collector's item

an article or object of particular interest or value because of its uniqueness or scarcity.

1930–35 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
collector's item or collector's piece
a thing regarded as being exquisite or rare and thus worthy of the interest of one who collects such things
collector's piece or collector's piece

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collector's item

An object of great interest, value, or rarity, as in This necklace is a collector's item. Originating in the early 1900s as collector's piece, a usage still common in Britain, the term in its present form is occasionally transferred to persons as well, as in The Beach Boys became a collector's item on the tour. [c. 1930]

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Example sentences
Monetarily, it's hardly worth keeping, except as a historic collector's item
  worth thousands of dollars.
The result was a last spurt in popularity for what is now a collector's item.
As their form dictates, the postcards take a matter of seconds to read and
  view, but have the permanence of a collector's item.
Even though the company may no longer exist, the stock certificate may have
  value as a collector's item.
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