As a kid I used to love bragging about having so many baseball cards. Back in the early-90’s when collecting was at its peak, every kid in my neighborhood has a collection going. I would say at the most I had about 5,000 cards.
After my return to collecting in 2007, I reached about 15,000 cards before I realized how unhappy that was making me. You see, I am the most obsessive person in the blogosphere. I’m the kind of guy that sets all three remote controls in perfect angles and yells at anyone who moves them.
The idea of having so many cards from different brands, eras, and players began to drive me nuts. In January of this year I gave everything away. As you can imagine, my wife was not thrilled. After all, this was stuff we paid thousands of dollars for not sponsored boxes card companies occasionally send out.
I am happy today with nothing more than Andrew Miller and Jose Canseco cards. It’s truly all I can handle. That’s why I nearly had a heart attack when I checked out this eBay auction Voice of the Collector pointed to last night. There’s a thin line between collecting and hoarding and this guy clearly crossed it years ago.
What I don’t understand is that the seller has seemingly hundreds of recent game-used relics but I could not find a single certified autograph in the entire lot. Yes, there are some key rookie cards including the Topps Rickey Henderson and Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. but you can pick those cards up for under $20 dollars on eBay.
I would say 99% of the wax boxes pictured are considered “junk wax” by today’s standards. Sure, it’s fun to bust but unless you send out the key cards to get graded and they do well, it’s certainly not worth the $3,500+ the auction has already reached. If you used this collecting to open up a store, odds are you’d be out of business in the first month.
Am I wrong?