Whatever it is... with each passing day, I see myself getting more and more finicky about what I spend my hard earned money on.
Long gone are the days where I'd buy anything and everything sports card related. These days it's all about buying certain completed sets I really like, specific vintage cards, on-card autographs of hall of famers and fan favorites, cheap singles for the teams and players I collect, and of course finding those hidden treasures on eBay, COMC, and Sportlots.
However... I try my best to avoid purchasing cards that look like this:
2014 Donruss Signatures #JD
It's logo-less. Donaldson's hands and legs have been cropped off. Plus he signed a sheet of stickers and never held this card. In short... it's the trifecta of cardboard crappiness.
A few weeks ago, I was searching Sportlots in an effort to complete my two 2001 Upper Deck Decade baseball sets and stumbled across a seller with cheap memorabilia cards (75¢ to $1.25). And within his inventory he had the Donaldson for $2.50.
What's that mean? Well... I guess I'll still buy certain cards I deem hideous... if it's cheap enough and fits into one of my player or team PC's.
The icing on the cake? After two years, I finally finished both of my 2001 Upper Deck Decade sets:
In terms of your personal collection...
Do you have an unconditional love for cards? Or does physical appearance matter?
And if it does...
What are some of your favorite set designs from the past decade or so?
Happy Friday and sayonara!