Monday, April 24, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 3

"A card from the first set you tried to complete."

My memory is fuzzy as to whether I set out to complete a set of cards - my peak collecting years was around the early 1990s, but my focus was on star cards and rookies [regardless of what I actually found since my budget to purchase any cards was limited to whatever I could scrounge up].

I might have had a 'bunch' of cards for a number of sets from the day, but there were too many cards - to really focus on one particular set in a given year.

Over the past 20 years, I may have tried collecting an entire set or two, but the enthusiasm wanes off fast - with eBay, there are always big case breakers doing the work so a collector can go out and get a base set of cards without poring so much money into securing cards.

Buying a hand collated set online may defeat the purpose of building sets - but why even bother in the first place, when it's not like a set I may want to try to collect is particularly unique of hard to find.

I think I might have tried to complete the 1999 Upper Deck HoloGrFx set with the Alex Rodriguez card [#54] pictured - I vaguely remember saying in a trade e-mail [probably in 2000] that it was going to be my first set of cards I'm putting together.

I might have bought packs and a blaster when the product and I liked how the cards have a reflective finish to them - it's only a 60-card set, but I think I was still short 10-15 cards before the I basically abandoned the set-building project.

It might be interesting to see if I can knock out missing cards - though a check on eBay shows that I can get the set of cards for $10 and s/h, so I'll just let things be.

1 comment:

Fuji said...

Ahhh... the eBay dilemma. I often ask myself if it's really worth it to chase down missing card and try to complete a set... or should I just pick up a complete set for less than the price of a blaster.