(08-07-2014 07:15 PM)jephthah1 Wrote: Nate's first statement is the answer--"Whatever you like best!" Collect what or who you enjoy collecting. If you are going to collect for investment then set building of any kind is probably not the way to go, i.e. all the rookies from a particular year/set (unless you are building something like '97 Legends autos). Otherwise, just have fun and collect what YOU want to. And when you settle on what you are going to get...show them off. I love seeing people's collections! That is nearly as fun as building my own collection.
(08-07-2014 09:00 PM)relentless1 Wrote: And that's how I started collecting again, by starting with something I would enjoy having as a collection but also as an investment. I started collecting Colts rookie/veteran autos, high-end Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck cards and then went to a pc of base NFL QB cards. Now I'm concentrating on popular rookie cards, jerseys and autos on certain players and teams that I like (Broncos, Bears and Cowboys). I sometimes tend to be more satisfied with the nice jersey patch versus paying alot of money of an auto.
(08-08-2014 12:47 AM)jephthah1 Wrote: Understood. Just consider the risk that comes with rookies, even the popular ones. I gave up on focusing on rookies after Chad Pennington tanked. He was top of the heap for time and I was sinking tons of money into his cards. There was no reason to believe he would ever be anything but great. Well, we now know who the star of the 2000 draft was. I also lost money on David Boston, Jerry Porter, Ricky Williams, Jamal Anderson, and so on. And what of injury, i.e. Robert Edwards back in the day? Dude had a breakout season in New England and had a career ending injury playing on the beach at the Pro-Bowl. Justin Blackmon couldn't stay off drugs...top dollar rookie no more.
Everybody goes rookie crazy, and for what? Especially when you have a ton of Hall of Famers who have already proven themselves, and whose cards you can buy for the same price and (often less) than an unproven rookie. And if it is active players you want, you have a whole host of solids to choose from; proven players like Manning and Brady.
I don't know...I just don't get it. My opinion is, do the rookie thing for fun but not for profit. After I wrap up the bazillion sets I am currently building, I will be switching up my PC to strictly Mike Alstott and HOF autos and GU. Time to start investing, but keep a little fun on the side. Good conversation! I appreciate your thoughts and opinion.