My Personal Collection

 

Now that I have made rules about collecting I have to decide what my own Personal Collection is going to be. I have decided that I can only have 5 categories. Plus an extra card for every year I was born, so 31 cards other than my main-PC.

 

Personal Collection Picks

 

1) Detroit Tigers *

 

2) Mike Stanton **

 

3) Bryce Brentz ***

 

4) USA cards ****

 

5) *****

 

* I am not going to keep every base card. My rules are pretty much no duplicates and no cheap base cards. I am not going to go out of my way to buy any Tiger cards but Brennan Boesch cards.

 

** Mike Stanton is going to be a beast. This is my prospecting for my PC. I am going to flip him one day.

 

*** Bryce Brentz is turning out way better than I thought he would. I started collecting him because I wanted Bryce Harper cards to keep for my son, but Harper was too expensive to collect.

 

**** I love USA cards. A lot of these cards are the very first time some of these phenoms hit cardboard. I decided to keep the USA as a PC because I can’t break them up into teams yet. Plus I like them.

 

***** I am going to leave #5 blank for now

Rules To Collecting Cards

 

I decided that my baseball card collecting has gotten to be a little extreme lately. I have too many cards. I need to unload all of these extra cards now, and make some extra space in my closet. My biggest problem collecting cards lately has been I do not have a very specific Personal Collection (PC). I would keep all Detroit Tigers base, insert, etc. Past and present players. If it had the Old English D then I kept it. Another issue was I started trying to become a “prospecter”. What I mean by “prospecting” is to do research on a player and buy their cards before they are in the Big League and then sell for way more than you bought them for. This is great fun, but I do not have the patience for it.

 

I decided that I was going to make a pact with myself. I am going to make some rules and stick to them. These rules are going to make it so that I can not keep EVERY card that catches my eye. There is not much money coming in when you do not sell the valuable cards. Now that I have my rules I should be able to have a more concentrated PC, and more cards going in and out. More cards for me to “play” with. I am 31-years old with a 1 year 8 month old son, so why do I love these cards so much? I am sure it has something to do with holding on to childhood, my hording issues, or maybe my OCD-type behavior that makes me constantly organize and re-organize these valuable pieces of cardboard. OK, so I have a FEW flaws. My wife still loves me, and I love her too. My love for her and my boy are what makes me make these rules.

 

Rules For Collecting Cards:

 

1) Pick 5 things to collect for your Personal Collection*

 

2) Only collect Baseball Cards (Unless in PC)**

 

3) Add one card that is not in PC for every year you were born ***

 

4) Every year I have to try and collect the Topps Series 1, 2, and Update sets and put them in a binder ****

 

5) Sell EVERYTHING that is not PC

 

*I decided on being able to collect 5 things, because it is a fair number.

 

** I am scared that I will start collecting Lions cards. I really like the Lions, so I am cutting myself off.

 

*** This is my excuse to be able to keep some of the cards that I am attached to. 1985 Cory Snyder USA card for example J

 

**** My son was born in 2010. I decided then that I want to have a collection that I can hand down to him. I realize that the plain Topps sets will be worth little, but we will have tons of fun collecting these cards and ripping packs together trying to complete a set. I sure hope Bryce likes cards as much as I do.

Happy Fathers Day!

This is my 1st Fathers Day as a proud parent myself. I was woke up to the smell of french toast …. mmm mmm. After sleeping in a little while longer I went into town and picked out my Fathers Day present. My wife and child knew I wanted some cards, but I was able to pick out which ones I wanted. I decided to go with a 2010 Bowman blaster box,  2010 Bowman rack pack, another 3-ring binder with 100 sheets, and a pack of 2008 Donruss Elite.

I wish that I had a scanner so that I could show off great picks of my good cards. I will have to pick one up soon enough, but for now here are some pics from my camera.

2008 Donruss Elite – Waste of money. I did pull a Joba Chamberlein, but not really my thing.

2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

2010 Bowman Rack Pack – Not too impressed with this pack either. I did get one Detroit Tigers Chrome and I got a Bryce Brentz card. The Bryce Brentz card alone was worth the pack to me. My son is named Bryce and I want to have a collection of Bryce cards for him for when he is grown up. I really wanted a Bryce Harper card, but this will work for sure.

2010 Bowman Rack pack. Bryce Harper?

2010 Bowman blaster box – Unwrapped the box and had a good feeling. Is this the box my Bryce Harper was going to come in? Is there a Strasburg? There are so many good Tigers’ rookies, but I need to get that Austin Jackson. I ended up getting a few great cards. Tigers Rc’s, but no Jackson 😦 Best card was a second Stephen Strasburg Chrome.  Also I opened a Orange J.A. Happ 116 / 250.

8 packs of 2010 Bowman. Top one had the Strasburg Chrome.

I have spent a fair amount of money on 2010 Bowman so far this season, but I have been fortunate so far. I have one Stephen Strasburg 1st Bowman card and 2 Strasburg Chromes. I have purchased a few blaster boxes for resale and almost doubled my money on those, so that has helped the recoup. Going to put some cards up for sale. Just doubles though as I am trying to complete the set for my Bryce Michael. The best Fathers Day present is him.

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