Condition is always relevant! But a basket in excellent condition will not necessarily increase its value.
What is important to remember is the supply of other baskets in the market. In what condition are all the other same baskets in the market? For example, most newer items (from 1996 on) are all in excellent or mint condition. So in reality, the average basket dated prior to 1995 is in excellent condition, thus the AVERAGE value would reflect baskets in excellent condition. To earn the premium that you see reported in a HIGH value for these years, it is likely that more than just its condition is being considered.
For older baskets, condition plays a larger roll as most baskets prior to 1996 were used more frequently and stored less. Because it is harder to find an older basket in excellent or mint condition, bringing this feature of the basket into the forefront of determining its value in the market.
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