If only money grew on trees.....imagine how much cardboard we could get in an exchange??
Money is the root of the hobby. You really can't collect without some form of it. Whether it's a little or a lot it is still needed to be apart of the community. It also keeps companies and collectors going and moving forward.
My hobby background had me spending little in my youth, a lot in my 20's, and now just enough for shipping prizes and trades with the very rare occasional new cardboard addition. As I have gotten older, I have gotten wiser with how to use money. If only I had been smarter in my 20's, I might have been better off now. So for those of you youngin's who may be reading this, don't overdo your finances early on. Be smart.
In my 20's, I would go to the local gas station, it served as my hobby shop, and I would easily drop $100 on card boxes at a time. Now I barely can dish out $10 on a Walmart hanger. I would also pick up card singles or go to yard sales and spend $20-$100 without thinking about it. Now I pick up a new card on eBay maybe every other month if I have anything left over from shipping.
With so much turnover in my finances for the hobby, it got me to thinking, what was the most I have ever spent on a single purchase?
So I wanted to take a look back.
- The most I have ever spent on hobby boxes was roughly $160 from dacardworld. That's probably not a lot to some of you who are bigger spenders, but that was a lot for me and it was also a long time ago.
- The most I have ever spent on a card, well that would be $60 a few years ago to pick up a 1997 Totally Certified Gold for my Rodney Hampton PC. There are only 30 in existence.
- The most I have ever spent on a yard sale purchase, well, that was $100. But, that was one amazing acquisition. This guy had unopened boxes from the early 90's 20 Derek Jeter Upper Deck rookie cards, Mark McGwire rookie, so on and so forth. The boxes were marked commons, but they were far from that. It took an entire van to load it up and bring it home. That was well over 10 years ago as I have never found a yard sale that good again. Not that I could afford it now.
Fast forward, I sat down and thought about my spending at those times. The $160 on hobby boxes yielded me nothing but junk but it did give me joy opening it. The Rodney Hampton card was found a week later at $20 BIN. Should I regret spending $40 more on it, yeah some obviously as I could have used that elsewhere, but it made me happy to have it and finish off my three card rainbow. Finally, the yard sale pickup. I won't ever regret that.
Do I wish I still had those kind of funds today? Yes. But, that doesn't mean the hobby still isn't enjoyable for me. I make the best of what I have and that's still enough to make the hobby fun for me. Big or small funds, the most important part is that it's still fun and never has been about the money.
So I wanna know, what's the most you have ever spent?