Monday, August 11, 2014

Going for the gold!

One challenge with collecting cards and living in Canada is shipping. It doesn't take much to find a card -- or cards -- on eBay that I'd love to add to my collection. But shipping can be a killer. I can't stand the idea of paying fifty cents for a card and then having to drop seven bucks to ship it!

But every once in a while, luck strikes. I find a seller that has a bunch of what I'm looking for and is willing to combine -- or better yet cap -- shipping at some fixed amount. Better still is when that seller is located in Canada making shipping cheaper AND leaving a border-crossing out of the equation.

That's exactly what happened a week or so ago. I found a bunch of 1994 Collector's Choice Jays cards on eBay from one seller with very reasonable shipping rates. So I scooped up about 10 different auctions -- all at the opening bid -- and knocked 9 golds and the last 6 silvers off of my list. They just arrived today, so add this to the fact that the Jays won that 19-inning marathon yesterday, and suffice it to say that I'm a happy fella! Here's hoping I didn't just jinx the Seattle series that starts tonight.

Anyway, off to binder these. My silver signature team set is now complete and my Gold set is down to needing just 13 cards!

Thanks for reading!

Richard.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Answering a hypothetical question

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!

Richard.