Hi guys (and perhaps gals),
Long time reader. First time poster. Compared with most of you, I'm likely not what you'd consider an "advanced collector" as I've been at it off-and-on only since '79. That said, however, I look forward to participating in this forum. Oh, my collecting interests include anything pre-1989 that's related to the greatest game on Earth (...that's hockey, just to be clear).
The short answer to John's query: everything. I have collector's A.D.D. I envy people who can pick something specific and stick to it. I can do it for short periods but then the novelty of something different catches my eye and I'm off pursuing that. Although my first love is hockey cards, I also collect photos (Quaker Oats, La Presse, CCM, Beehive, Parade Sportive etc.), calendars, pennants, pucks, publications, schedules, tickets etc.
I just finished the following sets: 1971-72 Colgate heads, 1982-83 Gretzky Neilson and 1953-54 Parkies. My current collecting goals are to complete the 1960-61 Topps and the 1967-68 York Peanut Butter sets. But then who knows what's around the corner. I guess, for me, that's what makes the hobby fun and exciting. How do you guys pursue your collecting? Do you set strict goals or do you wait and see what becomes available?
I try to stick to what I am actively collecting as much as possible. Otherwise, I have less money for the ones that do add/complete my active sets. I've tried picking up cards outside of my main sets before, only to have to sacrifice those (C59 & C60 Lacrosse, V130 Maple Crispette, 1936-37 OPC-D, etc.) when I needed money for something else. Again, welcome to the board.
Also a first timer on here and have a question.I have three mint Gretzky rookie cards and was told in the collector books they are worth a bit of dough.Does anyone really pay $1500 for a Gretz rookie or is it speculation of future value?Thanks in advance
I have been a member here for a few years now and it's a great forum! Normally I can't find good conversations on hockey cards, so this place is great for a question or to show up something that you just picked up.