Let’s just cut to the chase. This is the big loaded question: “Why should I bother to collect fun notes?”
For years, since the introduction of fun notes, this has been the big dispute among collectors. Some purists would go into deep trauma if they discovered a “fun note” in their collection. The thought would be so terrible that it may drive them to consider jumping off the nearest bridge (just kidding, but you get the idea). So, for the real banknote purists, fun notes are to be avoided like the black plague. However, for others whose collecting tastes are bit more eclectic and open, you might might discover that the change of introducing fun notes can be an amazing addition to your collection (and may add a bit of “fun” as well!)
Fun notes have become so popular in the last few years, that I want to dedicate a section of our blog to understanding why and how fun notes have evolved into a massive collecting craze. A well as talk about the benefits and credibility of these incredible notes.
I understand that my approach to collecting is not without detractors. I often get asked (or criticized sometimes), “but these notes have no value.” That always strikes me as an interesting observation. First, they actually do have a real collectors value. Customers often ask me for some obsolete fun notes that were only issued a couple of years ago. Many fun notes have limited print runs. Some are as low as fifty notes, while others print close to a thousand. There are some that are more widely available, but this is rare for fun note collecting considering that the industry is still in its infancy. The fun note artists (starving artists – yes) can’t afford to tie up thousands of dollars in a single design. Many of the artists I know, once a note is produced, can’t wait to work on the new one and get it printed.
Some of my fun notes have increased in value ahead of my real banknotes. BUT, and I capitalized the ‘but’ because I don’t buy for my personal collection to resell or even think about reselling at some stage, I buy a note or banknote to add to my collection and to enhance my collection; not just for my pleasure, but also to improve the items I have to show people when I show my collection.
We’d love to hear from you. How do you feel about collecting fun notes? Which fun notes series and artists are your favorites? Feel free to post a comment and get this conversation going.