Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Largest collection of video game memorabilia: Brett Martin breaks Guinness world record
COLORADO, USA --Thirty-one-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, has a stunning 8,030 video game items crammed in his home, which is is worth between $75,000 and $100,000 and sets the new world record for the Largest collection of video game memorabilia,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: 31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised for having the world's Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, with 8,030 items of merchandise. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the largest collection of video games screenshots features over 17,000 unique items, achieved by Rikardo Granda (Colombia), all of which are taken from the Castlevania video games series by Konami.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as video games characters; it consisted of 425 participants and was achieved by BUYSEASONS, Inc. (USA) in New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA.
'The first figure I received was from my parents when I was about eight,' the 31-year-old from Colorado told Reuters.
'It's a little 1989 applause figure of Mario holding a mushroom, and years later when I still had it I decided to find out if there were more figures in the set and then I saw a whole lot more merchandise of Mario and decided to find out how much stuff was out there and I am still finding new stuff today'.
"I've always loved Nintendo, and once I discovered eBay I discovered there was a lot more out there than a small Mario figure," Martin said.
"I started finding sets overseas. Then I discovered Yahoo Japan Auctions and started importing stuff from Japan. Now, it's about preserving and history. "
Nintendo mascots indeed dominate his collection, but Martin owns plenty of bits from other icons, like Namco's Pac-Man and Capcom's Mega Man.
"My boys love it, but I don't let them around it much. We play with some of the toys, but several are mint in box or fragile…or vintage," he says.
"My wife watched it grow and continued to be overwhelmed by it. It used to fit on top of an entertainment center. Then some hung shelves. Then more hung shelves. Then bookcases. Now a room."
His collection is estimated to be worth $100,000 (£62,400).
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:11 PM