Monday, May 23, 2011

Baseball mitts + other offbeat collectors in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch (via vintagebaseballgloveforum

Quirky keepers: Ohio collectors reveal the roots of offbeat passions | The Columbus Dispatch:
"Collecting, said Dr. Kevin D. Arnold, provides people a way to add meaning to their lives.

'It's well beyond collecting something to have because you like it,' said the director of the Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy of Greater Columbus.

Some people become collectors for social interaction: 'They develop an affinity for other collectors,' Arnold said. 'The collection becomes a mechanism for belonging to a social group.'

Among the most popular collectibles are coins, comic books and Coca-Cola memorabilia, with multiple websites and social groups dedicated to these passions."

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