As you may or may not know, my historian side of collecting is dedicated to collecting items for the Nintendo Game Boy. You remember that little portable system right? With the greenish screen where you spend hours playing Tetris, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Land, and other favorites. There is something about this system that there will always be a special place for me. Maybe it’s because it was my first system that was truly “mine”. Or maybe it’s because the games were so much cheaper than NES or SNES games at the time, that I had so many of them.
The big challenge of collecting for this system, is that for one reason or another every kid (including myself) threw away the box and the manual for these games. Finding every cartridge is easy, finding every box is an insane challenge that I decided to take on sometime in late 2005. In those 5+ years, I have amassed over half of the collection (about 250+ games) complete in box. I have most of the rare ones knocked out, but there are about a dozen that I will have to shovel out the big bucks for. These most likely will be the last ones I will need to complete the collection.
Also, I am co-founder of a site called gbdb.org which is dedicated to recording Game Boy history. Here are some videos I took with my iPhone over a year ago, my collection has changed a bit since then. I plan on taking an updated video soon. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.