DAY 49 -- While my wife and sister-in-law took the kids to the pool for a hot afternoon in the water, my brother and I spent a few hours digging through some of his own totes and boxes of stuff he'd saved over the years. While I've gone through my own stuff dozens of times over, this was like finding hidden treasure -- various things I had completely forgotten but recalled immediately as soon as I saw them.

Bumper stickers. Pictures. Toys. Books.

The best part of it was the fact that my brother is currently in a purging mood and freely offered up several items for me to take home. You know, big things like Cap'n Crunch figures, a G.I. Joe figure, and a few of my own old toys that'd found their way to his hidden treasure chests -- a Garfield Pez dispenser and a Star Wars Emperor figure that I remember getting through a mail-in offer.

Also, a He-Man sticker book, a semi-colored but unused sheet of Shrinky Dinks, and a random card stock mask promoting Teen Wolf Too.

Speaking of He-Man, we were surprised to come across the books that go with each of my brother's Masters of the Universe figures which were thought to have disappeared via eBay years ago.

Sure it was great going through all of this stuff, dinner with my dad and my brother's family was terrific...but c'mon now...I know you're all on the edge of your seats wondering about the current status of the negotiations for my brother's Masters of the Universe collection that I mentioned yesterday.

After a long and grueling back-and-forth that lasted somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty seconds, my brother and I reached a deal. I threw out an amount I'd be willing to pay him for his collection and it was apparently in the ballpark of what he was looking for.


As I was taking pictures of this stuff, I had to laugh as I thought of my brother's own photo of the same pieces positioned on top of a different cedar chest in 1984.

From a collector's standpoint, this is an amazing purchase! These things are in pristine condition -- almost all complete with their original accessories -- well-cared for over the years as though it was known that this transaction was going to take place at some point in the future.

The irony of it all is that my brother would never let me touch this stuff when we were kids.

Funny how things work out.

The only thing missing from this collection is the prized Savage He-Man figure ("Wonder Bread He-Man" if you're an idiot) which understandably stayed with its original owner. If you missed it, you can read more about Savage He-Man in a post from November 2012.

In the end, do I have any buyer's remorse having made one of the largest purchases I've ever made as I've collected over the years?

Not one bit.

It's strange, but even though I paid my brother an agreed-upon amount of money for these toys, I still feel like it's his collection -- almost like I've paid him to keep his stuff at my house. Even stranger is the fact that I'm totally fine with that.

I'd be lying if I said part of the reason that I wanted this stuff wasn't so my brother didn't piece it out and sell it off to random strangers. This collection is as much a part of my own childhood memories as it is my brother's. The amount of time I spent playing with it may have been limited based on the current level of generosity my brother was feeling on any given day, but it was still something I remember very fondly and in greater detail than you'd believe.

I can still get lost in the aisles at K-Mart lined with toys and the excitement of discovering new figures. Sometimes we'd get an Icee on the way out. Cherry. Or maybe cola flavored. Sometimes half-and-half.

Considering the fact that I'd buy any one of these pieces individually if I found it at a flea market or thrift store, the ever-flowing nostalgia in me wouldn't let any of this collection change hands outside of our family.

I know this isn't something a lot of people understand and that's okay.

I'm almost 41 years old and I couldn't be happier that I bought a tub full of toys.

1 comment:

Retromash said...

Great article Tim. Stories like these make me very happy. I love that the toys ended up with you instead of being separated. Firstly I know you'll look after them, but the Toy Story fan in me likes to think that they all have play battles with each other when the humans leave the room ;-) It's a great collection your brother had, and they all look like they've been extremely well looked after.

Now, to talk about those He-Man Shrinky-Dinks! I didn't know they were made! Are they official Shrinky Dink brand? I'll have to have a search for those.

Great that he kept all the mini comics too. Again in great condition.

And hey, I'm a recently turned 41 year old who couldn't be happier reading your post. :-)