What kind of collector are you??
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?