It’s easy to collect photos of your favorite athletes or celebrities. And you don’t even need a camera to do it. Some come right to you in the mail each month.
Collect magazine covers. The photos are great, the magazines are fun to read and finding them can sometimes be like a treasure hunt.
Before you start to build your collection, decide what to collect. There are hundreds of magazines published every year, and many thousands more exist from years gone by. But that’s one of the best things about this collection: You choose what to collect, and you’ve got lots to choose from. We’ll use sports stars as an example, but you could choose anything. Canoeing1, hiking, national parks, cars—anything goes.
What’s Your Fancy2?
For most, it’s the cover of the magazine that makes it collectible. Most people collect their favorite player. But there are many other themes for collections, such as:
☆Team: Collect magazines with players from your favorite team on the cover.
☆Sport: If your favorite sport is one of the “Three Big”—ping-pong, football or basketball—this might become just too big. But if you really like skateboarding or surfing or golf or the Olympics, some terrific magazines are just waiting to become part of your collection.
☆Title: Some magazines continue for decades. Others are around for only a few issues. It can be a real challenge to put together complete runs3 of a particular magazine.
☆First issue: The premiere4 issue of any magazine is usually more difficult to find and therefore more desirable for collectors. However, it can also be much more expensive.
☆Birthday: Here’s a really personalized theme for a collection. Collect magazines that were “born” the same day, month or year as you.
The Thrill5 of The Hunt
Bookstores will carry current magazines, but you’ll have to pay full cover price. In a year or so, you might find those same magazines much cheaper at a used-book store. You can also subscribe6 to many magazines for less than half the cover price.
Older, out-of-print7 magazines are harder to find. (But maybe not too hard: Ask your parents if there are any old magazines squirreled8 away in the attic9.) Flea markets are excellent sources. And don’t forget to check out Internet auction sites like eBay, or do a search on the term “collectible magazines.”
Mail-order dealers are another place to find copies. You’ll probably have to pay more, especially for older, hard-to-find magazines. But it’s definitely more fun to search through a dusty box under a table at a flea market or in an attic and find that copy of a magazine you’ve been wanting for a while.
1. canoe v. 划独木舟
2. fancy n. 爱好
3. run n. 不断的一系列
4. premiere adj. 初次的
5. thrill n. 兴奋；激动
6. subscribe v. 订阅
7. out-of-print (书等)绝版的
8. squirrel v. 储藏
9. attic n. 阁楼