It used to be that the hobby of collecting would call to mind a fairly limited range of things: stamps, coins, maybe old cars if you were rich. Today, people are collecting just about anything— salt and pepper shakers, lunch boxes, old toys, and of course, Beanie Babies. What's the point? Join Melinda Penkava and some hard-core collectors for a look at America's collecting craze.



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