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My Personal Collection Idea's

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First of all, I'm 21 years old, so I don't have tons of money to invest in my collection at the moment, and my collection so far isn't very big. I mostly have ttm autos, and autos I've gotten through online request. I love autos and sports cards, but I'd like to try to narrow down my collection instead of trying to collect everything that looks nice.

New York Yankees (my favorite baseball team)
Benchwarmers model cards
Aaron Hernandez autos/jersey cards
Richard Petty race used cards

Alaskan Athletes: Mario Chalmers, Carlo Boozer, Scotty Gomez, Curt Schilling, Trajan Langdon
Note: Carlos Boozer was born on a military base in Germany but was raised in Alaska, Trajan Langdon was born in California, but moved to Alaska when he was little where his dad work(s) as a professor.

And anything else that catches my eye......

But my main problem is that most Yankees don't sign TTM, I only have 4 Yankee autos so far:
-Danny Tartabull
-Ken Phelps
-David Robertson
-Andy Pettitte

Plus the Yankees are probably the most popular team too. So I've been thinking about what I should collect. I've been thinking that maybe I should put together an "All-Steroids Team" and collect those players. I know it probably sounds kind of odd, but I was born in 1992, so I grew up watching Canseco, Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Giambi....etc..... and I think it would also be kind of funny to see a bunch of "WWE" looking players every time I look at my collection, and it's also a BIG part of MLB history, with so many great players either admitting, or being linked to steroids, or other performance enhancing substances.

So I was hoping that some of you would post a list of players that you think should be part of the "All-Steroids Team", then I'll go through all the names and choose the ones I'd like to start collecting.


  1. yazfan71's Avatar
    Have you tried the minor league affiliates of the Yankees for autographs? Granted they all won't make it to the bigs, but their signatures are usually a lot easier & cheaper to get. It's also a lot cheaper purchasing game used equipment from MiLB as well. Just think what a autographed, game-used bat from the next great Yankee would make for a centerpiece to your collection. Not to mention the fact that you'd be able to brag about picking it up for pocket change compared to what a similar item from Jeter would go for now.

    I am fortunate enough to be very near the Padres single-A team, & while I'm not a Padres fan, I do support the local club especially since it the closest baseball games I get to be able to attend. First game I attended this year, I spent $5 for the ticket, got a foul ball for free & got the entire roster to sign it after the game. Where else could I get 25 autographs for $5?

    Just a thought.
  2. CliffAnderson92's Avatar
    I've been thinking about doing something like that, getting autos from some of their prospects for $1-$2 a nice collection and see what happens.
  3. RealBrianD's Avatar
    I've got Mike Mussina ttm recently. I know he's not a "steroid wwe" type, but is a former Yankee. He signs with regular consistancy. Wade Boggs as well, send him $10 and he'll sign anything...Great idea on the Milb front. I'm gonna start aiming for more prospects since most "stars" don't sign ttm
  4. CliffAnderson92's Avatar
    That's fine! I was just "complaining" a bit, since most Yankees current/former don't seem to be good signers for the most part. Thanks for letting me know that Mussina signs, I'll send him a couple cards soon. I won a Wil Myers autographed baseball a couple months ago, and have been looking at his stats a lot, even though his season isn't great so far. But I imagine it would be fun checking the Yankee prospects stats often if I had a bunch of their autos even if they aren't well known or anything. And as yazfan71 said, it would be really cool to get an autograph cheap now, and have it explode in value if and when the player becomes a great every day major leaguer or superstar. Makes the hobby a little more fun than collecting TTM's from mostly retired players like I do right now.
  5. jrlebert's Avatar
    Cliff, I know this is just my two cents, but... Building a collection of Aaron Hernandez or steroid-era players is going to be a little tough to sell later on down the road, and even tougher to explain to your kids why you collected them when you try to pass it on down to them. I know you're 21, and probably not thinking about that at all, but just something to think about...

    I dig the idea of TTM'ing Yankees, and a lot of guys actually do sign. Here on SCF, we have an incredible TTM forum, so I would narrow down a list of players you would like, send out something, and then make a new list and repeat!

    You can also find incredibly cheap ON-CARD autos on ebay, pack-pulled, not TTM. Just another avenue.

    Good luck!
  6. CliffAnderson92's Avatar
    Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I don't like my original idea. It's always best to be able to get your money or at least some back out of your cards/autos if you need to. Steroid era guys probably won't go up in value any, and Aaron Hernandez autos possibly could. I mean if he's acquitted they'll probably stay the same, if he's convicted, I could possibly sell the autos to some creepy website that sells that kind of stuff, then use the profit to build my collection.

    So going after minor league guys is probably the best idea, along with collecting a couple better known players. It's kind of hard to narrow down though, and collect just certain players.
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