Well, I've finally done it. After months of silence on this blog, I've figured out what comes next. And all it took was an answer to a hypothetical question.
For some time now I've been toiling with how to proceed with my collection. I haven't stopped collecting mind you, nor have I stopped following a lot of other blogs (shameless plug, if you haven't checked out Robert's Topps tournament over at $30 a week habit, you really should), but while rebuilding my (lost) wantlist a few months ago I became overwhelmed with trying to checklist all of the different issues that have been released since I collected as a kid (that was 1994). I kinda put everything on hold because I just didn't know what to do.
And then I decided to answer a hypothetical question posed by The Lost Collector. I encourage you to read the post yourself (LC is doing some good work over on his blog, you really should check it out too), but to paraphrase: If I can only keep one box of cards what do I keep?
In response to a hypothetical question, I commented that I felt I could get my Blue Jays Collection (less any post-1994 cards) into a 3200-count box. I've decided that's what I'm actually going to do. Now, I may not actually store the cards in a box, as I may elect to keep it in binders, but I am going to limit the collection to 3200 cards.
And just like that, simply commenting on a blog, it all seems to clear: Just don't worry about anything post-1994! I mean, I will probably still pick a card here or there (my wantlist *does* have some post-1994 stuff on it), but I'm not going to fret over all the sets, subsets, parallels, refractors, etc. If I like the looks of a card, I'll collect it. If I don't, then I won't. Really, pretty simple. I have no idea why there was such a mental hurdle to clear in making that decision, but it was. And now it's cleared.
So there we go. Some direction is back. Hypothetically.
Hypothetically, because I'm still going to continue my pursuit of a PSA 1977 OPC Jays set, am still going to continue my prewar PC, and am likely going to pick a set to build as a long-term project soon. But that's another story ;)
Thanks for reading!