Falling out of Love: When a Collector’s Tastes Change***
Back in the mid 90s I was in an interesting relationship. The relationship lasted five years, and that was about four years too long. I should have broken things off then. But I didn’t. I didn’t quite know how to end it. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, despite falling out of love, and my tastes changing. Well, the relationship ended with my comic book collection up in flames. Fortunately, my action figure collection was kept in a safe place, as I am sure they would have met the same fate (she often threatened to “Pop Superman’s top”.)
Hell hath no fury, etc. Live and learn. But, I digress.
I have had a huge Superman action figure collection for well over 20 years, now. These came out in 92 (when the death of Superman book and comics came out), and several from the animated series. I’ve always enjoyed them. Then I got interested in the Hot Toys Collection. And, oh my, one can’t compare the quality (or price) of these figures to the 4” and 6” action figures.
I must say, I became a little less interested in the 4” and 6” figures. Indeed, my tastes changed. In fact, as you all are aware of my neuroses of having figures unopened in boxes, I have run out of room to display my less interesting figures. So, I have followed my pattern of not knowing how to end it, and have stored my less favored figures in boxes.
Until I was inspired by my wife. She has a HUGE Pillsbury Doughboy collection. About seven years ago, we moved into a new house, and she came to the conclusion that despite loving the cute little yeast confection so much, he doesn’t quite fit her Feng Shui, nor does she quite feel the same about him. Her tastes, too, had changed. She had fallen out of love. Perhaps he gave her heart burn. Perhaps he just didn’t “rise” to the occasion anymore. Perhaps her finger got sore from all the belly pokes. I have no clue. But she recommended we “get rid of them”. So, last month, I started putting her prized possessions on eBay.
Not only have I had huge success from selling these figures and memorabilia on eBay, but I have been getting thank you notes from the buyers because they are so happy to have these little guys in their house. Then, it hit me:
I not only need the room, but I have a duty to sell these Superman figures I once adored because they are no longer bringing me joy and they can ABSOLUTELY bring someone else joy. A new joy. A new sense of meaning (just like my Hot Toys figures do me). I am doing these figures and fellow collectors a disservice by keeping them in boxes stored under my staircase with my bars of gold and uneaten cans of food that I hoarded for Y2K.
So, fellow collectors: It is OK to fall out of love. And it is perfectly normal for one’s tastes to change. But, do your comrades and yourself a favor: Sell them. It makes you no less of a collector. It makes you more refined. And dare I say, a humanitarian!
Sure, I used to adore my baby bottle and accompanying formula when I was a tot. But, eventually I grew up. And when my tastes changed, I moved from formula to beer!
Have you all had similar feelings? Have you fallen out of love with any of your collection? If so, and even if not, feel free to comment and share below in the comment section. I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences!
***Although I have never mentioned it before, I am happy I don’t open my figures. It will make re-selling these a lot easier!