This may come to a complete shock to many of you, but I collect a minor leaguer in the Yankees organization named Luis Torrens. I know this development is totally out of the blue but it's true.
I have very high hopes for Torrens. I think he can truly be a special player in the big leagues. I think he can even be the heir to great Yankees catcher throne.
And it's fun to think of what he could potentially be in the future as a fan but as a collector I shudder to think how much harder collecting Torrens is going to be if/when he becomes a big leaguer.
Although we now live in a world where the very best and brightest prospects can have close to a dozen new mainstream cards of themselves released per year (and that's ignoring the parallels) that number goes up quite a bit when they finally make it to the big leagues.
So I'm left with these questions. "Will I continue to be a Luis Torrens super collector if/when he makes it to the big leagues? Or will I stop when he finally graduates rookie status due to how my budget and sanity couldn't handle trying to collect a major leaguer in this day and age?"
Now I know that a lot can happen in these next few years and that Torrens is no guarantee to make it to the big leagues. And even if he did, there's no guarantee that he'd be anything more than what John Ryan Murphy currently is (a backup catcher). And most of all there's no guarantee he'd break through to the big leagues as a Yankee either.
If that were the case it'd be a lot easier to collect Torrens since Murphy (and other players of his ilk) just have a boost in cards when they were a rookie and then they're almost never seen on cards ever again until they have some out of nowhere breakout season. And once players are out of the Yankee org their value plummets (just look at Cano) and it'd be a lot easier for me to say "oh I only collect his Yankees era stuff."
But imagine if Torrens really did become the next Dickey/Berra/Howard/Munson/Posada. The number of cards I'd have to accumulate every year would be maddening. Useless relics from Triple Threads I have no interest in mocking me with their existence. Base cards from garbage products like Donruss or Museum Collection on my want lists.
And worst of all, the inner conflict within myself as I debate whether or not I should continue to collect Torrens or not. "I collected his pre-rookie stuff, why stop there?" followed by "Are you nuts? Look at that price tag on a card from a product you don't even like!" and then "Yeah but you're a super collector!" on repeat until I go mad and end up either homeless and rambling nonsense or thrown into a mental asylum.
I probably won't be able to decide how to go about collecting LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSS if/when he makes it to the big leagues and sticks around until it actually happens but it doesn't change the fact that this is something I'm potentially going to have to deal with someday.
What do you people think? Should I stop at his pre-rookie stuff? Should I not bother worrying since he's probably going to the Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).
Oh and these cards shown were some of my latest additions courtesy of COMC.