Selena’s souvenir collection from Texas hit the Guinness Book of Records

TEXAS (KXAN) — A Texas resident’s Selena Quintanilla memorabilia collection has captured the attention of thousands and could earn him a Guinness World Record title.

Andrew Longoria first fell in love with Selena’s music when he and his grandmother bought her Dreaming of You CD in 1997. Growing up, he said that many children his age fell in love with her music and were introduced to her through the 1997 biopic. movie starring Jennifer Lopez.

What started as a single CD has grown into a collection of nearly 1,300 pieces that he has been documenting on Instagram for nearly a decade.

“I was 5 years old when I received [Dreaming of You] album,” Longoria said. “When you think about it, I’m turning 30 next week. So knowing how long I’ve been a fan and collecting is pretty phenomenal, to be completely honest.”

What prompted this idea?

The idea of ​​creating a collection partly belongs to Grandmother Longoria, a big fan of Elvis Presley. Their family tradition was to give her something Elvis-related every Christmas.

Growing up near the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, Longoria often went to the museum and bought merchandise or received gifts. This, combined with his grandmother’s Elvis collection, inspired him to create his own collection for Selena.

Longoria launched his Instagram page in July 2014, which now has over 10,000 followers. It wasn’t until 2015 that he credited the Instagram algorithm with highlighting a post from a man who got into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest collection of Mickey Mouse.

It lit his proverbial light bulb, Longoria said.

“While, [earning a world record] was just a dream,” he said. “And now it’s time to make it a reality, to make an attempt.”

Longoria’s world record attempt

On January 27, Longoria will host a world record attempt in Corpus Christi. If successful, he would hold the world record for the largest private collection of Selena memorabilia.

Although he no longer lives in Corpus Christi, he said the city holds so much history for his collection and for Selena. This is where he grew up and started building this collection, and this is where Selena’s legacy resides in her final resting place.

Almost 30 years after her death, he said that the interest and investment of followers shown in his collection is only a small reflection of the important impact that Selena has had on millions of fans around the world.

“Selena really appreciated her fans,” he said, adding, “I really, truly believe that’s why her legacy has endured time itself.”

Longoria will publish more information about the collection, including the place and time of the record attempt, on her Instagram.

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