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.

Stephen Strasburg. The Hobby Hero? Or Villain??

He never officially wore a cape, but Strasburg was a hero of collectors everywhere. People rushed to hobby shops, eBay, and retail chains worldwide to get their hands on him. Some people did it for profit on his cards, others did it for profit by the box or by the case, but some people were reminded of when they were a kid and found their way back to the hobby. Therefore I believe Strasburg to be a hero, because this is one of the two main reasons I started to collect again myself. The other reason is my little man, Bryce Michael, and the fact that I want him to have the collection that I was never handed down. Nothing against my Dad or my childhood, but I always wished someone would have passed me down something of value. Baseball cards preferably but coins or comic books would have been sweet too. I didn’t just want them for the value. I know how much goes into collecting something, and I would love to share in that connection. Someday I am going to hand Bryce these cards and hopefully he will enjoy flipping through all of them. Maybe even not sell them all right away 🙂 Maybe even keep some of them and pass them on to my Grandson.

If he is anything like his Dada  he will prolly take a few cards out to a hobby shop (more like some sort of eShop) and sell them off so that he can take a girl out. By the way, in about 1996 a 1985 Topps Mark McGwire RC could be sold for the cost of a couple gallons of gas and enough to pay for some Big Boy and movie tickets 😛

1985 Topps Mark McGwire RC

So what does Strasburg mean to the sport now that he is injured and needs surgery? To the money hungry companies i.e. Topps it means everything, but to the everyday collector it is good news. Why? This summer the hobby went upside down. It was a great feeling! You had a great reason to rip open packs. Am I going to pull a Strasburg? A Bryce Harper? Am I going to keep or sell if and when I do pull? That was a question with everyday collectors. Do I want to make a profit? Or do it for the “love”? You could go to Wal-Mart and buy 10 blaster boxes and double your money. Turn $200 into $400 overnight, but only if you didn’t open up ALL the blasters that night before you logged on to eBay 🙂

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Auto

The only people who can justify making a villain out of Strasburg are the ones who wanted to make more money off the guy. I mean, you got your piece of the pie at everyone else expense, but now move on. Let me make a hero out of the guy and what he unknowingly did for my Son and I ( as long as my son likes cards when he grows up).

 

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