One of the things I have loved (and at times hated) about switching the bulk of my Pirates collection over to binders is that it has given me an excuse to flip through my collection countless times. It's been slow going, and I sure wish the project would just get finished. But it has always allowed me to appreciate some cards that otherwise got glossed over in my collection.Like this one. It's vintage. It's technically a Clemente. But honestly, it was the type of card that I was thrilled to find for about $1 at a show, cross off my list, and move on to the next item to hunt.
Just like checklists, so much of my collecting seems to revolve around tracking down the cards I don't have rather enjoying the piles and piles I have. I guess it's fairly natural in this hobby. Or at least I hope it is.
One of my goals for this year is to enjoy the cards I have just a little bit more, and shift some of that time spent shopping for new ones into flipping through what I already have (and saving a bit of change in the process).
So I'm happy I was able to check this card off my needs list. I'm thankful some 8 year old kid didn't feel the need to put this checklist to use. But I'm also damn happy that I can enjoy this piece of cardboard in my collection.