(11-15-2012 11:26 AM)aprirr Wrote: I must make one more comment, then I am done. I recently got back into the hobby because of the interest shown by my daughter. We can't afford to get the high end stuff and there are no card shops within 50 miles of us but our Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy collection is growing. How? Mostly due to the excellent people on this site in the form of trades. The ability to trade my older MJ inserts and other random cards we recently pulled from packs for cards of players my daughter and I see play every summer has increased the enjoyment factor tremendously for both her and myself. So, while the high end stuff might be a negative for the majority of collectors working on a shoestring budget, the ability to get our favorite players cards by giving someone cards of their favorite player has been a huge positive and also something that would have been nearly impossible to do in the days before Triple Threads and 5 Star.
(11-15-2012 05:01 AM)jacobystealshome Wrote: there's a difference between collecting and investing
buying boxes and packs havent been a good investment in 20 years
there are multiple ways to collect
no one can tell you what you collect is wrong, how you collect is wrong - except for you
and if you are looking to buy product with an eye on the future, there are ways to buy without breaking your budget, or by buying boxes