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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
> The White Stripes have always been a big vinyl/collector band.Don't care for
'em much,myself,but...Their debut single is inching up into four-figure
territory.I sold a couple of their early singles,back in ought-three,for $125.00
that have since doubled in price.
>
Interesting...confirms my suspicions that most "collecting" in the XXI
Jahrhundert is about how much things are WORTH(!) rather than any instrinsic
or cultural value!

In other words, a very competitive "game" of "Mine's bigger (in a monetary
sense as well as in sheer count of items...) than yours...!

Actually, this sort of thing probably started a few decades ago, when
things like sports cards, collectors' plates, Avon bottles and such
suddenly became SERIOUS colletors' items, with "price guides" that
matched the long-established guide books for coins and stamps. As well,
vinyl collectors (unlike us shellacophiles) look for copies which are
not only mint, but also have mint-condition unmarred sleeves/jackets,
pristine labels and show no signs of ever having been used by humans.
Of course, having found such a disc, the collector is then very
unlikely to play the dommed thing (for which he [usually "he," anyway]
just laid out a quite impressive sum...!) because that, of course,
would immediately render it "less valuable!"

Go figger...?!

Steven C. Barr