Collectormania - Record-breaking Collections
Most of us have a character or franchise we are particularly fond of, and perhaps have a few adornments of around our home - but these collectors take this to the record-breaking next level. Sporting the largest known collections for each of their respective fandoms, these record-holders celebrate true collectormania!
Winnie the Pooh
The largest collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia belongs to Deb Hoffmann (USA), consisting of 7,777 items as of 23 August 2012, in Wisconsin, USA.
Charlotte Lee (USA) has 5,631 different rubber ducks, as of 10 April 2011, which she has been collecting since 1996.
The largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia belongs to Lisa Courtney (UK), with 14,410 different items as of 14 October 2010, which she has been collecting for over 14 years. Her collection includes items from the UK, USA, France and of course Japan. She has made several trips to Japan for the specific purpose of collecting Pokemon merchandise, each time sending between 8-12 boxes full back to the UK. Part of the collection (including her GWR certificate) has been displayed at the Museum of Hertford as part of an exhibition on popular culture.
Asako Kanda (Japan) has 4,519 different Hello Kitty items, as of 14 August 2011. Asako's items include a Hello Kitty frying pan, Hello Kitty electric fan and Hello Kitty toilet seat!
Rob Hull (UK) is the world’s biggest fan of the Doctor Who's arch nemeses, the Daleks. As of 14 May 2013, Rob’s Dalek collection runs to 1202 examples and includes several rare pieces as well as a full-size working model, which, at the press of a button, issues the famously menacing battle cry: “Exterminate!”
The largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia belongs to Steve Petrick (USA) and consists of 609 individual items as of 30 October 2011. The collection is housed in Pittsburgh, USA.
Steve auditioned for the role as Harry in the first film and has been perfecting his English accent ever since. JK Rowling once autographed Steve's arm and he then had it tattooed over. The tattoo is counted within the collection. Steve is 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) - the exact same height as Daniel Radcliffe and is currently 23 years old and studies Fine Art at Kent University. All his friends and family know exactly what to get Steve for Christmas and birthdays.