The bigger question when those ones pop up I think is, can you carry on past those questions and continue collecting? Recently, these questions popped into my head again. Especially the final one. I have seen quite a few collectors in the last few weeks either in a lull, giving it a "break" or just straight up quitting because they can't afford it. These kind of things are a red flag to me and sometimes makes me rethink about continuing on.
Even with cool cards like this on the market, you still sometimes get the thoughts about quitting
However, even though those thoughts pop up in my head about the hobby, I always seem to find a way to carry on and move past my doubts. Why or how you may ask, well here are few tips that I use.
- It's a hobby I have come to know and love for the past 20 plus years. I Think back to when I first started collecting and what got me into it. Believe me, it helps. And sometimes brings that passion back. And it may even slap in you the face for asking you why those thoughts came up.
- I try to find different things and ways to keep me interested whether that be collecting different players, re-sorting (and we know how that can go), blogging or simply just reading a Beckett to look at product previews, reviews and even the price guide. There are many, many options in a hobby like this. Maybe even collect a new sport. You just never know what you will find or like!
- I, just like everyone else cannot always afford the hobby, so what I do to wet that appetite for wax in the meantime til I have money, I enter contests. No, you may not win every one, but at some point you will win at least one. Maybe even go on a hot streak!
- For pack opening when you are not winning contests, I may pick up a few retail packs here and there especially if they are on sale to keep the collection growing and to keep my sanity for opening up packs. No they are not as glamorous as hobby, but it's something to tame that pack wanting. And most retail packs you can find under $2.99.
I hope some of you who consider quitting will take some of these suggestions as a way to carry on. Because if us collectors now cannot get past these thoughts and questions....how do we expect future collectors to and for the hobby to continue on?