I’m Chris Gore, and I am a collector. And, nearly all of my friends are collectors.
I don’t exactly know when I first realized I was a collector, but it seems like I’ve been one all my life. Sure, I collected comic books as a single-digit-aged kid, and once I even owned issues #1 through #100 of the Uncanny X-Men. I had an original die-cast metal 1966 Batmobile from Corgi that I treasured while watching Adam West on television, and I remember seeing Star Wars for the first time in 1977 and saving that ticket stub. Since then, I have saved every ticket stub for every movie and concert I have ever seen. And like any good collector (because we’re not hoarders), they are all organized by date. Interestingly, this collection not only reveals the evolution of the ticket stub, it tells the story of my experiences at the movies.
As I grew older, my collecting tastes shifted. In my twenties, I sought to recapture my childhood by repurchasing Kenner Star Wars toys and figures. Like many who grew up with Star Wars, I created all-new adventures for Luke Skywalker and company in my imagination (And if anyone knows where I can obtain a mint-in-box original 3 ¾” Luke Skywalker figure with telescoping lightsaber, I am on the hunt). My collections include Star Wars, classic handheld video games, Marvel toys, original prop replicas from films like Logan’s Run and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even vintage cameras.
But what’s it all worth? There’s no way to put a price on the feelings one can glean from a precious object that means so much. However, there is a monetary value in the world of collecting. I originally began using Gemr as a way to discover a dollar value for all of my action figures, classic toys, movie props, antique cameras, books, and comics in my various collections. Is it all worth $10,000, $50,000, or even more?
The process of photographing and listing all of my items was at first laborious, but then it became incredibly satisfying. I could finally share my items, and the stories behind them, with other collectors who would appreciate them. People I’ve never met from all over the world and all walks of life could admire and appreciate my treasures. As a frequent traveler to conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, Gallifrey One, and Star Wars Celebration, it’s nice to know that I can simply take out my phone and show you my collection on Gemr. And if you follow me, I can see yours as well. Bragging rights about owning a particular object is a part of the collecting game, and it’s all done in good fun, but to be able to show you my entire collection is something I never thought I’d be able to do.
The noise of the internet can be deafening. I want to not only meet other like-minded collectors in Gemr clubs, I want to discover items I never knew existed. I joined the Gemr team to spread the word high and low that there’s a place for us.
Collecting isn’t just about the stuff. It’s about the stories about the stuff. And Gemr is a place where the collecting community can gather not just to share photos, but make new friends.
Let’s talk about our stuff. I am a collector. And you can follow me here on Gemr, via @thatchrisgore.
– Chris Gore
About Chris Gore
Chris Gore is a writer who was a regular on G4TV’s Attack of the Show where he did the popular DVDuesday segment as well as film coverage. He is also the founder of FilmThreat.com, the author of several movie books including the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide and writer/producer of the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie.
Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Reelz Channel and has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC as well as G4TV’s Attack of the Show. As an author, Chris has written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made (St. Martin’s Press) and The Complete DVD Book (Michael Wiese Publications). His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (Random House) is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
Chris collects comic books, vintage cameras, movie props, as well as Batman, Star Trek and Star Wars items. In addition, he has saved every movie ticket stub for every movie he has seen since he was a kid, which makes him fit perfectly into Gemr’s growing collector community. Follow him on Gemr.