Monday, October 6, 2014
When Team Sets Stopped Being Fun
The $200/pack high end craze? I can always skip it. Numbering every card to /25 or less, but making 800 color variations? I pick the pretty colors. But these damn photo variations? They're this gaping hole in my binder pages of otherwise easily completable team sets, staring, laughing, mocking my unwillingness to shell out $15 on a base card.
But I've slowly been chipping away at the cheapest and coolest of the bunch. There are probably four years of cardboard that will always be special in my collecting life:
2000 - the year I started seriously collecting
2001 - the first year my dad and I got a season ticket package for the newly opened PNC Park
2006 - the summer Pittsburgh hosted the All-Star game and I started college, and thus watched way too much baseball
2013 - I'm introduced to the concept of playoff baseball in Pittsburgh.
And for that reason alone, I don't mind breaking the bank a bit. Not that this card did - it onbly ran me $3 or $4, after waiting for prices to settle a bit. And it carries some good memories of the Pirates sending more than one player to the all-star game. And better yet...one less blank slot in my binder.