Well, as a player who started in either 2009 or 2010, I have left twice, and am back for my third leg of the game. I gave my char items away when I left, both times, and I don't really care about having any items in the new game. The comments below are my opinions, and nobody is required to agree, nor to disagree, but do as you choose.
I don't agree with holding onto some item for a new game. If that's the case, can I get credits based on my resume? It seems illogical to bring the past into the future, like a ball and chain.
The game is the important bit, and I believe also that ALL items that are introduced to the game should be released and be obtainable by all, if they:
1) reach the level required,
2) pay the money, or
3) do the correct quests.
I also think that some items shouldn't be tradeable, even in this category, such as a special weapon at a certain level. This would make higher levels
easier, in that a monster could only be killed with certain weapons, and if they are only useable at higher levels (like the banshee bow), but minimised for lesser monsters, this would make it like changing the gears in a car as such.
That being said, I think a series of rings (no-use items) should be made reflecting the manaworld legacy. A legacy ring with levels on it, or something similar, or even a series of them. Something they can display, but it doesn't do anything else, except look good. Maybe even make it sparkle, like gold, or a gem in the sun. Hey, it worked for Snoop Dogg, and even Ali G (innit Alige)!
We had the hats, so why not use rings? Maybe allowing for a certain finger to have an identifying ring specifically from the past? We have plenty of fingers, so maybe we could allot more than one space for the ring? Even if it is just for display. That way there could be, not the rare item carried over, but a ring mentioning that the person HAD a rare item, or two, or twenty (as long as they were different items), or that they WERE a certain level, or even that they have been involved with the game for X amount of years.
As for devs and contributors, I think the t-shirts/caps are awesome, and should be something similar.