As autograph collectors, we share many hobbies. One particular hobby that I have noticed many autograph collectors share is collecting books. As a matter of fact, collectors who attend autograph and book fairs often witness for themselves how the two hobbies coincide.
The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair offers many opportunities for autograph collectors to enhance their personal interests.
I attended The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair for the first time in March of 2019. My wife and I attended with friends. I was amazed at the variety of interests that collectors enjoyed. There were books that I had absolutely no interest in that were being sold for a small fortune. There were also many books that I was in fact interested in that were much less expensive, but still not affordable.
I was admiring an antiquarian illustrated copy of Dante’s Inferno when I turned to my friend and commented about it. “If I could receive the gift of any book here, I would choose this one.”
The comment surprised my wife. “Why wouldn’t you want to receive a more expensive book?” she asked. “There are so many.”
That got me thinking. I never collected autographs because of their value. I believe that to be true of most autograph collectors. To own an expensive autograph that I have no interest in would only deprive another autograph collector with a sincere interest from acquiring it. That is not what our hobby is about. I explained this to my wife and friends. They seemed to understand.
As autograph collectors, we sometimes make decisions that are not determined by our pure love of autograph collecting. As time goes by, we realize that it is best to simply collect what we enjoy. There should be no price tag to prevent that from becoming a reality.