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08-20-2008, 11:46 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Is there anyone else that feels they spend way more than they should on our little gems? I find myself asking myself <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14> that question about every week, especially when I buy a relatively high dollar item.....as will be coming in a 35lb crate today.....I don't think it's buyer's remorse as much as "holy crap, what did I just do!!"......

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08-20-2008, 11:55 AM
Posted By: <b>Marty Ogelvie</b><p>I buy too much too often.. its like a wave.. I will control my spending for a while but when the faucet is turned on, it takes a while before I catch it and turn it off again..

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08-20-2008, 11:57 AM
Posted By: <b>Jason L</b><p>"...35lb crate..."<br /><br />As much as I would like to pretend I didn't see that, and as much as I would like to have good manners, I'm afraid I have to demand that you put whatever that is up on your scanner and show us!!!<br /><br /><img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14><br />

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08-20-2008, 12:04 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>It's a wonderful thing and I will be glad to show it later this evening....(knocking on wood it does get here today and am told it will)......It's certainly the biggest (physically) sports item I have bought....and is somewhat out of my norm....which isn't always good .....

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08-20-2008, 12:11 PM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>Sometimes I do....this month especially. I spent next to nothing in June and July just because nothing really came up that fits within my focus, but lately here it seems like everyday something I want pops up on ebay. I also have a local auction to look forward to in a couple of weeks as the auctioneer told my brother it has some Lincoln minor league stuff in it. In my collecting world it seems to be feast or famine.

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08-20-2008, 12:35 PM
Posted By: <b>Steve Murray</b><p>No.<br /><br />While I've seen two of my "Holy Grails" up for auction this year the winners (not me) are saving me quite a bit of money. I doubt that I have spent $500 in the last six months.<br /><br />

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08-20-2008, 12:42 PM
Posted By: <b>Bill Todd</b><p>Yes, Leon, it's possible to have either the "Oh, no" moment or the hesitation before pushing the Send button, no matter what your "budget" looks like. (Especially when somebody puts in a snipe that's just under your high bid.) There's a collector right now who's liquidating a good part of his collection, meaning that there are a whole bunch of pieces coming on the market at the same time that I might not see again for years. Do I promise to be good for several months afterward to justify "spending forward" into my budget? Sell off some of what I already have? Try to hide the spending? Haven't figured that one out yet.<br /><br />Ah well, it's only cardboard--or felt, or crate-worthy.<br /><br />Bill

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08-20-2008, 12:53 PM
Posted By: <b>sean</b><p>when my house is being forclosed on and I havent eaten in a week, then maybe Im spending too much. However, buying old cards is about as addictive as crack.<br /><br />dealer: You like flying kid?<br />me: yeah<br />dealer: I got an Old Judge Wilbert Robinson, he once caught a ball dropped from an airplane<br />me: <i>twitch twitch</i>

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08-20-2008, 01:33 PM
Posted By: <b>david Poses</b><p>I had a theory a couple of months ago that since the economy is in the toilet, less people would be bidding, thus the prices, cross the board would be lower, and now is a good time to buy.<br /><br />In spite of being proven wrong on the "less people bidding" part of my hypothesis, I have stuck with the "now is a good time to buy" aspect and have been doing so with considerable gusto.<br /><br />

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08-20-2008, 01:45 PM
Posted By: <b>Alan U</b><p>I find myself in buying modes, only ending up having to sell the cards a few months (or weeks later), often at a loss, to fund my next purchase. <br /><br />I just have to take a look at all the scans of the cards I've purchased, then compare it to the cards I currently own.<br /><br /><br />

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08-20-2008, 02:16 PM
Posted By: <b>Ted Zanidakis</b><p>LEON<br /><br />What a coincidence.....I find this 1869 Harper's woodcut of the "BIG BAT"....and, you found the real "BAT".....<img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14><br /><br />35 lbs sounds about the right weight for this Paul Bunyan size bat.<br /><br /><br /><img src="http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd339/tz1234zaz/aharrywrightbigbat.jpg"><br /><br /><br /><br />TED Z<br /><br />

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08-20-2008, 02:18 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>That's a freakin' huge bat but alas, no, it's not a bat....and my wife just called and said it arrived. Now I am taking over and unders on how long I stay at work today......

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08-20-2008, 02:19 PM
Posted By: <b>Anthony S.</b><p>Sounds like you're coming down with the flu, Leon. Might want to call it a day. Don't want to expose your co-workers.

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08-20-2008, 02:41 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Cough cough......I am on my way....it pays to work straight commission (sometimes).....

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08-20-2008, 03:18 PM
Posted By: <b>John S</b><p>As a teacher these past two months have been brutal for me...just way too much time to spend money. Coupled with that I could not attend the National this year and I did a lot of "poor little me" bidding and buying.

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08-20-2008, 03:26 PM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>If it is money you need for something else important, it is too much. If it is money you budget for your amusement and relaxation, it is not too much. We (well most of us) work very hard at our jobs, support our families, pay our taxes and bills, etc. Whatever is left over SHOULD be for fun, after all you only live once. And as I always tell my wife while justifying a big purchase, it isn't like I spent the money on booze, broads or blow. <br><br>Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc

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08-20-2008, 03:44 PM
Posted By: <b>Scott Sarian</b><p>I've been spending more than I've planned the past couple of months, but as was said, many of the items are at lower prices than I've seen in a while. <br /><br />Thanks to VCP, it's fun to be able to see what the seller paid for the item, then be able to buy it at a big % off. Fun if you are the buyer, that is...

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08-20-2008, 03:45 PM
Posted By: <b>Jason L</b><p>just wondering<br /><img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14><br /><br />it is a very good point to be making, however!

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08-20-2008, 03:46 PM
Posted By: <b>Mike Snyder</b><p>I think that this time of year (summer) is great for buying. Prices seem to have dropped for prewar cards during the summer. I feel so positive about this that I am dumping items so that I can re-invest in T-206s and Goudeys. Its a good time to spend more!<br /><br />I wish that I had done this a couple of months ago as I see that some of the rarer T206s are more readily available and less expensive....Johnsons, Cobbs, Mathewsons, Goudey Ruths etc. <br /><br />I belivee that alot of people are on vacation and maybe they are not watching.<br /><br />Just my opinion.<br /><br />Mike

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08-20-2008, 05:26 PM
Posted By: <b>Aaron Patton</b><p><br />"it isn't like I spent the money on booze, broads or blow".<br /><br />..if I had a nickel every time I pulled that line out on my fiancee.<br /><br />in light of past transgressions (during my Ohio U years), it quiets her every time.<br /><br />

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08-20-2008, 05:34 PM
Posted By: <b>MVSNYC</b><p>speaking of spending too much...<br /><br />i had a funny conversation with my Dad today...we were marveling at my spending habits in this hobby of ours...he made me repeat after him, "my name is Michael, and i have an addiction!" we had a good laugh about that, but the scary thing is that he's right-on...i HAVE an addiction to buying cardboard! i need to slow it down a lot.<br /><br />ok, gotta go back to surfing eBay and see if i missed anything new?! <img src="/images/wink.gif" height=14 width=14>

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08-20-2008, 07:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Anthony N.</b><p>The suspense is killing me. I think we need a pool to see what Leon got. <br /><br />My guesses-<br /><br />1. A full boxed set of Seinfeld DVD's from Barry<br />2. A pair of prize fighting cocks from Scott E.<br />3. A case of 3 toothed combs from BcD<br />4. A mac and photoshop course to get back at Wonka<br /><br />Anyone else?

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08-20-2008, 07:20 PM
Posted By: <b>Steve Murray</b><p><a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/153652/thread/1219265446/last-1219267189/1903+Horner+Composite....American+League" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://www.network54.com/Forum/153652/thread/1219265446/last-1219267189/1903+Horner+Composite....American+League</a>

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08-20-2008, 07:21 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I already have a 3 toothed comb from BCD.....my wife watches every Seinfeld rerun there is.....dont' really care about prize fighting cocks....or any ...well, never mind on that subject.....and no one comes close to Wonka with photoshop.....but the cat is out of the bag...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/153652/thread/1219265446" target="_new">http://www.network54.com/Forum/153652/thread/1219265446</a>

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08-23-2008, 10:41 AM
Posted By: <b>steve</b><p>Just don't tell your wife. At least it will buy you time until she finds out - gives you time to come up with a good story, like, "but honey - the cards are better than the stock market right now."<br /><br />Last 2 cards nearly $5,500.00<br />T206 Cobb greenie PSA 5<br />and<br />T206 Keeler batting PSA 6<br /><br />ouch, but such beauties, ahh, alas<br /><br />steve

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08-23-2008, 11:23 AM
Posted By: <b>samuel</b><p>trust me (someone who has no money), spend everything.

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08-23-2008, 01:21 PM
Posted By: <b>Ken McMillan</b><p>Went to the national and spent $400.00 on cards. Spent more on travel and hotel than cards. Had a great time however. Could have bought more from here if I didn't go.<br /><br />Kmac

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08-23-2008, 02:14 PM
Posted By: <b>Paul</b><p>I've been spending too much for a long time. Went on a binge earlier this year. I almost have all the debt paid off, so I can start all over again soon. Also, there is a certain individual who collects similar items that I do, & he always out bids me recently on eBay. That is certainly helping control my budget.

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08-23-2008, 04:50 PM
Posted By: <b>Alan</b><p>I too went to the National and spent a fortune on travel, hotel, gas, tolls, etc,... and spent next to nothing on cards/memorabilia. But, had an absolutely fantastic time !!!<br /><br />It's all relative in defining "too much".<br /><img src="http://vbbc.forumotion.com/users/17/23/61/smiles/136179.gif"><br /><br />