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Old 11-17-2017, 03:08 PM
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Default The journey, not the destination

Originally Posted by bnorth View Post
...I am almost done with a 55 Bowman. I received at least 1/3 of the cards for free including most of the star players. With what I have into the rest of the set including shipping I could have bought a complete set in better condition.

I will say the experience of putting a set together is well worth the price.
Hey Ben - I finished a '55 Bowman set myself recently. All ungraded cards about VG/EX. The umps are surprisingly tough, but reading their backs was more informative than the players. I had purchased twenty EX commons for five bucks from an ad in the back of a sports mag nearly forty years ago, and came upon them while looking for something else in my musty files. Have to admit that it was almost as enjoyable picking the cards up a few at a time as the work I did on all the other 50's sets back in the 80's. The economic value of it never crossed my mind.

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Old 11-17-2017, 03:10 PM
1952boyntoncollector 1952boyntoncollector is offline liebe.rman
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Worth it for the money -no

Worth it for time and fun -yes

Almost all card collecting is not worth it for the money so not sure money really matters

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Old 11-17-2017, 03:17 PM
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Its all about the chase.

Set collectors get to enjoy this to infinity. There is never a moment when there is not something you need out there.

I love this aspect of the hobby.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:12 PM
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Default The Chase

What I have found is that there is definitely a cadence when collecting a set by hand.

For me, it usually starts with buying a couple of different lots to get started... Then it seems that every card in the set you see for sale is one you need! It is awesome. Every day seems to bring another new purchase to you in the mail....

After awhile, things start slowing down a bit as you start seeing fewer cards that you "need"... Less mail shows up at your door...

Then comes the long slog... Only 10 cards left.... 9 cards left... Getting each one feels like an accomplishment but the gaps between acquisitions get longer... Where is all of my mail?

And then... finally... SUCCESS! You get the last card you need and your DONE! Well... almost... you start looking at your set and realize that you need to upgrade... Wash... Rinse... Repeat...

I am three years into building my 1953 Bowman Color set. Stuck in the long slog... 10 cards left and counting...
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:34 PM
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I enjoy collecting the set and putting it together Card by card. Investment wise Iím sure it is cheaper to buy the whole set but as a collector it is far more enjoyable putting the set together Card by card. For most of us the farther you go back the less likely it is to have the money to buy the whole set at once.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:02 PM
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Thanks for all of the input!
It is good to hear the varied opinions.
I started collecting in 1976 with the gift of a complete set.
I then worked on every set going forward. I sold that collection
to buy diapers and food for children.
I have now been collecting for several years again and enjoy the set building experience. I am also looking to
eventually sell my collection again for a fair price.

I just appreciate what you all have to say.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:28 PM
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Kindred spirit here
I collect for the fun and the memories, only spending what I can afford without effecting the family. When I am gone the boys can do what they wish. I could care less what my sets are worth versus what they cost me to put them together. Nothing like the excitement of getting the last few cards for a set even if they are not big names.

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I agree 100%. I collect for enjoyment, not investment.

When I die the enjoyment dies with me. I've already instructed my son that when I'm gone the cards are all his and he is to immediately sell them for whatever he can (it's all 100% profit for him) and spend it on something memorable and enjoyable for him.

That way three people get something out of the collection (myself, my son, the person he sells them to). Hard to see a downside there.

If your hobby is about how much money you can make from it, that's not a hobby.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:14 AM
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I donít want all that volume. I didnít care about Sixto Lezcano when his card came out of (every) pack I busted as a kid and I donít want to collect his cards now just to check off a checklist. I prefer to collect just the cards and players that meant something to me and use the money Iíd spend on commons for something else.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Exhibitman View Post
I donít want all that volume. I didnít care about Sixto Lezcano when his card came out of (every) pack I busted as a kid and I donít want to collect his cards now just to check off a checklist. I prefer to collect just the cards and players that meant something to me and use the money Iíd spend on commons for something else.
Funny you mention Sixto, Adam. When I was a kid I thought he was cool just for his name alone. Unfortunately, his batting average was cool as well...
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:43 AM
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There is at least one guy, besides Sixto, who likes Sixto. When I built the Topps 1985 Mini set in both regular and blank back, someone contacted me and said he was a collector of all Sixto cards and offered me a lot of money for the blank back. But since it was part of a fairly tough set I kept it.

Also, what does the little green arrow on this thread mean ?

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