Friday, April 18, 2014

Thinking of throwing in the collecting towel?

I'm not throwing in the towel, but a few days ago my buddy Judson from My Cardboard Habit expressed a dwindling interest in his collection.  Judson and I don't live too far apart and share similar collecting interests so I gave him a call.

I get it.  I go through stretches where this hobby seems like more work than pleasure so I get the same feeling.   It generally goes away after a brief time.  I've had a couple of lengthy periods in my life where I was totally out of the hobby.  I actively collected cards from 1981-1992.  I took a 6 year break and then collected again from 1998-2002.  I won't rehash the reason I quit collecting the 2nd time because many of you already know, but if you want to read about it, it's right here.  

After I quit the second time, I got rid of nearly everything in my collection.  That post is right here.

The reason I'm writing this post now is to tell everyone who might be considering walking away from this hobby to tap the breaks for just a second.

If you want to stop collecting, that is certainly your right.  I'd like to suggest if you do stop, don't get rid of your collection.  Not right away at least.  My one big regret is practically giving away my collection the second time I stopped collecting.  I'm sure I could have handled that situation differently and come back to the hobby in 2008 with a huge collection that I would have happily shared with all of you.  I would suggest you hold on to the stuff you really like and have worked so hard to obtain.  Put it away and let it sit there. It's not going to hurt anything to give it a year or three or ten.  If you decide down the road that you want to get back into the hobby, you'll still have all the cards you once cherished.

You can always sell or get rid of your collection in the future, but you can't get it back if you dump it.  Give yourself time to see if the passion for collecting cards is really gone or if you're just having a temporary decline in interest.

8 comments:

  1. Yep, I agree with all of this. I have stopped and (re-)started collecting a few times over the years. I've never regretted quitting for a little while and never regretted coming back. What I do regret were the sell-offs and giveaways when I quit, thinking I'd never come back. If you want to quit, *just* take a break for a while first.

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  2. Yeah, I got rid of some stuff back in the day I wish I hadn't. Looking back I'd rather have just stored it for a while.

    Luckily the Griffey fan in me never allowed me to get rid of a single Griffey card. I still have every one I ever had.

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  3. Great post. But I have to admit... for the most part, I'm glad I dumped the bulk of my collection back in the early 2000's. Value wise, I took a huge loss... but the overall value of my collection would have gone down even more had I waited to sell right now. It also allowed me to have a fresh start in 2008 and focus my collection on what I really want.

    On the flipside... if I were to sell my collection right now... there are a bunch of cards I'd probably never be able to get back. If I ever do start dumping bits and pieces of my PC... it'll be cards that either have no sentimental value or can easily be replaced.

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  4. Good post. I haven't seriously thought about leaving again, but when money is tight it can be tempting to look at the collection and think about cleaning house.

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  5. I had been out of the hobby for just over 15 years when I came back in 2013. I'm glad I held on to everything.

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  6. Very good post. All very relatable and good advice.

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  7. Good post. It was cool you called him.

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