collector's item

noun

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

Example Sentences

Her paintings have become collector's items.
Recent Examples on the Web While many eagle-eyed TikTok users first spotted this cup in Target retail locations just after the new year, the new collector's item — which retails for $22.95 — is also available in standalone café locations. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 14 Jan. 2023 No best-of list would be complete without a Tank watch, which has been a collector's item for men and women alike for the better part of the last century. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 9 Dec. 2022 Walking that fine line between useful and collector's item, this set of four knives come with beautiful handles and ultra-sharp steel blades. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 8 Nov. 2022 The collector's item from 1952 features one of baseball's most celebrated and charismatic legends, and is widely regarded as one of just a handful in near-perfect condition. CBS News, 25 July 2022 Just as the mark of authenticity on that piece of art signaled its scarcity and value as a collector's item, NFTs are cryptographic signatures that attest to a digital asset's uniqueness. Brian Jackson, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Its black-rubber packaging, with a vest-pocket holder for the disks, is a collector's item today. PCMAG, 4 May 2022 This simply makes Lego's hammer kit all the more worthy (ha) as a collector's item for MCU lovers, especially those who can't wait for Thor: Love and Thunder to land in theaters this summer. Nina Huang, EW.com, 10 Feb. 2022 The beer has become a collector's item, squirreled away in pantries or proudly displayed in basement bars since it was first brewed 40 years ago. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collector's item was in 1932

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“Collector's item.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collector%27s%20item. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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