What if you had to thin your collection down to just one or two thousand cards? Which cards would you keep, and which would you let go of? I find this to be an interesting thought experiment, particularly as I've watched my collection bloom over the last decade plus.
At its height, before I started seriously purging around a year or so ago, I had quite literally hundreds of thousands of cards. This began to bother me for a few reasons, first and foremost the OCD with which I track my collection was a real challenge with numbers that large. Secondly, I wasn't happy with the amount of physical space my collection was literally taking up in my house. Lastly, I find it hard to truly appreciate the cards as I should be doing, when there are that many of them.
So, I'm starting a new series of blog posts where I'm going to (theoretically at first, but who knows later) shave my collection down to just 2,000 cards. I'm going to give myself 1,000 baseball cards, plus 1,000 "other" cards which will consist of anything other than baseball. I'm sure the majority of this second collection will end up being hockey cards, but this is also where I'll have to tally any basketball, football, soccer or non-sport cards I want to hang onto.
In the end, I should be whittled down to the 2,000 total cards I'd hang onto above all others, the "keepers". I think this will be a fun exercise that will allow me to show off and appreciate my best cardboard here on the blog, and help me identify and focus on what really brings me the most joy as a collector at the same time.
For this first post I've got the first half dozen cards for the baseball keepers collection, and the first four cards for the other keepers collection to share with you.
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Today's cards had all appeared on the blog previously, but that won't always be the case with these posts. Many of my most prized cards have never seen the light of day here for some odd reason, and I figure this series will give me some needed motivation to get around to showcasing them at last.
I'm keeping a virtual album of sorts for the each collection that I'll update with every post. The baseball keepers collection is here, and the other keepers collection is here.
Have you ever thought about which cards you'd hang onto if you had to do something drastic, like reduce the size of your collection by 99% or more? If so I'd love to hear about it in the comments, or even better a blog post of your own. Thanks for stopping by!
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