I have an addictive personality so I've collected just about everything to some degree. Rocks, stamps, coins, phonecards, butterflies, shells, matchbox cars, lego, cardboard (NBA, Garbage Pail, Batman, YuGiOh, NRL etc), GI Joe, MOTU, Transformers, Star Wars, WWF, consoles, games, CDs, boom boxes...
I've never been able to get one thing I've fallen in love with then quickly 3,4,5, 200 more. I've always had an obsession with collecting or as my long suffering missus likes to call it, hoarding.
Had every GI Joe from the Real American Range as well as most of the vehicles when they first released. Gave them all away to my younger brothers when I got too old for them. Same as my MOTU collection. Had about 40 of the original drop including the Grayskull castle. Had all the original WWF figures. Same fate. My 3 youngest brothers destroyed them. I was always a careful player when young so they were all in great condition with every accessory. Dont even wanna think about what they would be worth now but we had the best time with them actually playing with the things.
These days I stick to just 2 main hobbies. Warriors and sneakers.
Warriors I've been at it since I bought my first jersey in 2001. At the time it was a serious chunk of my apprentice wage. I've told this story before but it wasn't until 2010 that I went extreme. I would bet $20 on Manu Vatuvei for the first try scorer and every time he won it was exactly the cost of a new season jersey. He won that bet for me so many times that I ran out of 2010 jerseys to buy so I decided to hit Trademe and start getting some of the ones I didnt have from past seasons. From there a monster was born.
I had 330 jerseys last count about a year ago. Ive finally learnt to allow a few to escape the collection so its probably still around that mark. My dream is to get every jersey they have played in. I have about 5 jerseys remaining that I have been chasing for 15 years or since they were released. That's on top of the posters, merch, flags, pins, scarves, hats.
Was blessed I started really early. Old gear was like getting hand me downs so nobody wanted them and I was picking up old jerseys for a lazy 40 bucks. Some of those $40 jerseys these days go for $400-500. Just like 90's toys the old 90's era Warriors stuff has a lot of collectors now so I can't really afford to play the game now.
I have a bit of my collection on Instagram if you wanna have a squiz.
Sneakers I've had a fascination with since I was a child. Hard to escape the Jordan vibe when you grew up in the 90s. The first thing I ever saved up for when I was doing my paper run was a pair of flash sneakers. Have never forgotten that feeling and still get it to this day with I rock a fresh pair. Problem is the resellers have made the game too expensive so my pruchases are few and far between now. I only pay retail. Maybe 5 pairs in the last 3 years. Had a pretty good stack of 260 sneakers at one stage but sold off or gave away 120+ pairs over the last 4 years. For someone who wears steel caps all week and doesn't get out as much I just wasn't wearing them so I cashed out while the market was hyped. I'm down to 100 pairs or so that I just love and cant let go. Another hobby I cant really afford now.
One thing that I've found is that it doesn't matter what you collect, there will be a forum or Facebook group for it. The people I have met through both hobbies have opened up many doors and gained me a few of that rare sort of brother mates that you consider family. Highly recommend joining one and if there isn't one create it...