Is a restored award worth more or less than an award in unopened, “First-State” condition?The award you see here for the Pointer Sisters Energy is nearly thirty-five years old, and it’s in relatively good shape. With the exception of the label fallen off the disc. There are certainly examples of awards from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with more exaggerated condition issues, from discs or plates coming loose, to the frames being cracked, or the mattes being stained or faded.
So how does this affect the award’s value?
There are collectors who think an award is more valuable if it is restored to look like new, and facilitate display. In the case of this Pointer Sisters RIAA Floater, it would mean opening the award, re-attaching the label, and then re-sealing.
There are collectors, including myself, with another school of thought. That an award is more valuable in it’s unopened, original, or “First-State” condition.
As to why, consider this: [click to continue…]