- an article or object of particular interest or value because of its uniqueness or scarcity.
Origin of collector's item
- a thing regarded as being exquisite or rare and thus worthy of the interest of one who collects such things
An object of great interest, value, or rarity, as in This necklace is a collector's item. Originating in the early 1900s as collector's piece, a usage still common in Britain, the term in its present form is occasionally transferred to persons as well, as in The Beach Boys became a collector's item on the tour. [c. 1930]