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Friday, January 19, 2018

Famous people through collectibles: Edgar Allan Poe

A writer, editor, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe, was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston. He is best known for his poetry and short mystery and horror stories. Poe is considered as the inventor of detective fiction genre and the first well-known American writer to earn living completely off of writing.


Although his life was rather difficult, Edgar Allan Poe left us a great collection of his poems and stories. Numerous collectibles were made in the name of this truly remarkable writer, some of them featuring his quotes, some illustrating his portrait, and some celebrating his achievements. If you are interested, on Colnect you can find various collectibles associated with Edgar Allan Poe.


Among Edgar Allan Poe's works, the most notable ones are The Black Cat, a short tale about the psychology of guilt, and The Raven, supernatural poem about lost love. Pluto, a cat from The Black Cat, and a talking raven from The Raven are two of the most well-known characters created by Poe. Many collectibles, which are made in the name of Edgar Allan Poe, depict these two characters, as the main image.


Do you collect Poe-themed or Poe-related collectibles? If there's any collectible in your collection that's not on Colnect yet, you can easily add it to our catalog. You can check our Catalog Contribution Guidelines page and start to add new items, add images and information to already existing items, help to translate catalog to your language, edit the catalog, write wiki articles, and even create your own categories. If you are interesting in selling or buying collectibles you're welcome to visit recently launched Colnect Marketplace.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Famous people through collectibles: Rowan Atkinson

On Colnect you can find collectibles of various celebrities. One of these people is a British actor, Rowan Atkinson, best known for his role as Mr. Bean, who was born on January 6, 1955.


Thanks to his physical and black humor, and astounding performances, Rowan Atkinson established his name as one of the most iconic comedians. He first appeared on television, in popular British comedy series called Not the Nine O’Clock News. From there on his journey continued, which led to the creation of his most successful character Mr. Bean. This character ended up finding its way into the hearts of millions all around the world and led to Atkinson being called "the man with the rubber face".


Who's Mr. Bean? Mr. Bean lives alone. He has a small flat in Highbury, North London. He's practically always seen in his trademark tweed jacket, white shirt, and skinny red tie. Mr. Bean infrequently speaks, and when he does, it's commonly only several murmured words.

Mr. Bean oftentimes seems uninformed of basic aspects of the way the world works. The humor mostly comes from his unique (and often absurd) answers to problems and his total disregard for others when resolving them.


Colnect has been built by collectors for collectors. Any contribution is welcome and appreciated. If you would like to help out you can add new items, add images and information to already existing items, help to translate catalog to your language, edit the catalog, write wiki articles, and even create your own categories.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ordinary things through collectibles: Jukebox


It must be really hard to find people who don’t like listening to music. Today we can listen to favorite music everywhere: at home, at the car, walking at the street. It’s usual for us today but there was the time when people couldn’t do that.

Gift Card › Christmas Jukebox, 2008, USA, Colnect Catalog

On November 23, 1889, the first jukebox, which was created by Louis Glass, was displayed in San Francisco, California. It was one of the first steps which made music close to people.

Stamp › Juke Box - Presorted First Class, 1995, USA, Colnect Catalog

Similar musical devices such as music boxes were already really popular and widely spread, but this new invention completely innovated the ability to enjoy music at public places. All you needed was a nickel (5-cent coin) and you could start listening to music.

Phonecard › Sprint - Coca Cola-Jukebox 1 (Basketball hoop), 1995, Germany, Federal Republic, Colnect Catalog



With time the development of jukebox continued and today they offer several new functionalities, like selecting the song of your choice or displaying flashy lights. Even though today jukeboxes are not as popular as they were in the 1950s, they are still being used and remain as part of a music culture in U.S.

Lottery Ticket › #5503 – Jukebox Bingo, 2015, Australia, Colnect Catalog

Throughout years many different collectibles were issued which were illustrating and celebrating a jukebox, some of which can be found on Colnect.

Milk Cup Lid › Jukebox, 2002, Switzerland, Colnect Catalog

Do you want to make Colnect better? You can check our Catalog Contribution Guidelines page and start to add new items, add images and information to already existing items, help to translate catalog to your language, edit the catalog, write wiki articles, and even create your own categories.

Token › Gettone Juke Box, Italy, Colnect Catalog


Sunday, March 20, 2016

2 years of Milk Cup Lids on Colnect!

There is a milestone to commemorate! Our Milk Cup Lids catalog has been on Colnect for 2 years :)


"Yogurt with blueberry-raspberry flavour" (Russia), from the Colnect catalog


The catalog currently has almost 16,500 items from all over the world!
"Boy with Sheep" (Iceland), from the Colnect catalog

Milk Lid Cups catalog includes 50+ Countries, 625+ Companies, 2 Uses, 20+ Foods, 400+ Brands, 40+ Years, 190 Themes and Newly Added (1, 3, 7, 14, 30 days ago).

"Siedenstrasse" (Switzerland), from the Colnect catalog

Thanks, Els Van Gastel [leeuwin], the Milk Lid Cups coordinator, for making this catalog so pleasant and diverse :)


"Roses" (China), from the Colnect catalog

Another thank-you to all Colnect's contributors, who help the catalog grow, and editors, who help the catalog to stay in order.

Want to contribute too? Read the Guidelines here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

56,565 Cards on the Trading Card Games Catalog Now :)

Good day Colnectors, we have got a new milestone - 56,565 Trading Cards from the Trading Card Games catalog!


 http://colnect.com/trading_card_games/trading_card_game/55964-UFOroid-Cybernetic_Revolution_1st_Edit-Yu-Gi-Oh
"UFOroid", from the Colnect catalog

Trading Card Games category has been on Colnect for more than 3,5 years and it has seen a rapid growth from the very beginning.



"
死体の交易商人", from the Colnect catalog

The category is taken care of by Frens Bosman [Digger], the current category coordinator. Thank you for devoting your time and attention to developing the catalog.


"You Remind Me Of Something Grand", from the Colnect catalog

Trading Card Games catalog offers several sub-categories for collectors, like 107 Games, 15 Languages, 782 Artists, 30 Years and Newly Added.


"Lenesa", from the Colnect catalog

Another thank-you is being sent the contributors' and editors' way for all their hard work. Keep it up!

Want to join the team? Read the Contributor's Guidelines and choose the category or categories you want to add items or information into.

See you in the next post and, as usual, Happy Colnecting! ;)


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wanna play a game?

One of Colnect's newest categories is Holy Cards. Do you collect those?
Because it is high time you started ;) The catalog currently has 1,500+ cards and it keeps growing!

The Holy Cards catalog is probably the most detailed catalog there is on Colnect. It has 17 sub-categories, including 20+ countries, 350+ subjects, 240+ places of worship, 180+ issuers, 100+ artists, 15 languages, 45+ years, 75+ themes, as well as numerous shapes, orientations, borders, corners, colourations, materials, printings, typologies and characteristics.

To add some interest and about Holy Cards, we invite you to try your intuition in a quiz below!
All you have to do is try to guess a card's country origin. :) Have fun!

If the quiz does not work, try the link here: https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/177293/5ff6d0ef-79c7-419f-a3e2-dee398d21e45

Thursday, January 7, 2016

66,666 Postcards on Colnect!

Is '666' considered a devilish number in your country? Today we're putting all our stereotypical thinking away to commemorate a nice milestone we've recently reached - 66,666 Postcards!

The Postcards catalog has been present on Colnect for roughly 6 years, so that's a lot of 6-s for one day, which is also the 6th of January of 2016! How crazy is that?


http://colnect.com/postcards/postcard/67325-Tokyo_Station-Tokyo_Night_View-Japan
"Tokyo Station", from the Colnect catalog

First off, we are sending a huge thank-you to the category co-coordinators, Vadym Sulimenko [Dravec] and Grzegorz Pająk [quarteris] for working hard on one of the most popular categories on Colnect! :) 


colnect.com/postcards/postcard/64540-Niue_Island_–_Polynesia-Landscapes-Niue
"Niue Island – Polynesia", from the Colnect catalog

Moreover, thank you to the translators that have made the postcards collecting available for 799 collectors from 70+ countries.

Another group of colnectors we are sending our regards to are editors, they have done an impressive work, keeping the category organised. 
"Tallinn. Spire of Town Hall with "Old Thomas" Weathercock", 
from the Colnect catalog
And, of course, the catalog would not be so diverse without the help of each and every one of contributorsThank you for every postcard added onto Colnect! The Postcards catalog is currently divided into countriesauthorsissuerscoloringsorientationsviewsyearsthemes and newly added.  
http://colnect.com/postcards/postcard/42479-Torshavn-Torshavn-Faroe_Islands
 "Torshavn", from the Colnect catalog
                         
The catalog currently includes postcards from 250+ countries. Check them out! Do you have a favourite postcard from your country? By the way, the country that the most postcards are from is Soviet Union! Here's an example:  

"Baikal. Lake in Winter", from the Colnect catalog

So, to sum up, we are really thrilled to see the category growing. We encourage you to study the How Can I Contribute? page to add more postcards, to edit information or to add missing photos/data. Note that many contributors on Colnect enjoy having a free Premium Membership simply by helping the community.
http://colnect.com/postcards/postcard/66874-Awaiting_the_days_catch-Mozambique
"Awaiting the day's catch", from the Colnect catalog 

 Thank you for being a Colnector! Let's make an even  bigger number of postcards!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Surprising Lego Facts


It wouldn’t surprise us if we see a stack of Lego sets at our friends’ places. Lego, the universal game, has become probably the most popular entertainment for children and adults. Various difficulty levels, numerous collections, different theme parks around the world and many more features make this game such a great investment as a collectible.
http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/2954-Spider_Monkey-Ben_10-Ben_10
Spider Monkey, from the Colnect catalog
Today we would like you to get familiar with some of the most impressive facts about Lego that you probably never heard of. Even if have heard those before, come and brush up your memory! :)
Let us know which fact gripped you the most in the comments below.

1. The Lego group got the patent rights for the standard brick in 1958. All 2x4 Lego bricks ever produced have been exactly the same.
2. Statistically, there are ~1140 elements made per second (!). 
http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/5617-Small_Pre-School_Basic_Set-Minitalia
 Small Pre-School Basic Set Minitalia, from the Colnect catalog
3. On average, every person has 83 Lego bricks. Crazy, no? 
4. Almost 28 Lego sets are sold each second during the Christmas season.
http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/5860-Three_Christmas_Decorations_-_Santa_Tree_and_Snowman-Christmas-Holiday 
5. If you lay together all Lego bricks sold in a year, the line would stretch around the Earth 20+ times. 
6. The world's tallest Lego tower is 28.7m high (made from with 465,000 bricks).
http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/59-Sears_Tower-Architecture-Architecturehttp://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/59-Sears_Tower-Architecture-Architecture 
Sears Tower, from the Colnect catalog
7. Willing to reach the Moon? You'd need a column of around 40 billion Lego bricks!

8. Since the first Lego minifigure was made in 1978, more than 4 billion have been manufactured – making it the largest population group in the world. In addition, every minifigure is exactly 4 bricks tall (without a hat).
http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/3975-Day_1_-_Minifigure_Drumstick-2008_Advent_Calender_-_City-Holiday 
Day 1 - Minifigure & Drumstick, from the Colnect catalog 
9. The exact number of combinations you can get from connecting 6 eight-stud bricks (2x4) is 915,103,765!

10. Currently there are Lego theme parks in Denmark, The UK, The USA, Germany and Malaysia. The construction work is still ongoing for new Lego theme parks in The UAE (opening 2016), South Korea and Japan.
 http://colnect.com/lego_sets/lego_set/5602-LEGOLAND_Picture_Frame_-_Billund_Edition-Legoland
"LEGOLAND Picture Frame - Billund Edition", from the Colnect catalog
Colnect’s Lego sets catalog currently has more than 6.700 sets. To find out more about the history of the toy and our catalog, have a look at 80th Anniversary for the LEGO name post.

You are also welcome to participate in the Lego poll!


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Summing Up 2015

It is 31st of December and we are saying goodbye to 2015. How did it go for you? Colnect had an amazing and eventful year and we would like to share our memories with you.

http://colnect.com/gift_cards/gift_card/99690-2016-Gold_Series_2015-Starbucks-United_States_of_America
"2016", from the Colnect catalog


Colnect by the numbers

To begin with, it is important to note that we have reached several important milestones in 2015. For this, we'll let the numbers speak for themselves:

http://colnect.com/gift_cards/gift_card/102287-2016_year_of_the_Monkey-Christmas-Starbucks-China_Peoples_Republic
"2016 Year of the Monkey", from the Colnect catalog
Coins - 55,555+, Stamps - 538,538+,  
Bank Cards - 16,160+, Banknotes - 64,640+, 
Beer Coasters - 30,003+, Bottle Caps - 31,310+,  
Casino Cards - 1,180+, Drink Labels - 12,120+, 
Functional Cards - 16,160+, Gift Cards - 97,970+, Hotel Key Cards - 55,555+, Kids Meal Toys - 10,600+, Lego Sets - 6,700+, Lottery Tickets - 15,150+,
Paper Clips - 34,434+, Phonecards - 561,561+,
Pocket Calendars - 21,800+, Postcards - 65,656+,
Sports Cards - 26,626+, Stickers - 54,545+,
Sugar Packets - 35,535+, Tea Bags - 75,750+,
Tea Labels - 3,333+,  Tokens - 5,555+,
Trading Card Games - 52,525+, Transportation Tickets - 31,313+,  Video Games - 3,000+.


This year we also saw around 30.000 collectors joining our community and overall  
1,960,000+ items added to the catalogs, isn't it great?

Highlights of Colnect's life in 2015

This year, as every year, we have worked to make Colnect a better community for collectors, so it was our aim to implement numerous features and new designs. 
One of the biggest improvements was adding a Sales Forum, where you can trade your collectibles.   


http://colnect.com/stamps/stamp/573618-Happy_New_Year_booklet-Best_Wishes-France
"Happy New Year, booklet", from the Colnect catalog

colnect.com/pocket_calendars/pocket_calendar/13735-Happy_New_Year-Russia
"Happy New Year!", from the Colnect catalog



2015 was about anything from adding ancient coins to the catalog, re-designing category's main page, bettering navigation with a quick year change list, having a new Colnect Map to an opportunity of giving Premium Membership as a gift for the winter holidays. 

This year we have also carried out Colnect Growth Survey, where you commented on your Colnect experience. 



 
http://colnect.com/postcards/postcard/62708-Happy_New_Year-Greetings_cards-Soviet_Union_USSR
"Happy New Year!", from the Colnect catalog

Frognector and Colnect have their own VK pages now, and therefore we are welcoming more collectors from Russian-speaking countries. What is more, we are bringing more life to our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Join our Social Media pages and be up-to-date with news from our community, as well as other interesting content all about collectibles! Keep an eye for any new changes on our Announcement Forum.

 

 

What to expect next year

Looking forward to 2016? We sure are! Next year you will see new categories adding, such as Holy Cards, ComicsBookmarks, Admission Tickets and more. Stay tuned to hear about new features being added as the new year unfolds, it will be totally worth it :)
 
http://colnect.com/sugar_packets/sugar_packet/36165-2016-Festivities-Spain
"2016", from the Colnect catalog


Finally, Colnect wishes all collectors a fruitful 2016! 
May it be filled with happiness, love, luck 
and unforgettable experiences! 
Thank you for being a part of Colnect's community! 

 Happy New Year and See You in 2016!

"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year", from the Colnect catalog

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Colnect Catalog Passed 500,500 Stamps!

We are very proud to announce that the Stamps catalog has now surpassed 500,500 unique items, making it one of the 2 largest catalogs on Colnect and one of the top largest Stamp catalogs in existence today!
As the stamps category is a veteran branch of collectibles, particular care is given to the quality and accuracy of the catalog by the wonderful Stamps team, headed by the coordinators Guido Fußhöller [footy68] and Klaus Jochimsen [Lola22] and supported by so many great editors and contributors.


"Bogdan I Vodă" Stamp from the "650 Years Since the Foundation of the State of Moldavia" 2009 Moldova series, new on the Colnect Stamps catalog
Images are an essential and important part of the catalog. Stamp images have been greatly improved on the catalog due to a great effort lead by the stamp coordinators. Tens of thousands of stamp images have been added to stamps with missing images, thousands more stamps with low quality images have been replaced with high resolution images, making the catalog that much more beautiful, detailed and convenient.

"Tingia carbonica" Stamp from the 2004 North Korean Fossils series, new on the Colnect catalog
New standards for quality of stamp images have been enforced which have also significantly raised the level of the images on the catalog, both in resolution of images and in the presentation style of the stamps. You are welcome to browse through the results and see all the great new images up close using the zoom in feature.
"Kim reading at desk" Stamp from the 2004 North Korean series "40th Ann. of Workers' Party of Korea by Kim Jong Il", new on the Colnect catalog
This milestone is coming a long way from the previous milestone of 300303 Stamps. A lot of effort and thought have been put into the catalog, you can follow up on the progress on the Stamps Forum.

"Duck, Dog & Cat" Stamp from the 1996 Australian pets series. new on the Colnect catalog
Would like to contribute to the Stamps catalog as well? See how you can help on our Contributor Guide. You are welcome to join our world community operation to create the most complete and accurate Stamps catalog available anywhere today.

"Western Capercaillie (Tetrao Urogallus)" stamp from the 2007 Moldova series "Extinct Birds of Moldova", new on the Colnect catalog
We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the absolutely amazing efforts of all the Stamps Coordinators, Editors and Contributors. Thank you for all the time, care and dedication that have been put into creating and evolving this incredible catalog.

"Lifeguard" Stamps from the 1961 North Korean "The 15th Anniversary of Children's Union" series, new on the Colnect catalog

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Colnect Looking Good Everywhere - Responsive Design

Colnect is now dressed to impress on any device in any size. Until now, Colnect's design was nice but not very adaptable to the many variations of screen resolutions such as on mobile phones, tablets and full HD screens. Now we are happy to announce Colnect has developed a new design that will comfortably adjust to any way you'd like to view it.

Have you ever tried browsing Colnect on your mobile? How about your tablet? or even putting it up on an HD screen? Now is the time to try and see how the new Colnect pages react to your choices.
Colnect categories page - Full-HD view
Colnect categories page - MOBILE view

The new design is available to Colnect members with only one click, Click here to try the new design. If you're not logged in, the new design would be the default now.

We welcome you to try the new design and provide us with feedback before we make the change permanent. We have rewritten much of the code related to the site's design and we'll be making many more updates in the coming week to finish and polish what's missing.

What kind of things you will notice in the new design? Selected items of important information has been custom chosen to each screen, so you will always see what you need, no more, no less. List length, amount of rows and image size now all change according the size of screen or browser window. Play with the Colnect browser window size now and see Colnect shrink and grow to fit perfectly. We also needed to address some device specific issues, such as adjusting the Colnect menus to the mobiles touch screen so browsing is made quick and easy and allowing for spacious view on wide screen resolutions without unneeded scrolling or empty space.

If the new design is not working well for you, please report the problems you experience on the forum, along with a screen shot, the URL you visit and the browser you use, and we'll do our best to respond quickly.

Click here to switch back to the old design

Please note that our forum system doesn't support responsive design yet. We plan to upgrade it soon enough though. This means that when you view the forums on your mobile, you'll likely have to zoom in.

So go ahead and give this new design a spin :)

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