Collector's Survey 2/8/02
What Kind of Pen Collector Are You?
I've run across a lot of different kinds of collectors in this hobby.
I've been thinking about this since lunch on Saturday at the 2001 Washington DC Pen Show. I ate with two people who are best described as "Investor Collectors." They told me about all their strategies for buying the latest LE pens at the lowest possible prices.
I remember being told, "I fly to Italy several times a year and I know of the one shop where I can get Deltas and OMAS pens at half of what they sell for here!"
I asked about using their pens, such as the Krone and Montblanc LEs, and was met with looks of horror. "I keep my pens in the original wrappings. I make sure the outer and inner boxes are unmarked. For the most part, I only open them to inspect them, and return them to the box."
What do you use, I asked? "I have a Montblanc 146. These pens are investments! They lose value if you ink them!"
What about vintage pens? "There's too much to know and research too much to do to get a pen in shape that makes valuing them too complicated. I can't see where I'm going to get my money back, much less make a profit on my investment. I don't mess with vintage pens."
A very interesting conversation.
So the question is: What kind of pen collector are you?
These are the main types of collectors I have met:
- The collector who has to have everything! Enough said!
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