Okay, so my uncle calls himself a wine connoisseur because he has developed a taste for good wine over many years. As good as his taste is he will swear up and down that you won’t get much quality difference in wines once they get above $60-$70 dollars. His philosophy is that if you are spending over $100.00 for wine you are more of a “collector,” in that it looks good in the wine cabinet but won’t taste any better on the table
Then he is a very odd "connoisseur", as all the ones I know, would dissagree. I even dissagree and Ive just started learning wine tasting a couple years back.A connoisseur (Fr. connaisseur, from Middle-French connoistre, then connaître meaning "to be acquainted with" or "to know somebody/something.") is a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, or an expert judge in matters of taste.
Well technically he would fit that description. How much will you pay for wine that you drink?
And to answer your question... I am neither really. I purchase bikes, and use bikes, but will also use whats at hand. I will take bikes though over anything, since thats what Im acustom to.
I assumed most would fit in that camp. That is why I think it's a more interesting question here than on one of the more "card" dominant websites.
Overall you got me thinking about this on a deeper level. My Uncle has acquired his palette through years of gourmet cooking, world travel, and winery hopping. That said his expertise is limited to a few extra factors. 1. He is upper middle class. So he can drop $60-$70 on wine and enjoy it as a nice treat but if a $200 bottle came out of his pocket he'd likely be thinking more on the price tag than the wine. 2. Unlike Dave he isn't a professional in the culinary arts. 3. Some people have more sensitive palettes than others. Some of the same factors apply to magicians and card appreciation. How much are you willing to pay for a deck you will use day to day and how much more for a deck that you just want to display?
Personally I would be willing to pay $20.00 for a deck I would use. It would be a treat and not something I would do very often but I could see myself spending that much for a deck I'm willing to trash with use and abuse. As for collecting cards for a display case...that just doesn't interest me right now.