I've been putting some things onto ebay, and thinking about my past record acquisitions... Back in the early 1980's I was working in a record store (meaning vinyl, 45 rpm's, cassettes and even 8-track tapes!) Even then, I thought most of the "popular" music of the day sucked wind big time, and I still think that for the most part when I hear 1980's music. This is in contrast to the strange (strange for me, I guess) experience in the last few years of hanging out with people in their early 30's, (I'm 40) and hearing them wax poetic about the greatest music ever, music from the 1980's! Of course I ended up buying a lot of crap, er, I mean collectable records when I worked at the record store (I like to save stuff.) I "invested" in things that I felt where different, stuff I hoped would be worth something to somebody someday. With regard to collecting anything, I've heard an interesting phrase: "The Thirty Year Rule", meaning that collectables peak in value in 30 years. This concept proposes the idea that people tend chase the items of their youth during their peak earning years, 30-45. That's why Beatles stuff was so hot around the time of "Anthology" back in 1995. I would think the same would apply to Elvis, Frank Sinatra or even Rudy Valee (who was huge in his day). The bottom line is, I guess, artists come, then go, they are remembered, and then they fade away. My question is, first of all, will all those quirky artists from the 1980's become popular and sought after, starting in about the year 2010? And secondly, think of your favorite music artist. Will their popularity eventually fade away to the point that only old folks (you!) care about them?