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Old 02-01-2019, 09:52 AM
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I go in and out of post war (mostly to sell). They are generally just too common for me to like very much. I like rarity and scarcity and pre-war is better than post war, to me, in that respect. Good debate though.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:17 PM
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My childhood collecting years were 1971-1980. I love the cards from that era so I collect them. I started back up with all four sports about 6 years ago and at the time bought a lot of slabbed cards. I've since decided that I am better off and enjoy raw cards more except for the superstars, so I am selling off the slabs and replacing with raw cards instead. So my Ryan run is slabbed but my Blylevens are raw. I don't get too hung up on technical grades, I just want them to look like they did when I opened the packs, so centering is a nice but unnecessary thing.

In terms of prewar, I've always preferred a bunch of lesser grade cards to one high grade cards. Take Babe Ruth: when I decided to fill in a bunch of his cards about 10-15 years ago, I went for lower grade in quantity. I suppose it has to do with my childhood collecting. I did not see high grade cards from the 1920s-1930s, I saw g-vg cards. I 'feel' those. And I far and away prefer having a stack of Babe Ruth instead of one card. I left a lot of money on the table not going higher grade I suppose, but WTF, it is my fun not my career.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:42 PM
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I know for me, my collecting evolves over time as I learn more about certain issues and my interests are piqued. I believe reevaluating things is one of the benefits of collecting, it's a good opportunity to reset your priorities and perhaps move in a different direction.
I first dabbled in pre-war when I bought a Tris Speaker T206 with a Sweet Cap back. It was a great card and I loved it. But as I learned more about the T206s, the different backs really struck a chord with me, so I started a new project to get all the Red Sox players and each one with a different back. I sold that first Speaker to help fund other purchases.
One reason I like prewar is that I'm more inclined to get lower grade examples and not worry much about dings here, a crease there, etc. It's freeing. I also collect modern issues (Topps team sets of the Red Sox for every year), where I am much more picky about condition (naturally).
Collecting doesn't need to be an all or nothing venture in this way, my priorities for one part of my PC aren't necessarily the same as in another.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:55 PM
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I collect and appreciate cards from different eras and enjoy owning them all. I get that pre war cards, especially in decent shape, will cost a lot more than a comparable post war card. And that's fine with me. They should command a premium due to their scarcity. There are a few pre war cards that probably wont ever be in my price range unless my income dramatically changes, but I've been able to own a few and generally look for cards in the 3-4 grade range.

Post war is great too because even the most iconic cards can be found for a relatively affordable price in low grade. And nicer examples are often in reach, depending on the card of course.

Even modern cars have an appeal, especially 80s and 90s cards, because that's primarily what I collected as a kid and those are the players I watched growing up.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:00 PM
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We have, and clearly it's something I can't quite get off of my mind. Here lately I will tell you I have been way more interested in early 70's stars and RC's for some reason than anything else. I guess all collecting could be thought of as changing seasons, or at least for some people. From last year back at least probably 5-7 years I didn't care much at all about 70's cards and didn't have anything noteable in my collection. Weird.
If you remember about a month and a half ago or so, you and I talked about 70s baseball cards because I was starting to get interested in them. Ultimately, I opted for some 50s Dodgers star cards and then 50s and 60s football. However, I won't rule out eventually building some 70s sets...although the enormous # of cards in those sets is a bit of a turn off. So I get what you are saying.

I used to worry about my collection having focus, now I don't. If I get on a 50s and 60s football kick like I have been off and on for the last three years, that's what I do. If I get to wanting more 50s baseball, that's what I do. If I get to liking 50s Brooklyn HOFers, I buy some and enjoy them. I recently finished off a nice little 1954 Topps baseball set and might someday build 1955. I think those black 71s are beautiful, and if my OCD allows me to, I might chase that set someday. I will probably never buy another tobacco card again because I just don't want them personally, and I tried liking them a few tines... I just didn't relate to them. You have some good cards and some good ideas, and you like baseball cards. Buy the ones you like. You won't go wrong, my friend!

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My budget doesn't play at that level. For prewar I'm 3 or less, for postwar I think PSA 6 is an ideal grade, although I have plenty of 5's, including some 5's that are better looking than other 6's.
I'm in that boat and I agree with those grades. Nowadays, there are outstanding examples of "low" grade that present very well.

Collect what you like, but most importantly what you can afford.
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I'm in that boat and I agree with those grades. Nowadays, there are outstanding examples of "low" grade that present very well.

Collect what you like, but most importantly what you can afford.
I mostly fit into this range, too.
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