Thursday, September 25, 2008

Back in the Game

Just to give everyone a little background about me. I began collecting back in the late 80s/early 90s. I got out of it probably around 1992 (high school). In 1999 I was working with a guy ("Rob") and he had a bag full of binders one day. Out of curiosity, I had asked him what was in the bag. What I saw blew my mind. I had not followed collecting for 7 or 8 years. Before my eyes I saw hundreds of sports card type of which I had never seen before. Here before me were cards that were autographed, had peices of the game inserted in them, and a collection of the two. I was immediately hooked. . .

During my early days of collecting, I realized then that Beckett was full of crap. When I first started, I collected mainly for trading for my favorite teams and players. One day someone finally used the phrase that we all have loved to hate so much. "Book Value". I wish I could remember the cards now, but I do know that the other guy had a nice RC that I had wanted and I had a whole bunch of his favorite team. Well I was all set. I had one card that I wanted and he had a couple. I said that the trade was cool because we were both getting what we wanted. He came back and said the the Value on that card was double of what I am getting in return. I had no idea what he was talking about. It was at that time that I was introduced to the douchbaggery that was Beckett. I wish I could say I never used it. After that day I used it for some time. Till one day I got my hands on a Kirby Puckett RC. My dad never supported the hobby and always told me it was a waste. Me in my teenage rebellion told him that my KP RC was worth $60 (which is what the BV was at the time). He told me to prove it and go sell it for that amount. So I went to the nearest card store and tried. I was offered around $20. After talking to the owner of the shop for some time I learned a lot about "Real Value". He told me that just because this book says that a card is worth so much, it all matters on what it is worth to the holder and/or person buying it. He told me that he would only be able to sell it for a few dollars more than what he offered me. From that moment on I would only look at Beckett as an idea of what they said they valued it at and then figured that if I had tried to sell it, it would only be for about 35% of that.

Jump to 1999, I am hitting the Wax boxes hard. So excited in my new found glory. Not remembering much of my past experiences what do I do, drop six bucks on a Beckett (last issue ever bought). Going through the cards and the guide it starts to come back. Looking at the cards, I am thinking to myself, "There is no way that I could get that much out of this on EBay." DING DING DING. It hits me, check eBay and see if anyone else has this out there was selling any of the cards that I wanted to get rid of. Sure enough, selling for about 35% of what it was listed for. SCREW YOU BECKETT.

About seven years after my Sports Card relapse, I was forced to sell of my entire collection for personal reasons. Because I collect the cards for personal enjoyment, I felt that I did not get no where near what they worth. They worth a lot more to me. I am not so concerned with the real value of the card until I need to part with it. The ones we love are always worth more that what we can get for them. I did manage to hold on to one.

I though that is was an awesome looking card and probably one of the best ones I ever got out of a box.

Well it has been a couple of years and I am at a point now that I can get back into collecting. So I am about to have my second relapse. I have bought my first Wax Box. It is the 2008 SPX Football box. It is supposed to be here tomorrow. I will keep you posted on what comes out of it (if you even care)