Recent familial events require that I make some drastic changes. In September, my wife and I will be welcoming our third child. With this addition, I must make a subtraction to my collection, or at least augment what and how I collect. After all, I can’t collect everything.
Two big changes will take place around here. One is an immediate change and will take place today, and the other will take some time.
Change number one: I am no longer going to be a team collector. Yes, you read that right. Even though I love the Red Sox, Mets, Astros, Reds, and Pirates, I simply can’t continue to collect team sets; I don’t have room for all of them.
As I have taken stock of what I do collect, one thing became apparent, I enjoy collecting players more than teams. For instance, of the current Red Sox roster, I only collect 4 players, and of those 4, Ortiz will retire at the end of this season, which will leave only 3.
I also enjoy collecting catchers more than teams. So rather than claiming I collect Reds cards, and keeping only 2 current players, I must be more disciplined.
Now, I realize that his announcement will have a drastic impact on future trades. After all, it is much easier to find a stack of Astros or Mets and send them off than to search through an entire collection for one player. And you know what, I am ok with your irritation. For we are all busy these days. But consider this, sending me 3 or 4 cards of players that I collect will be better than sending a team bag full of players that I don’t have room for.
I won’t be bothered if someone forgets and sends a stack of Red Sox my way. Or if it takes longer for someone to find a handful of Fisks, I won’t be bothered.
I will update the list of players I collect as soon as I get to a computer.
Change number two: I need to clear some space, which means purging my collection. This is where I need some help. I have traded with some great people, but outside of those 10 people, I don’t know where else to send cards. So if you are part of the super traders group, it would be a huge help if you gave me the addresses for all the traders. Or if you want me to send cards to you and we haven’t traded in the past let me know.