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Posted February 03, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

Don’t grow up!

It was Christmas morning in 1986 or so. The unwrapping had ended, and there were no more presents under the tree. “You look a little down,” said Matt Martone’s concerned [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Collections & Hobbies

The thrill of the hunt

“I buy and sell comics and have a pretty large collection,” says Jeremy Downs. The 34-year-old Des Moines-area resident might be understating reality a bit. “I’d have to get back [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Concert keepsakes

Blood spit straight out of the mouth of KISS’ Gene Simmons is on display at the south-side home of Franco Tangari. The same goes for an eye-popping array of ticket [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Toy stories

“I’m a flea market nut,” explains Dave Zaabel while gesturing to rows and rows of shelving in his Urbandale basement. “Flea markets, antique shops, garage sales… but everything was canceled [...]

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Posted September 30, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Blood, sweat and stained glass

Diane Bacon keeps a box of Band-Aids at the ready. The skilled stained-glass artisan has had her hands bloodied more times than she can count while pursuing her passion. “Hundreds,” [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Attack of the drones

Drone racing isn’t virtual reality, even though participants appear to be wearing VR goggles. And drone racing isn’t a video game, even though the hand-held controllers function in a similar [...]

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Posted August 05, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Holy cow… Urbandale basement hosts a royal rumble!

“This is the worst Christmas ever,” Kyle Peterson remembers thinking. The crushed 7-year-old awoke to find next to no presents waiting for him. “There were like two GI Joe guys [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Chugga-chugga choo-choo!!!

Jon and Sharyl Engelhardt transformed their basement into a boxcar bonanza. What started as one couple’s vision of a toy train set looping their Christmas tree — they figured it [...]

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Posted April 01, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

Build nights for space robots

Snapping together models based on space robots, Iowa Gundam Builders has gone from zero to 300 members in two years. As a kid, Dylan Black didn’t care for putting models [...]

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Posted March 04, 2020in Collections & Hobbies

‘Do what you love; love what you do’

The planes buzzing by mesmerized the youthful eyes of the small girl perched atop the fence post of her family’s 1950s farm in rural southeast Iowa. During these formative years, [...]

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