For a month or two, I had seriously contemplated selling off my entire collection. Getting out of the hobby, for good. Throwing in the proverbial towel. Quit. Kaput. Finished.
I was going to sell it all. Except for a few family heirloom type things: the Gretzky practice-used autographed stick, the David Price SS, and a few others. Hell, I could use the money...times is tough these days. At least the blog is free...thanks Google!
But, I reconsidered. I'm still looking to downsize but I am going to remain immersed in the hobby. However, I'll likely not be buying boxes of product any longer. Getting a few packs here and there to review here on the site will be enough to keep me going with the blog. I will probably amp up my TTM habit, though. There's something about connecting with players...who, like it or not, are actual REAL people...and having them send a little something back to the fans. That, to me, is the ultimate. It may not be cool but I don't really give a shit.
I'm going to focus my collection. My childhood favorites (NHL Oilers, Mets, and Miami Hurricanes) and my hometown team Tampa Rays will be mostly what I collect. I may...MAY...do some prospecting. But, that will likely be solely through the mail.
So, why stick it out? Basically, this hobby connects me to a far simpler time in my life. Children live in an idyllic world filled with role models and heroes. The collecting hobby transports me back to that time as a kid...it's really what it should do for all of us. Hell, this ain't a hobby to make money with. Sure, sometimes you can get a few bucks for a card or signature or whatever. But, really, is that what it's really about? I contend that it is not.
The collection continues. Much of it is for sale. Contact me if you want to purchase. Or trade for my favorites...I'll send you a list of "wants" if you ask nicely.
Keep the faith, people.