Saturday, July 30, 2016
For the better part of the past year, collecting had started to feel more like a chore than a hobby. In 25 years of collecting, I don't know that I've ever had such a prolonged period of disinterest. But it got to the point where my collection had become so spread out and disorganized that it was tough to enjoy the cards I had, and tracking down new cards just exacerbated the problem.
But one of the great parts of moving from a string of apartments to our very own house is the extra space. While getting the basement fully finished may wait a little longer than I had originally planned, I've carved out a nice little card sorting area. I have the space to sprawl out, get things sorted into binders and boxes just the way I want, and not worry about having it cluttering up the bedroom or living room like it did in the past. I'll try to get a post up in the near future with my setup. It's nothing fancy, but it's made a world of difference in making a dent in my collection.
I can't say I have the full blown bug again. I was part of a group break of 2016 boxes with my team collector buddies, and snagged a couple dozen cards at flea markets this summer. But I'm going to make sure I get myself better organized before I consider diving head first into adding new cards on a regular basis.
But that can't stop me from doing things with the cards I already have, right? With all the house stuff going on, I've been pretty checked out of baseball in general. But when I saw a Gregory Polanco signing on twitter that was right around the corner from my office, I couldn't pass that up. After a 45 minute wait outside in direct sun on one of the hottest days we've had so far this year, I was able to get Polanco's Chrome rookie signed. While I would have preferred a blue signature, I'm just happy to have one of my favorite recent Pirates cards signed.
Now that the unpacking is (mostly) done and my cards are a little more manageable, I'm hoping posting will fit back into my schedule. I probably won't get back to my post-per-day rate that I once held to, but I'm planning on getting at least 2-3 posts up each week.
I'm looking forward to catching up on reading all of my favorite blogs from the past couple months and getting back into the swing of things.