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Why are you a Collector?

April 3, 2013 in Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics

Patrick A. Heller (http://www.lansingbusinessmonthly.com)

It seems like just about everyone collects something. At various times in my life I have collected bottle caps, matchbook covers, books, baseball cards and the ability to say “thank you” in many languages. Members of my greater family have collected such things as dolls, teddy bears, plates, shot glasses, salt and pepper shakers, insects, road maps, advertising magnets, and tea pots, to name only some.

What is it that draws people to become collectors? Beyond that, what draws them to collect the categories of items that they do?

Before going further, I need to distinguish the collector from two similar kinds of people who acquire objects — the accumulator and the investor. An accumulator is someone who acquires objects, sometimes of a particular kind, but does not really organize the items into a collection, plan future acquisitions or study the items as a collector might. An investor is someone who might acquire collectibles solely for potential financial gain

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