The first of which is Bob Walk The Plank deciding to shut down his blog. I'm still working on a tribute post to his departure (I'm waiting for the deadline for Wes' contest to end so I won't be entered in it), so I'll leave a proper goodbye for another day. In the meantime what I'll say is that his decision to step away from blogging is pretty big and leaves a void of sorts. A void that seems to grow bigger as time goes on I might add.
BWTP is still active as a collector though and fortunately we can still communicate on Twitter where it's a lot easier for us (or me I should say since he still has to suffer my company). If you still haven't added him, he's @walktheplank82 by the way. Still though, his departure does make one think, "when is it my turn to shut down my blog?" For me, probably never. At least not officially. I'll just leave it dormant and then come back to it when I feel like it.
The second development happened outside of my circle. You all probably know that guy who super-collected Jose Canseco right? Well the dude decided to give up on his super collection. If you want you can read it his own words here.
Now collectors giving up on player collections isn't anything new or special in this hobby. People do it all the time. But it did speak to me on a certain level because he was basically one of those people who was practically defined by his player collection. That was part of their collecting identity (to other collectors at least). Imagine being known as that guy who collects a specific player?
And then walking away from it.
For the record, I don't see myself ever completely selling off my collection (who'd even want it?!). Nor do I relate with everything the Canseco guy experienced since I don't really interact with people who'd spend so much money on cardboard that it'd jeopardize their marriage (I don't really want to interact with people like that either TBH). Also I'm not as religious as he is.
But the thought that someone who was so defined by their collection like that deciding to end it made me wonder if I'll ever decide to just give up too.
I mean, some of the time I feel like I want to accumulate every last LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS card that exists like the Tim Wallach Collector. Other times I just want to keep my collection reasonable (i.e. not something I spend too much time or money on). I'm fortunate to have been able to teeter back and forth between both for the most part (also my favorite player does not have the same volume of cards as Canseco or Wallach does, or at nearly the same level of demand). But every now and then the idea that I'm somewhat obligated to go after certain cards because I'm a supercollector does feel overwhelming. Especially given the two conflicting internal viewpoints I have which consist of "you've already come this far, keep going" and "do you really want to spend money on this?"
The worst part is that I know this is all incredibly dumb and are just stupid non-problems I've created for myself. There are real things going on in the world that are super bad and depressing, and yet here I am having dumb thoughts about whether or not to spend money on meaningless rectangles.
I've especially felt all three in recent times since Luis Torrens got more cards in Series 2. As enthusiastic as I was when I published my post about the new cards, that excitement died quickly. So quickly that we're already in July and I still don't have that card in hand. None of the parallels either.
I mean I do have some deals in place to get some of the rarer stuff eventually. But they've yet to actually go through (this new pre-ordering era of card collecting sucks) and for the most part I've chosen to just let a lot of cards go by the wayside because I just can't be bothered. Like I said, I'm not pulling the plug on my collection, but I'm more than okay with passing on almost everything right now until I'm in the mood to build it up again later.
If I had to guess this is probably just me being in the middle of my annual cardboard burnout. Coupled with me changing my collecting habits (again!) and choosing to focus more on my professional life this summer (to mixed results). The only cards that have come in are either TTMs or trades. Which I'm okay with (my wallet is happier that way too).
Eh, this blogpost became a lot more rambley that I intended it to. It's also a mess, I think just I'm suffering from heat frustration (I'm going to move to a perpetual winter country in the future) on top of general frustration. The point is that I've been taking a quasi-break for a while, and with the Staten Island Yankees team set coming out soon I'm slowly starting to come out of it. In the meantime I do have that third international trade post in the works, hopefully that'll keep this blog afloat while this phase of the collecting rut concludes.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).