I've made a lot of headway in the area of collection engineering this past weekend. It's a constant battle to keep this hobby from getting overbearing and out-of-control.
The main thing is that I finally finished dividing up my non-Griffeys by team. My estimate was close - It turns out I have over 16,000 cards I need to get rid of. I have had a few takers on team bricks, but not enough to sate my thirst for mailing these cards off in exchange for Griffeys. Come let me know your team!
I also came to some realizations about the whole job of collecting (which is all too appropriate a description of what it is to collect these little cards - a job).
First I'm gonna have to stop buying packs. As a Griffey collector, the only things worth spending money on are Griffey card lots on the bay, specific cards on COMC, and shipping trade packages to other bloggers. I have spent a small fortune on repack boxes and blasters and packs that don't result in more Griffeys. I still love opening packs and will find ways of doing that on the cheap, but if I had back all the money I've spent on packs and repack boxes in the last few months I could afford to buy a '93 Finest refractor. No kidding.
I want a Trey Griffey card. Hoping to see more great things from the Griffey family.
I should start putting notes in with my trade packages. I received one for which I didn't know the sender, and I felt terrible about it (it was Jaybarkerfan's Junk).
I'm going to have to start focusing on obtaining base cards for every set for which I am missing them in the '00's. I've mentioned before that I have far fewer Griffeys from the 2000's than I'd like, and it turns out that there are several sets (2005 Topps, for example) for which I am even missing the base card. How embarassing.... I should at least have every Topps base card (I have several of the 2005 Opening Day base card).
I missed the monthly baseball card show this past weekend, so I spend $30 on a fun array of items from COMC. I got some great stuff I'm excited to show when it comes in.
I missed the show for good reason: The Marlins were in New Orleans playing the AAA affiliate Zephyrs right by my house. Got to see some great ball playing. The Z's went down 7-0, but it was a fun day. I'll leave you with some pics. Pleasant evening!
|That's local hero Austin Nola formerly of the LSU baseball team.|
|See #10 in the middle there? That's the Marlins' 1st-year hitting coach Tino Martinez. I was starstruck. This man played with Ken Griffey, Jr., people! He won 4 World Series, too, but we all know which is better.|
|Then this was lunch.|
Oh, and how about that Kershaw guy? Great opening day.