Lately I have been trying to decide where my collection should go. For years, I have centered on the idea of volume over quality. This was an easy decision since I never seemed to have funds for quality cards. I can break up my collection like this:
- Patch Cards
- Game Used
- Rookie Cards
I was using the theme of players that never made it for my collection for the longest time, but I’m thinking of changing the direction of the collection yet again. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my patch collection and likely will continue down that path. However I find myself with no clear road. With the massive amount of fake autographs and patches, the idea of going after them just isn’t appealing. Buying boxes has never been my thing. Inserts are getting boring, so I find myself intrigued by getting older rookie cards. By older I’m talking about pre – 1980 (baseball), pre-1990 (football / hockey).
There is a certain drawback to that though. The cards will never be worth more than they are priced at today. For instance, take a Mike Schmidt rookie card, ebay average value is at about $30 – $40 depending on condition. Ten years from now, the value will likely be the same. With the advent of population reports, there clearly is no surprise in how many of any one card is out there.
Another idea I had was to create a “blogger universe” only set, which each blogger, makes his or her own mini set. I would love to do a set of cut signature cards. I am collecting autographs for that purpose. I have also found that may people are interested in owning replica autographed cards. How cool would it be to create a set dedicated to Old Time football, baseball or hockey players?
I guess in the end I’m just trying to find an outlet for my creativity or my minuscule funding. I love cards, I just don’t know what to collect or make next. That’s where my readers come in and make the call, what should I focus on next?