Re: Thought I had a 1911
The worst part is that commemoratives rarely if ever return the money invested in them. That is especially true of non-factory commems, where some group or other buys a bunch of guns and has them engraved, plated, or whatever, then peddles them in the Sunday supplements. We used to call those "Sunday Morning Specials", knowing that the buyers would never get back anywhere near the money they invested.
Similar "collectors items" were model cars, model steam engines, and the like. They cost a bundle, then showed up in the antique shops for $10 for the set.