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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Keith Mayo

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Batman Classic TV Series collectibles

This is the second, of what I am planning to hopefully be a weekly segment, in which we showcase DC fan’s collections. Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Keith Mayo. I met Keith on the Facebook page Funko Trading, where he was showing off some of his Batman Pop vinyl figures. It is a private group, so you will have to ask to join. When I saw just a few images of his collection, I immediately knew I had to contact him to see if he would mind sharing with our readers. Keith is a huge Batman Classic TV show fan, and you can tell from his magnificent collection.

Keith is a second generation US Marine (2 tours as a Drill Instructor on Parris Island), and medically retired Alabama State Prison Correctional Officer. During his financial crisis he handcrafted several items in his collection, such as a trashcan and clock, as well as the Batphone on his desk in the images below. These days his goal is to complete his Funko Pop Batman TV Series collection, which he is just one shy of completing!

Check out more about Keith and his collection below!

Batman Classic TV Series collectibles

Batman Classic TV Series collectibles

DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

Keith Mayo: I started collecting all types of Batman items ten years ago, but after becoming disabled I had to sell all of my toy collections due to the financial hardship caused by the delay in receiving my SSDI. Three years later I was able to slowly get back into collecting, but narrowed my focus to Batman collectibles connected to the 1960’s TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. My first acquisition was the 6″ Batman figure by Mattel.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Keith Mayo: I have 225 pieces that includes figures, art and books.

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Keith Mayo: Only one? I guess that would be my Hot Toys 12″ Adam West Batman figure.

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Keith Mayo: Right now I’m hoping to find the Funko Pop Dallas Convention Exclusive Joker, but at a reasonable price.

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Keith Mayo: “Patience is a virtue”. I waited three years to get my Hot Toys 12″ Batman & Robin figures. They came out before I started collecting and once I found them on the aftermarket, the cost was astronomical. I watched the prices slowly go down and pulled the trigger when they sunk below a car payment.

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Keith Mayo: Going to conventions and shows I’ve met quite a few celebrities, but the friends I’ve made online are the best thing to come out of collecting. Brad Ladner (holder of the Guinness Book of World Records largest Batman collection), Andy Fish (artist, writer and Batman Tv Show expert), Scott Sebring (best ever Batman cosplayer and Batman Tv Show expert), Chaz George (internationally known Batman collector), and Rudy Panucci (toy collector, writer and Pop Culture blogger) are just a few of the folks I’ve gotten to know through collecting.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Keith Mayo!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Mark Reinhart

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Mark Reinhart's Batmobile Toys

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed collections! Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Mark Reinhart.  Mark has given us a wonderful collection to look through, and I hope you enjoy the photos that go along with this article.

Mark Reinhart's Batman Action Figures

Mark Reinhart’s Batman Action Figures

Check out more about Mark and his collection below!

DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

Mark Reinhart: I was about two years old when the Batman TV series came out in 1966. I became a Batman fan right at that time, and that fandom has continued through my entire life. I still have the Batman bib my mom would put on me when I was a toddler, so I guess that would have to be considered my very first Batman collectible!

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Mark Reinhart: I would imagine that number would be in the 1000 to 2000 range. Due to space concerns in our house, I only keep a relatively small percentage of my Batman collection out on display.

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Mark Reinhart: I guess I would say my life-size mannequin outfitted in an Alex Ross-style Batman costume. If I can only keep one item, I’m keeping Batman himself!

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Mark Reinhart: I’m really looking forward to getting the Diamond Select Toys Batman statue that is coming out this fall. The first photos I’ve seen of it look very cool.

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Mark Reinhart: I suppose it is cliché to say this, but I can’t think of anything else. Just collect what you love and have fun with it!

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Mark Reinhart: The last photo I sent you shows a giant-sized Christian Bale Batman cutout used to advertise Batman Begins toys at Toys “R” Us. Usually stores are very careful about not selling or giving away advertising material due to copyright concerns, but in 2005 someone at our local Toys “R” Us decided to give us all of their Batman Begins material. My two sons and I excitedly drove home from the store with giant Batman, Batmobile and Bat Signal cutouts strapped to the top of our car. Now that my sons have grown up and moved out of our home, and Toys “R” Us is no longer in business, these cutouts are a great souvenir of that very fun moment in time.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Mark Reinhart!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Michael Knight

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Michael Knight's various Batman action figures

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed collections! Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Michael Knight. Michael like the majority of our past spotlighted collectors, is a huge Batman Classic TV show fan, and you can tell from his superb collection. Mr. Knight has the ultimate collectible for any Bat-fan, a replica Batmobile in his collection! This is seriously one fantastic collection to look through, and I hope you enjoy the photos that go along with this article.

Michael Knight's Batman Tweeterhead statues

Michael Knight’s Batman Tweeterhead statues

Check out more about Michael and his collection below!

DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

Michael Knight: It had to be Batman, mostly due to the Batman TV show, then that led into the comic books. Of course that led into collecting the toys. But my first has got to be the Corgi Batmobile/Boat combo pack.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Michael Knight:  Best guess? Over 1000. I started collecting with in the early 70’s, and I have sold stuff (had to thin the herd due to room) and added since. It has gone from purchasing toys and comics to full life size items, original artwork, screen used props, costumes and more. Just recently we added a full size working Batboat replica, to go with our Batmobile.

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Michael Knight: Only one item? Wow, that’s tough. I don’t know that i could… That’s not right! Next question!

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Michael Knight: That is an easy one, something owned or used by Adam West. Someday!!!

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Michael Knight:  At the end of the day you’re really the only one who has to love it, care for it, cherish it, and enjoy it. Do it for yourself. I have met many a “collector” who has that mentality of get rich quick. Trust me, you’re just gonna use up space in your home and go broke. Sure you may strike lightning once in a while and get some fast cash, but those items are few and far between. The word “rare” and collectible are thrown out way to much, giving people the wrong idea. Do this cause it gives you enjoyment, not for the “golden” opportunity down the road. A Picasso is rare, a Ben Cooper Batman kids costume is not so much.

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Michael Knight:  You would think, with over 40 years collecting I would have one, but I am sorry to say that I don’t. This hobby has lead me to meet LOTS of wonderful people, celebrities and regular folk. Honestly I can’t pinpoint a special moment or story. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many special moments (maybe too many to make one stand out) that are near and dear to me.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Michael Knight!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Greg Cochrane

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Greg and some of his collection

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed collections! Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Greg Cochrane. Greg like some of our past spotlighted collectors, is a huge Batman Classic TV show fan, and you can tell from his awesome collection. Greg not only has a love for Batman, but a love for all of 60’s TV. Greg is also the author of the book ‘Stay Tuned… Don’t Touch that Dial!

Check out more about Greg and his collection below!

Funko Clark Kent Pop

Funko Clark Kent Pop

DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

Greg Cochrane: My passion for collecting came in 1966. I remember my mother bought me the Big Little Book on Batman, in paperback. I only recently found out it came out in hardback as well, so thanks to fellow bat collector Chuck Gregory, I now own both.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Greg Cochrane: Gosh, I have never counted, but I’m guessing around 2,000 pieces.

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Greg Cochrane: That’s a good question. Out of all the items I have it would be my replica Adam West Batman cowl.

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Greg Cochrane: Another good question. I have a few items that I would love to have. The first would be a 1/18 scale of the Batboat, and a Batgirl cycle would be nice.

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Greg Cochrane: The best advice is simple for collectors just starting out, focus on quality, not on quantity! You’ll have fewer pieces, but remember to add what you like for your collection, not what other people think you need to get to have a great collection.

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Greg Cochrane: Years ago when I first met Adam West (it was around 1988), I was looking at his table where his manager was laying out the color and the black and white photos he was going to be selling and signing, and I saw one particular 8×10 photo I really liked. I knew that by the time I’d get to meet Adam it most likely would be gone due to the length of the line. As luck would have it, my friend was wanting to get in line, and as I walked backwards just for a moment, I walked right into Adam, and these huge hands were put on my shoulders, and I heard that distinct voice from behind me say, “excuse me citizen.”

After a quick introduction of myself, Adam asked me if I saw anything on the table I would like to buy. Of course I said yes, the only color picture he had. He then asked to whom to make the picture too. Not really paying attention to what was going on behind me, a small group was getting very angry that I was allowed to go ahead of the several hundred people who were their ahead of me. I thanked Adam and the next thing I knew, my friend grasped my hand and he had me run out of that area as the crowd was very upset. It’s funny now that I look back, but not at the time.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Greg Cochrane!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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