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Old 09-11-2017, 07:28 PM
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Default You ever consider that collecting might be a bad idea?

Don't get me wrong. I've collected something baseball related for over 40 years now since I was quite young. Cards became too common so I turned my attention to Hall of Fame autographs in 1984 and picked up a Ty Cobb autographed check for $40.

Now 30+ years later the size and scope of the autograph collection sometimes makes me wonder if this is such a good idea. I recently picked up the USA Passport from 1970 of my favorite player, Bill Buckner. Sweet item to go along with his first pro contract, signed as a teenager, his final MLB payroll check, and some good stuff in between. But it's also made me wonder...is all this a bad idea.

I'd be really interested to hear from seasoned collectors about their thoughts on collecting in general and what collectors get out of amassing things.

If baseball autographs are your collecting focus, please check out the site called CooperstownExpert.com. It has autographs of all but three MLB HoFers who debuted since 1900, along with 200 other non-Hall of Famers. It took my 30+ years to collect all the pieces, and another 5 years of talking about it before finally creating the site. Take a look and let me know what you think.

We've all had thoughts that collecting might not be a great decision. Lately these thoughts are coming up too often. I'm eager to hear from others on the topic.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:26 PM
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I have thousands of great memories of collecting with my dad when I was a kid.

My son is 6. I hope desperately, he doesn't get sucked in.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:49 PM
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I have thousands of great memories of collecting with my dad when I was a kid.

My son is 6. I hope desperately, he doesn't get sucked in.
My two guys both play ball, one in college, one still in high school. They emerged from childhood without getting sucked in as you say. Older guy getting interested but I think at 20 years old he might be safe...just starting his life.

With a 6-year old how do you get him interested but not too far gone?
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:00 PM
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I wonder if it is a bad idea every time I click to raise a bid that is already four increments beyond what I had thought would be my max bid.

I also wonder if it is a bad idea when I contemplate just how often this has happened.

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Old 09-11-2017, 10:00 PM
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It brings me great joy, although I have come close to selling my collections several times. My son is 9 and I take him to all autograph experiences with me that I can. He loves meeting his idols and the thrill of the chase. I also tell him about the players so he has an understanding of the players so he can have an appreciation.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:05 PM
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I wonder if it is a bad idea every time I click to raise a bid that is already four increments beyond what I had thought would be my max bid.

I also wonder if it is a bad idea when I contemplate just how often this has happened.

Tom C
I know the darn feeling. I'm trying not to buy anything too common anymore. I think of "junk" that I keep buying that's so plentiful out there. Really want to have that self control to only get the really outstanding pieces from here on out. Not having perfect luck!
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:06 PM
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It brings me great joy, although I have come close to selling my collections several times. My son is 9 and I take him to all autograph experiences with me that I can. He loves meeting his idols and the thrill of the chase. I also tell him about the players so he has an understanding of the players so he can have an appreciation.
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That all sounds good! Seems like you're teaching him the game.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:06 AM
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What we do is pretty irrational, no doubt. You have to hold on to that whimsy, that adulation for a game and the players who play(ed) it, for if you stop, if you cut of the feelings in order to plainly THINK, you see very clearly how crazy it is to spend the kind of money that we do on cardboard squares and scribbled-on pieces of paper.

I think that's why I continue to do it. I haven't bought much recently, but I've held off on selling because of the tingle I get, my collection a regular reminder that life isn't all cold and rational, that childlike wonder remains.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:10 AM
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I've also often wondered about the evolutionary component of collecting, because it is 99.99% percent men, we traditional hunter/gatherers, who tend towards compulsivity about "completing" things.

My wife and mom think my dad and I are crazy, but they see the joy it brings us (even if they can't understand it). And I've heard that same thing from many a member here.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:40 AM
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Let me offer my two cents. I recently started collecting again (in January) after a 30 year hiatus. When I was a kid, I wrote letters to baseball HOFers and was able to get a few autographs through the mail. I always remember looking forward to coming back from school and finding one of my SASE in the mail. Some players such as Joe Sewell took the time to write me back. Back then, I always wanted to see how many HOF autographs I could collect and I've always enjoyed the history of the game as well. Fast forward 30 years, and I'm trying to re-live my childhood and pick up autographs and rookie cards that I have always wanted.

Cool website by the way and that's awesome that you were able to find a Ty Cobb check for $40!
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