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Old 08-13-2014, 06:48 AM   #11
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SWEET!! I was 4 when it first came out. I shot my first one( my Cousin's) in 1968,...so his was from around the same time as yours...
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To what the OP queried:

In my experience limited editions, special editions, anniversary additions have a place in the collector market, albeit a very small niche with limited appeal. Only time will tell if there will be any additional value to a 50th anniversary edition -- and my guess it will be another 50 years before anyone notices.

To this point we can look at many examples of limited edition and anniversary edition models that have come before and the negligible premium they have retained. For examples: The rash of Winchester 94's from the 1960's, both anniversary and limited edition. Once, fired, once the box and paper work are lost they are just another 30-30 on the rack. Unfired, in their original box with shipping sleeve and all paperwork intact they fetch hardly more of a premium than what they brought new when compared to standard production of the same vintage and condition. Likewise the 50 year anniversary of WWI Colt 1911's, the commemorative WWII Colts, the Franklin Mint Peace Makers. The 25th Anniversary Corvettes and the 100th Anniversary Harley Davidsons (and 50th Anniversary edition Harley's as well), have all fared poorly as investments on any measurable scale.

From a Time Value of Money standpoint and as a general rule; these types of collectability points are terrible investments and from a historical perspective the only ones that profit on these items are the original issuers.

That's okay, though. Buy what you like for the mere fact you like it.

My ex mother in law knows for certain the Beany Babies Crash of 1999 was an anomaly and long term her investment is reliable and will be worth millions to my ex wife. Good for her.

And best of luck to anyone that will be socking away 20 or 30 of the 50th anniversary 10/22s. I can honestly say this is a wiser purchase than playing the Lotto.

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I don't buy guns to speculate, I buy guns to shoot 'em. I take good care of my guns so that maybe they will be 50 years old and I hope someone is still shooting them then.

I think a 50th Anniversary Edition is a neat idea. The thought of some people buying those and stuffing them in a safe makes me cringe. The 10/22 is still the best semiauto .22 rifle I've ever fired. Maybe if someone stuffed a competition rifle in my hands I'd change my opinion, but you'd also just be handing me a tool I don't have the expertise to get the most out of it.

If you're a big 10/22 fan and have the extra cash, go buy a 50th Anniversary Edition and then let people ogle it at the range. I'm not that big a fan myself, but if I had the extra funds I'd be tempted to do just that. Then I'd keep that rifle for myself and pass down my current 10/22 to one of my sons when they move out of the house.
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It's pretty plain and simple as with all commemorative firearms the ones that will be worth money will be snatched up at the distributor level. The chances of any of us walking into a gun shop and buying a truly collectable gun are somewhere between slim and none. Ruger will sell a bunch of 10/22 rifles with the 50th anniversary roll mark. I am not going to even guess how many rifles Ruger will sell.
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I have seen collectible guns at steal prices several times.
Usually it's an odd variant that nobody knows about, or is misidentified.

Also seen "know it all" types think they are making a super score and it turns out to be an as priced non collectible.

And of course, I've seen crooked mofos at gunshows try to pass off regular stuff as collectible.

As always, buyer beware.
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Too many think "commemorative" means "collectible".
Usually it's the opposite.
Odd versions and or those of very limited manufacture are what to look for.
Pimped rigs tend to keep purist wallets closed.
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Too many think "commemorative" means "collectible".
Usually it's the opposite.
Odd versions and or those of very limited manufacture are what to look for.
Pimped rigs tend to keep purist wallets closed.
with the rare exception, i agree. if they produce a million rifles with the same "commemorative" rollmark, it really doesn't make it any more valuable or collectable.
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Too many think "commemorative" means "collectible".
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Odd versions and or those of very limited manufacture are what to look for.
Pimped rigs tend to keep purist wallets closed.

Axxe and Hook: this is true except for a few Very Rare Guns. I made a fair coin on the 75th Annv. Colt 1911( boxed limited edition in 1986) . I also am in the process of selling a 100th Annv. Colt SAA(1973). Both these guns were numbered lots. I think they were both either 500 or one was a 1,000 run. Many of them were obtained by employees at those times,..


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Axxe and Hook: this is true except for a few Very Rare Guns. I made a fair coin on the 75th Annv. Colt 1911( boxed limited edition in 1986) . I also am in the process of selling a 100th Annv. Colt SAA(1973). Both these guns were numbered lots. I think they were both either 500 or one was a 1,000 run. Many of them were obtained by employees at those times,..


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when it comes to "commemoratives" there are going to be exceptions to the rule for sure. but usually it's going to be about the actual number of them manufactered for sale that will many times decide their value in the future.
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I don't think 10/22 and 'collectors edition' belong in the same sentence. Plinker and squirrel killer, yes.......
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