Back in December I went to a card show, but because I live in a “hobby desert”, I had to drive several hours each way and make it an all-day event. Because I drive several hours, I try to maximize my time at the show as much as I can.
This show I went to had something I hadn’t seen in a couple of years… A couple of dealers with NICKEL BOXES! Woohoo! I had a lot of fun going through those, as well as a number of dime boxes at other dealers.
On the drive home from the show, I reflected on the hours I spent and realized that while I had a great time, I made very little progress on the goals I’d set for myself going in. There were multiple reasons for this… Partly that I just didn’t find what I was looking for in the first place… but I was left wondering if I spent too much time drooling over the dime and nickel boxes.
So that got me wondering if there was a better way I could’ve handled the dime and nickel boxes. For example, I spent a lot of time in the nickel/dime boxes trying to fill in wants in recent Bowman, Heritage and Archives sets, and now I wonder if I might’ve been better time mangement to just grab something like 100-200 cards for each current set I was interested in, and then after the fact see what I need. It’s still more cost-effective than buying a blaster.
Or maybe, for the nickel boxes, I would’ve been better off from a time-management standpoint to just pick a dollar amount ($5, $10, $20) and semi-judiciously pick out a stack of cards to fill out that dollar amount, and then move on.
I know another option is to ask the dealer how much he wants for the whole box, but there weren’t any boxes that appealed to me that much.
But anyway, this got me wondering if any of you had any particular strategies you use when you come across cheap cardboard. Do you limit your time or money spent? Do you not worry too much about the “got ’em, need ’em, got ’em” and figure that any duplicates you inadvertently get can be trade bait or just written off as “the cost of doing business”? I’m sure many of you have other strategies I’m not even thinking of.
Do you have any particular strategies when you don’t have time to go through an entire dime box?