A quick back and forth with another blogger got me thinking about something tonight.
Do you enjoy your collection?
What I mean by that is...do you admire the pieces you've picked up once they are in your possession? Do you display them for all to see or do you have them in shoeboxes in the closet? Do you get more enjoyment in searching out the item rather than owning it?
Once you have the card, jersey, puck, autograph...whatever...what is your enjoyment level of it?
What I love about these questions is that there are no right or wrong answers. That is one of the big things that I enjoy about this hobby. My collection is done by MY RULES!
I have the bulk of my collection in boxes in my closet. My Trevor Linden cards are in top loaders and in a couple 3000 count boxes. I bring out the boxes every couple months when I add a few cards to it and sift through the cards I have in my collection. I enjoy looking at them but I think I get more enjoyment out of seeing the collection as a whole (almost 1000 different Linden cards). It's been over a decade of collecting and I think it's a pretty cool accomplishment.
Finding a new card is a huge thrill and when it arrives in the mail I get that feeling like it's Christmas morning. Once it is in my collection, I am still proud of owning the item, but I've checked the item off the list. No more pursuing it. That's a bit of a downer.
When I see rare Linden cards pop up on ebay that I already have, I get a little sad that I don't need to go after it. And it's fewer and farther between finding Linden's that I do need.
I like that people have goals in there collecting. I like that people get enjoyment out of collecting. I like it even more that everyone is different in what gets people excited about their collections.
At the end of the day - as long as you are enjoying the hobby as a whole, then that is a good thing.