Iâ€™ve got to be the collectible marketâ€™s dream come true.Â I seem to have an obsessive compulsive disorder that makes me a completest, as once I start collecting something, Iâ€™m driven to continue purchasing those items until the collection is complete.Â As someone who went through the 1990s rise and fall of the speculation market, itâ€™s also been ingrained into my head that limited edition items should be kept mint on the card or mint in the box if one wants to have any hope of selling the items for a profit in the future.Â Having been on a major collecting kick for the last 10 years, a couple of things have become completely clear 1) Iâ€™m a pack-rat, and 2) the biggest foe to any collector has to be the packaging.
One of my favorite collections at the moment are maquettes from various animated series.Â Years ago, these were really rare and hard to find, as only a few were made for the animators.Â Today, the merchandising arm of a property realizes there are fans who want to pick up these little statues to show off their obsession for the property.Â For the simple fan, opening the package and setting the statue on the shelf is no big deal, but if you are someone who wants to keep all packaging, that trash adds up quickly.Â For the Stately Spoiler Manor, weâ€™re limited to the amount of space we have to produce this website, record our podcasts, and store the various comics and collectibles Iâ€™ve amassed over the years.Â The Nerd Room of Doom went through a major overhaul around this time last year, and it looked like I was getting everything in order.Â But alas, the foul packaging obsession continued, until this weekend when I realized enough was enough.
The image above represents 85 cubic feet of packaging that was taking up valuable storage space. Thereâ€™s no way Iâ€™m keeping this around any longer and spent most of the afternoon breaking down boxes and bagging Styrofoam for the trash heap.Â Some, who suffer the same affliction as I do, might cringe at the thought of not having that precious box and packaging should Major Spoilers move to a new HQ, but I figure bubble wrap and a good box will have the same effect.Â Plus, I figure I’ve already invested this much time, effort, and money into this vice, that I’ll probably never sell anything anyway.
Iâ€™ve heard others tell of having to rent storage garages to store their packaging, or merchandise that no longer fits in their home or apartment, and I just canâ€™t imagine spending $30 or more a month to store a cardboard box, so out it goes.Â And as I attempt to cure myself of my Collection Obsession, more and more packaging is headed for the trash heap.Â Of course there are exceptions to the rule.Â Those $2000 ultra rare Batman: The Animated Series maquettes get to stay cozy and warm in their original packaging, but the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yoda statue sits proudly on the shelf, while the package makes its way to the recycling center.
What about you, collectible fan?Â Do you keep the original packaging, or does it head to garbage come trash day?