[meteorite-list] Most expensive meteorites!
From: John.L.Cabassi <John_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:55:15 -0700
"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders" ~ Chang Tsu
"To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch
of space is a miracle" ~ Walt Whitman
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To: Melanie Matthews; Meteorite-list
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Most expensive meteorites!
I'm sure Ed is a good guy, and certainly wasn't referring to him as a
meteorite monger. ;) Only those who would deny the public access to
meteorites are meteorite mongers. However that doesn't change my opinion
of the logic of his opinion.
You mention in your signature that you eat, sleep and breathe meteorites
24/7. So do I, just as many others on this list. I think I can say with
agreement from everyone, that meteorites are the coolest rocks on the
I simply believe we should share that with everyone on the planet! Who
are we to obstruct the progression of knowledge?
On 8/10/2010 5:31 PM, Melanie Matthews wrote:
> Ed Majden and I are actually neighbors, I have been to his home a few
> times and had some good looks at his meteorite collection. He is a
> good man and not monger. Think he has a misinterpretation on things.
> IMCA: 2975
> eBay: metmel2775
> Known on SkyRock Cafe as SpaceCollector09
> I eat, sleep and breath meteorites 24/7.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Meteorites USA<eric at meteoritesusa.com>
> To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
> Sent: Tue, August 10, 2010 5:08:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Most expensive meteorites!
> Though Ed is entitled to his opinion, I must disagree. Perhaps I
> misunderstand what he meant, and hope he's joking...
> Ed, Your logic seems to be that collectors only collect because they
> are selfish, greedy people with a "my meteorite is bigger and better"
> mentality. On the contrary, meteorite collectors are some of the most
> generous and knowledgeable people I've ever met. Your statement says
> nothing about, and ignores "why" meteorite collectors collect
> meteorites at all.
> Did it ever occur to you that collectors might collect because
> meteorites are intrinsically and historically interesting!? Or that
> collectors collect because they actually like the feeling it gives
> them to hold in their hand a rock older than the Earth!? Your
> statement also implies that private collectors should have no right to
> collect at all, is very clinical and unemotional to say meteorites
> should be about the science only. It's a damn good thing the world
> ain't run by people like that think this way. It's would be one
> helluva boring place! I hope you are not one of those that would see
> every meteorite on the planet in inaccessible collections, sitting in
> backroom/laboratory specimen drawers that never see the light of day,
> instead of letting the public enjoy them. This type of mentality is
> selfish, egotistical and a controlling travesty we have to deal with
> in this business. People that look down on others because they enjoy
> something, and try to control the access to meteorites by hoarding
> them in huge collections that the public does not have ready access
> to, are meteorite mongers in my opinion. No offense...
> Collectors want to share the enjoyment of meteorite collecting by
> buying, selling, collecting, trading, sharing photos, and studying
> meteorites on their own and with like minded individuals within this
> great community. You know how many private collectors have microscopes
> sitting in their homes? Almost every collector I know does. Collectors
> study, admire, and collect meteorites not because they are "bigger and
> better" than the next guys, not even entirely because they are rare.
> We collect meteorites because of how it makes us feel. The awe
> inspiring feeling of smallness in the universe. It makes us feel that
> we have a connection to the universe, a sense of uncommon knowledge of
> something much bigger than ourselves. Meteorites fill great and
> mysterious voids with knowledge and information about our universe and
> ultimately ourselves. It's about something that is much more important
> than us. To be able to walk to your collection display and pull out a
> specimen of the material that built our solar system and the planets,
> that is why we collect. Collectors share this experience of joy and
> wonder with other collectors and the public through their own
> galleries and mini-museum collections which pay homage to the
> greatness of some of the worlds finest collections of meteorites. We
> need to share that feeling with everyone!
> Besides all that. Meteorites are the COOLEST rocks on the planet!
> On 8/10/2010 2:28 PM, Ed Majden wrote:
>> This confirms my impression of collectors! They are NUTS! I
>> don't single out meteorite collectors but all collectors. Let us
>> look at art as an example. If a painting by a famous artist sells for
>> big bucks and later it turns out to be a fake it is nearly worthless
>> again. It has nothing to do with the quality of the painting but who
>> actually is the so called famous painter. The Ottawa art community,
>> government, if I recall correctly paid big bucks for three stripes
>> painted on a couple of sheets of plywood. Several people said they
>> would duplicate this so called famous painting at a fraction of the
>> cost, but there were no takers. Collectors and their vanity proves
>> they are all NUTS! I have something you don't have! ;-) Meteorites
>> should be about what they do for science and Not scarcity! Ed Majden
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