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RCMsocal wrote:Curious to know how much people think the lack of original tube/packaging would affect the value of an early GEC? Thanks
Tsar Bomba wrote:How would one determine if a GEC tube is "unopened"?
They do not come sealed from the manufacturer or the dealer.
XX Case XX wrote:Depending on the item,
QTCut5 wrote:An original tube or box included with a collectible knife is essentially a COA and, in the absence of anything else, generally considered the minimum standard of "documentation of provenance" by anyone who cares about such things for whatever reason; it's not necessarily just a "snobbish conceit" of fussy collectors with OCD.
As others have stated, the value of original packaging on any collectible will vary by individual and item. In certain cases, such as high-dollar, investment-grade custom knives, a COA or original packaging is important evidence or proof of specific characteristics or qualities such as the maker, the date of manufacture and/or the materials used.
For me personally, original packaging may affect the price I am willing to pay for certain knives if/when I want to have proof of origin (especially with custom made patterns that are frequently copied) or materials (such as genuine ivory or other "exotic" handle materials). And, I must admit, with my Case knives in particular, I really like having the original boxes with the factory labels whenever possible. That's not to say I would pass on a knife I wanted if it did not come with the original box; but, I might bid a little more to beat the competition in a hotly contested eBay auction if the original box is included.