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You aren't a "pervert" you're a "Collect... - 11/15/2005 10:54:12 AM   

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Remember when the baseball card collecting fad started? I was one of many who whined about mom throwing away my "valuable" collection. Well all those now with wives, significant others, or based upon some posts, 32 and still live with their moms; should let them know to stay away from the porn stash.

There is a lot of value stuffed under mattresses and in secret hiding places.


The most valuable magazine is the first-ever Playboy, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover ($7,000), and the most prized dirty book is one of the seven remaining original copies of My Secret Life, a Victorian hard-core sex diary ($500,000). But the erotic artifacts most fantasized about are the possibly apocryphal blue movies made by mainstream stars like Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford. If these films do exist, says Rotenberg, their discoverer would make a mint.

A man, Mark Rotenberg, is identified in the article as one of the country's foremost "collectors", has nearly 200,000 items in his growing collection. Living in the New York City area (WHERE ELSE?) he is constantly searching everyplace from eBay to dumpsters in search of pornographic gold. This one time hobby has become Mark's full time occupation. You may suspect he lives alone in a dark basement apartment where he is also the dirty, overweight, handyman; but he has a wife who actually participates in the family business.


His wife sighs indulgently. She writes the introductions to his books, and her only qualm with the collection is that it has taken over the house. The photos are organized in binders, and the binders are multiplying: Victorian hard-core, Edwardian postcards, fifties cheesecake—which is itself subdivided into blondes, twosomes, threesomes, big breasts, fetish, famous models, Irving Klaw, bondage, whips, Asian, black, and older women. At the request of Dian Hanson, head of Taschen’s Sexy Books division, there’s even a category for dirty feet. “I don’t even keep the Playboys anymore,” says Rotenberg. “How many copies of June ’73 does one person need?”

Stop hiding your porn! Hang it from your walls, and tell anyone complaining that they are a cretin who can't appreciate the value of your display.

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RE: You aren't a "pervert" you're a "Col... - 11/15/2005 2:28:52 PM   

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Yippy My dad's ritch! ohh no he's not he burned all his playboys right before i hit puberty.


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RE: You aren't a "pervert" you're a "Col... - 11/15/2005 3:51:41 PM   

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Tulip madness.

Nothing is collectible if the numbers produced are over 500. Buy it because you like it, not as an investment. Manufactured numbers between 10-500 are still iffy. Items of which there may be as few as 10 in the whole world might be truly collectible.

eBay has turned many collections to dust. Once upon a time you couldn't hook up the buyer with the seller, not so now. Connecting the buyer and seller of anything has never been as frictionless as it is today. Many things that seemed rare once upon a time are available online every day.

The last vestige of collectibility has become condition grading. But again, I think that many things will turn out to exist in very large numbers and in surprisingly good grades.

I also predict that Warhol will soon be seen as merely clever, but not truly interesting...

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RE: You aren't a "pervert" you're a "Col... - 11/15/2005 7:22:02 PM   

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Have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two? Judges 5:30

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