Thursday, May 17, 2012
Fight for your right (to collect)
Okay folks, it's time for another midnight post.
Today ended up being a basketball day with my friends. (I missed the Cubs game, but they lost anyway.)
Afterwards, we went to a local eatery called Portillo's. (You Chicagoans should know how great that place is.)
I had the Italian beef. I'm usually the guy that always gets a cheeseburger and fries no matter where we are, but I decided to change it up a bit.
But neither of those ended up being the most interesting stop of the night.
I've previously mentioned that my friends are into the Yu-Gi-Oh card game. In between b-ball and our late dinner, we stopped at the local mall. There's a gaming-type store inside that my friends wanted to check out. (Contrary to what I originally thought, Yu-Gi-Oh is still pretty big. There were 20 or so kids my age having a "tournament" inside the place.)
What I was amazed to find is that there was a real, actual Yu-Gi-Oh dime box inside. And my friends were searching through it with a similar intensity as I have with baseball card dime boxes.
I even grabbed a few stacks of cards, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was looking at.
I'm glad my friends know what that drive to collect feels like. It's a rush that has few equivalents, if any.
On that note, I've noticed that a few of our fellow bloggers have recently taken a break from the hobby, most notably Ted of "Crinkly Wrappers". It's gotten me a bit worried, but I haven't been a part of the blogosphere long enough to know if that's a somewhat regular occurrence among bloggers.
That collecting "rush" just isn't happening for Ted and a few others.
Perhaps I'm the only one, but I've never gotten "burnt out" by the hobby in my dozen or so years of collecting. Sure, there's days here and there where I don't do much with my cards, but that little drive to collect is always within me, some times more than others.
Because of this, I'd like to know why the "rush" goes away for some collectors. I understand getting a little bored with recent releases, especially nowadays.
But that's usually another benefit to vintage cards, and the Internet in general. Vintage just doesn't get boring, at least to me.
I will never grow tired of my copy of Al Kaline's final card. I'll always have a deep appreciation of it.
Real life does get in the way sometimes, as I can fully understand. But as I mentioned before, I was drawn to my cards even more in my recent times of change and crisis.
Perhaps there just isn't time to devote to collecting at some stages in life. However, I always thought that the deep "collecting" fire would always burn in all of our bellies, time constraints or not. Once you engross yourself in this hobby, I don't know that you can ever fully get out.
Maybe I'm still a little naive about all this, but I can't really envision a time where collecting baseball cards wouldn't be a part of me.
I hope that never changes.