collector's item

noun

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.

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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 Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the Swiss were gifted an equaliser in the 62nd minute, courtesy of a collector's item - a bad error from David de Gea. SI.com, "Spain 1-1 Switzerland: Swiss Punish De Gea Howler to Earn Creditable Draw Against Dominant Spain," 3 June 2018 The president seemed busy speculating that his diplomatic gambit could win him the Nobel Peace Prize; his administration even minted a collector's item coin commemorating the meeting of the two leaders. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s canceled North Korea summit sums up his chaotic foreign policy," 25 May 2018 There's just something about music that turns gadgets into collector's items. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Your vintage video game systems, old iPods and disco-era TVs could be worth big bucks," 22 May 2018 The ticket, which is a collector's item, is a family heirloom that had been passed down to a Slidell man by a family member. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Man accused of stealing 1956 World Series ticket in Slidell," 18 Apr. 2018 Loading View on Instagram Supreme’s celebrity portrait tees are holy-grail collector's items for streetwear fans, and every new release sparks a frenzy. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jim Jones Is Still Salty About That Supreme Tee," 11 Apr. 2018 In March of 2017, the brand released a number of collector's items including a bejeweled ranch bottle. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Are Blinged-Out Foods Becoming A Marketing Trend?," 9 Mar. 2018 The collector's item no longer lights up, but is instead installed on a red plaque so it can be used as a decorative item on a bookshelf in your home. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "You Can Buy a Light From the Eiffel Tower," 6 Feb. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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collector's item

noun

English Language Learners Definition of collector's item

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

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