Quoted from jawjaw:
Few people can afford a classic car but they are still very popular. A classic muscle car is out of reach of most young guys but that doesn't mean they lose interest. Pins are no different. You may not be able to afford a TZ but maybe a Pinbot or something older. When you can finally afford a dream pin, it becomes more special.
You bring up muscle cars, that's where I see the issue with pricing and sustainability. 5 years ago, a NIB game was 1/2 the cost of 70's corvette (although technically not a muscle car). Now you can get a 70's/80/90's vette for less than a new pin. Which is why I now own a 72 vette instead of a NIB game.
Things happen. Look what happened to gas, who would have thought that it would have halved in 6 months? Things can turn quickly when supply/demand curve get out of whack and when speculators exit quickly like they did in the oil market.