That potential negative points out something great about our hobby. There are so many ways to collect. Not any two collectors collect exactly the same. It's not just what you like, but also what your budget allows. As long as YOU are happy with it, that is what matters. This is a hobby and a hobby is supposed to be fun.
Count me in the majority that can't afford it all. Growing up, it was pretty easy for me to collect cards of former West Virginia University Mountaineers. There weren't a ton of players with cards and only a handful of sets per year. I could pretty much collect it all.
It was different then, there was no internet and no eBay. However, there also weren't 84 different sets a year and 17 more parallels in each of them. The biggest challenge for me was just that I was interested in cards that commanded a regional premium and I couldn't find as quickly due to others collecting.
As times changed and companies produced more and more sets, I didn't change with the times. I tried to collect all the cards that pictured Mountaineers. A handful of years ago, I decided that I didn't care about cards of them in pro uniforms any longer. I just wanted cards of them in the old gold an blue, unless there wasn't a college card available.
I've continued hanging on to a lot of the NFL cards, just because I had them already. Let's just be honest, there are too many cards out there. It's just ridiculous and unrealistic to attempt collecting so much.
It truly is time for a change. I'm making a lot of changes and what I've decided, as it applies to former Mountaineers, is that I only really need one card of each player. I have some fantastic ones, so why do I need all the others? It's not like I really ever look through them. They are in a white box, in the top of the closet. For me, that's not what collecting should be about.
I don't know when the work will begin. There are a few projects I'm working on. How do I sell them off and balance getting as much as I can for them (that I can spend on cards I will appreciate more) and the amount of work that goes into it. I probably have thousands of cards that I've acquired over 30 years of collecting. It would take forever and a day to find people that want them, and will take them at a price I'm comfortable with. I've put so much time and money into getting them. I fear I may want too much in return, but I also don't want to sit on them.
Have you ever gone through something like this? Have you sold off things that you just don't appreciate anymore, but have spent years and thousands of dollars to acquire? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.