Umbrella Cover Sleeves
Nancy Hoffman from Peaks Island, Maine owns the largest umbrella cover collection with 730 unique items. You can visit the museum she set up on the island and sing along to official song while she plays the accordion.
Jackie Miley from South Dakota had 7,106 different teddy bears in 2011 when she set the record. Now she has up to 7,790 and counting.
Grigori Fleicher from Russia has a collection of 1,320 different toothbrushes.
“Do Not Disturb” Hotel Signs
Since 1985, Jean-François Vernetti from Switzerland has collected 11,111 different ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs from hotels in 189 countries across the world.
Prepared Food-related Items
Akiko Obata from Japan has 8,083 prepared food-related items. The collection includes magnets, stationery, toys, food replicas and keychains.
The 2011 official record belonging to Rob Hull (of the UK, of course) is 571 daleks, but now the collection is at 1,202 and counting. But the most surprising thing is that he isn’t even a Dr. Who fan.
David Morgan of the UK has the largest collection of traffic cones in the world. Although he only has 137 different cones, this is about two-thirds of all the types ever made.
Carsten Tews from Germany has 1,563 different mobile phones.
Although this is not a personal collection, Atlantic PATH collected 24,999 toenail clippings to set the record in 2013. They now have samples from over 30,000 individuals and are still looking for more in an effort to investigate factors into diseases such as cancer.
Barbara Hartsfield has a collection of 3,000 miniature chairs which she has been collecting for over 10 years. She opened a museum in Georgia after setting the record in 2008.
Mark McKinley from Ohio owns the largest collection of talking clocks and the official record was set at 782 although now he has 954 clocks.
Stamps With Birds
Daniel Monteiro from India holds the largest collection of stamps featuring birds. It consists of 4,911 stamps from 263 countries and he is really excited about it.