What is going to ultimately happen to your collection when you get old and die?
It actually depends on how long I live. If I were to pass away in the near future, then my collection would be passed down to my family. But if I am blessed enough to live a long and fruitful life, then who knows what could happen.
Maybe I'll fall on hard times and be forced to sell off my collection. Maybe I'll get bored with the hobby and purge the collection like I did in the early 2000's. Or maybe when I retire from the classroom, I'll start setting up at card shows and become a card dealer... assuming there are still card shows to set up at in twenty-five years.
Regardless of what I decide to do with my collection, I'd like to believe that there are a few untouchables... cards that I'd never consider selling or trading. Tonight I'm going to share five of them with you.
#1: 1956 Topps #30 Jackie Robinson
Surprised? I show this card off every opportunity I get. It's hands down my favorite piece of cardboard.
#2: Kurt Suzuki Sketch Card
Two years ago, A.J. also known as The Lost Collector hooked me up with this amazing sketch card based on the 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces base card design. The term "priceless" often pops up in our hobby. This sketch card is the perfect example.
#3: Perez-Steele Great Moments #62 Catfish Hunter
I love oddballs. I love oversized cards. I love cards that feature paintings. I love on-card autographs. And I love the Oakland Athletics. In short... I love this card.
#4: 1976 Topps Traded #74T Oscar Gamble
This card was a gift from Chris over at Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz. It's such an iconic piece of cardboard and proves that cards don't have to be rare or expensive to be valuable.
#5: 1983 Topps #482 Tony Gwynn
A few years ago, this was my favorite card. It's one of the cards I held onto after I sold off my collection back in the early 2000's. These days... it's no longer my favorite card. Heck... it's not even my favorite Gwynn rookie. But it'll always have a place in my collection.
Well... I could sit here and list cards all night... but none of us have time for that. Instead... why don't you take a few seconds to answer defgav's question.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!