For Keeps

42 EpisodesProduced by David PeterkofskyWebsite

Behind every collector's obsession is a story. On "For Keeps," the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

42 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

S7E6 - Peggy Gallagher, Beanie Babies Collecting Pioneer

August 21st, 2019

34:56

In the mid-1990s, Peggy Gallagher, a teacher from suburban Chicago, teamed up with her sister to become one of the world's first collectors of …

S7E5 - Migrants' Belongings, Saved and Photographed by Tom Kiefer

August 1st, 2019

29:56

Working for years as a janitor at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Ajo, Arizona, photographer Tom Kiefer collected the confiscated …

S7E4 - Messages in Bottles, Collected by Wim Kruiswijk

July 15th, 2019

43:41

Since 1983, Dutch beachcomber Wim Kruiswijk has collected all sorts of things in the sand — including hundreds and hundreds of messages in bottles. …

S7E3 - Paul Goresh, the Beatles Collector Who Befriended John Lennon

July 1st, 2019

59:00

In 1979, Beatles fanatic Paul Goresh began hanging out at New York's Dakota apartment building, taking photos of ex-Beatle John Lennon — and …

S7E2 - The "Quackery" Collection of William Helfand

June 14th, 2019

26:34

Before passing away in October 2018, pharmaceutical marketing executive William Helfand amassed a huge collection of medical-themed prints, posters, …

S7E1 - Velvet Painting Mania: Carl Baldwin of the Velveteria

May 24th, 2019

37:30

Velvet Elvises, sad clowns, colorful unicorns, tasteful nudes — they're all under one roof at Carl Baldwin's Velveteria museum in Los Angeles, home …

S6E6 - Tony Valadez, "Seinfeld" Superfan and Owner of Little Jerry's

April 19th, 2019

25:37

The big salad, the marble rye, the black-and-white cookie — endless connections between the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" and food inspired restaurateur Tony Valadez to create Little Jerry's, a Tacoma, Washington, eatery that …

S6E5 - Bob Ross Fanatics Jerry and Cat

April 1st, 2019

34:26

Time to get happy! Husband and wife Jerry and Cat have found true joy in Bob Ross's timeless public-television series "The Joy of Painting," and their passion for the much-loved program has inspired the couple to …

S6E4 - Massimo Bolzoni's World-Record Condom Collection

March 15th, 2019

26:15

Guinness alert! Before passing away in 2007, Italian collector Amatore Bolzoni made it into the record books with his quirky collection of more than …

S6E3 - "Museum of Failure" Curator Samuel West

March 1st, 2019

32:55

Swedish psychologist Dr. Samuel West's collection of 100 or so failed products isn't just meant to amuse us — he believes that we can learn from …

S6E2 - "Brady Bunch" Collector Wendy Winans

February 15th, 2019

22:08

Here's the story of a true fan! Wendy Winans' childhood obsession with "The Brady Bunch" has led her to become a lifelong Brady memorabilia …

S6E1 - Robbie Rogers and the Mysterious Artist Harvey

February 1st, 2019

32:36

In the 1960s, an unknown artist named Harvey supplied his bright, almost otherworldly perspective to about 200 gospel album covers (175 or so for the fabled Savoy Records) before disappearing into obscurity. Five-plus …

S5E6 - Callie Crossley's Black Santa Collection

December 1st, 2018

38:11

Tis the season! TV and radio journalist Callie Crossley rings in the holidays each year by bringing a portion of her "black Santa" collection to her …

S5E5 - Hot Sauce Fanatic Vic Clinco

November 15th, 2018

26:55

Holy habañero! Hot sauce enthusiast Vic Clinco spills the story on his epic collection of the combustible condiment — well over 8,000 bottles and …

S5E4 - Allee Willis, Hit Maker and Kitsch Curator

November 1st, 2018

38:01

Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriter Allee Willis has co-written some of pop music's most enduring earworms (think "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire and "I'll Be There For You" from the TV show Friends), but her …

S5E3 - The Bill Ripken "FF" Baseball Card Collection of Jon Pederson

October 15th, 2018

38:16

In 1989, baseball player Bill Ripken's Fleer trading card raised eyebrows when fans noticed an obscenity written in black ink on the end of his bat. …

S5E2 - Space Memorabilia Collector Tina Stagg

October 1st, 2018

33:08

From fragments of rocket heat shields to a hunk of Skylab, Tina Stagg has assembled quite the collection of space exploration memorabilia — much of …

S5E1 - Milli Vanilli Fan Todd Cuzzort's Connection With Fab Morvan

September 15th, 2018

45:40

Milli Vanilli fan and memorabilia collector Todd Cuzzort first connected with Fab Morvan, one-half of the infamous pop music duo, back in 2002 after …

S4E6 - "Mr. Apology," Collector of Apologies

August 15th, 2018

36:17

A secretive New York City artist sets up a phone line to collect the apologies of strangers via anonymous messages — picking up where another …

S4E5 - Hawaiiana Collector Mary Melton

August 1st, 2018

33:35

My oh mai tai! Mary Melton's Southern California home is like a trip to a tropical paradise, thanks to her houseful of Hawaiian collectibles, her …

S4E4 - Pinball Machine Collector Chuck Webster

July 15th, 2018

22:43

Game on! Pinball aficionado Chuck Webster has transformed his suburban Boston basement into the Wicked Pissa Pinball Pit, an arcade and showcase for roughly two dozen of his 30 pinball machines, many of which he's …

S4E3 - Ouija Board Collector and Historian Robert Murch

July 1st, 2018

29:51

Robert Murch, the Talking Board Historical Society's "chairman of the board," spells out the history of the popular game and discusses his own Ouija …

S4E2 - Etch-A-Sketch Enthusiast (And Artist!) Samantha Watt

June 15th, 2018

26:39

Texas-based artist Samantha Watt shares the story behind her obsession with the Etch-A-Sketch — which she not only collects but also uses as a …

S4E1 - Diary "Rescuer" Irving Finkel

June 1st, 2018

39:00

British researcher Irving Finkel discusses his passion for collecting diaries and launching the Great Diary Project, which he says has "rescued" …

S3E6 - "Vintage Los Angeles" Collector Alison Martino

April 14th, 2018

33:01

Vintage Los Angeles curator Alison Martino chats about her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting, which has resulted in an unmatched …

S3E5 - Montreal Expos Enthusiast Perry Giannias

March 31st, 2018

25:01

Game-worn uniforms, helmets, an actual Gold Glove, even an electric guitar — the Montreal Expos memorabilia that superfan Perry Giannias has amassed …

S3E4 - Rebecca Kilbreath, Collector of View-Master Viewers and Reels

March 18th, 2018

24:40

View-Master enthusiast Rebecca Kilbreath sheds light on the history of the View-Master, as well as her own history as a dedicated collector of the …

S3E3 - Bruce Kelly, Collector of Barf Bags

March 4th, 2018

20:01

Veteran traveler Bruce Kelly has made a name for himself as one of the world's leading collectors of airsickness bags — with more than 6,700 in his …

S3E2 - Elizabeth Meaders, Collector of African-American History

February 18th, 2018

28:05

Retired schoolteacher Elizabeth Meaders has amassed an inspiring — and exhaustive — collection of African-American historical items, which she's …

S3E1 - Joel Whitburn, Collector of Pop Hits

February 4th, 2018

26:27

Joel Whitburn isn't just a legendary pop music researcher — he's also a huge music fan with an underground vault that includes each and every pop …

S2E6 - Dee Speed, Collector of Lunch Boxes

December 26th, 2017

23:37

Lunch box collector Dee Speed talks about her hundreds of vintage lunch boxes and the lasting appeal of their distinctive designs. 

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S2E5 - Ken Reid, Collector of TV Guide Magazines

December 10th, 2017

24:13

With roughly 5,000 issues in his collection, nobody knows TV Guide like Ken Reid, the comedian and host of the popular TV Guidance Counselor podcast.

S2E4 - Candace Jordan (Miss December 1979), Collector of Playboy Memorabilia

November 26th, 2017

22:31

Candace Jordan talks about her life as a Playboy Bunny, a Playboy playmate, and now arguably the world's premier collector of Playboy memorabilia, …

S2E3 - Lloyd "Pink" Gardner, Collector of ABA Memorabilia

November 12th, 2017

29:37

Lloyd "Pink" Gardner, trainer and travel secretary for the American Basketball Association's 1974-75 champion Kentucky Colonels, discusses his …

S2E2 - Deb Hoffmann, Collector of Winnie-the-Pooh Memorabilia

October 29th, 2017

27:15

Deb Hoffmann chats about her massive (and growing!) collection of Pooh and friends memorabilia, which has earned her a place in the Guinness Book of …

S2E1 - Vince Simonetti, Collector of Tubas

October 15th, 2017

25:55

Got tuba? Retired musician and instrument salesman Vince Simonetti certainly does — several hundred of them, in fact — and they're all on display in …

S1E6 - Penny Johnson, Collector of Barry Manilow Memorabilia

August 27th, 2017

24:28

Penny Johnson chats with For Keeps about her lifelong obsession with pop singer Barry Manilow and her sizable stash of Manilow memorabilia — as well as her efforts to turn her skeptical co-workers into fervent …

S1E5 - Sue Suazo-Martinez, Collector of Slinkys

August 14th, 2017

26:10

Sue Suazo-Martinez chats about her massive collection of Slinkys, which was big enough to get her into the Guinness Book of World Records

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S1E4 - Danny Biederman, Collector of Spy Props

July 31st, 2017

29:10

Danny Biederman discusses his decades-long obsession with collecting "spy-fi" props and costumes — including items from James Bond films, TV series …

S1E3 - Steve Soboroff, Collector of Celebrities' Typewriters

July 23rd, 2017

23:18

Steve Soboroff discusses his growing collection of typewriters once owned by some of the 20th century's biggest historical figures — including John …

S1E2 - Phil Sklar, Collector of Bobbleheads

July 16th, 2017

36:18

Phil Sklar, CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, discusses his start in bobblehead collecting, plans to open the museum in …

S1E1 - RJ Porter, Collector of ''Tape Findings''

July 8th, 2017

26:51

RJ Porter discusses "Tape Findings," his online collection of "found audio" taken from random, homemade cassettes that he's bought over the years at …

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