I can honestly say this, I no longer feel the need to chase the latest and greatest that's on the shelves. Shocking, yes I know. I've spent a lot of time lately doing a little soul searching, trying to figure out what I really like in this hobby.
I mentioned the other day that I had gone two weeks without a card purchase, but still felt the itch. For me, that's a good thing, because it means I'm not bored with card collecting. There were times in the past where I would go full bore collecting cards, then get tired of it and drop the hobby for a while. I think that writing about cards, and my experiences with them, has helped keep my interest strong.
Another thing that has helped me so far this year was setting clear and concise goals for 2014. Goals that were aimed specifically at sets/PCs that I am very interested in continuing or completing. They've certainly helped keep me on the right path.
This past weekend also saw two things happen that reaffirmed the path I'm on. Sunday's trip to Wal-Mart and the card aisle saw me return home empty handed. In this case, that's a good thing, because I am really not interested in anything that's on the shelves right now. 2014 products for the most part have not done anything for me.
Saturday's purchase from Sportlots, however, was very focused. Amazingly, I got the first envelope today from that order. BTW, if anyone tells you that the USPS is slow, I received a bubble mailer today from California...in 2 days. Fantastic!! This envelope contained cards of one player....Jim Thome.
I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I wanted to have 200 Jim Thome cards in the PC by the end of the year, and this first purchase brought me 37 cards closer to that goal.
A half dozen basic, no frills, 90's base cards. 18 cents apiece. Easy enough.
Six more cards featuring Thome in various stages of swinging the bat. I just love watching his swing; check out this video of one of the longest home runs in Jacobs Field history to see why.
Jim Thome is just one of things I like about this hobby. I plan on writing another post or two this week about other things that I like. Why? Because I like where I'm at right now. I might occupy an insane corner of the collecting universe from where you're sitting, but for me, I think I've finally made a bit of peace with the hobby and what I want to do.
thanks for reading, Robert