Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Where did they come from?
I finally hit the dreaded roadblock in my summer project last night.
Part 2 of my Mariners cards. Better known as the "Ichiro" binder.
As of this afternoon, my Ichiro collection stands at a staggering 429 cards. (Including my two jersey cards of his, which are stored in a different binder.)
Engaging in this "project" has allowed me to really analyze my collection in a way I've never been able to before.
For instance, I'd never realized just how awesome this particular Ichiro card is. Not only that, but it's a short-print as well. And yes, it was a dime box find.
Which instantly makes this card about a hundred times cooler.
But that wasn't the biggest realization of the night.
Sometimes, after I get done looking through a binder or putting some new cards away, I'll jokingly say, "Where did all these cards come from, anyways?"
But after pulling and sorting about half of my Ichiro collection yesterday, I asked myself the same question. Only for real this time. I didn't really have an answer, but I did make a fairly obvious observation.
I have a lot of cards.
Sometimes, I think we might forget just how big our collections are. As it stands right now, I have 51 binders for all my "keeper" base and inserts, and then one additional binder for my Hoyt Wilhelm collection and any other game-used or autograph cards I have.
That's not even counting my two doubles boxes (with all my extra 1998-present cards) and the thousands upon thousands of overproduction era cards I have scattered amongst my room. Under the bed, in the closet, in random boxes.
Heck, I've probably scanned a couple thousand cards for this blog already, and that's just a fraction of the entire thing.
My collection moves at a rapid pace. I'm constantly getting new cards in and mailing others out to fellow traders.
With all that, it's tough to step back and take a good luck at just how gigantic one's collection has become. I remember when I had around twenty Ichiro cards.
Now, I'm up to over twenty times that amount.
My collection has definitely come a long ways over the years. I've probably added thousands of new cards for every year I've collected.
But don't even get me thinking about how much money I've spent.