“TO BUY, OR not to buy?” — with apologies to Shakespeare — that’s the question every collector faces, time and time again. The answer lies in another question: what’s it worth, or what’s its value? Aye, there’s the rub. Getting your money’s worth depends on what you think you’re buying. And that’s not easy to decide, which is why every collector remembers his best and worst experiences — the celebrated occasions when you bought something for less than you expected to pay, and the much-lamented times when enthusiasm got the best of you.
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