Throughout the years, I’ve had very random, half-hearted collections.
When I was a kid and home internet was still a new thing, I would collect discs and CDs that had free internet service trials on them. I realize that for any Gen Z people reading this that probably sounds like gibberish, so maybe I should keep this more accessible and mention my less than impressive shot glass collection instead.
In any case, I’ve never been serious enough to really go for a “holy grail,” like these people on Reddit did.
Here are some of the big find items for these categories of collections:
1. Obsolete tech
I collect obsolete tech, my personal holy grail would have to be the Halcyon video game console from 1985.
There were only a handful that were actually produced and most likely even fewer still floating around.
While I do not personally collect vinyl, I love this story.
“During the early days of the White Stripes, Jack White teamed up with musician friend Brian Muldoon to form The Upholsterers. Both former upholsterers, the pair then hid 100 copies of their song ‘Your Furniture Was Always Dead… I Was Just Afraid To Tell You’ in reupholstered furniture around Detroit in 2004.”
A few have been found, but last I checked only like 4-5. I just love the idea of opening up a chair and finding a Jack White album placed there by the man himself.
Nintendo world championship gold cartridge NES.
probably ancient Greek or Roman coins which have been perfectly preserved
5. Niche art
An original Bob Ross painting.
He painted 3 for every show.
Almost none are in circulation though.
The hulk vs wolverine comic where MARVEL introduced Wolverine as a side character not supposed to become big.
7. Rudolph memorabilia
My mom collects Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer stuff. She has an entire room of it.
I think her holy grails are a table and chairs set, artwork signed by the original designer, a rocking horse, and I’m pretty sure she has one of the original film reels.
I collect roller-coaster credits (that is, I track the coasters I have ridden).
There are a few grails, mostly coasters that only opened for a short time or we’re in obscure parts of the world. I have one of the holiest of grails: I rode ring°racer at the Nurburgring during one of the four days it was open to the public.
The only rarer credits out there are Twist Coaster Robin (Japan, only open for a few hours) and Orphan Rocker (never opened; it is estimated four people have ever ridden it).
Really fun modern stamps. I don’t want the old ones or the rare ones. I really just enjoy modern fun stamps.
I buy thousands of dollars per year in postage for my company and all of it is in fun stamps, not meter credit. Every piece of mail I send for business has a fun stamp on it. Sesame street, mr rogers, first space walk, thermographic solar eclipse stamps, scratch and sniff popsicles, and soon the star wars stamps!!! I love them all and want to share them with my clients.
My holy grail would be more harry potter stamps. Those were really cool stamps.
10. Model trains
My holy grail was just recently accomplished. As a model train collector, the centerpiece of any toy train collection is the Lionel Blue Comet, a tinplate train they made in the 1930s and continue to make in varying forms today. The most valuable versions are the 400E Standard Gauge and 296E O Gauge “Baby Blue Comet”, both of which Lionel made in the 1930s out of tinplate and clad in enamel paint. Mine is a 262E, a small O gauge engine that almost never came in blue apart from maybe one or two examples I’ve found online.
Here is a picture of it.
My Blue Comet isn’t the most glamorous or expensive model, in fact it cost me $150 for the engine and tender, but it satisfies something deep inside me that I don’t want any other tinplate Blue Comets anymore. I think that’s what a “holy grail” should be: something that puts to rest a long-gestating want for something.
11. Video games
I collect video games, and I really really want a copy of Hideo Kojima’s “Snatcher” for the Sega CD.
I used to collect high end perfume and there are a lot of vintage classics that are highly coveted.
Even a small decant (5ml or so) could be really hard to track down and then very expensive if you could find it.
But my *personal* holy grail is a perfume that was discontinued in 2011 or 12 and then re-released in a very limited quantity, but only in Paris, in 2016 or so. The only 2 or 3 bottles still available for sale are going for over $650 and…I’m very sad about that.
It’s Iris Ganache by Guerlain, if anyone is curious.
13. Beanie Babies
I collect Beanie Babies. (no, I don’t think they’ll get valuable, I just legitimately like them lol)
Most Beanie Babies are worth very little. But for serious collectors, the holy grail is the Peanut the Elephant Beanie Baby, in royal blue! Only a small amount of royal blue Peanuts were produced, (1500-2000 or so) very soon after, the creator decided that Peanut would look better in light blue. (Teeny Beanie and Beanie Buddy royal blue Peanuts were later produced on a larger scale) Royal blue Peanut is probably the most valuable Beanie Baby, selling for up to a thousand dollars.
I collect plants! For a lot of plant collectors, philodendron spiritus sancti is the holy grail.
They’re endangered, and more of them exist in the homes of private collectors and growers than in the wild.
A small plant goes for around $10k. I saw an auction for one go close to $15k.
My personal holy grail is a variegated rhaphidophora tetrasperma. Maybe one day I will be super lucky and find a random sport variegated one!
1959 Sunburst Les Paul
Of the few that are on the market, some have gone for well into the six, and (maybe?) seven figures
Remember, before you go throwing literally anything out, look it up online. There may well be someone looking for just that!
What would be the holy grail of your collection?
Tell us in the comments.