The Most Unusual Collections that People Have Dedicated their Lives To

Shannon Quinn - May 24, 2022
Richard Jones owns one of the largest collections of nails in the world. Credit: Daily Mail

12. Nails

Richard Jones spent over 50 years gathering over 3,000 nails from all over the world. Each of the nails is unique, and he has them on display on cases in frames. Jones told the Daily Mail, “I want to educate people about nails – if you think nails are boring come and see my collection it will change your mind.” There was no mention of Jones attaining a Guinness World Record, or if he ever attempted to apply for one. It seems as though he’s just happy owning his nails.

The Brockmans own one of the largest dress collections in the world. Credit: Mirror

11. Dresses

One couple- Margot and Paul Brockman have accumulated one of the world’s largest dress collections. Over the course of their lifetime, they have accumulated 55,000 dresses. They own so many, that they needed to rent out a massive warehouse to fit them all. But in 2013, they decided it was time for some of them to be sold. They made around $100,000 at the beginning of their journey, and expect that the total value of all the dresses to be over $1 million.

Greda Scheuers owns the most Smurf memorabilia pieces in the world. Credit: TMJ News

10. Smurfs

Gerda Scheuers is the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of Smurf memorabilia. It totals more than 11,400 individual pieces. She isn’t sure how much the collection is worth in total. But each individual item is worth between 50 cents and $10,000. So she estimates that she may be able to get $100,000 if she sold some of her bigger items. If you would like to see a video of Gerda’s collection, click here.

Jeff Lebo owns the largest collection of beer cans in the world. Credit: The Drinks Business

9. Beer Cans

Jeff Lebo started his beer can collection when he was a kid. Back then, a lot of kids did it as sort of a naughty hobby. But even as an adult, Jeff never stopped. He even owns the very first beer can ever created from American Can Co. Now, he has amassed over 100,000 cans, and the collection is worth between two to three million dollars. If you would like to see a video of Jeff’s beer can collection, click here.

Paul Scardino owns one of the largest Funko Pop collections in the world. Credit: Guinness World Records

8. Funko Pops

Paul Scardino started his Funko Pop collection in 2017 when he received two for his birthday. And by the time he won the Guinness World Record in 2021, he attained 5,360 figurines. All of the figures are displayed outside of their boxes on shelves in his basement. Each shelf has a different category of Funko Pops, and he keeps them all very organized. Whenever he wants to collect a new line of Funko Pops, he has to downsize the collection somewhere by selling figures on eBay to make room for new ones. If you would like to see a video about Paul’s Funko Pop collection, click here.

Linda Guillory owns one of the largest video game console collections in the world. Credit: Guinness World Record

7. Gaming Consoles

Linda Guillory owns over 2,400 unique gaming systems. And they’re not just the traditional gaming systems that you would think of like Nintendo Switch and N64. Her collection includes all types of LCD screen games, including gaming watches and miniature arcade game systems. Many of the games Linda buys are from eBay, and she challenged herself to see if she could fix broken vintage games. She even took several trips to Japan to buy vintage games. If you would like to see a video of Linda’s collection, click here.

Tony Monterio owns one of the largest video game collections in the world. Credit: Reddit

6. Video Games

A man named Tony Romero Monterio from Richmond, Virginia has won the Guinness World Record for the largest video game collection in the world. With over 20,139 video games, it took auditors over 8 days to count the massive collection. He prides himself in completing every single game that came out for every console in North America. If you would like to see a video about Tony Romero Monteiro’s collection, click here.

Eloise von Velvet has one of the largest Studio Ghibili collections in the world. Credit: Guinness World Records

5. Studio Ghibli Memorabilia 

Eloïse Von Velvet from France is the owner of the largest Studio Ghibli collection in the world. She owns 1,304 items and earned the Guinness World Record. Some of her most prized possessions are her Ponyo music boxes, as well as a large Jiji statue from Kiki’s Delivery Service. She was quoted saying “It’s my life”, because she spends 3 to 4 hours per night on the Internet and often gets up in the middle of the night to bid on something from eBay. If you’d like to see a video about Eloise and her collection, click here.

Billy Karam has one of the largest model car collections in the world. Credit: About Her

4. Model Cars

Billy Karam from Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon owns the world’s largest collection of toy cars, totaling 37,777. He was actually a former race car driver himself, and began collecting these toys as a hobby. Soon enough, his wife got sick of it, and told him he needed to take it out of the house. His collection is housed in the lower half of a giant warehouse garage, where his brother keeps a collection of real race cars. He actually owns 6 Guinness World Records for his models and dioramas. If you’d like to see a video of Billy Karam’s collection, click here.

Steve Sansweet has one of the largest Star Wars collections in the world. Credit: Rancho Obi Wan

3. Star Wars

The largest collection of Star Wars Memorabilia belongs to a man named Steve Sansweet. He houses his collection of 500,000 items in northern California at a place called Rancho Obi-Wan, which he opens to the public as a museum. In 2015, people from the Guinness World Records came to check his collection, and they were only able to audit 93,260 items before they gave up and said it was good enough to win the award. It’s too many to even count! If you would like to see a video about Steve Sansweet and his Star Wars collection, click here.

Jordy Geller in front of his shoe collection, which is the largest in the world. Credit: Guinness World Records

2. Sneakers

The term “sneakerhead” is given to someone who loves sneakers so much, they hold onto a giant collection, even if they don’t wear every single pair. But the biggest sneakerhead of them all is a man named Jordy Geller from San Diego, United States, who owns the Guinness World Record for biggest shoe collection. He owns 2,388 pairs of sneakers, and keeps them in his warehouse which he calls a “ShoeZeum”. Since all of these rare sneakers are in their original boxes, the entire collection was estimated to be worth over $1 million. If you would like to see a YouTube video about Jordy, click here.

Victoria Maclean in front of her Harry Potter collection, which is the largest in the world. Credit: Guinness World Records

1. Harry Potter Wizarding World Memorabilia

A lot of people own Harry Potter and the Wizarding World collections in their homes, but no one is as big of a fan as Victoria Maclean in South Wales. She spent 18 years of her life collecting 3,686 items of Wizarding World memorabilia. One of her most treasured items is a Platform 9 ¾ snow globe from the San Francisco Music Box Company. And one of the most difficult items she attained was a golden snitch puzzle from Japan. Victoria said that she was incredibly proud to attain the Guinness World Record, and that it was the biggest achievement of her life. If you would like to see a YouTube video about Victoria, click here. Eventually, Victoria was de-throned from her spot at #1 by a woman who has over 5,000 Harry Potter items. You can find that updated video here.