Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Thrill Is Gone

Packing up your collection can be a sobering experience. 

Right now the spare bedroom I use for an office has about a dozen monster boxes piled up, along with another dozen or so smaller boxes, ranging from shoebox sized to the ones that hold a hundred or two hundred cards.

The conclusion?  I have way too many cards.  After all, these boxes are just (most of) my Pirates and some assorted trade bait.  I probably have twice as much still being stored at my parents'.

And seeing all those cards stacked up tells me a couple things:

1) I have an awesome collection.  And not in the self-aggrandizing, 'look at me, I'm awesome' kind of way.  After all, though I do have some "high dollar" cards, my favorites continue to be fun odds and ends.

Cardboard reminders of forgotten players.  An awesome 1995 Topps Cyberstars Kenny Lofton that reminds me of playing with my Starting Lineup figures in front of the tv with my dad while watching the '96 All-Star game. 

Those cards, in the grand scheme of things, are more important than any patch auto superfractor metallic prism doodad.

We're still about a week out from the move, and my days largely consist of stressing, packing, cleaning, and more stressing.  My typical outlet would be to do...something...with cards.  But at this stage that all seems counterproductive.  I want to scale back my buying for a while.  I can't sort because...that would just cause a big ole mess. 

But I guess that's the ebb and flow of collecting.  It might not be a bad thing to pack up the collection for a bit, and then appreciate them even more when it's all unpacked again.

Then again, these may just be the ramblings of a guy who absolutely hates moving.


  1. Moving can be the worst. The Wife and I just moved last May and I feel like we are just now getting our ducks in a row. Luckily, my Mancove was the first area I focused on getting straight. I needed an area where I could get away to look at my cards, play Xbox, and watch TV away from the madness of the rest of the house!

  2. Ugh this makes me worry. I'm about to move, somewhat against my will (renting from a landlord who decided to sell and not renew our lease). We'll see how it goes!