Cheesy does it: Pizza fan has the world’s biggest collection of pizza boxes
I bet you can’t top that – a man has spent a whole lot of dough after amassing the World’s biggest pizza box collection.
Pizza fan, Scott Weiner, 32, has spent around 15 years building up his whopping collection and now owns more than 750 boxes including some of the rarest boxes from around the world.
But this isn’t your average gathering of greasy boxes, as Scott has collated cardboard creations from over 45 different countries, including one designed and signed by legendary tattooist, Ed Hardy.
In fact, Scott how become a leading expert in all things cheesy and not only does he run his own sell out pizza tour business in New York City, called Scott’s Pizza Tours, but he has also published a book documenting the very best in pizza box art.
Scott’s passion for pizza first began in the early 2000s, as he began to explore the best pizza joints around whilst on tour with his band.
After coming home from his road trips, Scott would take his friends to different pizzerias and would talk about the ovens and history of each establishment.
However, Scott went one step further and on his 26th birthday, he rented a bus and began explaining the complexities of pizza to a larger audience, a mere six months later he was a professional pizza tour guide.
But despite living, eating and breathing pizza, Scott never gets bored of the tasty treat and limits himself to a maximum of 15 slices per week in an effort to prevent ‘pizza burnout’.
Stored in a cupboard in his apartment in Brooklyn, Scott’s collection even includes includes boxes from Brazil, Italy, Israel and India, unique boxes that turn into puzzles and aeroplanes and his favourite, an unlicensed Simpsons box that he found in a bin in Amsterdam, Holland.
The pizza mad collector was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of pizza boxes and also holds the record for owning the biggest pizza box in the world – a 54 square inch box which set him back £122 ($200).
But despite being a certified pizza connoisseur, Scott likesto keep things simple with his favourite flavours fleeting between a strong margherita and garlic and sausage.
Scott said: “I started collecting physical boxes in 2009, my first box was a Roma Foods “Tour of Italy” series Volume 3: Florence.
“I never thought there would be so much variation until I saw a yellow and blue box in Israel, boxes in New York and New Jersey are white with red printing and the Israeli box was just so completely different I was intrigued.
“It was when I saw that there was a series of boxes from a food distributor, I knew it was something possible to collect.
“I was exposed to different pizzerias while on tour with my band in the early 2000’s, when I came home to New Jersey I would take my friends to different pizzerias and tell them about the ovens and their history.
“I’ve got lots of great boxes, some from Brazil transform into toys like puzzles and model airplanes, while most of them are rare because they’re printed then they become garbage.
“One is a limited edition box from a place in Niagara Falls, it was their 50th anniversary box and the owner mailed me one and I have another that is signed by Ed Hardy, the tattoo artist, who designed the art on the box.
“I even have one from India that is newer but it has amazing steam vents so that the pizza won’t get soggy.
“But I adore one unlicensed Simpsons box because it’s rare and I remember squealing when I found it in Amsterdam in 2012, I’ll never forget that moment.
“I eat pizza everyday but I cap myself at 15 slices per week in an effort to prevent pizza burnout.
“Surprisingly, I haven’t been able to find anyone who collects pizza boxes besides people in the business and even those folks don’t keep too many.
“People are shocked at first and don’t understand how pizza boxes can be something to collect but then I show them a few photos and they are hooked.
“I published a book about them in November and that’s really helping turn the tide and boost pizza box art, the book has become a great source of legitimacy for the collection and I’m even bringing an exhibition of 100 boxes to London this autumn. ”