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Old 01-19-2018, 09:13 PM
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Default Finding joy and passion in collecting.

I used to have a pretty extensive collection of cards and other memorabilia that could best be described as all over the place. Baseball, basketball, football mostly. It all ended up in some footlockers and forgotten. Then, I read this article about finding the passion in collecting again, and one thing that popped out was to focus on collecting what you love. I'm a huge Atlanta Braves fan, and I have no favorites in any other sports, so I completely culled my collection, sold it off on eBay, traded it off, or dumped it in the trash, and have focused solely on collecting Braves related cards and memorabilia ever since. I can say, without a doubt, it was the best decision I've ever made. I wouldn't say I have the best Braves collection, the most expensive Braves collection, or the most extensive Braves collection, but what I do have I love every piece of it, and I take joy in looking and admiring what I've collected over the years.

If you find yourself without the spark you used to have, or if you've lost that joy, I recommend collecting what you love. You won't regret it.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:37 PM
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Great advice Ryan!
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:30 PM
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You are enlightened! Once I freed myself from the chains of type collecting...and started collecting cards I love...I became a much happier grump!
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Ryan, that was well said.

You also have a narrow focus which makes things a lot less overwhelming. Good to hear that you enjoy what you collect.
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Ryan,

Glad you found what you really enjoy collecting. My story is very similar to yours so I can definitely relate. Thanks for sharing and hopefully others that dont get much joy from collecting can find something in the hobby that brings back the joy.
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Gotta collect on where your psyche is...always.

I think collectors evolve, change focus and all that fun stuff. I can mark my current spot as stage 4 as focus has changed through the 30+ years Ive been doing this. But I have realized simply seeing my cards does a lot to fuel the passion, I love displays. Even though I had to remove my man cave as it became my daughters room, I still look at my cards daily.

I also love having a true focus...I just do. As long as the card makes me feel like a kid again, its all good. Protect your joy...always.
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Gotta collect on where your psyche is...always.



I think collectors evolve, change focus and all that fun stuff. I can mark my current spot as stage 4 as focus has changed through the 30+ years Ive been doing this. But I have realized simply seeing my cards does a lot to fuel the passion, I love displays. Even though I had to remove my man cave as it became my daughters room, I still look at my cards daily.



I also love having a true focus...I just do. As long as the card makes me feel like a kid again, its all good. Protect your joy...always.


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Gotta collect on where your psyche is...always.

I think collectors evolve, change focus and all that fun stuff. I can mark my current spot as stage 4 as focus has changed through the 30+ years Ive been doing this. But I have realized simply seeing my cards does a lot to fuel the passion, I love displays. Even though I had to remove my man cave as it became my daughters room, I still look at my cards daily.

I also love having a true focus...I just do. As long as the card makes me feel like a kid again, its all good. Protect your joy...always.
Could not agree more. Well said.
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Where can I find the aticle that inspired you ?
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I tried to be a set collector, but I couldn't see any logical reason in owning 10 different Wayne Terwilligers or Johnny Klippsteins. So I tried to be a type collector, but I couldn't bring myself to pay big money for rare cards from so many different unattractive black and white sets. So now simply I collect what I like, it works much better ...
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