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Half A Million Dollar Skateboard Collection


TODD HUBER: When people ask me how many skateboards I own, I always say about 5,000. I just know there’s thousands, it’s just too hard to keep track of them all. COMM: 51-year-old Todd Huber is owner of more than 5,000 skateboards and founder of the
skateboard museum here at Skatelab, California. TODD HUBER: The reason I ended up here at Skatelab was because I was a heavy smoker.
Quit smoking cigarettes, I had all this extra time and energy, I turned it into a positive
thing, I started collecting skateboards, that’s why I’m here today. TODD HUBER: Here we’re in the front hallway of Skatelab, I’d like to affectionately
call The Tunnel Of Love, and when I say love, I mean from the very beginning of skateboarding
to the early 70s, to the mid-70s , to the late-70s, and on the ceiling is the 80s. There
is really no rhyme or reason, it’s just a collection of vintage skateboards. TODD HUBER: I’ve been in skateboard my entire life since I was 5 years old. Took a skateboard
to kindergarten at Show And Tell Day, and everybody wanted to play with it, and I remember
my teacher said, “Don’t ever bring that back here again,” and I think that sort
of got me intrigued on it. This is the first one I ever bought, it’s on my desk because
it means something, and it’s called the ‘Surf-n-Suzi’. This is the one that started
it all. Over the years, I’ve probably spent a hundred thousand bucks on skateboards. It
seems like a lot, but recently we had the collection appraised at 550,000 bucks. So,
a board that I bought in 1991 for 2 bucks could be worth 2,000 dollars now. TODD HUBER: Imagine riding that – it’s insane. The hardest skateboards to acquire
are the ones that come from Soviet Union. These are all boards here from the Soviet
Union, I didn’t realise until about 5 years ago that the Soviets made some really unique
skateboards in the 70s and 80s, and you never would find one here, ever, never, and I just
love this stuff man, this is what keeps me going, it’s finding these old dogs. COMM: In addition to the skateboard museum, Skatelab is also home to a shop
and an indoor skate park. TODD HUBER: We’ve had some amazing events in here, all night parties. Summer time, we’ve
got air conditioning, we crank up the tunes. TODD HUBER: Before Skatelab opened, I had a one-car garage. It was completely full of
skateboards. My wife was so happy when Skatelab opened, because I got to clear all the crap
out of the garage – she thought it was a crap – and make it into a museum. And Skatelab
was the very first skateboard museum ever in the world, and that’s pretty cool. I
don’t care who you are or where you are from, if you’ve never been here, you’re
just like, ‘Oh my god, this is insane.’ TODD HUBER: So, up here is part of our museum that has not only the earliest skateboards,
but also some of the rarest and coolest. TODD HUBER : I love my job, I couldn’t imagine going to work at the bank. No offence to anybody
at the bank, that’s not me – I’m a creative person, I need creativity. TODD HUBER: I never really thought it was going to go this far, I never really realised
I was going to have 5,000 vintage skateboards, but I’m proud of it.

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