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(01-16-2012 12:11 AM)pyweed Wrote: Some of this I can't answer too well because I'm not a careful historian of my breaks. I do keep records, but I rarely go back through them and reflect on things like which break was most profitable.
I can say, however, that I tend to keep the biggest hits for myself. One year I built a complete set of draft comprising blue refractors. One year I built a complete set of colored refractors (including some red, gold, & orange). So I'll usually see what my break is like and then decide what kind of a high end set I want to build & keep. I'll also keep a set of base and a set of chrome, but then I sell off all the extra sets and duplicates and extras that don't make sets. I usually sell the printing plates and exotics too (like 60th year auto inserts).
I have really fond memories of the 2005 draft break. I liked the design and it seems like I got tons of great blue refractor auto hits. Overall I enjoy the draft breaks the best, I think. Sterling is amazing to break, and like you said, I pretty much killed it last year, but I don't like the distribution of parallels as much in that product.
Anyway, because I tend to skim off the best from my breaks I don't get a whole lot back in sales. I'm also lazy in selling -- doing it when I have time rather than when it makes most sense, selling in large lots instead of optimizing return, etc. So in the end I usually sell off just enough to help me finish building whatever sets I decide to build.
It should be clear to anyone reading that I don't do this to make money. It's a hobby that I enjoy, and while my collection represents a pretty substantial financial asset, it's an "investment" that carries about a 60-70% return.