Yes, it's sad seeing the sometimes crazy prices some jag stuff sells for today, effectively turning them into unobtanium. Still, some titles still sell for less than the cost of making repro's, ie, it's cheaper to recycle a working cart than making a new one, which is kinda... bizarr.
While I am in one way happy that our atari's are being valued again, and no longer found on the streets waiting for the garbage truck, I'm also worried about prices getting out of reach for those who usually brings the most to the platform. So far the jaguar isn't more expensive than a last generation console, and with a much better resell potential at that, and the Falcon isn't more expensive than a good gaming PC, again, with a much better resell value. But still, if prices keep rising at this rate, it will hurt the platform, the same way gentrification kills neighbourhoods when the wannabe-hip rich ppl move in and displace the people and businesses that made the place hip to begin with.
With that said, I find it interesting to watch the retro market, which consoles that in the end attracts the collectors interest.
And generally, by looking at the market, cd-based consoles are so far getting the cold shoulder. I wonder if it is a generational thing, the would be collectors aren't old enough, or if it is that collecting is a middle-age man thing, and cds/dvds/bluray just doesn't appeal to us... With more and more games being online-based and digital downloads, will todays kids even have the opportunity to get nostalgic... will there be anything to collect at all from their youth? and while I do meet many young people very much into retrogaming, most of them are quite happy playing them on emulators, completely indifferent to the actual hardware.
I don't think many of us foresaw that our childhood "toys" one day would be collectibles, atleast I didn't, not even while I was busy saving all the ataris I could from the garbage truck.
Today I see many actually assumes their stuff will one day be collectibles, buying "collector editions" that's produced in thousands at outrageous prices. The future collectors market will definately be interesting to see. Will these "limited edition" ps4's, wii's, mario's etc really become valuable, or not...
I've also seen collectables more or less being killed by technology. Before landlines became obsolete, some particular models of telephones could sell for thousands of dollars. today those same telephones are in the low hundreds.