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Canadian Jean Guy Laquerre, a 74-year-old former geography teacher, is the proud owner of the World’s Largest Collection of Santa Claus Memorabilia.
Laquerre became addicted to Santa Claus memorabilia after his aunt gifted him with a beautiful 20th century papier-mache Santa Claus figure, over two decades ago. "It awakened the child in me" he says, but his fascination for Santa soon turned into an uncontrollable obsession. This "Santaphilia", as he calls it, started back in 1988, and in the next 22 years he managed to put together an impressive collection numbering 25,139 items.
Nick West, 51-year-old banker from Clevendon, Britain has spent the lats 35 years putting together an impressive collection of 6,788 beer cans.
The banker from North Somerset started his British beer can collection when he was only 16 years old. His wife-to-be, Dorothy, bought him a book about collecting beer cans, not knowing she would spend the next 35 years regretting her bad taste in presents. Nick became quite fond of collecting all kinds of beer cans, and before long, the couple had to move to a larger house, one that would be roomy enough for his ever-growing collection.
Mr.Chen Xiao Jun is a professional Minerals Collector & Dealer in ShangHai, China. Since he was a child, he was very interested in natural science and collecting hobby, he was in University 2001, he has began to collect rocks and minerals for long times. He also got the Management Bachelor Degree in 2005, first he worked for a laser company, then he became full time minerals dealer 2006, and start selling minerals since 2005, mostly via internet, he also made a lot of minerals collectors friend all over the world, most of them visited him, also many collector friends just via Internet.
He has a minerals shop in ShangHai, and has three websites, 1. Crystal minerals of China: www.chinaruff.com 2. Fluorescent Minerals of China: www.susanstones.com 3. China Minerals of Chen Xiao Jun Collection Index: www.chenminerals.com And He always keep minerals hunting work all of China, sometimes he visited mine for collecting minerals, sometimes he visited miner or local mining area mineral dealers homes for buying minerals, he like his minerals career very much, and enjoy amazing minerals specimens, he is professional or a has lot experience in Chinese Minerals specimens. After you contacted him, you also will find he was also a very good and kind man, and you will enjoy stay with him. Also some famous International minerals website, you can find his article or some report about him, more details you can find from his websites.
79-year-old Phillip Waren has spent the last 62 years of his life creating incredible ship models out of old matchsticks and the wooden boxes they used to be packed in. He started building his amazing matchstick models when he was just 17, using the things around him, and since matchsticks were much more common back then, finding large supplies was a very easy task.
The master modeler, from Brandford, Dorset, has created every ship built in the Royal Navy since 1945, as well as 60 other ships from the US navy and other impressive floating fortresses from 18 other nations. One of the largest ships in his collection is the famous USS Nimitz, the largest aircraft carrier in the world.
Throughout his career as a ship model builder, Phillip Waren created over 400 individual ships, as well as 1,200 airplane models that make his aircraft carriers look more real. The average ship in his collection is made using around 1,500 matchsticks and takes about a month to complete, but for his larger creations he used over 5,000 matchsticks and 200 wooden boxes. These took him about a year to complete. All in all, Phillip Waren used around 650,000 matchsticks, to create his entire fleet.
Although many museum curators told him his matchstick creations are worth serious money, Phillip Waren considers them invaluable, and has never once considered selling them. He decided not to ensure them either because he feels “the purpose of insurance is to replace things when you lose them. These can never be replaced”.
Sadly, his collection isn’t going to grow much bigger than it already is, not because Phillip Waren is getting to old, but because the wooden boxes used as packaging for the matches have been replace by cardboard ones, and his stockpile is running low.
Take a look at Mr. Waren’s detailed collection and prepared to have your mind blown:
Largest private collection of CPUs has been discovered upon one Russian guy has posted a message on a forum. His message says "here is my humble collection for you" and then listed something more than one thousand of different types of computer processors he collected. There are ones from the old times and as well as modern ones, the lost and seemed never coming back relics of Soviet Russian genuine processors that preceded Intel world dominance and many other interesting findings he had.
Those with a penchant for collecting usually go for something pleasant like stamps, coins or sports memorabilia. Not Terry Prouty - he collects wasps' nests. The insect enthusiast from the U.S. state of Oklahoma became fascinated with the stingers when he was growing up in Louisiana.
Robert Matthew "Rob" Lavinsky, proprietor of The Arkenstone mineral dealership, was born December 13, 1972 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Richard Lavinsky, an attorney, and Marilyn Rosen, a dental hygienist. He began collecting calcite at age 13, with the support of many mentors in the Columbus Rock and Mineral Society, including Carlton Davis , field collectors John Medici and Henry Fisher, and dealers Neal and Chris Pfaff, among others. He competed with his calcites (which he still owns) for the first time at age 18 in the Berea, Ohio show. He eventually expanded his scope to collecting United Kingdom classics, Sweet Home mine rhodochrosite, and worldwide classics. As a field-collector he dug for minerals in the dolostone quarries and roadcuts throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky (Halls Gap millerite), Ontario (Bancroft), and various other localities.
Rob received his BA degree in Biochemistry and History from Rice University in Houston, Texas (1995), and went on to earn his PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of California San Diego (2000). The first time he formally sold minerals as a dealer at a show was in 1986 (at the age of 14) at the Columbus Show. During the years from 1986 to 2001 he gradually bought and sold more specimens, becoming a part-time mineral dealer by degrees, and finally becoming a full-time dealer after graduation, in 2001. His first business name was simply "Rob Lavinsky Minerals," until 1994 when he changed it to "The Arkenstone" (the name of a fabulous gem in Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy).
How do you think athletes can be considered as collectors? Bowls on the shelf, golden and bronze medals hanging on the wall … yes! Definitely - yes. So, let’s watch on TV the XXI Olympic Winter Collectors Games, which starts today - on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia and in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada (1976 - Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta).
PS. of course, we get involved not only with the success of collectors actions and sport performances on this Games who use CollectionStudio for tracking their invaluable awards but with all other guys!…