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scarp  ·  2743 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Do People Collect Things?
An individual item in a collection may not have much meaning on its own, but a complete collection (assuming the thing collected has a finite limit, like mk's coin collection) is representative of possibly decades worth of meticulous collecting. Very much like a puzzle piece, in fact, which is mostly worthless in any other context than a complete puzzle.