When I first returned to the hobby in 2007, I was enthusiastic about collecting the way I used to when I was a kid. Buying boxes and packs, and hand-collating sets.
Over the years though I've become somewhat disenchanted with that approach, and these days I'm much more likely to make a smaller number of hand-selected purchases of more significant single cards for my collection. A few weeks back I was parsing through some baseball cards I'd picked up years back, scanned and cataloged, and then never really looked at again. I'm trying to reduce the size of my collection, so 99% of what I came across went into a pile I'm shipping out to other collectors.
I did find three cards from 2012 though that I decided to hang onto, and I was surprised at the "value" this trio holds a few years later.
These three cards further reinforced in my mind that I'm doing the right thing with the mass purging I'm currently undergoing. Had it not been for that downsizing project, these three would've sat in that box for probably another ten years collecting dust. Now they're properly protected and sorted into my much smaller collection of keeper cards that I look at and enjoy much more often.
Do you have any examples like this of rediscovering buried treasure within your own collection? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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