They're both forms of entertainment that I approach with the exact same attitude in regards to paying for it. Only spend what you can afford to lose. The good news is I spend way more on card collecting than I do in the casinos, because at least I walk away holding something in my hand.
In fact, if my mother didn't enjoy playing penny poker as much as she does, I'd probably never go to the casinos. But I view my annual contributions to them as a way for me and my mother to bond, so it's worth every cent.
Every now and then, the roles get reversed and the casinos actually pay me money. Last year, I walked away with enough money to cover the expenses for one of my trips. And last week, within ten minutes of sitting down at the machines, I hit the biggest slot machine jackpot of my life.
It wasn't the kind of jackpot where they take your picture and hang it up on their walls, but it was large enough that I'll have to claim it on my taxes. It also paid for a few nice additions to my collection as well as a DA Card World Black Friday purchase that I'll share in future posts.
In the meantime, since I'm talking about gambling and card collecting, I figured I share a different kind of jackpot I recently discovered.
After Mookie Betts took home his first AL MVP Award two weeks ago, I wanted to pick up another autograph of his for my collection. That's when I discovered that his signature no longer fits into my everyday budget. If I'm planning on purchasing one, I'll definitely need to save up.
Luckily... two and half years ago... I went out on a limb and purchased a pair of his signatures from my favorite online card shop:
2015 National Treasures Player's Choice Signature Die-cuts #37
I'm not a big fan of logo-less trading cards, nor do I enjoy collecting sticker-graphs anymore. But I'm so glad neither of these things kept me from pulling the $14.49 out of my pocket for this card back in May of 2016.
That same day, I also purchased this card:
I dropped a little more cash on this card, since it's on-card, fully licensed rookie card. The damage? $17.65.
These days... people can expect to pay at least $100 to $120 on a good day for either of these. Some collectors have spent more than $150 each in recent weeks.
I considered flipping these on eBay for a brief moment... but quickly came to my senses and realized that I didn't buy them for financial gain. They're purely for entertainment purposes only.
Speaking of entertainment...
Did anyone take advantage of any Black Friday card deals?
Well... that's it for today. Thanksgiving break sure flew by, but thankfully Christmas is right around the corner.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!