I have been collecting My Little Ponies all of my life, which is why I created my second blog, Merlin’s Collectables, http://veronicamerlin.wordpress.com/, so I wouldn’t spam this blog with pictures of my beloved ponies.
I am going to have to break that promise though, just this once. I recently traded a handful of Barbie dolls for a handful of rather special My Little Ponies. Yep, I have Barbie’s for sale, but I don’t mind trading… Anyway, that landed me with a bit of a problem. A mint Half Note.
And when say mint, I mean never removed from box, never opened, mint.
I have a lot of ponies in original boxes, but none that are unopened. I never understood the idea of that. I still don’t. I mean, for me, I want to touch, to hug and kiss and admire from every angle, not just behind a piece of plastic.
My boyfriend told me instantly, to not open the package. She is mint, you know. She will lose a lot of value if you open the box.
I know. But… Poor girl, trapped in there forever… That is not what she was created for, was it?
I have to say, I respect the ponies very much. As a true collector, mint condition is very important to me. Mint condition, as in removed from box, but otherwise unharmed.
Don’t get me wrong, if I should come across a pony that just needs a bath or some mild conditioner to look good again, I am not afraid of resorting them, to their former glory, if possible, but I would always prefer not to. Untouched, unwashed, untreated in any kind, will always be worth more to me, than any fancy hair style one can make in a resorted pony, to make her look good. To me, it is about preserving the original pony.
But then again, mint… *sigh*
I have a Half Note already. She doesn’t have her guitar, which is why I agreed to the trade in the first place. I really want the guitar… But as my boyfriend pointed out, if I open the box, I have traded some very good Barbie’s for a guitar, a very expensive guitar, because as soon as the box is opened Half Note will be mint condition instead of mint, and her value will go way down. I know.
So what is value? In fairness, it only matters if I want to sell her, and I don’t. So why not open the box?
Because once it’s done, it cannot be undone. I will be torturing myself about this for a while…
Until then, here is my Half Note,
and here is my mint Half Note.
Notice the little pamphlet behind her? If I don’t open the box, I’ll never know what that is… Looking for a good excuse here, to open the box? Maybe… Maybe not.
Big, existential questions, I know. I promise this won’t happen too often on this blog. Bear with me, this once, please and tell me this; would you open it?