We love scratch cards as much as the next person – in fact some may say we are fanatics – but even we were surprised to hear about this story. David Mannix has a rather unusual hobby which is collecting scratch cards which he has been doing for 20 years. He boasts the worlds largest collection with over 100,000 of them, and get this folks, he hasn’t scratched any of them off even though he had spent a massive £80,000.
There is a room in his house dedicated to these scratch cards all of them are kept in boxes so he can tell exactly where everything is, as David can no longer work due to sever arthritis this seems like a harmless hobby right? Well some would say bordering on an obsession. He has tonnes of special edition scratch cards such as Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and heaps more.
After all of this David has decided to hang up his scratch card hat and sell the scratch cards on for a whopping £500,000! He commented that he wanted to give someone else the opportunity to own the collection but he definitely wants to make sure they are taken care of after the length of time and amount of money he has spent on them.
This isn’t the first love of David Mannix, back in the 80′s he used to collect phone cards, but with the rise of mobile phones this one fizzled out which is why he has moved on to scratch cards. His obsession began when his friend purchased him a batch of 400 in 1994. Over 90,000 of the cards he bought were already used, and the remaining 10 have remained unscratched which hasn’t gone down too well with his with especially since they have all now expired!
There is only one scratch card that has been missing from his collection which is the very first Christmas themed scratch card in 1994. He has been told that they all together are worth around £5 million but is still looking to sell them for £500,000! We wonder how many offers he will get!
Of course you could always play online and know that those will never expire!!