What makes something a "Collectible"  

jrb6955 58M
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12/27/2005 10:03 pm

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What makes something a "Collectible"

Last night I was having dinner with my family and the discussion turned to the "Chronicles of Narnia." My father had started reading a hard bound edition of the complete "Chronicles" and was telling us that after reading the first 32 pages, instead of the next page being page 33, the first 32 pages were repeated. Obviously, this was a printing error. But the first thing that came across my mind was that my father should call the publisher to find out how many books were printed with this same error. Having been a stamp collector in my youth, I was thinking that such a printing error may cause that particular book to become more valuable, just as a printing error in one of the earliest United States Airmail stamps caused the limited number of stamps with that printing error to be among the most valuable stamps in history. This raises the question as to what causes some items to become valuable collectibles, while other items just become worthless junk? Of course, the rarity of an item, such as the aforementioned airmail stamp, is one factor which could contribute to an item becoming a valuable collectible. Age may be another factor, as with antiques. Even colossal failures have resulted in something becoming a valuable collectible, as was the case with the Ford Edsel. But I have also noticed that popular items which were mass produced become collectibles. Take magazines, for instance. Back issues of Playboy, Penthouse, Esquire, Life, Look, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated can all be found for sale on eBay (I have sold some Playboys and Penthouses on eBay myself). Perhaps magazines become collectibles because most people throw them away after they have read them. Some things are naturally destined to become valuable collectibles, such as Waterford crystal, fine jewelry and the like. Other items one would have never guessed would become valuable collectibles, such as the lunch boxes many of us over forty crowd used to have when we were in grade school. Who would have guessed in 1972 that your sister's "Partridge Family" lunch box would be worth some serious cash today?

Well I have rambled on long enough on this topic. Time to sign off.


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