四海为家的小黄鸭 Mighty yellow ducks
The values of things are quirky.There's no hard and fast rule as to what constitute a truly valuable thing or what condemns one into permanent oblivion.
It is all in a flux.And what at one time may be a worthless thing could one day turn into a highly-sought-after item,all depending on the angle from which people suddenly choose to look at that certain thing.
Like those rubber ducks from China.
You may have heard about those legendary ducks.Since the container they were carried in tipped over into the Pacific Ocean back in 1992,they've been drifting on the sea for over 14 years.They commenced their cross-oceanic voyage upon the breaking of the containter.Up to now,Some of them have traveled to as far as the coast of America and Eruope.They are basically doing a global circuit,without pilot and guidance whatsover.They just floated,breaked the tide,and forged on.No wave could ever possibly sink them,since they are,well,just rubber ducks.Gravity and tremendous tides are rendered powerless in this case.When they crossed the icy Bering strait,got frozen on ice and floated en masse with the moving glacier,they stuck together and simply won't let go.When the ice mass reached The Atlantic and thawed,they freed themselves and continued their brave voyage.It looked as if their desire to see the world knows no bounds,and no dangers.Decades of 'Swimming' in water have bleached most of them,rendering them bone white(they are originally bright yellow),and some experts argue,they may even already be too brittle to sustain even a tiny squeeze.
In other words,these ducks are hardly presentable in terms of appearance,but when it comes to symbol significance they come to take on,they are truly invaluable toys.
People tend to emphasize the symbolic part of items when they choose collectibles.Artificial beauties,however magnificent,are generally easy to achieve.The items that have tremendous significance yet wrought by forces beyond human control and manipulation are among the most ideal. Just Like those globe-trotting rubber ducks. The ever-higher bidding prices for those duckie warriors on Ebay reflects this all too well.
And it's a good thing that they are originally from China.Their surviving tens of thousands of storms at sea seems to speak volumes about their good quality,which translates to good news for China as the global manufacturing hub.