It all started in 2002.
Ulli Russek is like most people in that he has plenty of hobbies. He enjoys reading books, cycling sports and more.
He also collects newspaper pens.
And for the past eight-plus years, Russek's collection of newspaper pens has grown to more than 700.
Recently, Russek -- a German resident -- contacted The Brazil Times' inquiring about possibly receiving a pen with the newspaper's name written on it.
Russek, 48, works in logistics in the food industry. He lives in Edemissen, a town near Hannover, Germany.
"The collection started in 2002 as there was an event in the next bigger town, which is called Peine," Russek told The Brazil Times. "There, we, my kids -- at this time, 11- and 14-years-old, and I, got some ballpoint pens from our local newspapers, which are called the Peiner Allgemeine Zeitung and the Braunschweiger Zeitung.
"I am interested to collect them because people need ballpoint pens everyday in the whole world. They are designed differently and formed and it is nice to get ballpoint pens from places where I may never come to."
As he grew more interested in obtaining pens from different newspapers in his home country, Russek started contacting other newspapers across the world.
He now has pens from England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
"I am looking for the addresses of the newspapers on the Internet," Russek said. "When I get on the newspaper's homepage, I also look at their news and sometimes, it is very interesting which headlines and stories they have.
"I also have a list for the pens, which is also sorted by countries and (alphabetically). I am happy about every ballpoint pen I get from newspapers."
Russek said he currently has approximately 80 pens collected from newspapers in the United States.
"Most of the newspapers I write to, I would say nearly 90 percent, don't give me an answer about my request for some pens," Russek said. "Sometimes, but not often, they write back that they don't have pens with the name of the newspaper on it."
During his pen-pursuing quest, Russek said he also received other "goodies," including hats, T-shirts, mousepads, bags, balloons and more.
However, he's more interested in the pens.
"I would say special ballpoint pens in my collection are ballpoint pens which (light up) or are extra designed," he said. "I also write with some of the pens."
He has the pens on display in his home. He said he has close to 400 on one rack and had to build another rack for the extra pens.
"At first, I put the ballpoint pens into boxes, which are sorted by countries, but now I have built a kind of a rack for the pens," Russek said.
While he has been collecting the pens, other newspapers, such as The Bridlington Free Press, Richmond and Twickenham Times, South Yorkshire Times (England), The Wrexham Evening Leader and the Flintshire Evening Leader (Wales), the NA (Sweden) and the Bakersfield Californian (United States) have all written about his interests.