Monday, November 15, 2010

A background on the family that bought the Kirk Gibson Collection

That's Doug Dreier. He's the son of Chad Dreier, who together bought the Kirk Gibson collection. {linked here}

I was trying to reach the Dreier family to ask them a few questions but I was unsuccessful. Hopefully one of the big news sites can reach them and ask them if the Gibson collection will be displayed so fans can view it.

While searching for more info on the Dreier family, I found a interview that was done earlier this year on Doug from WINDOW Magazine. {linked here and linked here}

Doug Dreier  never gets tired of the typical reaction: Picture little Charlie Bucket entering Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for the first time, eyes as big as saucers with a mixed expression of “holy cow” and “somebody pinch me” written all over his face. 

This is the way most visitors react when they walk in the door of The Dreier Collection, one of America’s foremost private collections of American popular culture, often dubbed “The Smithsonian of the West.” 

“Walking in and getting handed Babe Ruth’s bat pretty much sets the tone,” Dreier said. “After that, it’s basically one ‘Oh my gosh’ after another for the rest of their tour.” 

In a lot of ways, Dreier is a lot like Wonka: As fulltime curator of his family’s collection, he’s a consummate showman and proud host to swarms of eager guests drawn to the rare, amazing artifacts from sports, entertainment, and popular culture – from a fabled Honus Wagner baseball card to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber to Michael Jackson’s blinking, lighted glove. And like the group of children touring the chocolate factory in Roald Dahl’s timeless classic, guests coming through The Dreier Collection leave mesmerized by what they’ve seen while knowing they have only barely scratched its surface. 

Located on a breathtaking property high above Santa Barbara, Calif., The Dreier Collection was started by Doug’s father, Chad Dreier, and began as a family hobby of collecting baseball cards and other common (at the time) sports memorabilia. And at its heart, The Dreier Collection remains a family hobby.