The hobbyDB Collectibles Database conventions are still evolving, but we have our first few guidelines here. We will be adding to these as the site grows.
- Images – in general, please avoid adding items to the catalog without images. The exceptions to this are if the item is very rare or if it is an item you want to add to your want list.
- Choosing the Correct Item Type – When entering your collectibles, please make sure you start with the most appropriate Item Type. This is very important for searching and sorting our catalog properly. Also, each Item Type asks for information specific to that type of item, so our listings can be more accurate. When it comes to automobiles, for example, there are several categories. “Cars” is for real cars. “Model Cars” is for miniature, preassembled cars. “Model Car Kits” is for miniature cars that require assembly (even if someone has already built it). There are also additional categories for Race Cars, Trucks, Buses, and other specific vehicle types. And if you’re not sure which section to use, you can do a search for similar items to see where others have posted them.
- Item Title – When filling out the title of the item, use the name that appears on the package or on the item itself. For example, a Hot Wheels 1971 Buick Riviera would be called “1971 Buick Riviera” (“Hot Wheels” will be filled in as the brand later in the form.) Do not call it “Classic 71 Boattail Buick Riviera” for example.
- Item Title for Magazines and Publications, and Comics – When listing a publication in our catalog, please include the cover date and/or issue number in the title of the item. Such as “Detective Comics #39” or “Hot Rod Magazine, Dec 1993”.
- Country of Origin – Many items are now made in China or elsewhere in the far east. If you are adding an item that is made in China, but which is a product of a company based elsewhere (eg. Italy), please put Italy as the country of manufacture rather than China.
- Livery – This refers to the primary sponsor or company found on a vehicle. For example, a Ford GT40 might wear the “Gulf” livery. Please don’t call it “Gulf blue and orange stripes LeMans” for example.
- Recurring Events – If the item you are adding is related to a recurring event (eg. The 24 Hours of Le Mans), but is related to one particular instance of this event (eg. The 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans) you should relate it to both The 24 Hours of Le Mans and The 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Related Media – When posting an item to the catalog, you can click on the Related Media field to add additional information about media in which the item appears. For example, if a diecast car is based on a vehicle from a book or movie or television show, you can add the title to this field. Please use this only for specific examples (do not link a Volkswagen Beetle to “Herbie The Love Bug” unless it is decorated as that car).
- Related Subjects – When posting an item to the catalog, you can click on the Related Subjects field to add additional information. For example, in an advertisement for a particular car, if a famous actor also appears in the ad, you can add his or her name to the Related Subject field.
Please use this only for features that are directly related to the specific item. Do not list parent companies or subsidiaries unless they are prominently featured, because most subjects are already linked in those areas.
We also do not create subjects for the following (this list will grow as more issues come up);
a. “Themes” like ‘Farming,’ ‘Films,’ ‘Actors,’ ‘Food’ or similar.
b. Entries that already have a very similar but more generic subject – for example “Shell Mineral Oil” would not be needed because “Shell Oil” already exists.
If duplicate subjects need to be created for things which have the same name but are different, parentheses can be used to disambiguate. For example; “The Avengers (Superheros)” and “The Avengers (1961-69 TV Series)”.