Sooner or later, I’ve got to reign in my spending habits on cards. So I came up with a plan, and have already begun to enact it.
You see, there are several boxes that have fallen into my price range recently that I have been wanting for awhile, so I want to tear through them over the first quarter or third of the new year/decade. After that, I hope to dramatically reduce my monthly card expenditure indefinitely, having satisfied the itch for the specific boxes I’d been wanting.
I have the first two boxes from the list coming in January: 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History (Finally officially on it’s way!) and 2008 Donruss Threads baseball, as well as two packs of ’06 Playoff Football Playoffs bonus packs (Two for a buck less than just one normally costs? Well if you insist).
Oh, for those creepy enough to keeping score, what’s wrong with you? And my price range is less than $50 (not counting shipping).
Here’s the list of stuff that’s fallen I want to pick up:
2005 Donruss Champions- They’ve been known to drop just into my range on weekends and during special sales. The base cards and set in general are pretty odd, but I like these a lot and really need to make up for my only hit being a So Taguchi bat card.
2007 Upper Deck SP Rookie Edition- I don’t know why I want a box of this, I just do.
2008 Donruss Threads
2008 Upper Deck Goudey- Just want a retail box. I need some more Sports Royalty and Hit Parade of Champions. Collecting both of those. Anything else is just icing.
2008 UD Masterpieces- A retail box will suffice with this too, though it appears the hobby boxes have dipped into the mid-$30s…
Some topps Jumbo HTA box (most likely from 2008, but we’ll see)- I don’t think I need to justify this to anyone, even if I end up getting fugly 2008s.
2009 UD A Piece of History
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum- It has enough going for it for me to justify at around $40 a box. I’m leaning towards this for my January purchase.
2008/09 Fleer- I love the ’86-’87 and ’88-’89 parallels. And four hits per box ain’t bad. I may be poor, but I do loves me some hits. The amount and potential for being decent weigh into my purchasing decision. Notice that most of the boxes I want offer up a whole bunch of hits. I like them for my PCs and also because I love to be a generous trader. I’ve come to realize that if I can make someone’s day, it makes me feel every bit as good as the great cards I receive in return… And the hits, they help me do that.
I badly want some ’09/’10 topps and/or Upper Deck too, but they are out of my range for the time being.
2007 topps WWE Heritage III- A&G minis, baby! What more needs to be said?
2008 TriStar TNA iMPACT! Wrestling- Two words: Gail Kim.
Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces (probably Series 2)- The quest for more sketch cards! Plus the base cards & regular inserts tend to be hella tight.
Razor Ink Vault- Okay, these aren’t in my price range either, but damn I really want a box. I was so close to pre-ordering one at just over $40, but couldn’t pull the trigger, and now they are $50-something.
There ya go… I hope I can knock all that out in four months without having to sell a kidney or something.
Oh, and if y’all are feeling generous, my birthday is February 9th (the big two-five), and I’d really love a box of anything on the list above (especially Donruss Champions or Ink Vault) for the momentous occasion.
Err… that was pathetic and shameless and I’m sorry. m(_ _)m
So that’s the plan. Focus in and get all the stuff I’ve been wanting that I can afford consistently and relatively quickly so I can cut way back for awhile and save some cashola. It ain’t rocket science, and there is a major potential flaw if many more boxes I might want fall below $50. But it’s the best way I can think of to keep things going strong for awhile, but also set a real timetable to buckle down and start saving some money.
Now here’s a pretty picture for reading the whole thing:
Project S.T.A.L.K.E.R. means Sweeping Through All Lovely BrooKes, Even Relics. Brooke Morales has been in every year of Benchwarmer since the beginning in 1992, and I intend to collect every card of her.
Hooray for Benchwarmer! Hooray for Brooke!