COLLECTORS INTERVIEW: Cory Scott W.
City: Los Angeles
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I mainly collect memorabilia from my favorite movies, especially the DCEU. I also collect diecast cars and Pokémon cards. I’ve been collecting Batman memorabilia for as long as I can remember. Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of watching Batman: The Animated Series and my VHS of Batman (1989) in my living room, and of seeing Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on the big screen. I was absolutely fascinated by the idea of someone so selfless, who always strives to do the right thing no matter the cost. Pokémon was and still is obviously a huge deal and when the Game Boy games came out I had them along with the Nintendo 64 games. I loved the TV show and animated movies so I naturally started collecting the cards when they came out. Everyone I knew loved collecting and trading them and I’m still adding to my collection even today. My father collected Matchbox cars when he was young, so that’s where that came from.
What is the holy grail of your collection?
That’s a good question. It’d have to be the miniature Johnny 5 from Short Circuit 2. I loved that movie and fairly recently I came across an enthusiast who regularly hand builds a very small quantity of these robots and I was lucky enough to acquire one.
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
I read in an interview that Mark Hamill loves collecting comic book and movie memorabilia and that he’s filled his attic, basement, pool house and storage space with his collection. I found it surprising and amazing that someone so successful and affluent can remain so into collecting the very same things we collect.
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
That would be my Mask of the Phantasm movie poster autographed by Bob Kane. The ideals Batman stands for mean the world to me and many other people and this movie embodies them masterfully. The fact that Batman’s co-creator personally signed the poster adds exponentially to its uniqueness and appeal to me.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
Christian Bale’s bat suit from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight Rises is my favorite film and it’d be a dream come true to own the suit. It actually sold at an auction held by The Prop Store a few months ago to a private collector for $250,000.
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? Do you like that or not?
Over this decade the scene has changed dramatically. The market for collectibles always spikes during film and video game release cycles. The way it used to be was that there would be a movie or a game every few years, there would be an increase in interest and then it would level off again. Now new movies and games are coming out every year, so the interest is just always there now. Although this has vastly grown the selection of items available to buy, and it has also made a lot of things more expensive as well. Manufacturers are also starting to make their mid-tier collectibles more affordable and higher quality.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years time?
Expanding on what I’ve said, I think as the movie-a-year trend continues, the selection of collectibles will continue to expand. I believe (and hope) that manufacturers will continue to make better quality collectibles more affordable. I also see the market for vintage collectibles growing very quickly, and interestingly that’s a market driven by collectors and not manufacturers. I also believe that the internet will continue to widen access to collectibles for more and more people, which is a very good thing.
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Start small, buy what you can afford from the series’ you love and build your collection. Don’t get distracted by flashy big ticket items because the thing about collectibles is, there’s always something larger scale or more expensive. Focus on your price range and cherish every piece you acquire. Invest in a very good quality display for your collection. Preferably one that can be fairly easily expanded in the future. There’s no telling how fast your collection will grow once you start. Lastly, it’s not necessary to keep things locked away in their packaging, just make sure to keep your items in excellent condition so that they will last a lifetime.
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