This week we are featuring knockoutartist, a super-active Gemr user with 340 items and counting! The WWE aficionado is from California and collects t-shirts, figures, posters, pogs and more. Be sure to take a look at his wide array of items here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
I’ve been a massive Pro-Wrestling enthusiast my entire life. I consider the sport a form of art. The diverse fighting, the stories being told, the exaggerated characters, and the overall madness that occurs on my television screen means a lot to me. Ever since I was little, I felt a special connection with my toys, posters, shirts, or any other piece of wrestling merchandise my parents would get me for what they represented: a way for me to show my support for my favorite athletes. I’d spend my allowance on getting as many cool wrestling shirts and toys as possible. This small hobby quickly turned into a huge passion. I have a large interest in graphic designing, so to see wrestling designs get turned and printed into clothing, posters, cards, and being made into collectibles is very surreal to me. Even if they are collectibles anyone could easily get their hands on, I appreciate each individual collectible item as if it were worth millions due to its individual way of representing the athlete’s in-ring persona and work put into making the designs. If a piece of apparel is nice enough, I’ll sometimes go as far as to buying it twice: One to wear and the other to collect and examine!
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
All different places. I mainly shop online and try to look for the latest deals and bundles that other people and wrestling sites might be offering. Sometimes I’ll look in shopping centers or local stores. A lot of my items are just small collectibles that I’ve gathered from childhood and was lucky enough to keep in fair enough condition to appreciate today.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
My absolute favorite item would have to be my Prince Devitt collegiate jacket. It is very classy and detailed. While there are hundreds and hundreds of talented wrestlers out there who I follow, I’ve grown very fond of Fergal Devitt (also known as “Prince” Devitt or “Finn Balor” currently in WWE). I’ve followed Fergal’s career for quite some time and I’ve become a huge fanatic of his famous body paint art variations and fortunately for me, the wrestling companies he’s been part of throughout the years have released a lot of amazing apparel and collectibles that capture his diverse character. Anything that would fall into the category of the Devitt/Balor Club would be the highest on my list as far as favorite items go.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
I cannot tell you for certain. I have a lot of different collectibles that could be very rare or common. It is a hit or miss. I do know that I’ve bought a lot of wrestling apparel (Mainly from the SPLX store) that often only have one to two ranges of releases for about a month or two and then they are gone forever and are very difficult to find, even online. So say if I bought a piece of apparel that was originally worth $75 that another wrestling collector would want to get his hands on, I could probably sell it for double the price and it’d still be considered a steal. I’ve personally seen a lot of the limited edition shirts I currently owe sell for twice, if not three times their original release prices on places like eBay and Amazon.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
I hope it never happens. I think I would have to be in a very tight, dark corner in life to consider selling my collection. While I know that maybe there are many wrestling fans out there who’d appreciate my wrestling collection as much as I do, I’ve grown extremely attached to each individual item, no matter how small or common, and my collection means so much to me for different personal reasons. My collection, in a way, is a visual representation of various different stages of my life and to this day, I still collect and have a weekly schedule to make time for pro-wrestling.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
I try to attend San Diego Comic-Con annually and I save money to attend wrestling events, whether independent or WWE, whenever the opportunity is presented. This is how I meet fellow pro-wrestling fans and if all goes well, friendship grows and from that friendship comes me letting people know about my hobby and love for the art form that is wrestling. I’ve never really had a specific proper place to share my collection, but luckily I recently found out about Gemr through Youtube and other wrestling fans so I feel like I’ve finally settled that small issue. I feel relieved that I’ve finally found a place for me and I absolutely adore looking at other people’s collections.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
Pro wrestling is like a book. It’s a never ending story and there’s always a new chapter to be written. With new chapters come new wrestlers and therefore new merchandise and collectibles I can get my hands on. It is something I enjoy to do, so I don’t think I’ll ever stop. It is very exciting to always anticipate new products coming in to add to my collection.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Only my close family knows about my passion. It’s not really hard to miss, being that my whole room is filled with wrestling collectibles, toys and posters everywhere. They help out on my birthdays or special occasions by giving me money to help expand my collection. They are very supportive. I enjoy sharing some of my collection but since I am also very attached, I keep the more valuable items and apparel to myself.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
It’s cliché, but honestly, my overall collection; all of it. I feel like each and every item as small as it may seem means something, and with each collectible that is piled up, I keep on building my life’s foundation of pride. It is something that I can look at every day and immediately use as a reminder of who I am, and what I grew up with. It is my life’s enjoyment and though humble, I am very proud of what I’ve collected thus far. My collection will never be completed so I’ll always have something to look forward to and be happy about. More rare, personal wrestling items should be coming soon! I’ll always be excited for collecting and pro-wrestling.