Watch Dedicated Collector Display His Collection Of Vintage Toys Worth $1.
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An extreme toys collector has proudly displayed his collection of vintage toys he amassed over decades of restless dedication.
64-year-old Ronald Toby from Philadelphia, US, has been actively buying and collecting toys since he was only 15 years old.
Now, nearly 50 years later, he has amassed over 80,000 rare items he keeps safe in numerous rooms of his large house that looks like a museum.
According to the man’s estimations, his growing collection, which was previously said to be worth $1.5 million, is now worth nearly $2 million.
“One thing that I have learned about toys is that when you become a man, you’re still a kid inside,” the man shared in an interview with Barcroft TV.
“My collection is like living inside a toy store. I always loved going to the toy store, so having that in your own house is really great.
“Whenever I’ve made a bad move or whenever things go wrong, I just go down the basement to the toy store.”
Ronald’s big house is a home to over 80,000 toys which are carefully organized and placed in separate rooms according to their theme.
“There are other collectors that may have more merchandise than I have. But nobody displays it better than me, because I turn my collection into a toy store,” the retired maintenance manager said.
“Most collectors have their collections in boxes, put in the basement, put in a garage. They never get a chance to enjoy it.”
Speaking of her son’s hobby, 85-year-old mother Florence said:
“All the other kids would be out playing or whatever. Not Ronald. He would be in the house playing or working with the toys he had and we all respected that.
“We didn’t bother him because we knew that is what he wanted to do, and he was a good kid. No jail time. No policemen.”
So far, Ronald has spent well over $200,000 on his toys. His collection, however, is worth nearly ten times as much.
“I try to have a different thing in each room. I have a swatch room, I have an African room, I have an ice house room which is filled with frozen icicles,” the 64-year-old added. “From there I have a boxing memorabilia room, a 1941 room, and a dolls room.
“When you are a toy collector you always need more space. I am looking for a warehouse right now because you always outgrow the space.
“My creativity has gotten bigger than this house! It was bigger than the last house that I lived in, so I moved here and after 17 years it is time to move again!”
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