collector's item


Definition of collector's item

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

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Her paintings have become collector's items.
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "I Tried The Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer With A 5,000-Person Waitlist," 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, "These Nintendo Switch deals are even better than the Black Friday ones," 4 Dec. 2019 The collector's item is crafted of luxurious clear acrylic, along with nickel details and Peroni's signature blue stripes that reflect the brand's Italian heritage. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler Teams Up with Peroni on a Luxurious Bar Cart," 5 Nov. 2019 And a toy, some of which have become collector's items. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "McDonald's is bringing back retro Happy Meal toys," 1 Nov. 2019 Travelers who miss the peanuts, a key part of Southwest's history, can also consult online shopping sites like eBay, where the peanuts are peddled as collector's items. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Miss those Southwest Airlines peanuts? You can buy some – for a price," 11 Sep. 2019 Aside from making amazing collector's items, the products also contain good-for-you ingredients like skin-brightening vitamin C (in the sheet mask) and hydrating vitamin B12 (in the gloss). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "INC.redible and 90-Year-Old Beauty Influencer Baddie Winkle Just Dropped an Epic Collaboration at Sephora," 26 May 2019 Behold the wonder of this device as the cartoon cat awakens when a telephone call comes in: The phone has become a kitschy collector's item in certain parts of the world (get yours on eBay!). Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 The retail discs, which have been out of stock at major retailers for months now, are quickly becoming sought-after collector's items for rabid Fortnite fans. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Players paying up to $450 for disc-based copies of Fortnite," 26 June 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Collector's item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of collector's item

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

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