After a whirlwind of a 2013 that saw me return to a hobby totally different than when I left it as a kid, I'm so ready for 2014. I have finally learned to control that initial urge to rip every new thing on the shelf and I'm starting to discover myself as a collector. There's a long way to go, but if 2014 is half as exciting as 2013, then I'm in for a treat. Here's what I need to do to make that happen:
1) Spending less money = less regret when purchasing = more fun breaks. Simple concept, gotta adopt it.
2) Find my place in the blogosphere. Trust me, I never intended to be the guy begging you to sign up for a charity break every post. I don't like that guy any more than you do. The break will happen sooner than later and we'll have accomplished something awesome. Beyond that, what do I want View from the Skybox to be? I want it to just be my thoughts on cards, but I need to find a more consistent form of doing that.
3) Be more organized. This applies to everything about collecting for me. I have tried half a dozen organizing methods from separating my cards by teams, sets, years, etc. and haven't yet found one that works best. All I know is that nothing is worse than being disorganized. I've also got to be more organized with keeping track of my trade partners. I made the foolish mistake of trying to trade without creating a database to keep track of who got what and when, and I'm sure I've received some cards and haven't fulfilled my end of the deal. That's a really shitty feeling. Again, if I screwed you over, please have mercy on my conscience and let me know!
4) Be more charitable in my trades. This one will be easy to do. Now that I've got a solid database going and am finally connecting names with blogs, I'm figuring out who collects what. It's a great feeling to pull a card and think "Oh man, so and so will love this!" I want more of that feeling.
Now onto the highlights from a blister pack of 2013-14 NBA Prizm and a fat pack of 2013-14 NBA Hoops I nabbed from Target last night.
|Here was my one red parallel, and it happened to be a should-be PC card of mine! I'm a partial OKC Thunder season ticket holder, so I should be more excited about this Thabo card, but nothing about Thabo excites me.|
|Did you know this kid is Barry Larkin's son? I had no clue until I read it on the back.|
|What an awful background to Photoshop onto this card. It's the most generic-looking crowd ever and judging by the hairstyles and fashion, I'd guess the background picture is at least 15 years old.|
|Luckily for KG, he was traded too late for Panini to apply an awful Photoshop so they did the right thing and left well-enough alone.|
|Here's one of my favorite Jayhawks of all time. This shot is awesome and it's a good example of the "Gypsy Queen" effect that Panini added this year.|
|Here's one of my least favorite Jayhawks who I'm still happy to see finding success.|
|Just a shitty editing job all around.|
|He's the next big thing, I'm telling you now.|
|And here's a gold parallel.|
|WTF Panini indeed. These parallels are gaudy and gorgeous. They look way cooler in person.|