However I must say that although the triplet collections are good I fail to see the point of having more than one example of practically the same bike right down to the colour scheme. That would be like a stamp collector only collecting penny blacks
I don't think this was aimed at the EWRs, but they are one of three pictures that could possibly apply to your observation. I'd only point out that for somebody like GM and his GT's...somebody who eats sleeps and dreams GT's, I'm sure the three midnights are very different to him. The Sea and Sky Kleins, maybe not as much, but I'm not that gaga over Kleins that I'd be able to identify the subtle differences, were they to exist.
As for the EWRs, there is an early OWB, an E-Motion, and a re-issue OWB in that picture, and they are all orange because orange considered a bit of a trademark color for EWR. I wouldn't expect somebody who isn't bananas for EWRs to notice all of that, I'm sure most folks would just see a lot of orange paint and triangulated bike frames, but they are very different bikes. Could the possibility exist that the owners of the other two sets of similar triplets recognize the same diffences in their collections? Surely a possibility, and I've seen stranger justifications around here for buying bicycles!
Not quite the same as owning multiples of the same stamps. Although even there, you can have stamps that vary in the slightest... perforations, watermarks, etc. A 'Black Penny' enthusiast would know the difference for sure. Just a thought.
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