Our collector in the spotlight this week is Gemr user Capcollector41 from New Jersey. Chris Raimo is a “massive Captain America fan” and has one of the “largest collections of all things Cap”. To see his 527 items and counting, click here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
I can’t really say when I started collecting, but I can pinpoint when my Captain America collecting (obsession) began. My dad had bought me a Captain America 12 inch Marvel Legends figure from KB Toys back in 1995, and it was my favorite figure ever. I still have that original one with a little “battle damage” but by wife Courtney bought me one sealed in package as a gift, and it really meant a lot to me. That one figure started 20+ years of Cap collecting with almost 500 items.
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
Stores luckily have been flooded with more and more Captain America stuff over the years so it’s fairly easy to toss things in my cart. Ebay/flea markets have helped me find some vintage pieces, while friends and family always find cool stuff and pick it up for me.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
My absolute favorite item is my Type A Captain America Mego! I’ve always wanted one but it was difficult to find one in good condition and complete (star on chest, shield sticker intact, etc.) for a decent price. My wife shocked me one Christmas with one, and it still maintains its spot as the centerpiece of my Cap Museum.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
I’m not really sure. I have a lot of personal value for the things I have even though most of it people would consider to be junk. I mean can you really put a price on a Captain America toothbrush or empty milk bottle?
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
Never ever ever. I will be passing it down to my 1-year-old twin sons, Evan and Oliver when they are older.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
I have gone to cons to hunt for vintage items, but I mainly use social media to find other like-minded Cap Collectors.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
Never. As long as I’m alive it will continue to grow.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Yes! I am very proud and vocal about my collection. My friends and family love to marvel at the amount of stuff I have on display. I work at NECA Toys, so my co-workers 100% accept it, since they have massive collections of their own and it’s encouraged to have your desk covered by figures.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
My holy grail item is a photo with Captain America himself, Chris Evans!