My love-hate relationship with the NSCC

I’m just going to say this right up front — I don’t want to see your NSCC Twitter posts.

I don’t want to see the bargains I can’t have.

I don’t want to see the people I can’t meet.

I don’t want to see all the fun you’re having while I’m stuck at work.

Yep, I’m a hater … or maybe I just have extreme case of FOMO.

I’ve been to two National Sports Collectors Conventions, ones in 2012 (Baltimore) and 2014 (Cleveland), both times as a freelance writer for Beckett. Both times I was there more or less in a work capacity. And if it weren’t for those professional dealings I probably wouldn’t be able to say that I’ve had the pleasure of being in the room where it all happens.

It is a lot of fun to be there. It’s insane how much stuff gets crammed to a building. It’s great to track down pieces you’d never imagined seeing or holding in your hands. It’s really something most collectors should experience at least once.

That said, it’s tough to be on the outside looking in, and I know I am not the only one who struggles with this.

Call it jealousy, FOMO, whatever … I admittedly have a tough time during this time of year and I purposely try to stay away from Twitter because seeing the stream of photos and tweets can cause a sensation similar to depression.

So for those going this year, enjoy yourself. I’d love to hear the stories, and see the great deals you got. I just don’t plan — keyword here — to see them in real-time.

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