I was focused on the here and now. The shiny new kids on the block were the cards that caught my eye. If it was Upper Deck in the early 90's, I collected it. A lot.
Fast forward to the start of this blog, 20 years later during the summer of 2011. Shiny and new was still the method of my madness. The more blogs I read, the more new shiny stuff I looked at, the more I gobbled it up.
Then something happened. More and more blogs landed in my lap. More collectors that enjoyed the vintage sets from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
I started to really look at vintage as a new source of collecting. Why? Because the way I collect vintage now is the way I collected the shiny stuff back in the early 90's.
Piece by piece.
You see, 20 years ago I was a poor college student who lived on a budget (sound familiar?). I had only so much in my budget for cards, so sets took a bit of time to be completed. I bought packs for a while, then as I approached the completion of a set, I would head for the singles binder at the local card shop.
Now, when collecting the modern sets (Topps flagship for example), all I would have to do is wait a couple of weeks, buy a hobby box, have the set 80-90 % completed, make a couple of trades, and voila! Set done.
No thrill there. Piece of cake.
Having started older sets such as the '64, '73 and '77 Topps releases has awakened the monster. The guy who likes the thrill of the chase. The cheap Scotsman who likes finding deals on vintage commons such as the one I found at the card show last weekend...
You remember the credo..."can't leave them at the show for that price"? I walked by the table of a dealer I really haven't dealt with all that much, and there was the sign...
1970 Topps commons. 10 cents each
For $2, I started a 1970 Topps set, 20 commons worth. Yikes, another vintage set to chase...at least I found a blog to follow that chronicles the '70 set.
Here's another aspect of the chase that I enjoy now more so than I did 20 years ago. Watching binder pages fill up. Part of the problem back then was I didn't have the extra money to put any sets in binders and pages.
Fast forward to now, and collecting sets like '64 Topps almost have to be put in pages. Watching pages fill up is another thrill that 20 years ago never existed (for me at least).
|Cards 46-54...only missing #50|
Now, this particular page may be the biggest thrill of them all when I finally am able to complete it. Card # 50 that is missing....well that's none other than Mickey Mantle.
I don't get that kind of thrill adding a SP from the '11 Heritage set to the binder. Yea, Stephen Drew was a good pickup, but the wow factor just wasn't there.
I'm sure the Mick will provide that for me....
Thanks for reading, Robert