The Great Purge of 2010 (Part II)

I’ve hit the wall. For a few days I was full of energy, going through each and every box, sorting cards by league and then by team and division, prepping them for the inevitable: The Sale. It’s been a tough task as a collector of 23 years to purge things over the course of just a few weeks and basically ditch more than two decades of memories.

What may seem like an insignificant base card of Greg Maddux or Frank Thomas brings me back to the days of my youth. I remember buying the packs from which the cards were pulled. I remember how those cards used to not only mean a lot to me, but also to other collectors. I remember what it was like to be a collector; to enjoy owning whatever came from my packs.

But reality is that those memories won’t go anywhere even if the cardboard leaves me forever.

In case you missed the first installment of “The Great Purge 2010,” you can have a read here. In a nutshell, I’ve got to greatly decrease the amount of cards I have in order to move into a new place in a few weeks. It’s not a bad thing. Trust me. The thought of having less to deal with gives me all sorts of ideas for the future of this blog and my collection. It gives me a ray of hope that one day I might actually have all of my personal cards catalogued and scanned. That I might actually be able to write a little story for each of the cards that I call my own. That I might actually be organized.

As it is now, there are simply too many. And the reality of my situation will no longer allow me to continue my card collecting — borderline hoarding — ways. Like I said, this is a good process.

But that’s not to say that it hasn’t been tough.

There was  time when I collected multiple players. Pretty much anyone who was good. Griffey. Thomas. Maddux. McGwire. You name it. In the process, I accumulated hundreds (literally) of each player’s card either through trades or buying packs. One day, I thought, I’ll be able to sell these for a good chunk of change. It appears I am wrong.

As much as I thought I was on top of the hobby and its trends, it appears that my cardboard graveyard is evidence that part of me still lives in 1995. Part of me still believes that lots of people still love Jeff Bagwell, that Albert Belle is still the man, and that Greg Maddux will toss another gem of a season, thereby causing even more collectors to chase his cards.

But this is not the case. It is 2010. The people who collected the way I did simply do not exist. Hell, I look at the cards I have and remember buying them, but am not entirely sure what it is I am looking at anymore. These are not the cards I enjoy nowadays.

So it is with this notion that I continue to forge forward, not forgetting the memories, but knowing that even if the physical card leaves my collection I will be OK. I am still a collector, but like many others, I have changed, and real life is dictating what I can and cannot keep.


For the second time in as many weeks, I stopped by my local card shop yesterday and walked out with a stack of cardboard, but no actual cards. I bought boxes of different sizes to help with shipping, but also to make this process easier — If I am looking at pasty white boxes (see image above), they do not scream to me the same way a multicolored stack of cards does when I pass by.

I’ve managed to break most of these teams into lots of approx 600-900; and more than 1,000 for certain squads. I hope to have them posted on eBay before next week. But I also have two three-row shoeboxes full of inserts, autos, game used and 1/1s that I need to post first. Hopefully by the weekend.

Stay tuned for Part Three of “The Great Purge of 2010.”

4 Responses to “The Great Purge of 2010 (Part II)”

  1. Please e-mail me your ebay username so I can watchout for any Red Sox auctions you might have.

  2. Phew. Projects like these remind me of the state of my collection. Streamlining is such a huge task. Good for you for trying to slim down the massive numbers.

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