For this week’s Collector’s Spotlight, we are featuring Gemr user Leo Chrisman from California. Leo collects a large variety of sports memorabilia as well as Funko Pops. To see more of his diverse collection, click here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
I started collecting baseball cards as a kid, probably 9 or 10 years old. I would watch Angels and Dodgers games, and figured starting a collection was a good thing to start.
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
Nowadays I occasionally still buy cards but have really grown fond of collecting bobbleheads and getting the cards I already own autographed. I also subscribe to Loot Crate, Marvel Collector Corps, and just bought the Smugglers Bounty box as well.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
My favorite item is my 2002 Angels World Series Champions hat autographed by Tim Salmon.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
My most valuable item is probably worth $100. I’m probably low balling it, but it is my autographed 1990 Topps Tommy Lasorda card.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
I’ve never really thought of selling anything in my collection but I’m sure if times were really bad I may consider it.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
I’ve never been to a specific event where people discuss collecting, but I usually run into people who have impressive collections at baseball games or the UFC Fan Expo.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
My collection will probably never be complete. Between what I don’t have, what I would like to have, and what will come out later, I will probably never be done.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Most of my friends know and envy my collection. But I also know that they have some pretty cool stuff themselves.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
My holy grail item is a 1993 Derek Jeter draft pick card that I have enclosed in a screw-on plastic case. If I ever get the smallest of chances to get that card signed, I will absolutely go for it.