Collecting Card-bored?

Every once and awhile someone will get bored of collecting sports card. Even yours truly has gone through the points where it just feels boring. I mean, in the end, it’s usually the same thing across the board. Sports players on cardboard.

Sure you’ll have your refactors, inserts, sets to complete, game used, and autographs, but those kind of get boring after awhile as it’s the same thing repeatedly. Some people even go to the point where they get bored of their personal collections and sell everything off.

When I get bored at sports cards, I like to change things up a little bit. I may switch my sports focus for a little bit. Right before I started the blog, I went through a phase of boredom in the hobby. I ended up going to a hobby shop, Wayne’s Sports Cards in Edmonton, and decided to open my first hobby box of NHL hockey cards. Well, it turned into my first three boxes. This opened up a brand new collecting door that I had never tried to open and boy, it got me going. I have always loved hockey and hockey cards rekindled the fire once again.

It just goes in spurts. The previous lull in my sports card collecting journey I started opening Benchwarmer products. Who doesn’t like hot chicks on cardboard? The fresh designs and faces again rekindled the collecting fire.

I’ve never been to the point where I just sold everything I have, but I’ve gotten to the point where I just sold off all of my trade bait just so I could go out and open some more boxes or get some personal cards for my collection. Lately, I’ve been thinking of selling off some of my personal collection that I don’t display and get cards worthy of displaying. I have countless autographs and game used cards that I don’t display or ever see and would like to put their combined value into something really nice. But I don’t think I could get rid of them as they are all teams I love.

What do you do to change up your collection or rekindle the fire inside you for collecting?

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5 Responses to Collecting Card-bored?

  1. Matt G says:

    I have done what you do. Buy other sports. Buy retail over hobby. Buy random packs. I have never ever sold a card that was not a double. I dont really have a PC so i keep it all. So selling any would be a loss. I have thought though recently of selling off my lesser known name inserts and rookies and all of my base cards and putting it into lots, but I dont know if I will. I would rather keep it. Probably wouldn’t get more than a few bucks. Worth more than that to me. The biggest thing I do, especially with all sports collecting (still mainly football), I can always find a new sorting project. I can take players out, I can redo rookie binders, I can add new players. List goes on and on.

  2. RJ Reyes says:

    I went through hobby card death, from the late 80s to 2007. I threw away most of my childhood collection, and started fresh. My wife and I started collecting hockey in 07 but we love opening up new boxes in any sport that are cool looking. I love lots of colors, designs, and high end stuff. This is one time my ADD has helped me. I can bounce from one thing to the next!

  3. sanjosefuji says:

    Great post… and an even better question.

    What do you do to change up your collection or rekindle the fire inside you for collecting?

    Well, if you’ve ever seen my blog, then you know I collect a little bit of everything. In the 80’s, it was rookies. Early to mid 90’s… inserts & parallels. Late 90’s to early 2000’s… back to rookies.

    At that point, I sold off most of my collection. Then a few years ago, I caught the “card bug” again… and started getting into autographs and relics.

    But lately… I’ve been more of a smorgasbord kind of guy… collecting a little bit of everything. This style of collecting keeps me from feeling “bored”.

  4. mfw13 says:

    I think it helps to know why you collect what you collect…i.e. to have some sort of unifying theme. For me it is visual, and I am always finding new stuff to collect. For example, I recently started collecting Goal Line Art football cards and Perez Steele baseball cards, as well as the 1956 Flags of the World set.

    There are always new collecting projects out there waiting to be discovered…you just have to keep on looking…

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