So I'm finally starting to get a handle on all of my Blue Jays cards. I've got three 2-1/2" binders all but filled (with spaces left for missing cards). One has all Topps base and update cards from 1977-1994, one is entirely regional issues from 1984-2002 (Oh Henry, Fire Safety, Nabisco, Dempster's, McDonald's, etc) and one starts out as Upper Deck and ends with random sets that don't fit anywhere else. Everything else is in boxes while I sort and catalog. Eventually, I want it all in binders.
There's no doubt I'll collect all the base sets from Topps, Donruss and the like, but there are also a whole lot of what I'll call fringe issues that I'm just not sure what to do with. I'm talking about some of the late 1990's and early 2000's issues where there are so many different insert and parallel sets that my head spins just looking at them. Some of them are quite interesting. Some of them are not.
After staring at all of these cards for a while, I'll tell myself that I'm not going to pursue this or that set. 1998 Pacific Online is a good example. It's an odd-looking issue. It's not something I collected while it was actively being released. I don't have much of a connection to it. The vertical 'online' along the left side is weird. That white banner across the top looks like the message that my cable provider uses to interrupt my web surfing to warn me that I'm nearing the limit of my download capacity for the month. Just on principle, I can't bring myself to visit that bigleaguers.com url. I just want to find the close button to click it so that white banner goes away. But you get the point; the set simply doesn't resonate with me.
But it's a Blue Jays card. And it's Carlos Delgado. And I already own it. Oh, what to do. I can't see myself wanting to checklist and chase that issue, but I also can't see myself getting rid of it. Especially not when it's Carlos Delgado. But what is one to do?
How do you define the parameters around your team collecting?
Thanks for reading!