Hallmark Ornament Collecting: Questions from Collectors
I have the complete series of ____Fill in your series here ___ doesn't that make the ornaments worth more?
Thanks Beth for your question! As Hallmark ornament collectors we all know how important it is to each of us personally to have a complete series. No matter how long or hard we have to hunt to find that last missing piece. No matter that we may have to pay a little more just to get that hard to find one. We simply NEED to have every numbered piece offered in a series. Many collectors have even widened the definition of "complete series" to include any complement pieces, such as the Hallmark limited edition colorway ornaments or the special edition pieces offered in some of the longer running series. Honestly, the concept of the "series" predisposes us to want to have each item offered. As Hallmark ornament collectors we normally buy the very first ornament in the series with the knowledge that we'll be buying every other item in the series offered until the series ends. But does it affect the secondary market value of the ornaments if you have a complete series?
In a word, no. In fact, when it comes to selling a complete series of ornaments, most buyers indicate that they feel they should receive a discounted price, definitely not a higher price. Since secondary market values and insurance values are based on current selling prices, there is no difference in the values of the individual ornaments whether they are sold individually or as part of a completed set or series.
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