An interesting point was raised in Adol's superb SFC collection thread, and I thought it would be interesting to discuss it further.
How many of us have insurance for our collections?
Several years ago, my Dad used to be an insurance agent. I told him that I had catalogued and photographed my sci-fi collection, and estimated its value at approx. £10,000. I asked him if it was covered under our policy. He said no. When I asked why not, he said I couldn't prove that I owned all that. I said, "Well, I have photos!" He pointed out that, were there a fire or theft, I could not prove that those items were still in the house.
So, should we have a specific insurance policy with named items for our collection? Is that what they mean on the Antiques Roadshow when they say, "You should insure this Ming vase for £5000"?
Also, I'd be interested to see how the policies on this vary from country to country. I am in the UK, is the situation different elsewhere?
And what about dev gear? How do we insure that? "Err yeah, well this was $10,000 new, you could only buy it from Sony and had to be a developer. Technically, I shouldn't have it. I got it for $1000." I'm sure that'd go down well!