Beau September 1st, 2009
Collectibles… what is it about our penchant for collecting things? It starts in youth, innocently enough. Like the young boy, we collect rocks or leaves or something found on our adventures. But it doesn’t stop there- we end up collecting things far into adulthood in one form or another. Come on, admit it… you’ve got a secret stash of coins somewhere, or stamps or maybe baseball cards that you were wise enough (or not) to save from childhood? Or maybe a hoard of leftover beanie-babies from the 90’s… Or what about spoons or thimbles that you see in tourist stores all over the country? Hmmm… plates or dishes? Figurines?
My personal favorite… fishing lures- preferably old ones. Hey, don’t laugh- I was given a prized Winchester fishing lure many years ago, previously found sitting on a shelf in an antique shop for a few bucks. I was surprised to find it’s worth around $300 because the company only made them for a few years in the 1920’s and ’30’s. And antiques? Makes me think of the PBS show… did you see the one about the old carpet worth a half-million dollars?
I’m more of an old book person myself. I’ve got small collection going, with two favorites- a near orginal Self Reliance by Emerson, and a ragged little book from 1825 titled The Works of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. They’re not worth much, except for the value I find in them.
I just love the feel and weight of an old book. The presence it carries from a time no longer with us… the weathered pages, writings by amazing people from history. I think about their lives when I hold an old book, and imagine the future they were looking at… I find notes in margins and wonder who wrote them.
From a collecting perspective, most old books are not very good investments, and they take up a lot of space. Mine will probably be recycled one day to another person who loves old books. Maybe someone generations from now will turn the same pages and it will fire their imagination too.
It still seems we’re always on the lookout for a great collecting opportunity. Personally I like saving money and end up trying to shop frugally or find a deal somewhere. I end up using Amazon.com quite a bit after comparing prices.
Tonight I found a unique item- a genuine Hohner Marine Band Harmonica hand-signed by none other than Bob Dylan!
Hey, that’s cool really- who wouldn’t want something autographed by Robert Allen Zimmerman? I mean Bob Dylan? Take a look at this beauty:
Cool autograph, huh? And how much could it cost anyway?…. Ah, well…. um… here:
Zowie. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bob Dylan. Well, sort of anyway. It wasn’t my generation, and his music is a little different than I’m used to. But honestly some of his stuff is pretty good- strong and heartfelt, and touches something inside of us. He is after all an American legend… Grammys, Academy Award, Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a Pulitzer, the decades of history… Wow. Hey, Mr. Dylan is even going to release a Christmas album this year to benefit charity. That’s cool.
By the way, only 100 of these harmonicas will be produced and signed by Mr. Dylan. Quite a limited edition. Which means that most of us probably will not be collecting this special Harp any time soon. Although you can get seven of them for $25,000? That’s a savings of $10,000 right there man. Ah, nope. Even the free shipping won’t make that one work. Honestly they could be viewed as priceless.
Every now and then the internet gives us some real jewels… pearls of wisdom if you may, and sometimes we come across some really interesting things. As engaging as this musical masterpiece was to ponder, I enjoyed the review and comments it attracted even more- at least as of today you can read this review:
And the comments (if you can read them) were quite instructional too…
One never knows where you’ll find the next million dollar idea or a real value with collectibles. Maybe one of these harmonicas will indeed be worth a fortune in years to come. Personally I think there are better ways to make money.
Whoever buys these things is blowing a lot of cash in the wind so to speak, so I hope it’s worth it. Or maybe not, but at least that it’s worth it to them.
Like my old books, at least it might hold a special place in someone’s home and heart and that’s all that really matters I suppose.
But I think the commenters above put the whole collecting thing in a perspective worth sharing. It’s really just stuff.