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collector's item

an article or object of particular interest or value because of its uniqueness or scarcity.
Origin of collector's item
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for collector's item
  • 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.
  • The vehicle must be owned as a collector's item and used solely for exhibition or educational purposes.
  • In addition to being a fundraising item for the scholarship fund, the pins are so popular they have become a collector's item.
  • The scarcity of this beautiful gem makes it primarily a collector's item.
  • The stamp has also become a valuable collector's item and is purchased by philatelists and conservationists across the country.
  • The stamp also has become a valuable collector's item for philatelists and conservationists across the country.
  • The envelope is not only a fundraising item but a collector's item.
British Dictionary definitions for collector's item

collector's item

a thing regarded as being exquisite or rare and thus worthy of the interest of one who collects such things
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Idioms and Phrases with collector's item

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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