One of my favorite methods of collecting is garage sales, yard sales and Kijiji. Its great for finding lots of cards. There are 3 types of ads I normally run into.
1) The person who has cards that their kids outgrew, or were left to them and they just want to get rid of. They generally don’t care much about them and will offer a box of cards for $40 or so. Usually the cards are junk wax and have a few hidden gems. They are happy with the $40 or so, I am happy to take the cards even if 90% of it is crap. I try to make my offer realistic for what I actually see as value.
2) The second type are people who used to be collectors. They generally over price their collection in a soft market. They think it is still 1992 and can’t believe that their Ken Griffey Upper Deck RC isn’t worth $100 or they have BOXES and SETS of junk wax to move. These people are usually one email and done. I make an offer, they think I have insulted them and then I move on. It’s funny because I see the same add put up over and over.
3) This is the third type….They leave me speechless
My good friend has been the source of many cards in my collection. He had a roommate who moved out and stuck him with unpaid rent and a bunch of old boxes, one of which was filled with early 80’s Hockey cards.
He went to help his dad clean out the attic and found some 70’s OPC Hockey cards that his older brother had collected.
He found the stack of cards in a box that included the “Stryker” card I wrote about a few weeks back. And now this…
Riding the subway in Toronto he looks over a sees a stack of cards on an empty seat, in an otherwise empty car.
Now granted the cards are not worth more than a token on the TTC, but seriously..when was the last time you FOUND cards? As a kid in the 70’s sure, but now?
And who puts them in an elastic band anymore?
When I gave myself the goal of going for a master set I knew it would be difficult, but at least it would be fun. After the first couple of weeks a few truths have come out.
1) The Base & Retro sets should be done fairly simply and relatively soon. Most people would stop here.
2) The Stickers and Leaders subset should also present a tangible result in the near future.
3) The Rainbow inserts look like they will be somewhat easy to complete at a reasonable cost. (some people might stop here)
4) The Black Rainbow parallel looks possible but time consuming. As they are all serial #’d out of 100 time is of the essence. Need to get these soon before they disappear into collections.More people would stop here.
5) The Red Rainbow parallel is going to be even tougher. I don’t see getting that set done anytime soon. It could be a lifetime project or looking through cheap boxes at card shows and asking at stores. That’s ok. It will make completion sweeter. I don;t think many people are crazy enough to keep going on this set.
6) The rest of the inserts are going to have to be grabbed as soon as I see them. Many will not surface again for a while.
7) Card bloggers are great people and take interest in other peoples projects. I appreciate all the kind words of support I have gotten (although I think many assume I am crazy for trying this)
So what about today? Last night I got a package in the mail with my first Red Border cards. 8 Down and 592 to go on this parallel.
As always. If you have any 2012-13 OPC or know someone who does, please let me know.
Back to work today. It’s the new year and I’m still plugging away on my special project (along with my general overall collection).
I think with attempting this Master set the base, retro, pop ups and stickers will be done first. Everything else will take longer. The Rainbow inserts are coming along ok. It’s the Black, Red and Gold variations that will haunt me though the years.
Anyway. As always. If you do collect Hockey and have any 2012-13 OPC I would love to hear from you about a trade. Check out my progress here https://supportingtheminnow.wordpress.com/the-white-whale/
Here’s a Shiny 2012-13 OPC Rainbow Parallel of Alexander Ovechkin to start the year. He got engaged last week. Congrats to him.