Metallica Superfan Owns Almost Every Kind Of Metallica Memorabilia Imaginable

February 23, 2017

There are lots of superfans out there. People who are so infatuated with certain parts of pop culture that their homes nearly become museums of collectable merchandise.

That's where we meet Doug Brown, a Metallica fan from Canada who literally owns thousands of Metallica memorabilia. "Blown away" by his collection, Metallica's YouTube channel interviewed him before the band hit the stage during their November 2016 show.

"I started collecting at a very young age," says Brown. "My coustin got me a copy of the 'Black Album' on cassette. And then I was interested in the music so much, I wanted cassette singles and I started finding part-time jobs just so I could start buying more and more things."

He continued, saying, "One day I was at a shop in downtown Toronto and I picked up a vinyl copy of 'Ride The Lightning', and it looked a little different than my CD copy, and then, all of a sudden, I had two. And then I was, like, 'Okay, I should probably go find a cassette of that, 'cause I don't have that on cassette yet. And that was the point it started to spiral out of control. So I started importing from all around the world. When the eBay factor kind of came into play, I realized I could get promos and I could start getting every single country of origin possible."

Brown estimates that he owns about eight hundred and fifty different kinds of Metallica records on vinyl and CD along with "another two to three thousand pieces of METALLICA memorabilia from all around the world," which includes "very rare test pressings," items autographed by late bassist Cliff Burton, and clear image disks.

But what is his most prized possession? "That's the very first cassette I ever got when I was eight," he said. "It's absolutely worthless and it's beat to s**t and I bet it wouldn't even play. I have ten thousand records in my house of all different types of music, but without that one cassette, I probably wouldn't have gone down this journey."

(source: Blabbermouth)