Kind of along the lines of this topic - so I just figured I would post it here. Do any of you ever consider how long you will display your collection, or the majority of it? My wife and I just got talking about this over the weekend, and she asked me basically if I'd still have all of this stuff out when I was 50, 60, and beyond.
It weighs on my mind, but maybe more so because I'm a good 10 or so years older than many of the folks here and a lot more than that for others.
It's interesting you bumped this up because it fits really well with my current thoughts. My comments above seem to be correct as well in relation to ROTS as they were to AOTC and the pricing that follows. Vintage has climbed, but modern is again in that purge state where stuff is really readily available and for very inexpensive prices.
I expect we'll be in our house for at least 20 more years. With building a room for all my junk
I think I'm set for a while, but I've been really weighing what I do and don't want to keep for that time. To that end I've been moving towards higher end [classier
things to display - primarily Gentle Giant, Master Replicas, Code 3 and the like.
I don't think I'm prepared to purge in the same fashion that Mikey did, but I've started to a degree. I think I'd like to wean myself back down to having at most one of each figure from the 3.75" line and leave it at that. No longer being a completeist and having shifted to loose rather than carded a number of years ago makes that easier. The problem lies in my willingness to take a big hit in terms of what I get relative to what I paid for many of the items. Scott mentioned this in the SW Kubrick forum that yes, things can be sold, but often for 1/6 of the retail price. That's tough to swallow but also very realistic. Comics taught me to have no expectation of return so I'm a bit prepared for it, but it's still somewhat unpleasant.
With respect to the 'displayed' aspect of the question, not bloody much right now, but I knew that would happen and mentioned it above. About a year from now is when I think I can reasonably expect to have a good proportion of my collection displayed. Between now and then I'll probably purge it down to what I do and don't really want to keep. That will be slow and painful, but I think in the end better.
As for where it will be displayed, my intent is for everything to be in my room, save the vintage movie posters and the Code 3 3-D posters above them. Those are interesting enough without being geeky that they'll pass in public areas. Additionally my daughter will have friends over during the teenage years and they won't have a clue about value. I fully intend to keep my Kubricks, GG, vintage stuff well away from sight.
If I'm predicting what I'll end up with it will be in a year from now, it'll probably be:
vintage loose collection
vintage carded collection
Gentle Giant product (busts, maquettes, statues, bustups)
Code 3 stuff - vehicles and 3-D posters
Master Replicas - helmets and FX sabers and hilts
modern loose collection
Sportspicks, but those need to be significantly purged as well yet
I think all my vehicles are bound to go at some point
Pretty much all the carded, non-vintage stuff I own will go, except maybe some things like Sacul, TFV and the VOTC stuff. I can't even remember all of what I own.