These days, I power up my Playstation 3 on a daily basis. But it's not to play video games. I use it to watch TV shows on Netflix.
There was a time in my life... when video games and sports cards competed against each other for my attention. They both entered my life at about the same time: early 80's. But there's no denying that my Atari 2600 reigned supreme for the first few years. Then I started to play sports and with that my interest in collecting cardboard grew. This epic battle continued into my early 30's.
Some years, I preferred collecting cardboard... other years, I chose to pick up a controller and sit in front of the television.
1987 was a big year for me. That's when the war really heated up. If there was a pinnacle point in my "nerdhood"... this was it. It was the year I began buying cards as an investment.
That year, I also received my Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas.
Unfamiliar with the NES system? It's an 8 bit console that set the standard for many future gaming systems. A few years ago, IGN named the NES the #1 console in the history of video games. Nintendo sold over 60 million consoles from its release date in 1985 until they officially discontinued it in 1995. As of 2009, over 500 million NES games have been sold.
Over the years, I've slowly built a small collection of games. And two weeks ago, it doubled in size after my buddy donated his system & games to me.
Unfortunately, I have everything a gamer needs to set this system up... except for one thing: SPACE. Maybe one day, I'll own my dream home with the cool mancave.
Which is why my NES is tucked away in my garage with all of the other clutter.
Okay... contest time. Here's today's question.
Outside of the sports memorabilia genre, is there anything else you collect?
If "yes", describe your collection. How long have you collected it? What's your favorite piece?
If "no", then describe one of your friends or family member's collections.
1 Point - Leave your response below.
2 Points - Share one of your previous blog posts. Leave the link below.
4 Points - Answer the question above in a new blog post and leave the link below, so others can enjoy it.
I look forward to reading your responses and will accept your contest entries until Thursday at 9pm (PST).
FYI: The Guess The Graphs mini-contest is still on like Donkey Kong. Click here if you haven't submitted your guesses yet.
Happy Tuesday everyone and sayonara!