How I got into collecting
I’m a relatively new collector. I only began collecting in the summer of 2013 after going through some of my dad’s old basketball cards. I really enjoyed reading them, sorting them, and checking out the stats of players that were playing before I was even born. I immediately began looking up highlight videos on YouTube of some of these guys with amazing numbers that I had never even heard of. Not long after, I noticed the packs of cards sold near the checkout at Target and I had my first pack: a retail rack pack of 2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball Cards. The rest is history.
What I collect
From what I’ve seen, there are a variety of types of collectors: team collectors, player collectors, single-sport collectors, set builders, and single-card type collectors. If I had to categorize myself I’d probably come closest to a team collector, but that’s really over-simplifying it. Set building is appealing to me, and if there’s a good deal on an autograph or relic card on eBay I might snag it even if the player isn’t on one of my teams. Since I’m new to the hobby, I’m really open to finding out what kind of collecting I like most and staying open to my own unique take on collecting. That being said, here’s what I’m interested in as of now:
- Sports: NFL, NBA, and MLB cards (I’m not a hockey fan)
- Teams: Packers, Spurs, and Astros (but I also follow the Red Sox and Brewers since even the most loyal Astros fan gets tired of losing so much)
- Types of Cards: Relics, autos, and good-looking inserts regardless of team (if I can get them for cheap). Design is pretty crucial for me, too. I generally find myself gravitating towards cards without borders, but there are definitely exceptions.
- Sets: I am hesitant to get into vintage baseball card sets because of the price, but one day I would like to build a set of early 1950’s Bowman cards. I realize this is ambitious, but maybe one day I’ll even get some T206 cards. The history of those sets is something special. Right now I am working on building a set of 2013 Gypsy Queen Blue-Framed (#/499) cards. I love the design and it’s a set I can build on a budget.
- Players: I’m really not picky about players. To me, part of the fun so far has been getting to know a lot more about players from the past, players on teams I don’t follow, and rookies coming up. It makes me feel more engaged with the sports I follow and makes games more fun to watch. If I had to pick, though: Favre/Rodgers, Robinson/Duncan/Ginobili, and Carlos Lee.