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Old 08-12-2018, 07:15 PM
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Just when I thought I had it figured out, you guys go and make compelling points in this thread....

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Old 08-12-2018, 08:10 PM
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I switched over to just high numbers or short prints or harder backs or rookies or hall of famers only, sets just take up to much space for me

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Old 08-13-2018, 08:14 PM
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I have read and reread this thread several times over the past couple of days. There have been many compelling arguments made against collecting sets. I primarily collect 70s mid grade sets and the challenge of finding/buying high # commons certainly resonated with me. In the end, however, I have decided to continue building sets (currently about 20% finished with the 71 set). I guess we all have to decide what we like and why we collect. I enjoy building the sets of my youth. I actually enjoy looking at commons. Each card captures a moment in time and looking at a set is like opening a time capsule. Ultimately it is an individual decision based upon what we enjoy. I may eventually sell my sets, but for now they provide a great and relaxing escape, even if just for a few minutes.


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Old 08-13-2018, 08:38 PM
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I enjoy prewar set collecting because I like the stories I learn of the lesser known players. The HOFers are the easiest to find and almost merely a formality for completion. I'm not sure exactly why, but I've always seen exclusive HOF collecting as front running and boring.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:10 PM
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I guess we all have to decide what we like and why we collect.
Exactly.

When I had all my CJs I would but them all on the floor, in number order, by team, HOFers, commons, all sorts of shit. I enjoyed that set more than other I have ever had including my childhood cards. I just got burned out on it, too big.

I collect cards that make me feel like I did when I was a kid which is a feeling I cant really put into words but it either does it or doesn't and its that simple. I love pickin up really tough stuff, I only get to make a handful of buys a year though and is the downside but I definitely know exactly what I want in a card by the time I buy it.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:27 PM
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I have posted in this thread a couple of times, but I keep rereading it because I enjoy it. I agree with what Ed said about everyone doing it the way they enjoy. Collecting single HOFer cards sometimes appeals to me, but I enjoy all the cards that make up a set and seeing how sets fit together. Also, I know myself as a collector well enough to know that I always need/like to be dabbling with the cards. As a collector on a budget, sometimes the commons in a set come at a good time for me financially. I might not be able to afford another star card at a certain point, but I can add a few commons and make some progress, giving me some new cards to sort and play with.

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Old 08-15-2018, 09:50 AM
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Completely given up in the past couple years. I also just found no enjoyment in getting cards that did not interest me me just to fill a checklist and pass on others that did. I still have the sets from my childhood years that I still enjoy, but that is it.

I just like not necessarily collecting stars, but just cards that I enjoy looking at.

I do really find forum members like Larry and many of the OBC crowd that collect low condition sets to be pretty awesome in their collecting habits and might someday try building a gd-vg set for fun to try it out. I think I would need to do much better in my shows and trading habits as postage on a low condition project like that would take away the point in my mind.
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I gave up on the t205 set twice before completing it on the third try. It is the true monster, much harder than t206. I can't imagine doing a Cracker Jack set, especially 1914. I am done with collecting sets. I will keep my t206, t205, 1933 Goudey and 1941 Play Ball sets and just pick up key singles from now on.
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I gave up on the t205 set twice before completing it on the third try. It is the true monster, much harder than t206.
Did you do the master?
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I do really find forum members like Larry and many of the OBC crowd that collect low condition sets to be pretty awesome in their collecting habits and might someday try building a gd-vg set for fun to try it out. I think I would need to do much better in my shows and trading habits as postage on a low condition project like that would take away the point in my mind.
^^This^^ I collect postwar but have thought about picking a set and trying this. I am not a high grade collector, opting more for mid-grade stuff. That being said, I am not sure I could ever "let go" enough to do it.
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