I've been collecting sports cards since I was six years old. I still collect and I always will.
But as the years have passed and many collecting options have appeared, I've learned what I enjoy and what I just don't care about.
- Cards with hard-signed autographs
- The person actually held the card and signed it
- Autographed baseballs
- I love the feel of an official MLB ball with an auto on it
- Collecting an old set
- I always loved the 1956 Topps Baseball design and now I'm putting it together
- Non-sport/celebrity autographs
- Actors, actresses, and celebrities from shows and events I've enjoyed... and of course, as noted above, hard-signed.
- Team collecting
- Go Habs Go!
- Player collecting
- Choose a player and go all-in... although it's easier when they're not a superstar.
- Cards with sticker autographs
- I have yet to see a sticker autograph on a card that looks nice.
- Group breaks
- When a box is opened, I want all the cards for myself... and group breaks have increased the availability of rare cards therefore decreasing their value. They cause a glut of cards to just be dropped into the market place.
- Tape on top-loaders
- Put the top-loaders in a team bag if you're shipping cards! Stop ruining top-loaders!
- Cards with signed fabric
- Sooner or later the ink will bleed into the fabric
- Most cut-autograph cards
- It's possible to collect some impressive autographs thru cut-autographs products but so often the design is lacking.
These are the first things which come to mind.
How about you?