Archive for June 2009
The contest was to guess a number between 1 and 500…I chose 333, knowing his favorite player’s (Jose Canseco) jersey number was 33. That number was already taken so I threw another 3 on the end for good luck, and because it was Chris Paul’s number. Isn’t she a beauty?
As I’m starting to get back into The Hobby, I find myself wondering how I want to protect my cards from damage. There are endless options: three ring binders with the 9 cards a page protective sheets, top loaders, monster boxes, the hinged-thingamjigs, penny sleeves, shoeboxes, I could go on and on. Right now I’ve got a bunch in top loaders and a bunch in binders, but I want to make sure I’m doing this the safest way possible.
I’m trying to sort my vast collection that I’ve amassed over the years (including all of my new goodies from my three-month binge since I’ve been sucked back into collecting) so I need to come up with the best strategy to protect my collection, and also to catalog it. Is there a certain dollar value that any of you require to put a card in a top loader vs. a penny sleeve? What about complete sets…do you store those in large boxes with other cards or do you get a box for just that set?
Lastly, how do you catalog your cards (or do you?)? Is there software that you use to track what you own, do you do it yourself in a spreadsheet? Any helpful tips from my collecting colleagues would be greatly appreciated!
So as I’ve decided to come back to the hobby (actually, it’s more like the hobby decided for me, I had little control!) I’ve struggled with defining what type of collector I am. I originally started collecting in 1987 when my dad brought home a pack of 1987 Topps with the wood border (I’ve now learned the set is practically worthless, but it will forever hold a place in my heart!). I collected nothing but baseball until around 1992 when Jordan-mania hit, and shifted to basketball cards which I would collect for another 5 years or so until I became “too cool” for the hobby.
I’ve bought packs here and there over the past 10 or 15 years, but nothing major, especially compared to the splurge I’ve had over the past few months since I read about the ‘83 Fleer Project.
The hobby was so new to me when I came back…autographed cards? Game-used jerseys? Refractors? Huh??? Not to mention how many different brands, and sub-products within those brands, I was completely lost, I just knew I had to have some wax. I’ve bought several boxes since that day (07 Exquisite Rookie Signatures, 08 Topps Co-Signers, 08 Allen & Ginter, just to name a few, more on these in a later post), bought haven’t really felt like I’ve gotten my “value” back. I’ve started putting together some sets (74 & 75 Topps) but I don’t get the excitement of opening packs. I’ve started a player collection of my favorite player growing up, Barry Larkin, but there are just soooo many cards out there.
I think I’ll try to be a balance of the three, but that leads me to my question for the readers (not that I have any yet or anything!), what type of collector are you?
Houston, we have a problem…I can’t stop buying wax!! Okay so a few months ago my girlfriend, knowing I’m a huge sports fan, sent me an article from Yahoo that she thought I might like. Pretty neat stuff considering I used to collect baseball cards about 15 years ago. I then saw the link at the end of the article about the 1983 Fleer Project. That my friends, is when my life took an unexpected turn (some say for the worst, I say for the better!).
This blog is built to chronicle my life and times as a collector in The Hobby, and share with each of you as my collection grows. I hope to meet some great trading partners, and maybe a few friends along the way. A special shot out to Mario at Waxheaven, he is my inspiration, and I can only hope that my blog becomes as successful as his (congrats on 1,000,000!).
I hope to do video box breaks, do contests, show mail days, give my want lists, and give some good posts on the hobby in general. Please bookmark me, keep visiting, and comment on my posts!