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Your Take: Do You Collect Anything?

Posted By Jim On 03/15/2013 @ 7:11 am In Personal Finance | 20 Comments

When I was a kid, I used to collect comic books and comic book cards. I was a Marvel guy and I loved the Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, and basically all the major characters of that era. I “collected” because I enjoyed reading them and in the back of my mind I thought “hey, maybe they’ll be worth something one day.” I didn’t really think they were going to be worth anything but I went on “believing” it anyway. I would later start collecting the Marvel comic book cards for a few series (two I think) and they were fun hobbies.

None of that comes close to the hobby of baseball card collecting [3] (there’s a 10min video on that post called The Baseball Card Movie that’s a fun watch). So when I saw that ESPN did a 30 on 30 short about the most valuable baseball card in the world, I had to watch it:

There are two really fascinating things in that short:

  • Obviously the drama surrounding the T206 Honus Wagner [4] and whether it was trimmed. $2.8mm is a lot of money to pay for a baseball card!
  • A lot of similarities between the card grading companies and bond rating companies. Turn down grades or grade poorly and you might see less business…

What I want to know is what do you collect? Whether as a kid or even today? I find hobbies are good for the soul and while I don’t collect anything today (memories?), maybe I just might start.


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[4] T206 Honus Wagner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T206_Honus_Wagner

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