Whenever I’m going through dime or nickel boxes, there are several types of cards which catch my attention and usually get me to just grab whatever I find without any thought to whether I need them or not.
1976 SSPC cards are always a “buy first, ask questions later” proposition.
MLB Showdown cards are another favorite. Even though I don’t play the game, part of me loves the fact that I *could* play the game if I so desired.
When I went to a local show in February, there was a guy with nickel boxes, and just from glancing at the tops of a section of cards in the box, I knew he had a third type of “Don’t think twice, it’s alright” cards…
Sports Illustrated For Kids!
I don’t care if the card features a baseball player I collect, or features an Olympic Gold Medalist from a sport I don’t follow…
…Sports Illustrated For Kids cards are just too damn much fun to pass up… and these were a nickel apiece! I went ahead and took everything he had and added them to my stack. There were a few from other years, but most of them were from 1992.
And this 1992 design… I mean, there’s no doubting this is from the early 1990’s.
As a character from a very famous 1990’s TV show might say, “Could it BE more Nineties???”
These cards are just too damn much fun.
(Darrell Waltrip says “Boogity, boogity, boogity!”)
But the thing is that as much as I enjoy getting these cards, I don’t have a lot to say in this blog about the cards, so I thought I would combine the scans with my quarterly “Weigh-In” post.
So on to the standard run-through of what these weigh-ins are about: It’s an ongoing goal of mine to streamline my collection, to get rid of the clutter and leave just the cards that I love, either individually or as a part of some greater project which I love.
I find that posting updates on the organizing and streamlining of my collection gives me a look at the big picture, keeps me honest and helps with motivation and/or guilt.
There’s almost always “guilt” involved these days.
So let’s get on to the numbers…
Changes since the last weigh-in (from 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019):
Net change in the collection: +687 (687 added, 0 removed)
First quarter of a year is something of an uphill challenge because of the new products. This time around, I also happened to have two shows in two months, which rarely happens to me anymore… Plus the one show involved the aforementioned nickel boxes (that’s 422 cards right there) and the second show I bought a wax box of 1990 Pro Set Hockey (which I’ll tell you about when I get a chance to write about that show). Most of the Pro Set cards will be going back out the door at some point (at the very least, into the recycling bin).
Net change to the # of cards in the house: +1,926 (2,206 in, 280 out)
Not too bad, all things considered. Obviously I’ve got a backlog of cards I’ve acquired but haven’t moved into my collection.
Totals since I started tracking on 10/16/2011:
Total # of cards purged from the collection, to date: 12,395
Net change to the collection, to date: +4,996
Total # of cards which have left the house, to date: 50,574
Net change to the number of cards in the house, to date: -17,251
Size of the collection:
Number of individual cards tracked in my Access database: 65,015
Number of cards that make up the sets flagged as completed in my Access database: 13,970
…which means I’ve got at least 78,805 cards in my collection
Money spent on cards:
This quarter (this does not count money spent on show admission, shipping, supplies, etc) $363.10
This is kinda a lot for me, but it’s also extremely unusual that I go to two card shows in the space of two months.
Size of my MS Access card database:
A few years ago I created an Access database and began tracking my collection in there. There’s quite a bit of work involved in keeping it up-to-date, so I like to satisfy my own curiosity by finding out how much information is currently in my database.
My database currently contains 199 set definitions (up 19 from the last weigh-in) and 226,284 card definitions (up 3,323 from the last weigh-in).
It’s important to point out that this is merely the number of sets and cards which are represented within my database; for example, although I have no cards from 1949 Bowman, it represents 1 set definition and 240 card definitions.