How many pins does one buy before it starts becoming a "collection"?
If you have a collection of pins doesn't that make you a collector?
I think a person can be both, player and collector without there being any negative
conotations attached to being a collector.
I guess it all depends on each person's definition of what a collector is and isn't, and
on the number of pins you have before getting lumped into the collector category.
Look at Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, both car collectors. They have huge numbers of cars.
They also have a love of fine automobiles, they love them. I don't see anything negative about that.
If a person has 20+ pins, you definitely have a collection in my book. I don't see anything wrong with that. You obviously LOVE pinball machines to spend that amount of money on those pins, so what's the big deal about being a "collector"?
Where it turns negative for me is going from collector to hoarder. If you have a warehouse, barn or other large storage facility where you're sitting on hundreds of pins, most of them powered down gathering dust and not being played...that's worse to me than being a collector.
For me a collector appreciates the beauty and value of their collection, and they play the pins they own and let others play them as well. That's my 2cents worth...