There is Relicing and there is Trashing. The first, I love..
The thing with relics, is exactly the way Keith Richards put it, when he actually kick-started the whole relicing idea.
The Fender CS gave him a couple of Micawber replicas to take on the road with him and he called them back and said: "I don't feel comfortable with them, they're too shiny! Could you bash them up a little?"
I think he pretty much nailed it!