the rod has beaver cork - if you wanted a collectible, you want one with a hang tag still on it.
What you have is a rod to fish, and it has the karma of having been fished by the original owner.
There's nothing there that affects the value of the rod - if his reel indexing affects your ability to fish the rod, that becomes a disappointment for you.
It was his rod before, just like it's your rod now.
Here's one I sold to a big-time Shakespeare collector in NFLCC. The rod had no use to me to fish when put next to my others, and I thought it belonged in his collection.
After he received it, he said the blade and handle don't match - I was certainly fooled - they look pretty perfect to me, and the ferrule fit perfectly. But apparently his catalog showed different.