What motivates collecting? What does it mean for crypto collectibles? I try to contextualize collecting behavior with three personal stories. Story 1: Flipping Nikes I spent a summer in Cincinnati for a college internship. One day, I took the bus an hour and a half to the only local skate shop that was releasing a set (three pairs) of rare Nikes I wanted. I got there early, waited in line, bought two pairs of each style at ~$100 a pair, and took the bus back to my dorm.