look at a handful of cool and quirky collabs from the likes of Hot Wheels, Hasbro and Barbie, as well as Aquafresh, Heinz and more. What are some other collectible franchise […]

Our Plan to Reach 100 Billion Collectibles and How You Can Help

Our Plan to Reach 100 Billion Collectibles and How You Can Help

When we started hobbyDB 10 years ago, we had a vision to document every collectible ever made. We set a lofty target, and we knew we wanted to do it right by documenting items in the exact way each collector base wanted to see them. It was a bit of a slow start, but I’m […]

7 Must-Do’s to Make a Brand Collectible & Keep It That Way

7 Must-Do’s to Make a Brand Collectible & Keep It That Way

Beginning as far back as the Roman Emperor Octavian (collector of coins, many with his own face on them), history shows that there have always been collectors. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor spent $3 million in today’s money for his grail, a seashell. Sir Walter Rothschild collected 800,000 specimens and employed spotters on different continents […]

The People I Work With…

The People I Work With…
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Joschik

Saw this today on Facebook  –     and yes, that was hobbyDB… and yes, we hired him!  It made me reflect on the amazing, gregarious, dedicated and fun team I have been working with – regardless of whether they were interns or my co-founder Alex.  Same for our Squad Members, many (too many to […]

Hearing from a friend after a very long time

Hearing from a friend after a very long time
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Joschik

I checked in with a friend that I had not seen or heard from for a long time and I got this…   Ha ha, no photo of the wife (new wife) or maybe possible children, nothing about the career or the latest in politics.  2 photos and it seems he is happy (and I […]

The Longest Hot Wheels Track Ever

The Longest Hot Wheels Track Ever
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Musings by Joschik

Here at the hobbyDB team we like toys and have good memories of having run Hot Wheels tracks as children.   And who want to have the longest track?  Here is the author at his first attempt 50 years ago (with what looks like some Tootsie Toys… not really suitable for a long track – still […]

A New Generation of Models of Yesteryear Collectors?

A New Generation of Models of Yesteryear Collectors?
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Joschik

The other day I got into an online discussion about some Matchbox’s Models of Yesteryear (or short MoY). Like Brumm, Lledo or Ziss MoY is a brand that seems to not have made the Generational Jump and thus they are often hard to sell and can represent great value for money.  My counterparty seems very […]

2nd Time Lucky – another (and much better) lot of Hot Wheels Kinder Surprises!

2nd Time Lucky – another (and much better) lot of Hot Wheels Kinder Surprises!

I wrote a few months ago how disappointed I was with the first Hot Wheels in Kinder Surprise clone. But being the ever-optimist when I saw them again I bought 3 of them, these were branded Finders Keepers.  And while the last mislead with the packaging I was secretly hoping that this time I get […]

Investing in Vintage Porsche Posters

Investing in Vintage Porsche Posters
Written by
Christian Braun

When it comes to elegance, power, and performance, very few automobile manufacturers have the staying power of Porsche. And even fewer of them can trace their entire evolution through the art of vintage posters. Yes, the same posters we hung on our walls as kids; the ones that inspired greatness — both on the track, […]

The Size of the Secondary Market for Star Wars Merch

The Size of the Secondary Market for Star Wars Merch
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Joschik

Last week Rowan Bridge from the BBC asked me how big the Secondary Market for Star Wars Merchandise is.  I knew it was big and decided to look at hobbyDB and other stats to give him my best answer.   First, we have to define what we are looking for.  The secondary market for Star […]

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