The Original Collectors Series: Morristown, NJ


“I grew up in a family of minimalists, but collecting came naturally to me. I’ve collected coins, comics and baseball cards over my lifetime. The luster of a silver coin, the stories of a pirate treasure box—I was inherently drawn to that. I’m not an impulsive buyer; I’m a fan of history. That’s what drives it all—that’s the root of everything.

I always have always enjoyed sports. I have these old 1920s boxing cards, and being from a family of boxers, those mean a lot. And I grew up a big Yankees fan, my family is from the Bronx. Most of all, I love greatness. I love to see people achieve something in their life.

More recently I’ve started collecting video games and built a following on Instagram [@jaybaam] through that. I was the Nintendo ES generation so that’s what I started with, but a lot of the games I have now are older. I happened to stumble upon a store 13 years ago with some of these old games, and I thought, ‘Wow, I really miss my Nintendo.’ Then through research I discovered things I didn’t even know existed. It piqued my curiosity and snowballed from there.

I’m doing this sale because I wanted to streamline my collection and focus on the thing that I’m most passionate about, which is the gaming. It’s hard, because you put so much effort into obtaining something and there’s an emotional value there. But this will help me take it to the next level. I’m planning to launch a video series, and keep introducing great people to other great people through social media. It’s about building the community of retro people, my people.”

The Original Collectors Series: Morristown, NJ
The Original Collectors Series: Morristown, NJ
2013-2014 Collection of DC Comic Books

2013-2014 Collection of DC Comic Books

Final Bid
$35
Collection of DC Comics Featuring Batman and Robin

Collection of DC Comics Featuring Batman and Robin

Final Bid
$60
Collection of Dark Horse Comic Books

Collection of Dark Horse Comic Books

Final Bid
$17
1990s–2010s DC "Superman" Comics

1990s–2010s DC "Superman" Comics

Final Bid
$24
DC Comic Books Including "Static" #1 Collector's Edition

DC Comic Books Including "Static" #1 Collector's Edition

Final Bid
$21
Collection of 1990s Image Comic Books

Collection of 1990s Image Comic Books

Final Bid
$17
Collection of 1990s Marvel Comics

Collection of 1990s Marvel Comics

Final Bid
$33
Large Collection of 1990s Marvel Comic Books

Large Collection of 1990s Marvel Comic Books

Final Bid
$55
Display Booklet of Franklin Half Dollars

Display Booklet of Franklin Half Dollars

Final Bid
$201
Liberty Walking Half Dollar Series from 1916 to 1936 and Washington Quarters

Liberty Walking Half Dollar Series from 1916 to 1936 and Washington Quarters

Final Bid
$300
Vintage Baseball Cards Including 1969 Hank Aaron and 1959 Yankees

Vintage Baseball Cards Including 1969 Hank Aaron and 1959 Yankees

Final Bid
$40
Large collection of Filled and Unfilled Coin Display Booklets

Large collection of Filled and Unfilled Coin Display Booklets

Final Bid
$775
PlayStation 2 and Games

PlayStation 2 and Games

Final Bid
$50
Collection of Sega Video Games and Game Systems

Collection of Sega Video Games and Game Systems

Final Bid
$65
1976 Mego "Muhammad Ali's Boxing Ring" Play Set

1976 Mego "Muhammad Ali's Boxing Ring" Play Set

Final Bid
$66
1996 Nintendo 64 with Games

1996 Nintendo 64 with Games

Final Bid
$42
Collection of 1990s Marvel Trading Cards and Pogs

Collection of 1990s Marvel Trading Cards and Pogs

Final Bid
$4
Assortment of Baseball and Basketball Cards

Assortment of Baseball and Basketball Cards

Final Bid
$22
Assortment of Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Games

Assortment of Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Games

Final Bid
$6
Marvel Comics Including Spider-Man and Venom

Marvel Comics Including Spider-Man and Venom

Final Bid
$26
Set of Batman Graphic Novels and Comics

Set of Batman Graphic Novels and Comics

Final Bid
$10
1993 "Marvel Creators' Choice X-Men" Miniature Comic

1993 "Marvel Creators' Choice X-Men" Miniature Comic

Final Bid
$1
1994 Fleer Marvel Trading Cards Featuring "X-Men"

1994 Fleer Marvel Trading Cards Featuring "X-Men"

Final Bid
$18
Collection of Comic Book Trading Cards

Collection of Comic Book Trading Cards

Final Bid
$35
1950s and 1960s US Mint Proof Sets and Uncirculated Coins

1950s and 1960s US Mint Proof Sets and Uncirculated Coins

Final Bid
$408
Collection of Baseball Cards

Collection of Baseball Cards

Final Bid
$18
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The Original Collectors Series: Morristown, NJ

What video games did you play as a kid?

My father is an ex-boxer: an athlete, street guy, a real tough family man. The only game we ever played together was “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.” For me that will always be my favorite, the one that means the most to me. That was the game I went after first when I started collecting.

How did you build your Instagram following?

I wasn’t even on social media until a little over a year ago. I’m a social guy—I can walk into a room and start a conversation with anyone, so I didn’t feel like I needed it. But then as I got into video game collecting, I realized I didn’t have people in my life that were as passionate as I was, and I wanted to start connecting to others who were just as passionate. It’s been humbling to see how fast it’s grown.

What are some of your favorite coins in the sale?

I love my peace dollars—I love the size and feel of them. That was something I worked on at a very young age. I really enjoy the two-and three-cent pieces, they’re so odd! The government always experimented with different denominations, and I really like the ones that failed. I also like the the commemorative coins, because they were all unique, issued one time.

How about the comics?

The ones from the nineties mean a lot to me, like the X-Men pieces, because those are the ones that I read. They were fascinating stories. I have some great Silver Age [circa 1956-1970] in there too; some first appearances of major characters. Those are awesome collector pieces, but I didn’t grow up reading them. I couldn’t afford the Golden Age. The Silver Age was still expensive, but affordable—if I worked a lot of extra hours.

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