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My Expertise: Trying to be more like Funktastic

Because he already took the title “Collecting”

Good evening everyone, my name is Bill and I am a Fanboy. Now I’m not your typical fanboy, I don’t subscribe to the whole 360/PS3 war that we are all too familiar with here on Destructoid. No, I am a Fanboy in regards to one of Destructoid’s own, Funktastic.

I’ve been collecting video games and video game swag for a few years now but I really started getting serious when I moved to Chicago. I lived in Montgomery, AL for a couple of years and was disappointed, to say the least in the amount of shops or stores that I could visit to search for old games or game collectibles.

My gaming collection started to grow stale and the only thing that I was adding were the new games I was purchasing as they were released. I tried visiting flea markets (two that I knew of in a 30 mile radius around Montgomery) and had no luck, and to make matters worse every so often as I visited Destructoid I would stumble upon these amazing posts by a gent named Funktastic.

Like many of you I was in awe of the amount of games/merchandise this guy seemed to score. Every couple weeks he seemed to find the most amazing stuff. It pissed me off that all of these great games were out there and the only way that I could get my hands on them was if I shopped on Ebay or traveled hundreds of miles outside of Montgomery.

Flash forward two years later.

After a brief stint down south I ended up in the windy city (Chicago, incase you weren’t sure). Once I arrived in town I started scouring the area for any little shops that specialized in old school games, lucky for me I have two within a 3 minute walking distance. One of these just happens to be Funktastic's Holy Grail of gaming stores, Cash Converters.

Now my Cash Converters isn’t as cool as Funktastic's is but it does the trick. Another bonus to moving to a larger city was the amount of Goodwill stores that we have here. If any of you have ever read any of my collection posts you will know that I absolutely LOVE Goodwill. I am constantly buying things from their auction website and I visit their stores on a weekly basis. If you are serious about collecting and you have Goodwill stores near you then you owe it to yourself to make a trip. Plus, by buying stuff from Goodwill or the Salvation Army you are helping those who may not be as fortunate as yourself. (Bonus!)

I suddenly found my collection growing at an alarming rate, I was finding old systems still in the box, old games still in the cases, old toys and manuals and player’s guides, all in great collectible condition. I started to feel like a real collector. With all of this collecting going on I needed a way to keep track of everything, enter possumwrangler (another great collector here on Destructoid) and his great Excel spreadsheet. After setting up the spreadsheet to my liking things started looking good. My collection was all neat and in order and I had plenty of stores to shop at.

If you have ever thought about starting to collect games there are some things you need to take in to account before you start. First and foremost it ain’t cheap. You will find some gems at some pretty cheap prices but you will definitely need a solid cash flow to keep the collecting going. Secondly, you will need to make sure that you are collecting for the right reasons, for me it is the love of video games. Everyone has their different reasons for doing things and you just need to find yours. Third, you need to make sure that you have lots of spare room for all of this stuff. Seriously, I thought I had plenty of space but I realized this weekend that I am slowly closing in on needing an entire room just for my collection.

You will also need to make sure to do your research. A lot of specialty stores who sell video games know what they are worth and they charge for it, you need to make sure that you aren’t getting ripped off. Do a quick Google search for stores in your area, if you’re in the states see if you have any Goodwill or Salvation Army’s near you. Funktastic has mentioned this time and time again and I cannot agree more, the best thing you can do is to make friend with the people who work at the shops where you plan on buying games from. Who knows maybe one day you too will have your own “Box “o” Stuff”.

I guess that’s about it really. Thanks to Funktastic for sharing his collection with everyone. Thanks to everyone else here who is passionate about collecting and sharing and thanks for reading.

Good hunting everyone!

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About ChillyBillyone of us since 7:08 PM on 02.03.2007

I'm the former Community Playdate Manager for Destructoid. Looking to play some games with other Dtoiders? Check out the forums and watch the blogs and front page for all of the fun!

I'm definitely more "collector" than gamer these days. Sure I still play my Wii U/ Xbox One/PS4/Vita and 3DS, and I love them all, but I just don't have the free time to play them like I used to.

I started my gaming life on an old Atari 2600 that my dad bought us for Christmas. I used to frequent the local arcade (early 80's) and I have a passion for anything pinball.

As of this update (2/20/2016) I currently have:

50 Consoles
61 Handhelds
2100 physical copies of various games
350 digital copies of games
Tons of other video game related items

Comic books? Yep, I read 'em. Here are some of my all-time favorites.

Cerberus the Aardvark

Groo the Wanderer

Howard the Duck

Usagi Yojimbo


I also love music, all types really. If I had to pick a favorite album of all time I would have to go with:

The Cure: Disintegration. This album is perfect, from beginning to end.

My daughter is also a gamer of sorts, here she is lavishing in all of her Nintendo plushies:

Oh yea, did I mention that I love Pinball more than any other game ever? Because I totally do.

I also like to doodle when I'm bored, as seen below

I drew that when I was bored.

Sometimes, when I'm not gaming or collecting I'll post blogs, here are a couple recent ones:

ChillyBilly's Hidden Gems - Nano Assault

Tales from the Battlefield - Operation Rolling Hell

My Time so far with Battlefield 3

Take a gander at some of my previous haul blogs

Another ChillyBilly Haul - Occams the Enabler

Another ChillyBilly Haul. Lots and Lots of Nintendo

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Occams & Gareth & Law Oh My!

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles No Spam Edition

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Spring Edition

Funktastic Sent Me A Package an Adventure in Awesome

My Mysterious Encounter with Lenigods Package

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Past 5 Months Part 2

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Past 5 Months Part One

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles This is Just Getting Stupid Now

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Atari Lynx! Atari Lynx!

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Summertime Collecting

Trading With Funktastic an Epic Tale

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles F.Y.E Edition

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles April - May Edition

ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles Florida Edition

The Very First "ChillyBilly's Emporium of Curious Collectibles"

My Post-Summer Christmas Haul

My Guide to Video Game Collecting

My Magnificent May Haul

My Epic Gaming Haul of Epicness

Sweet Goodwill Gaming Haul

My February - April Gaming Haul

What's it like to be me? Imagine a thousand people throwing a party inside of your head, and you're stuck outside without a ticket.
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