With no fresh leads in over a year, and a long winter that prevented me from getting to any car boot sales, I have been mostly restricted to bulk buying tapes online, something that I strongly dislike doing. The fun has always been in the hunt for me. So when a friend got in touch and told me that he was getting rid of his entire collection, I jumped at the chance to adopt it. I like to think of myself as Pippa from Home and Away, but with tapes instead of… ah, you get the picture.
That friend goes by the name of Tim (@Reed_my_tweet on Twitter), and fortunately only lives an hour away from my house. So after Tim had gathered together a large chunk of his collection ready for me to take, he gave me a call and I hopped in the video van (Peugeot), making the short journey north to Stoke. I honestly wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume of tapes that awaited me.
I had forgotten to cover these up when I left for home. You would not believe the looks you get with a car full of VHS on a busy motorway. Luckily, i’m no stranger to these sort of looks.
I never made an official count on return, but I estimate there to have been in the region of 300-400 tapes that travelled back with me. I already own a large portion of what I took, but i’m always in the market for sleeve upgrades etc. And they would only have ended up in the tip if i’d have left them anyway. I could never be that guy.
Despite the amount of doubles, I have still decided to include them in the picture gallery below. There were a lot more tapes, but these are the best of the best. The cream of the crop that rose to the top, so to speak.
I was also given these two lovely UK quad posters, and plan to one day frame the Thunder one.