(I like your name ...) Anyway, it DOES sound like a nice set. And since cherry does naturally darken over time, it could have some value now or even down the road. My wife and I are jealous as the furniture made today is laminated (for the most part, except for probably what the Amish make.) And when you can find solid furniture, say from Keller Furniture, it's very very expensive.
IF the set happens to have value now or later down the road, re-finishing can affect its value. Not that you're gonna sell it but if you were in a pinch, antiques do bring in some quick cash. This is just an aside. The same goes for repairs made to the set. Again, if it has value, have an antique dealer or craftsman make the safest repair to preserve the value.