Bag collections

By popular request, here's a ranking of bag collectors worldwide, garnered from claims and bags listed on their websites. These are numbers of unique bags - it does not include duplicates.

Some of this information is hopelessly outdated (including my own), and baggists have been known to inflate their bag numbers in order to attract envy (or deflate their figures in order to lull competitors into a false sense of security).

There is no universally accepted way of counting unique bags. Some baggists collect anything that might conceivably contain human and even animal wastes (including sanitary bags and dogshit bags). I admit that I'm one of these.

Other baggists collect only logoed bags from airlines. They eschew plain white or generic bags, and won't even look at bags from buses, trains or boats.

Some bag taxonomists (the "splittists") spot minute differences between two apparently identical bags, while others (the "lumpers") are happy to accept two bags with radically different ink colours as the same.

This list does not include several major players in the baggame, including Denir Lima de Camargo and Matthias Koch. I eagerly await their figures.

The ranking is based on total figures of bags claimed by each collector. These numbers have not been verified by InterBag, the World Bagtrade Organization, the Royal Society for the Protection of Bags, or the International Federation of Organic Bagriculture Movements - or indeed, by anyone else. Please note that I accept absolutely no responsibility for any errors in this list. If you spot one, please let me know!

Data from email, website, other.

yellow and show most recent movements in the ranking.

Grey shows baggists who have given up baggery - one hopes to go on to more sensible avocations.

gives the collector's eBay name.

Thanks to all who have helped compile this list. Updated 25 Jan 2014.

Collection bagometer

    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
Date of email or visit to website
1 Niek Vermeulen, Netherlands
guinnessworldrecords.com, lynternet@hotmail.com
~6500 1142 >160  Includes only "optically different" bags with printed company name or logo. "No apples and oranges"
5 Jan 13 Guinness Book of World Records 2013
6290 certified by Guinness, 28 Feb 12
2 Bruce Kelly, Alaska, USA
kellysairsicknessbags.com
6001 1267 183 Includes 273 generic, 198 boat, 61 train, 92 road and 303 miscellaneous bags
14 Feb 14
3 Oliver Conradi, Germany
baghecht.de
5792 1399 179 30 Oct 09 Bild Zeitung, 30 Oct 2009
4 Gerhard Lang, Germany
baghecht.de
19lange81
4065 829   Includes 249 generics and 290 bags from boats, buses and movies.
04 Jan 10
5 Gerd Clemens, Germany 4002

1014

169

Includes 250 generics, boat and train bags.
1 Aug 13
6 Thomas Homer Goetz, Denmark
airsicknessbags.dk
3936 1052 173

Airsickness bags only, no generics.
15 Jan 14

7 Jaromír Král, Czech Republic 3069 839   23 Dec 12
8 Thorsten Hecht, Germany
baghecht.de
3004     Only airsickness bags.
26 Feb 12
9 Janusz Tichoniuk, Poland
yahodeville.com
3000 1020 157 All types of barfbags included. No doggy and ladies stuff.
11 Feb 14
10 Walter Brinker, Germany, Germany
bagstage.org
2823 1145 190 "No generics, no ship, no doggies. As a lumper I have no chance of getting into the top 10"
21 Jan 14
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
11 Paul Mundy, Germany
bagophily.com
2684 664 147 Includes bus, boat, train, promo, hygiene and dogbags.
19 May 07 (embarrassingly outdated)
12 Fredy Thürig, Switzerland
thuerig.ch/ASB_main.htm
~2500     5 Jan 13
Includes train, bus and ship bags
13 David Bradford, New Zealand/UK 2468 779   Plus 65 seasick bags from 42 shipping lines, and an album of others.
2 Mar 08
14 Steve Silberberg, USA
airsicknessbags.com
stevebo
2464     Includes 340 non-airline bags and generics.
14 Jan 14
15 Aidan Stradling, UK
sickbagexamples.webeden.co.uk
2048 633 144 Airline bags only
24 May 08
16 Rainer Schwartz, Germany
rainer-schwartz.de.tl
1780 677 146 Plus 58 train, boat, generic, misc bags
23 Jan 14
17 Roger Macrae, UK 1744 693 157 Airline bags only, no generics or military.
24 May 07
18 Rune Tapper, Sweden
sicksack.com
1550 535 139 29 Jan 13
19 Wolfgang Franken, Germany
airsicknessbags.de
1524 644 154 Airline bags only. 1602 bags to swap.
2 Feb 10
20 Bob Grove, USA
baggistbobgrove.htm
1475     Includes 9 novelty, 21 boat, no generics. Does not count bags with different phone numbers or slight differences in logo placement.
29 Jan 13
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
21 David Shomper, USA
www.RockyMountainBarfbags.com
1390 547 135

16 Jan 14

22 Vidas Vekerotas, Lithuania
tinyurl.com/5ul3jf3 wekidas
1307 504 142 Includes 1204 airline bags, 31 generic, 12 boat, 3 train, 7 movie, 7 party, 17 other. 17 Jan 14
23 Mark Brace, UK 1269 419 120 Includes 1174 airline, 42 boat, 12 bus, 6 train and 33 novelty bags. Does not include 32 dogshit and 108 other disposal bags
26 Jan 13
24 Frank Mulliri, Norway 1058     Airline bags with logo or name only.
22 Jan 14
25 Toshiaki Anan, Japan
airsicknessbags.jp
1028 432 123 28 Jan 13
26 Alan Howlett, Germany
bagland.de
922     2 Jun 09
27 Ed Sluimer, Netherlands
www.airsicknessbags.nl
920 409 127 Airlines only, no generics
15 Jan 14
28 Jürgen Klein, Germany
juergen-klein
915 399 133 Airsickness bags only.
6 Jan 13
29 Earl Waibel, USA
sickbagman.com
860 449   Bought Steve James's collection, which is listed in this website. Airline bags only, no generics.
17 Feb 06
30 Fulvio Dossena, Italy
fulviodossena.it/bags/
822     14 Jan 14
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
31 Leszek Szałapak, Poland
ion-tichy.republika.pl/
iontichy7
813 372 117 17 Apr 11
    Steve James, UK 800     Collection bought by Earl Waibel
32 Stuart Hickson, UK 779 411   Includes 12 ferry bags and 21 generics
1 May 06
33 Graham Curran, UK
vomitorium.co.uk
758     16 Feb 06
34 Tom de Kort, Belgium
groups.msn.com/tbrakerke/
743 355   2 Mar 08
    Chris Hays, UK
bag-hobby.com
724     18 Oct 06
Gave up baggery to concentrate on rock music. Part of collection acquired by David Bradford
35 Gilles Beger, France 720     Planes only.
27 Feb 06
36 Christian Annyas, Netherlands
annyas.nl/inflight/
679 321 104 16 Feb 06
37 Petr Manda, Czech Republic
airsicknessbags.czechian.net
600+     8 Jan 13 Estimated
38 Daniel Kahleyss, Germany
mitglied.lycos.de/daniel_ka/
527 310 136 11 May 06
39 Jan Tomášek, Czech Republic
blici-pytliky.czechian.net
506 276 107 27 Feb 08
    Rasmus Møller Sørensen, Denmark
home11.inet.tele.dk/rasbe/
indexuk.html
500 150   Website not updated since 1998. Complete collection taken over by Homer Goetz in 1999.
40 Federico Mandrile, Italy
federicomandrile.wix.com
487     29 May 13
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
41 Rolf Thalmann, Germany
www.rolf-thalmann.de/kt/
426 184  80 Includes 23 non-airline bags
5 Apr 11
42 Stefan Peterseim, Germany
barfbagbox.tk facebook twitter
401 212 80 4 Jan 12
43 Chen Yinghao, Singapore
www.airsicknessbags.sg
388 186 81 20 Apr 10
44 Sam Green, Israel
fortunecity.com/oasis/
belize/387/
376     16 Feb 06
45 Guido Debenedetti, Italy
utenti.lycos.it/zioguido/
362     18 Feb 06
46 Reiner Schulz, Germany
bagistan.com
342     16 Feb 06
47 Nicola Carmignani, Italy
maldaria.altervista.org
270 172 68 19 Dec 10
48 Harry Robertson, USA
geocities.com/harryrob2000/
254     16 Feb 06
49 Danny Cahalan, Australia
http://tinyurl.com/6dq42la
250     13 Apr 11
50 Russell Buckley, UK
safety99.freeserve.co.uk
248     Unclear if this a complete list.
16 Feb 06
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
51 Cédrick Gauthier-Lacognata, Italy
cidricu.it
224 137 67 Includes 12 generic bags.
14 Jun 10
52 Xusheng, China 211 134 71 17 Jun 13
53 John Campbell
tinyurl.com/ap236ys
~200     Not all airline.
12 Feb 13
54 Georg Jablonowski, Germany
kotztueten-museum.de
189 11 Mar 08
55 Nicola Ottolini, Italy
geocities.com/sickbagssite/
183     16 Feb 06
56 Michel Silvera & Ludwig Gelobter, Panama 180     26 Feb 06
58 Rebecca D'Cruz, Malaysia 170     17 Nov 08
58 Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, Norway
www.pvv.org/%7Ebct/spypose/
150     5 Apr 08
59 Frederik Witte, Germany
www.joinup.de/Kotztueten.htm
137 107   26 Jan 07
60 Yonatan Chaim Mevorach, Israel
barfbags.netfirms.com
105     24 Sep 06
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
61 Eero Kouvalainen, Finland
cc.oulu.fi/~emk/itstrue.html
100+     18 Feb 06
62 Frédéric Courtay, Belgium
users.skynet.be/airsicknessbags/
100 68 37 16 Feb 06
63 Kanako Ogawa, Japan
airsicknessbags.jp/kanako/
kanakoindex.html
100     13 Dec 07
64   Robert Glick, USA
http://tinyurl.com/caaff7b
ca 100     1 Dec 11
65 Kyoko Hagino-Tomioka, Japan
www.geocities.co.jp/
SweetHome-Skyblue/6422/
gero/sickbag.html
93     8 Feb 08
    Alan Radecki, USA 86     Collection donated to David Shomper in exchange for airline napkins, Feb 06
66 Sawada Ken, Japan
utpala.org/indojin/gero/
89     16 Feb 06
67   Michael Cooper, USA
beachmat.berkeley.edu/~mike/
barfbags.html
69     16 Feb 06
68   Chas, UK
chasworld.freeuk.com/codesick/
sicklist.htm
62     16 Feb 06
69   Max Sammet, Germany
members.tripod.com/~barfbags/
main.htm
52     16 Feb 06
70   Takeshi and Tomoko Muto, Japan
apollomaniacs.web.infoseek.
co.jp/bags/indexe.htm
50     16 Feb 06
    Name, location, website Bags Air-lines Coun-tries Remarks, date
71 Martin Zeil and Thomas Krämer, Germany
kotztuete.net
49     14 Jul 07
72   Zarko Koneski, Macedonia 45     10 Jan 02
73 Ulrik Christensen, Denmark
airsicknessbags.rocks.it
43     18 Feb 06
74 Luca Preziosa, Italy
http://sachelidelgomet.blogspot.it/
27 21 16 23 Jan 14
75

Arnaud Giraud, France

20     31 Jan 09
76   Mike Ismert, USA
www.tns.lcs.mit.edu/~izzy/barfbag.html
10     27 Feb 08

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