Been reading articles lately about what people collect, and it all seems so cool, and so dated. LP covers are beautiful, and what a tragedy that hardly anyone makes them anymore, so we collect them. Same for metal lunch boxes. And vintage dobro guitars. And on and on.
So now I’m wondering – what’re we making now that’s going to be quaint and collectable in 50 or 100 yrs?
I think mankind is making less and less collectable stuff. This is good and bad. Good that people are having less reason to stuff that old laptop away because, “I can retire on selling this in 30 years”. Bad because people just pitch everything when it breaks or just loses its luster.
However, I’ve met people who collect antique calculators and computers. I’ve often thought of getting an old Mac (not the fish bowl). I never used one growing up, and after reading a book on its development, would love to see what got people hooked (yes, I’m sure it would be completely unusable for anything that I do on a computer today).
I think other than the computer, electronics will not be very collectable. It’s rare that someone collects beta tape stuff, because not even the tapes are in production anymore (stopped 3-4 years ago). Cel phones, radios, mp3 players, TVs, DVD players will be obsolete within 50 years, I’m sure!
Then there the old stand-bys. I’m sure someone will still collect Karim Rashid’s trash can, comic books, sports memoribilia, books, cars, motorcycles, etc.
Yeah, but if you can just hit Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V and have someone else’s entire collection on your drive, doesn’t collecting become sort of pointless? I mean, a lot of what attracts people to collections are the effort and the process, right?
I think things will continue to be challenging to find and collect… as info is more available, finding the right stuff becomes just as hard as it was when the info wasn’t available at all… like a long google images search for just the right photo for a mood board… sorting through all the BS on eBay can be just as difficult… so Apple"C" / Apple"V" on someone else’s collection might be useless if it is not what you want.
Values of collections are totally subjective based on if you can find someone else that is willing to pay for it. If culturally people decide baseball cards are worthless, they won’t be worth the paper they are printed on. Maybe that is why more stuff has become collectable.With modern technology you are able to link up with that Taiwanese matchbook collector and trade items…
I could see the value in digital collections being in the curation, You are paying for the time that someone has put into putting together the perfect 48 hour playlist for your taste or something like that…
CG, I’m also betting on the collectabiity of first gen stuff… I still have my first gen iMac… in a closet.