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Collect “The Best You Can Afford” and one more thought…

Professional antiquarian dealers have advised probably forever to “collect the best you can afford” in your area of interest and focus. This is true for all collectors, Private, Libraries and Institutional however the B word (as in budget) always seems to curtail this wise advice. Another barrier is dependent on the stage the collector is at and how long they have been collecting. People newer to collecting often collect items they like without a focus of investment. So budget and experience are some common realities and barriers to this wise collect the best you can advice. Most do the best they can,  to improve  collections (condition, provenance, edition) and  upgrade to a much better item as budget and experience allows. Contine reading