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Yesterday, an online auction took place to benefit the estate of Paul Denney with the purpose of creating a scholarship with the proceeds. While the intent was good, I fear the vehicle to bring proceeds in from the sale was not optimal for the family. This brings me to the point of this post.
Each of us has a responsibility to ensure we provide details on each fan we acquire/own for that inevitable day we slip this mortal coil.
Personally, I keep a logbook, journal, spreadsheet, whatever you wish to call it with the following information.
Basic history on the fan like build location, date of manufacture, etc
Purchase information including date, person, location, PRICE paid and finally any provenance that is acquired from the seller. (Provenance is key, even if they picked it up at a garage sale, get the city and state.) Start building it! You may find it adds an entire new dimension to your collection.
Ensure your loved ones know where this information is kept and you will be doing a service to them and the next caretaker of your collection piece.
It isn't too late, document what you can and place estimates or current market values with dates if you do not have record or cannot remember.
You will be surprised how many times you will reference this material as you go through your fan journey.
I took a page from our good friend Darryl Hudson's book when I have visited for his yearly Carolina Fan Meets. Tag each fan with a number so you can easily reference in your logbook.
Get your collection in order, you have a responsibility to your family and to your collection.