Rich Massucci is set to discuss vintage toys from the 1970s and 1980s on Thursday, December 20, at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.
Throughout his life, Massucci has kept an interest in vintage toys, as well as other antiques and collectibles. Growing up as an only child, he often jokes that his grandmother played the role of “enabler” providing him with a steady stream of toys, sports cards, and comic books. He remembers owning many of the toys that are in high demand these days (Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, etc.) and has spent the last decade piecing together the collections that he once owed. Now 45 years old, Massucci admits that many of the same items that can be found in his extensive collection today, are the same ones he was given as a child.
Massucci continues to follow the collectible market, and works closely with other vendors and dealers throughout the area. In 2017, he started producing a series of podcasts which concentrate on vintage toy lines and the renewed interest which today’s collectors seem to have for them. The show, titled “Collect Them All,” can be found on his website. It is completely free to listen to, as are the other podcasts that Massucci produces.
Rich Massucci is from New Hartford. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College before moving on to Valencia College in Orlando, FL where he received a degree in film production in 2002. After working in the film and television industry for a number of years, Massucci returned home to the Mohawk Valley, where he now works for the Stanley Theater in Utica, helping with live shows and events.
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