An item that is worth far more than it appears because of its rarity and/or demand. Common categories of collectibles include antiques, toys, coins, comic books and stamps. Items that have been mass-produced, and thus are not rare, are often marketed as collectibles to drive consumer demand.
A good example of a mass-produced being marketed as a collectible can be found in the Beanie Baby collecting fad of the late 1990s. Ty, the product’s manufacturer, produced hundreds of varieties of small plush toys with a floppy, bean-bag like feel. Consumers purchased them like mad, believing that they would one day become valuable. Limited editions that were hard to find became valuable the instant they were released. However, most of the plush toys were so widely owned that they never became valuable, instead becoming garage-sale castoffs.
By contrast, the T206 Honus Wagner baseball card issued by the American Tobacco Company in 1909, is a rare and very valuable collectible. In 2007, a well-preserved Wagner card was purchased for over $2 million.
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collectible — col‧lect‧i‧ble [kəˈlektbl] noun [countable] a valuable object bought as an investment: • diamonds, stamps, and other collectibles * * * collectible UK US (also collectable) /kəˈlektəbl/ noun [C, usually plural] ► an object that people collect… … Financial and business terms
Collectible — Col*lect i*ble, a. Capable of being collected. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
collectible — (adj.) also collectable, 1650s, that may be collected, from COLLECT (Cf. collect) + ABLE (Cf. able). Meaning sought after by collectors of relics, souveniers, etc. is recorded from 1888 … Etymology dictionary
collectible — or collectable [kə lek′tə bəl] adj. 1. that can be collected 2. suitable or desirable for collecting, as by a hobbyist n. any of a class of old things, but not antiques, that people collect as a hobby, specif. a thing of no great intrinsic value … English World dictionary
collectible — 1. adjective a) Worthy or suitable for collecting on historical/financial grounds, or for meeting a personal aesthetic: collectible stamps, collectible china, collectible Beatles memorabilia b) Rightfully subject to payment: a collectible bill 2 … Wiktionary
collectible — col|lect|i|ble1 [ kə lektəbl ] noun count an object that is valuable because people want to own it collectible col|lect|i|ble 2 [ kə lektəbl ] adjective 1. ) valuable because people want to own it: Some of his pictures are quite collectible now.… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
collectible — non·collectible; collectible; un·collectible; … English syllables
collectible — I. adjective or collectable Date: 1660 1. suitable for being collected 2. due for present payment ; payable • collectibility or collectability noun II. noun or … New Collegiate Dictionary
collectible — collectable, collectible Fowler (1926) said that the first is better, and this is still true. See able, ible … Modern English usage
collectible — /keuh lek teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being collected. n. 2. an object suitable for a collection, originally a work of fine art or an antique, now including also any of a wide variety of items collected as a hobby, for display, or as an… … Universalium