Good post. I have over 2500 Yosemite bolts/hangers in my collection, each one in it's own baggie with date, route, pitch, and which bolt it was on the pitch. This information is also on a shipping tag attached to the hanger. This is done usually on the same day the bolt is replaced. A daily log book is also kept. A little more work than your basic stamp or baseball card collection, but I think the historic nature requires it.
That said, this collection is my collection and I can and will do with it as I please. My choice, period.
If I get myself killed out there, my choice is to let Ken go thru it all and take anything he wants to display. For example, I really don't think he will want every bolt/hanger from the SFHD, but he may want the original anchor from the top of the 13th pitch.
After that my wife can do whatever she wants to with the rest. E-Bay? Sure whatever she wants, the collection will be her's.
During Face-lift last season at the bolt/ hanger display some people said I should sell the collection and give the money to the ASCA. I said I already gave, they should sell some of the coolest stuff they own and give that money to the ASCA.
I think selling this stuff for personal gain is lame, and I strongly disagree with Eric's methods of bolt replacement.
But..... that is his stuff and he can do what he wants with it.
ASCA Bolt Replacer
Erik, I will offer $1 for each good used leeper that I will reuse in the desert for another 25 years.
I will offer "going rate for plated new fixe hangers" for new old stock leepers for the same deal. I am going to use these on routes no one will repeat for at least a decade and then only once a decade.
A hanger, is a hanger in my world.
The rest of the bent, rusted, broken, stretched, small hole common hangers need to be melted to make new steel- they have zero value except as scrap.
Of course, I see no value in collecting stuff- I use all gear I own- they are tools. I cannot believe someone would sell or offer to buy old crap and I am more stunned day by day with ebay auctions and what useless pins, first gen camalots, and foxheads sell for.
Old stuff needs to go to Marty, Ken, or Stéphane where people can gawk at the jingus stuff we used.
I must admit, I bought a single auction of hundreds of pins on ebay, and sold sets of angles and arrows and a set of 2-6 crack n ups and some old ass kbs (1960's) to recoup my cost for the lot. I pounded, fixed, and gave away a hundred of those to friends to boost their racks.