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Old 10-11-2017, 06:55 PM
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I haven't bought anything for a few months. Sometimes I will pick up a few cards at the same time, or relatively close together. During down times I will spend time looking through cards I already own, and of course I'm always checking listings to see if anything worth adding to the collection is available.

I don't mind these periods of inactivity as it can help to get funds together for a bigger purchase. And when I do go through the cards I already own, I'm able to identify cards is be willing to let go when something else comes along.
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1. You have a disease. Don't be ashamed. We all have it here.
2. Its incurable. Proceed with caution.

That's hilarious Chris!!!

Jeff, I can ALWAYS find something to add!
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:30 PM
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The smart thing to do is nothing. When you go outside your area of interest you are often just wasting money.
BTW, have you noticed the Syracuse Stars cabinet in REA with Moses Fleetwood Walker. He was the last African-American player in MLB before Jackie and his cards are extremely rare.
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During a time when you're not actively collecting more items, perhaps work on improving the storage and/or display of the items you already have.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:15 PM
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I would recommend you appreciate what you already have. Catalog it. Share it. Enjoy it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:34 PM
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Jeff,

I am in a similar place collecting-wise. To keep "in the game" during my pre-War hiatus, I have launched a through-the-mail autograph campaign with the mass produced cards I collected as a kid in the 1980s. For a few weeks now I have been sending out a couple of cards/auto requests every day and they are starting to come back. I absolutely love opening up my mailbox every day and finding an SASE containing freshly signed 1980s cards intermingled with my junk mail and bills. And no cost beyond postage!

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Old 10-14-2017, 09:38 PM
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Was curious to know what people (in this kind of spot) find themselves doing.

Over the last few months for me, almost nothing has come across any of the major auction houses or eBay that I really feel I would want in my collection. My Jackie Robinson/integration themed collection has most of the "major" pieces I am interested in, except for a few items that I expect will be exceedingly difficult to find. Almost no vintage lineup cards of any sort have been listed, and there has been little in the way of WWII-related baseball items.

For me, as I left my previous job a few months back, and have been working on launching a business, the timing has been fortuitous, and I would not be in a position to buy much of anything if items I was looking for did show up.

That said, how do you handle slow times in your collecting? Do you save up money for when the (inevitable) rush comes? Do you expand out and buy other random items? Do you try to find another area to collect?
I would first have to know what I have to enjoy it. Just waiting for the urge to go through some boxes of periodicals I have had for a year or more.

Or go back to looking for the few things I am looking for. Doing a T205 (or other multi hundred card set) set can keep someone busy for a good while if they are picky. Plus I would bet a lot of us acquire things, even though we don't collect them, but just because we think they are neat.
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:12 PM
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Lots of interesting responses here.

For me as I mention, the gap in items that fit my collection has been welcome since it coincided with me leaving my last job and now working on launching a venture; so in this case it was less about me specifically than people in general and how they respond to such a situation.

@jasonc - That makes a ton of sense, and is probably closest to what I am doing. I started collecting some modern day cards (particularly 2001 Fleer Stitches in Time) which feature Negro League players. Many of the cards are $10-$20 so it doesn't break the bank, and it's a rare set to feature Negro League players exclusively.

@Bestdj777 - I've picked up a few baseball books and been doing some learning about the Negro Leagues which has been cool.

@pawpawdiv9 -

@edjs - Love that show!

@drcy - That sounds scary lol. I already feel I'm focused on too many areas, although if I reach a point that a collection seems "complete" I may think about that.

@Jobu - I hear that.

@silvor - It may be just focusing more on other hobbies. I already have more than I have time for.

@pokerplyr80 - Would be nice to have the funds ready when something really big hits. Inevitably it will eventually...

@oldjudge - That Fleetwood is incredible, but out of my price range unfortunately. Would definitely have been a fit in my integration collection.

@Orioles1954 - Blasphemy! Enjoying a collection Probably the most reasonable thing to do

@sreader3 - That sounds awesome. Have you posted anywhere about your progress?

@Leon - I hear that! I've found if a collection is not focused on something that I am particularly interested in, I lose interest pretty quickly. (And I struggle with sets because I am always torn about buying the commons and the like. For some reason I just don't enjoy that part of it.
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I typically work on one of my side projects I have going on when I hit a dry spell. They are typically less expensive items that I really donít actively search.
Hereís the issue I have had and continue to have with doing this (this is probably just me so youíll probably be fine). While the side project is less expensive items I start to purchase these type items and continue to purchase and then donít have enough money when an item I really like more comes available.
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:50 PM
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I typically work on one of my side projects I have going on when I hit a dry spell. They are typically less expensive items that I really donít actively search.
Hereís the issue I have had and continue to have with doing this (this is probably just me so youíll probably be fine). While the side project is less expensive items I start to purchase these type items and continue to purchase and then donít have enough money when an item I really like more comes available.
That's a concern of mine, so I definitely here you.

Of course, as I'm responding to this post a couple of lineup cards I like pop up, along with a card that I am interested in. Didn't realize it was that easy
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