A Pack to be Named Later all the time and post pretty regularly on the Yount Collector, my Robin Yount PC blog.
So if you have a few minutes, sit back and listen to me rant and rave I want to just get this all out of my system and talk about what's happened this year and about the hobby that's starting to leave me behind.
I didn't bother to look back but I'm pretty sure I haven't done a retrospective post in a couple years or a look ahead for that matter. The last couple year's have been a big whirlwind. We bought a new house, my job has gotten a little more challenging, but mostly in a good way, I got to visit Hawaii for the first time (and loved it even if I got to only small parts of the whole), and I was also finally able to clear off my drawing table and work on some art. If you're curious of the stuff I do, I do occasionally post on my art blog, 13 Tenets of Cynicabuddhism.
This post really is about me, the hobby I love, and changes. Both changes in the hobby and changes in me, or more accurately my life. When I started the blog almost 10 years ago, I was unmarried, mortgage free, and well 10 year's younger. Oh how the times of changed. Now I'm married with a child, got a nice house that bank owns most of, and I'm 10 year's older and the hobby has drastically changed. We are now in entering our 10th season of exclusivity in the baseball card market and a time where every major sport has only one licensed card manufacturer. The shift from these card makers has gone from sets with large base sets to products that are almost entirely hit driven. The cost per box has skyrocketed and really the way the hobby works has just passed me by. I'm stopped buying boxes to break. The main reason is financial, I just can't afford to waste the money, but secondarily I've just changed the way I collect.
When I started blogging in 2009 I considered myself a 3 pronged collector. I was a set builder, a player collector, and a team collector. I really enjoyed putting together a nice big base set, or even a small one, from ripping packs and then finishing that set off with a few trades or purchases. To me the hand collation of a set was very therapeutic and relaxing. I've reduced my set building to just a Topps Baseball flagship set and have completely stopped working on any football sets. I'm still contemplating giving up the set building all together or just purchasing the set.
I use to love ripping wax. It's like playing the lottery. Most of my hits I would trade away or sell to buy the cards I wanted, but with eBay continuing to change for the worse, in my opinion, and the fact that just about nothing I get in a pack or box fits into my collection, ripping wax and busting boxes just doesn't make sense, and getting rid of the cards is getting harder and more expensive..
I've found over that last couple year's I've really started to focus on my team and player collections. I'm proud that I finally got most of my collection entered into the Trading Card Database. I still have some organization of by Brewer's team sets that needs to be done, but that's more on me getting the supplies I need to do it.
I've also found that I've started to really narrow what I buy in regards to my primary Player Collections. More importantly just one, my Robin Yount collection. As a matter of fact I would say my collecting focus is around 70% Yount, 10% other player collections, 15% Brewers team sets, and just 5% set collecting.
While it may seem I'm complaining about the way the hobby is changing, and I kind of am, I've been collecting long enough to have seen the hobby change, and change again, and change yet again. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. I remember the junk was era, the end of the junk wax era, the almost collapse of the industry, the rebirth of the industry in the early to mid 2000's, the consolidation of the industry in the late 2000's, the start of exclusivity, and the birth of super high end products. None of these changes has once made want to stop collecting cardboard, but they all had some influence on how I collected and still do.
Wow you're still here?
Let me conclude I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I may not post much, but I'm still around, I enjoy reading other blogs, and using my blog to keep track of my set needs. I still enjoy holding my World Series and Super Bowl contests and we get a nice manageable turnout for those.
And if you made it this far and read the whole thing, thank you, and thanks to the great blogging community, it's been a great almost 10 years.