Back when you could buy Scholastic Books at school, I purchased "The Shy Stegosaurus". I have been in love with dinosaurs ever since.
I was fortunate to move to Colorado and attend the University of Colorado. So many dinosaurs, so little time. I didn't degree in Paleontology (no money in it), but I took several classes and got pretty good at knowing my dinosaurs.
My relationship with dinosaurs has always been through museums, classrooms, and in the field. I was surprised to hear of "commercial fossil collectors". I discovered an article from 2009 about Samson the T-rex. Samson is one of the three most complete T-rex specimens ever discovered, possessing the most intact skull in existence.
In 2009, he went up for auction but didn't sell. In 2013, a private collector purchased him for $5 million. I'm sad that I will never get to meet Samson.
However, I have memorialized him in my Fanatik Era home. Design credits to be posted later.