A lot of collectors out there are drawn to their favorite sports or their favorite teams from that sport. They will go at length to buy up or trade for all the cards they want of that particular team or only buy that particular sport in which they collect. But neither is as fanatical as a player collector.
What draws you to that player? Is it a player that brings back personal memories? Did you meet this player once and had a great experience? Did they do something great in the game that they play? Or are they just a cheap alternative to a superstar?
I’ve been watching several people collect their favorite players over the course of my time collecting. I’ve seen huge collections of Carey Price, Carl Crawford, and Aaron Rodgers. These collections are beautiful with several hundred different cards of each player and they always have that one definitive card that is the main showcase – a nice high end rookie or rookie autograph.
But these collectors are rabid. Scouring trading card forums, eBay, or even opening a ton of products. They will overpay just because they don’t have that one card yet, even if they know the price will drop on that card in a couple months. They will trade in your favor just to make you give up that one card they need for their collection. They will do anything, at any cost, to get that card they need. Have you seen a player collector try and deal for a 1 of 1 printing plate or parallel? You can practically see the person salivating and can usually get a good deal if you play your cards right.
It’s a rough game to be player collecting. Nowadays with the several different parallels out there, you will probably never achieve that goal of 100% of the person’s cards produced. You may even come across someone who player collects the same person you do, therefore possibly owning some of those limited cards you may need.
Personally, I’ll stick with my team collecting. I can collect all my autographs and rookies of my players on my favorite team. I have small player collections of players I really like, but they don’t really take precedence over other players unless I love the look of the card.
If you player collect or “super collect”, who do you collect? Why do you collect that person?