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 John Breslawski. John has had a love for the character of Wonder Woman for many years now, and has taken that love to a new level with his astonishing collection of Wonder Woman merchandise.
Check out more about John’s collection below!
DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting Wonder Woman toys and what was your first Wonder Woman toy/collectible?
John Breslawski: My brother watched the Super Friends cartoon when we were kids because he enjoyed Batman, so like a typical little brother I did what he did. I just didn’t care for Batman or any of the boys. I was drawn to Wonder Woman. We just clicked and we’ve been together ever since. The first thing I ever bought was the comic book issue 275 back in 1981! I was 6 years old. Still a favorite to this very day! I’ve always been a collector. It’s just a fun pastime. I’ve been buying non-comic book collectibles for 20 years.
DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?
John Breslawski: To date I have 7,241 items in my collection.
DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be and why?
John Breslawski: It’s not rare, but if I could only keep one item from my collection it would be my 12” Mego doll. I found her mint in the box 20 years ago. I saw it at a toy show and brought back the most incredible rush of memories of the fun I had playing with that doll.
DCCollectors: I noticed some wrapping paper in your collection. What is the oldest roll that you have?
John Breslawski: Oh God I looooooooove party supplies. I have no idea why though. I just do LOL! The oldest roll I have is from 1973. I have childhood photos of us on Christmas morning with super hero wrapping paper. A few years back I won a lot auction of several rolls and had my Christmas presents wrapped in it. Again, it just brought back so many fun childhood memories.
DCCollectors: What is the one Wonder Woman item that you want to add to your collection?
John Breslawski: There’s a 1979 Wonder Woman bicycle that was made by AMF. It came in two sizes. At the moment that is my biggest want but the full want list is still quite large.
DCCollectors: Is there a limit to what you will purchase? Your collection runs the gamut from wrapping paper to toys, but is there something that you will just not buy?
John Breslawski: Yes, definitely. Now that we’ve had a movie it’s so difficult to keep up with the merchandise. I no longer buy clothing unless it’s vintage and I try to keep logo only merchandise to a bare minimum. I have to love an item for me to add it to my collection. I definitely won’t buy just anything.
DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?
John Breslawski: First, acknowledge the fact that you’ll never complete this collection. Some Wonder Woman merchandise is super rare and because of it, it can often be a pricey hobby. Plus It’ll help you relax. Second, have fun with it. I don’t compete to be the best. I do this because it makes me happy and for no other reason.
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?
John Breslawski: One interesting trip comes to mind. A buddy was selling off his collection. I won a delicate lamp from him on eBay and the shade is made of paper so we were trying to figure out the best way to ship it. At the same time he agreed to sell me two more entirely glass lamps to save eBay fees. We came to the agreement that I’d come to New York City and pick it all up. So I took the train from Philly into New York City with an empty luggage rack on wheels and picked up the stuff along with some other treasures I bought. So there I am walking through the streets of NYC with boxes stacked taller than me and all of it is fragile. It was a miracle nothing broke along the way.
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