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Richard Erlacher
08/14/12 11:38
  08/14/12 11:42

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Denver, Co

#188076 - Yes, but the rarity comes from the quality
Responding to: Andy Neil's previous message
... among other things ...

Yes, some antiques are collectible, and some are just fine antiques. They do possess utility, however, else they would not have been preserved. Items of low quality exhaust their utility long before they become old. From what I recall, antiquity makes some postage stamps collectible even though they're not particularly rare, simply because some people want to have the complete selection in the album. I'm not sure that applies to integrated circuits. After all, the i4040 wasn't a rarity among microcomputer chips when it was in full production, and people might debate it's quality. Obviously it was good enough to sell.

I've encountered cases wherein people, collectors, perhaps, but ones wishing to retain the hardware of their early youth, kept and maintained computers of the late '70's, not because they were rare, but because they had some intrinsic historical value to the "collector." Those items certainly weren't old enough to qualify as antiques in anything other than relative terms.

Antiques Roadshow does emphasize collectibility, though they do give credit for rarity. Most items that attract great interest are not only rare, however, but are also of high quality. I suppose that's because long enough ago that an item made then would be considered an antique, things simply weren't made shoddily, and if they had been, they wouldn't have lasted. However, stuff that ends up as rubbish normally wasn't far from rubbish when it was new.


List of 26 messages in thread
Rare Intel Chip      Michael Karas      08/10/12 19:10      
   Makes me wonder      Per Westermark      08/10/12 19:59      
      You remember I mentioned this one?      Richard Erlacher      08/25/12 15:07      
   nice      Stefan KAnev      08/11/12 08:01      
      "free delivery"      Andy Neil      08/11/12 08:06      
      Consider this...      Michael Karas      08/11/12 09:08      
         fake ICs      Mahmood Elnasser      08/11/12 09:57      
   Gee ... maybe I should offer my "High-Tech Tie Tack"      Richard Erlacher      08/11/12 11:36      
   Absurdity        Michael Karas      08/11/12 16:25      
      Why amazed?      Per Westermark      08/11/12 17:22      
      I've often been unable to understand priorities of others      Richard Erlacher      08/12/12 07:38      
         $800,000.00      Per Westermark      08/12/12 08:08      
            Actual value...        David Brown      08/22/12 00:57      
               Vintage IC Collecting      John Culver      08/22/12 15:22      
      Amusing distraction      Oliver Sedlacek      08/13/12 03:31      
         Yes, we've got that show too.      Richard Erlacher      08/13/12 10:34      
            I think you missed the point, there, Richard        Andy Neil      08/13/12 14:05      
               Yes, but the rarity comes from the quality      Richard Erlacher      08/14/12 11:38      
                  Routes to rarity        Oliver Sedlacek      08/15/12 04:58      
                     true enough!      Richard Erlacher      08/15/12 18:05      
         tut, tut...      Andy Neil      08/13/12 14:02      
            Multiple with same name?      Per Westermark      08/13/12 16:57      
               It all-too-often seems that way      Andy Neil      08/13/12 17:17      
                  replication        Michael Karas      08/13/12 18:59      
            Mid atlantic      Oliver Sedlacek      08/14/12 03:28      
   Yes, even for a collector, it's 1000x what it might be      Richard Erlacher      08/12/12 11:28      

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