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2012 in Review: Confessions of a Newbie Card Collector

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Apologies for the lack of posts, but this is an ongoing problem for me and I doubt it will improve anytime soon (even though I have a new year’s resolution to blog more). Anyway, I thought I use this blog post to review my year in card collecting and reflect on what I did wrong, right, and provide an eye into the future.

The year 2012 saw my enthusiastic return to card collecting. I haven’t really collected anything since the junk card days of the 1990s. I stopped when it was no longer about the hobby but about the money. I blame Upper Deck for this, but eventually all card companies bought into it: the high-end of card collecting. But for some reason2012 was the year I wanted to dive back in. So I bought my first pack of 2012 Topps Series I pack and I was off. The thrill of opening a wax pack after so many years was electric. I felt alive. I felt a connection to long gone youth. So I bought another pack, and another, and another, etc…

In fact, I bought too many wax packs. I was planning to be a set builder, but in doing so I was spending a lot of money I had no reason to spend. I went overboard. I bought tons of hobby wax boxes, retail packs, singles, sets, etc. I had no plan, no discipline and no common sense. It got to the point that I got sick of them. I didn’t realize the landscape has changed so much. There is a lot of product out there, in varying price ranges, quality, that I was overwhelmed. I wanted it all, but I soon realized that was next to impossible. I realized I had to stop.

The whole point of card collecting is that it’s a hobby to be enjoyed, not to cripple you financially or emotionally. So I vastly reduced my card purchases and will reduce it further in 2013. I will come up with a plan for 2013, which I will hopefully post it here, soon after the new year.

Hope everyone has a great 2013 and to keep on collecting…

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