Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Collections and Collectors
I have one small coin collection.
There is a big toss up question, is it wise to collect valuables that cannot be ‘banked’ or used as ‘hard money?’
There is a lot to say about that. I have a nephew who had a small collection of guns, and a large collection of ‘gold watches’. The watch collection included my dad’s gold ‘railroad’ pocket watch. Although he had an alarm system on his home, someone broke in, grabbed his collections before the police could get there. The burglars were never caught.
I had three guns, two rifles and a shotgun. Son Mark borrowed them and while he had them, his home was burglarized. One of them was very prized. I had bought it for my dad many years ago. Mom returned it to me after his passing. He had been so proud of the gift, but never had used it. I wish I had it back.
As a boy I started a stamp collection. I held onto it for many years. I did have some prize stamps. Some I had taken from GGrandpa’s law office. The earliest ‘airmail’ stamps. When I joined the Navy we had a small frame house we had bought for $3000. We decided to rent it out. I put some souvenirs and my stamp collection in the attic. I never thought anyone would look there nor want what was not theirs. HA!
The home was rented to Ms. Chambers and her family. They had to be evicted due to being behind 8 months on the rent. When I went back to check, all my ‘collected stuff was gone’ including my prized stamp collection. LOL
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Later in life Ms. Chambers’s son would be convicted of masterminding the largest robbery in NC history. Ms. Chambers was convicted of ‘laundering some of the stolen money’.
I think it is true, the old statement, ‘Be sure your sins will find you out!’ In reference to ‘Our Stuff’, the Chambers’ are the only ones I know for sure, that have suffered for ‘ill-gotten’ gain over the long run.
So in some cases I am sure collecting pays off for the family heirs. But, but in many cases ‘not so much’.
Now those sad stories have two different endings. Nephew said he would never collect anything again. Me, I have tried to replace what is missing. Haven’t been able to yet.
I am guilty of collecting junk, odd nuts, bolts, screws, washers, electrical switches, scrap wire and scrap wood. So I am still a collector.
1941 Chrysler Newport