collector's item


Definition of collector's item

: an item whose rarity or excellence makes it especially worth collecting broadly : collectible

Examples of collector's item in a Sentence

Her paintings have become collector's items.
Recent Examples on the Web Fan Paola Mondragon was particularly impressed by the 1975 tour comic that Mason explained was initially met with resistance, but is now, of course, a collector's item. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Based on the number of NFL players who have participated in the All-American Bowl, each photo may become a collector's item. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 4 Sep. 2021 The Solar System’s smallest planet has always been something of a collector's item for stargazers. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Each piece that has sold has typically been a one-of-a-kind digital artwork or collector's item attached to this new form of crypto investing -- and people were willing to pay extra for the bragging rights alone. Anna Bahney, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Sometimes, the impact is merely comical as with a football game or instant collector's item newspaper. Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2021 Now that Donaldson is changing numbers from #24 to #20, is that jersey a collector's item or a waste of money? Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 The waitlist wasn't the only thing about the bronzer that caught my interest: The gold clamshell packaging is incredibly gorgeous, and instantly reminded me of a vintage collector's item. Thatiana Diaz,, 27 May 2020 Another perk to this deal is that so far, Mario Red Joy-Cons have only been available in one previous bundle, for Mario Odyssey, so the Joy-Con alone is a bit of a collector's item. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of collector's item

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Collector's item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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: an object that people want because it is rare or valuable

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