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					1955–2005
            Collections
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            Largest autographed
            drumstick collection                                                                                                                   Largest
            Since 1980, Peter Lavinger (USA, below)                                                                                                banana
            has accumulated over 1,300 drumsticks,
            all of which have been played and handed to him by drummers from various                                                               collection
            popular bands, including Ringo Starr of The Beatles. He caught his first                                                               Ken Bannister (USA, right),
            drumstick from the front row of a Good Rats concert in 1980.                                                                           owner of the International
                                                                                                                                                   Banana Club Museum in
                                                                                                                                                   Altadena, California, USA,
                                                                                                                                                   has 17,000 different banana-
                                                                                                                                                   related objects that he has
                                                                                                                                                   amassed since 1972. All are
                                                                                                                                                   on display in the museum.




                                                                                                           Largest
                                                                                                           collection
                                                                                                           of yo-yos                                                                                                  C o l le c t i o n s
                                                                                                           John 'Lucky' Meisenheimer (USA,                                                                             Collection             Quantity                   Holder
                                                                                                           above) has a collection of 4,251                                                                            airline sickbags       3,307                      Niek Vermeulen (Netherlands)
                                                                                                           yo-yos, which he has amassed                                                                                                       from 755 airlines
                                                                                                           since 1971. His current collection                                                                          airline tags           469                        Raghav Somani (India)
                                                                                                           is housed in 23 custom-made                                                                                                        from 115 airlines
                                                                                                           cases and is estimated to be          ★ Largest collection               worth more than $1.65 million      badges                 13,516                     Daniel Hedges (UK)
                                                                                                           worth around $100,000 (£63,167).         of royal memorabilia            (£875,500) in credit. They are     ball-point pens        285,150 .                  Angelika Unverhau (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from 148 countries
                                                                                                                                                 Ronny Bragança (Portugal)          kept in a 76.2-m-long (250-ft)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Barbie dolls           1,125                      Tony Mattia (UK)
                                                                                                                                                 has a collection of 2,950 pieces   wallet – the world's longest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       beer cans              75,000 from 125 countries William B. Christensen (USA)
                                                                                                               He also has a photo of himself    of memorabilia relating to
                                                                                                               with his all-time football hero   Diana, Princess of Wales,          ★ Largest collection               bottle openers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bottled water labels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20,884 from 136 countries Dale Deckert (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5,115                      Lorenzo Pescini (Italy)
                                                                                                               Paul Merson.                      which he has accumulated               of soft drink cans from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bus tickets (used)     14,000                     Yacov Yosipovv (Israel)
                                                                                                                                                 since 1991. He has items from          the same brand
                                                                                                               ★ Largest collection              many countries, including Japan,   Christian Cavaletti (Italy) has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       car bumper stickers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       clothing tags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3,230
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2,180
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bill Heermann (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Angela Bettelli (Italy)
                                                                                                                  of uncut bank notes            Mexico and Australia. In 1999,     a collection of 3,284 different    condoms                1,947                      Amatore Bolzoni (Italy)
                                                                                                               Leigh Follestad (Canada) has      he was fortunate enough to         Pepsi cans from 71 different       decorative pins        1,457                      Gerhard Kühler (Germany)
                                                                                                               123 sheets of uncut bank notes    purchase a Christmas card          countries. Christian, who has      five-leaf clovers      31,336                     George Kaminski (USA)
                                                                                                               from 33 countries, representing   signed by Charles and              been collecting since 1989,
                                          ★ Largest passport collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fruit stickers         34,500                     Antoine Secco (France)
                                                                             collection comprises 866          73 denominations, which he        Diana in 1989.                     belongs to the two largest soft
★ Largest beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       hats                   25,777                     Tustumena Lodge (USA)
                                          Guy Van Keer (Belgium) owns        LPs (792 coloured, 74 with        has been collecting since 1982.                                      drink can collectors' clubs:       hotel baggage labels 2,016                        Robert Henin (USA)
    bottle collection                     7,637 passports and documents      pictures), 291 singles (277                                         ★ Largest chamber                  the National Pop Can Collectors    keychains              24,810                     Kurt Meadows (USA)
The largest collection of beer            used in lieu of passports. They    coloured, 14 with pictures)       ★ Largest jet-fighter                 pot collection                 (NPCC) and the Pepsi-Cola          mouse mats             1,947                      Daniel Evans (UK)
bottles in the world is owned             represent 130 countries and        and 23 in unusual shapes.             collection                    Manfred Klauda (Germany)           Collectors Club (PCCC).            mugs                   4,567                      Harold Swauger (USA)
by Peter Broeker (Germany),               passport-issuing authorities,                                        The world's biggest private       has amassed 9,400 chamber                                             pencils                6,885                      Emilio Arenas (Uruguay)
who has amassed 12,548                    including many countries that      ★ Largest collection              collection of jet fighters        pots, the earliest dating from     ★ Largest ice-lolly                pencil sharpeners      8,514                      Demetra Koutsouridou (Greece)
bottles since 1980. The                   no longer exist. The passports         of photographs of             numbers 110 and belongs           the 16th century. Currently his        stick collection               phonecards             4,531 from 239 countries   Harvinder Chohan (Canada)
collection derives from                   date from 1615 to the present          professional sporting         to French winemaker Michel        collection can be seen at the      Since 1988, Poul Lykke Jepsen                             and territories
2,440 different breweries                 day. The collection's most             personalities                 Pont. His collection started in   Zentrum für Aussergewöhnliche      (Denmark) has collected            piggy banks            5,750                      Ove Nordström (Sweden)
within 153 countries. Peter               expensive item is a rare           Since 2000, Thomas Gill (UK)      1985 and includes Russian         Museen, Munich, Germany.           449 different ice-lolly sticks.    plasters (unused)      4,500                      Brian Viner (UK)
estimates that if all of his beer         Chinese passport from 1898         has built up a collection of      MiGs, British Jaguars and                                            Poul started collecting lolly      rubber ducks           1,439                      Charlotte Lee (USA)
bottles were piled one on top             valued at £28,032 ($52,830).       510 photographs taken of          French Mirages. Michel buys       ★ Largest valid                    sticks after he had eaten two      rubber stamps          1,251                      James Burton (UK)
of each other they would                                                     himself with professional         the jets from governments,            credit card collection         ice creams and noticed that        shoe horns             1,594                      Martien Tuithof (Netherlands)
reach to a height of 3,043 m              ★ Largest collection of            footballers. Thomas has           but is not permitted to fly the   Walter Cavanagh (USA) has          they had different sticks. His     shot glasses           8,411                      Brad Rodgers (USA)
(9,983 ft), which is almost                   coloured vinyl records         photographs of himself with       aircraft over French airspace.    accumulated 1,397 individual       collection grew after he got a     teabag labels          8,661                      Felix Rotter (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from 88 countries
eight times the height of the             Alessandro Benedetti (Italy) has   well-known British footballers    He also has a collection of       valid credit cards. The cost of    job as a storage worker in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       thermometers           4,580                      Richard T Porter (USA)
Empire State building in                  collected 1,180 music records      such as David Beckham, Sir        500 motorbikes, and 24 Fiat       acquisition to 'Mr Plastic         2001 – his new employers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       traffic cones          137                        David Morgan (UK)
New York, USA.                            made of coloured vinyl. His        Geoff Hurst and Ryan Giggs.       Abarth racing cars.               Fantastic' was nil, but they are   manufactured ice-lolly sticks.

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