Like many of you on here in blogland I too have a deep passion for collecting….. But that passion has taken a back seat to life and the world around me. Is it weird to think about how much money you’ve dropped on cards and what you have to show for it?? I’ve seem to have mixed water and oil in the same pot, you see to me it’s never been about the valve of the card or what all those price guides have to say about the cards. It’s about the love i have for collecting and all the fun it brings. But lately it hasn’t been fun and like i said before cards have taken over the house, making my wife upset and me thinking…. One of my buddies told me that collecting cards is like a money pit…. And i quote ” What do you see in collecting cards, like most everything else they also lose valve over time. Do i have to take you back to the 90’s??
You see I’ve really never told this to anyone in blogland, but in the 90’s i dropped a lot of money on cards thinking it would make me rich. Which ever happened and a lot of cards ended up in the trash with one kids broken dreams. I swore off collecting cards forever. I was a kid with a lot of “I told you so…” and questions but no answers. And empty pockets as well. So i stopped collecting until i was 27 years old. But i didn’t get back into cards just autographs. I use to be at every signing you could think of. It got so bad that it was basically my autograph collection or my family…. So i sold a bunch of stuff and put it in a IRA which is still holding strong today….. But I am at this point again in my collecting habits??
You see anything i focus on i go hard at…. I want the best of the best and i have no control. That’s why i would make a bad junkie, lol. But really collecting is like a drug, you fiend for a pack or a blaster every time you’re at Wal-mart or Target. And don’t even think about going to one of those stores and not taking a stroll down the card aside, cause you’ll be mad at yourself for days. Or you go looking for a t206 blaster but they don’t have any so you still have to buy something and you end up with a Topps ser. 2 blaster…… Which you didn’t want but you couldn’t go home empty-handed.
And i guess another thing i miss is trading…. Seems like all the trading has stop around here…. I use to get about 15 trades a month but now I’d be lucky to see 3 a month. And it’s mostly my fault cause i feel to lazy to comment on ya’ll blogs.
Maybe I’m just still in a funk….. Maybe i should sell some stuff, don’t worry y’all will gt first dibs. I just don’t know… Any ideas, or any sellers out there on which way is the best way to sell cards and sports stuff (autographes stuff). Or just a good story about collecting to get me out of this damn funk!!
– The Don..
This is my Adam Lind Autographed collection….. A couple of other bloggers have much nicer Lind collections but i got started late. I have a ton of base cards and numbered cards of his also. I started collecting Adam about 7 months ago and i’ve really tried to get as many of his auto’s as i can. If anyone out there has any Lind auto’s that i don’t have and would like to trade please let me know, thanks!! Wicked out!!!
Went to the shop the other day and picked up some supply plus i couldn’t walk out of there empty handed either so i picked these three cards up for a great price….. The two Yankee’s are up for trade.
Yesterday was the day i got to meet Mike and Gaby for the first time. The line was long even tho i got there an hour before there must have been at least 100 people in line already. And thank god it was inside cause if not it wouold have been crazy. I took my youngest with me cause mommy and Austin where going to see a movie….. Well he was a golden baby he just watched and smiled the whole time. By the time we got the the front of the line it was one item per person, so that made me change everything right there…… You see i had bought about 6 Gaby cards to get signed and gve some away on the blog, i didn’t have any Mike cards but i did bring a ball for him to sign but that didn’t happen either…. I was missing both of them on my team bat for this year so i had them sign the bat. They where really cool and nice and even let us take a picture with them. So overall a good day sometimes you can’t been greedy and they where allot of people that where acting like it…. Skipping people and trying to get more autos….. I’ always on the free autograph sence and i always see the same people tryin this bullshit most of them are dealers. After they leave they go home and put there stuff up on ebay which overall makes it hard on us the collecters to get an auto. Anyways here are the pictures…. Oh by the way i spun the free wheel and won this great Hawk HOF plate…..
About two weeks ago i sent Rollie Fingers a baseball with a small fee for him to sign for me….. Well today in the mail, there it was giving me the Finger…. It was a fast return as i’m sure he must get alot of things to get signed. Mucho thanks to Rollie and B over at 30 Year old Cardboard for the heads up!!