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To complete, or to super-complete

In 1992 Portraits on January 18, 2012 at 5:06 am


So Don Mattingly signed some of his 1992 Pro Line Portraits in blue, and he signed some in black. Do you care? Does it really matter?

How much of a completist are you? Do you also collect the embossed cards from the National conventions? Do you collect every variation possible? The autographed cards from the regular set plus the autographed National cards?

The bottom line is this: There is no right or wrong answer. As long as whatever you collect makes you happy, then you’re doing the right thing in this hobby. If you want to collect every variation possible, it’s going to be quite expensive. But, 20 years out, maybe that’s all you have left. You’ve got all the cards (or maybe all but a few), and you’re occupying yourself with the odd blue autograph or ballpoint signature you find.

Me? I’m sticking with the autographs. And I do like the cards from the National. I went to the 1991 National in Anaheim, and it was probably the most fun I’ve had in the card-collecting hobby. A complete blast. So I grab a National card here and there when I see a good deal. Otherwise, I’m trying to compile the 1991, 1992 and 1993 certified autographs.