What’s It Worth? – Part 2 of 2

Continued from Part 1

“Thousands of dollars! What you’re holding in your hand is worth thousands!” he proclaimed, trying in vain to contain his emotions.

My friend went on to explain just how few of those books were still in existence. Feeling now like the “Indiana Jones of Beatledom”, I began gloating in my recent acquisition. But then I wondered, “Wow, with a find like this, maybe I should put it away in a place for safe-keeping. I mean, what if someone finds out I have it. They might want to steal it.”

While pondering how to protect my newfound treasure, I decided to check out E-bay, just to see if anyone else owned, or more importantly, was looking for such a collector’s item. And so, logging on to their web site, I typed in the information related to the “Get Back” photo book. Immediately, two items appeared, both identical to mine.

“That’s interesting” I thought to myself. “I wonder how much they’re selling for.”

Scrolling down the page, I was shocked to see a whopping price of . . .

 . . . $25!

“No way!” I said out loud. “This has to be some kind of mistake. They must have forgotten to add a couple of zeroes on the end of the price.”

Checking the other identical item, I discovered it too was selling for the same low price.

“What is this? Wal-Mart?” I said. “You don’t sell a rare find like this for discount prices!”

Needless to say, I was crushed, mainly because I was already thinking of ways to spend that few thousand extra dollars. And so, with my ego thoroughly deflated, and my dreams of owning the “Holy Grail” dashed against the rocks, I logged off my computer as my wife remarked,

“Just remember, sweetheart. It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it”

“It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.”

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In other words, the real value of something is determined, not by some unchanging, universal standard, but rather by how much cash a person is willing to shell out for it. Take a diamond, for example. C’mon, what is it really? It’s a ROCK! A mineral deposit. A piece of the earth! And yet, at some point in history we decided it had enormous value. The same goes for gold or any other “precious metal”. Or what about the value of land? An acre in western Kansas might sell for $300. But the same size real estate in lower Manhattan might sell for $3,000,000 or more! It’s all about location in real estate. Supply and demand. But it’s also about what someone is willing to pay for it. The same goes for cars, CD’s, cell phones, plane tickets and yes…..

…even Beatle memorabilia (oh the humanity!).

Can anybody feel my pain?!

You ever wondered what you’re worth? What your real value is? Your true “net worth’? A group of scientists once estimated that if you separate all the components of your body into minerals and water, you could sell them for around $10.

But is that it? Is that all you’re worth? Can a person’s value really be boiled down to a monetary figure? 

Your personal worth determines your sense of significance. It’s how important you are. And we all want to feel important, don’t we? It’s our desire to have value. A craving that comes from deep inside us. Every one of us longs for significance, that confident inner assurance that we’re really “somebody”. 

Ok then. So when you get an extra 15-20 seconds, read John 3:16 & Romans 5:8 from an actual Bible.

The repeat this to yourself 3x,

“I am only worth what someone is willing to pay for me.”

Feeling important yet?

What’s It Worth? – Part 1 of 2

The sign in my neighborhood read “Special Estate Sale – Today”.

My curiosity aroused, I decided to stop by and see what kind of stuff they were selling. Roaming from room to room in the old house, I marveled at what some people will sell….and buy! Cheap trinkets, discarded toys, used clothes, eyeglasses, shoes, broken radios and paperbacks with frayed edges. Frantic bargain-hunters scurried around like mice in a cheese factory, looking for that “find”, that one unique discovery, that treasure hidden among “junk”. I secretly snickered at their silliness as I nonchalantly browsed my way through the old home.

But then, while wandering around in a back room, something caught my attention. It was the cover of an old Beatle’s album. Now anybody who knows me understands what a Beatle fanatic I am. It’s a sickness really. I’ve been to doctors, and there’s no cure. My older brothers exposed me to the Fab Four’s music, so you see, it’s really their fault. 

Anyway….it goes without saying that anytime I see a Beatle album, I stop and take a look. Upon closer examination, I discovered it wasn’t actually an album cover at all, but rather a thin box. Looking inside, I discovered an extensive photo book of the Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions. However, what really sparked my interest was the title of the book – “Get Back” – which I (of course) knew to be the original title of what eventually became the Let It Be album. Just prior to release, they changed it from “Get Back” to the current title.

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And that told me the book was unique.

Realizing I had found something relatively rare among rock memorabilia collectors, I snatched up the book and its cover-box, carefully looking around to make sure no one else was on to my rare find. After stealthily sneaking to the front room to pay for it, to my amazement, I discovered the item was priced at only $15. Writing a check as fast as possible, I quickly and quietly slipped out of the house, unnoticed by any other potential Lennon-McCartney enthusiasts. Arriving home within seconds, I called a fellow Fab Four friend in Nashville to tell him about my new purchase. By his reaction, I immediately sensed his excitement as he informed me I had officially stumbled upon the “Holy Grail” of Beatle memorabilia.

“What do you think it’s worth?”, I inquired.

 

…to be continued tomorrow in Part 2.