Collections can come in all shapes and sizes, as can collectibles. The first one I’m going to show you came in a Large, is machine washable, and was given to me by my sister. Confused? Don’t be. It’s a t-shirt. No matter what you collect there is a t-shirt for it. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, so this makes my life very easy. My t-shirt collectibles, which I DO wear, can be basically separated into two piles: Disney and Marvel Comics. Though since Disney now owns Marvel, I guess that really makes it one pile?
Some of my collections I have lots of items to. Some I only have a few. But to me, the total inventory of a collection doesn’t matter, as I’ve said before, it’s the sentimental memories they bring back that matters.
The shirt my sister got me is a black t-shirt that says “Gracey Manor”, the once-un-official-now-official name of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. Myself, I love Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. The back of the shirt says “Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts”, has a picture of the skeleton Hitch-hiking ghost “Ezra” thumbing for a ride, then the phrase “999 Happy Haunts” (though we know there is always room for one more).
So, I kind of have a Disney’s Haunted Mansion collection. Besides this shirt and the 7 issue comic book series I posted the other day from Slave Labor Graphics, I also have:
A Haunted Mansion bumper sticker that reads “This Car Breaks for Hitchhiking Ghosts”
A set of 6 Haunted Mansion buttons the buttons are: 1) the hallway wallpaper that says “Haunted Mansion”, 2) Haunted Mansion maid in a grave yard with a grave stone reading RIP and a raven on it, 3) a picture of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion that has the phrase ‘It’s Your Funeral” on it, 4) a raven, 5) what looks to be a coffin with bat wings, a full moon and a raven in it, 6) one of the Hitchhiking Ghosts known as Gus
A case of Haunted Mansion mini-magnets for your fridge coffin (these are packed away so I can’ list their contents, sorry)
A Haunted Mansion license plate that says “The Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy Magic Kingdom RIP 999 Ghosts”
A tape “A Spooky Night in Disney’s Haunted Mansion” (“The Original Terrifying Sounds, Chilling Chants, Horrible Hosts, and the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts”.) This tape, originally released in 1969, was rereleased in 1998 and features the voice talents of : Thurl Ravenscroft as Narrator, Pete Rendoudet as Ghost Host, Ronny Howard (yes, THAT Ronny Howard) as Mike, Robie Lester as Karen, and Eleanor Audley as Madame Leota (This Ghost Host has an echo voice sound that is not scary and really makes you miss the voice of Paul Frees’ Ghost Host)
Not pictured: a post card and a magnet of The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion
The book “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies” by Jason Surrell,
A teaser poster of the Haunted Mansion movie (though the book and poster were so MUCH better than the film itself).
About 11 items, not a lot really. I did have this great bobble head set of the Hitchhiking Ghosts, but it fell from a shelf and broke, which was a shame, it was really cool. But, for me, I don’t need a ton of items for this collection. This is more than enough because all these items, with the exception of the t-shirt my sister gave me, I bought with my wife, and we have many memories of riding the ride together.
Besides, it’s like Yoda said in The Empire Strikes Back, “Size matters not…”
So, no matter how big or small your collection might be, so long as it brings you joy and lots of memories, that is all that counts, and any other collector who says differently, just ignore them, after all, it’s YOUR collection in the first place, not theirs.