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Saturday, March 15, 2008

State of the Collection Address

My fairly recent entry into baseball card blogging has re-energized the collector in me. But looking for the big hit just isn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I was super excited when I pulled a Roy Oswalt Autograph, numbered to 50, mainly because he has been on my simulation baseball team team for the last 6 years.
I have always been a regular collector of cards. I collected sets when I was a kid. I bought complete sets and an occasional single card or pack. Lately I buy random packs from Target or a box off ebay. My cards are stored in boxes, by set or by player name. Cards valued by Beckett at $5 or more are in top-loaders and those over $1 are in penny sleeves. Pre-Eighties $1 cards are in a binder.

Recently I decided to downsize my collection. I think I had every major set made from 1986 to 1990. I realized I didn't care about having most of the cards in these sets. I enjoyed the process of collecting them but didn't need to keep them just for the memories. Please don't shriek in horror or turn your nose up in disgust, I threw many of them away. I thought there was nobody who wanted them. I have since regretted my decision, but only because I now know that there are current collectors trying to complete those sets.

Truth be told, my collection is better now. I enjoy them more because I have more of them in places where I will actually look at them. And they take up less space. I have even decided to go back through my many now non-set cards from the 80's and 90's and downsize some more. Do I need 50 Roberto Alomar cards? Because my collection lacked any focus for so long, I have large amounts of "common cards" of everybody.

I used to only trade doubles. Now I am just beginning to realize that I can make my own collection better while helping other collectors improve theirs. I am not trading my 1990 Score black-and-white Bo Jackson card but I might have a few others that someone would really enjoy.
My recent trades, for mostly Mets cards, have inspired me to have a current collecting focus. I don't want every Mets card ever produced, just one card of every player who has ever been a Met. I have been sorting my cards, pulling Mets players, and filling up binder pages. I prefer my Mets in Mets uniforms but I am not being that picky just yet. I need far too many of those pesky 1960's versions to worry about what uniform Dan Wheeler is sporting. This new focus has made pack ripping more of a thrill. I didn't pull an autographed refractor but I did get a Brian Bannister. The bonus: Mets uni, not Royals!!! I will post a list of Mets needs in the coming months. I will also try to share more about what my collection is like so that you might request certain items when deciding to send that Choo Coleman Met card that you think I would enjoy more than you. Happy Collecting!


Bay Rat North West said...

Oh how I envy you. I have started collecting Oswalt in addition to my vaunted Reds. I first met him in 1998 at a church luncheon I took my grandmother to. Roy also brought his grandmother to the luncheon. He lives about an hour from my grandmother. We have since run into each other once or twice a year in the off season. Great guy and a true country boy. And good luck on the Mets players. Let me know when you want cards from a great team and I will send some Reds to you.

Dinged Corners said...

Looking forward to information about What Type of Mets Cards you are seeking. We are still greatly enjoying the cards you sent. P&L

Anonymous said...

I've recently re-entered the hobby as well, and I'm a lot like you (except I won't be throwing anythin away...LOL). I would recommend the Bench forums, I have a few trades pending there and everyone seems pretty cool so far.

Steve Gierman said...

Once you get your player list up, I'd love to help out.

skoormit said...
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skoormit said...

I got back into collecting recently as well. I collected as a kid in the late 80's and had boxes and boxes and boxes of cards I never looked at. I want to avoid that situation again. I realized after opening a few blaster boxes that most of the cards I get in packs are cards that I will never look at again. In other words, it's not a cost-effective way to build a collection that you want to spend time with. For now, I'm not buying any more packs. Instead, I'm trading all the cards I have that I don't want on The Bench. It's slow, but it's fun, and I end up getting a lot of cards that I *do* want. I'm also going to try to get one card of every player that ever played for one team. My team is the DBacks. They've only been around 10 years, so it should be easier than trying to get all the Mets, or something impossible like all the Reds or Giants or Cubs.