I made a really big decision this week. Look, I enjoy collecting. We all do, or we wouldn’t take the time to write posts and scan cards. Back around Labor Day I started re-prioritizing my collecting goals. I’m about to flip almost all of that on its head.
According to my log over at the Trading Card Database, I’ve got 42,194 cards in my collection, plus the additional 4,010 that are officially listed in my Trade list. That doesn’t count the big box worth of junk wax I’ve been trying to unload, or the couple blasters worth of 2016 I just bought. So let’s just say it’s somewhere around 50,000 cards. That’s over four cards a day for every day I’ve been alive.
About 6,000 of those are Astros cards. Some of those are probably duplicates, too.
The goal is to now unload 80% of my collection. I’ll keep all my ‘Stros for now, and the PC’s I enjoy, and a nice chunk of my autographs (which, according to my spreadsheet count, exceeds 1400 signatures at this point), and some of the older cards I just enjoy.
Now’s the part where I ask for your help. This is for my sanity and personal well-being. I need everyone out there in our beloved card-blog land to take a stack. Tell me what you’re looking for, what teams, players, sets, anything. I will send it to you, and then some. Are you crazy enough to work on a team autograph project? Well I can probably help out with a name or two there as well.
I’ll still happily take Astros cards off your hands. But 80% to 90% of this stuff has to get out of here. I’d prefer to give as much of it as possible to you wonderful folks.
Alright. That’s the heavy dope. Here’s a rad card I had autographed at Astros FanFest two weeks ago. There are many more in a post to come, but this is one of my favorite additions.
That’s one of these fantastic Astrodome cards from 2014 Heritage, signed by two of the best to ever do it at the ‘Dome: the “Toy Cannon” Jimmy Wynn and fireballer J.R. Richard. If you’ve got spares of this card, you can send those my way. I wouldn’t mind getting a few more of them signed.
P.S. If you collect a football or basketball team, please let me know. With very few exceptions, all of those must go. That’s another 2,500 – 3000 cards.