There's a terrific 2013 interview with Robert Crumb, about collecting & obsession in general and old 78rpm records in particular, here at Discaholic Corner. It comes with this comic self-criticism from 1977:
and, at the end, this quote: “We humans with all our intelligence and cleverness are helpless creatures driven by forces over which we have very little control and which we barely understand. Who can fathom the collecting compulsion? It’s not something to be proud of, though it’s certainly not the worst human trait."
What never gets discussed in the interview is the observable fact that 99.999% of serious collecting prolonged into adulthood is by men and not by women. Completists, listmakers, those who remember the matrix numbers of prized-possession records: men.