If you were to talk to my parents, they would tell you that ever since I learned the word "collection," I have had collections. In my mind, the purchase of a new G.I. Joe, rubber shark, or toy gun was more justified when it was not just something to play with, but for "my collection." I still have collections. I've written a few times about some of my vintage tackle finds. About a year ago, I also started picking up old skin mounted fish. I don't mind if they're crusty because it adds character. Actually, the choice to buy or walk away is more based on where I find it, and the price. Too often, people fancy old skin mounts "antiques" worth the same or more than the fish cost to have mounted years ago. News flash, they're not. Even the guys on "American Pickers" have reminded sellers that taxidermy—be it a grizzly or bluegill—will only ever decrease in value considering they'll never get better looking with time. That's a good thing to keep in mind if you ever want to sell a mount, and worth keeping in mind when I explain how I stumbled across what could have been the crown jewel of my skin mount collection.