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Evolution of a new collector's collection.

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Hi Everyone. First of all I would like to say I am excited to have gotten into the hobby of collecting football cards. Even at 30 years old, I feel a bit of nostalgia while collecting cards, new or old. I wish I had gotten into the hobby a while back, but nonetheless I will enjoy it now.

I got into the hobby when my son was born. I wanted to start something that I could share with him as he got older, and eventually pass off to him. I chose football cards due to my love of the game of football. I have been following the New England Patriots ever since I was 9 (my first game happened to be Super Bowl 31 against the Packers).

I have started this blog to share my journey into the hobby, and get some feedback from others along the way as to how they got into the hobby, and the various avenues of collecting they have found themselves getting in and out of.

My first football card purchase was a blaster box of 2017 Donruss football several months ago. My initial thought was "Well, I need to have EVERY SINGLE card in this set". I would continue to buy blaster and hanger boxes of 2017 Donruss at my local Wal Mart until I decided to buy a hanger box of 2018 Score. Since I had started a collection of 2018 Score I made the decision that "I need to collect the entire 2018 Score and 2017 Donruss football master sets!". Anyone who has been collecting for a while is probably laughing at that last sentence. Believe me...I did a bit of research, came across the checklists for both sets and realized that this would not be possible! Hence...my first lesson in collecting: Collect what you like, and what your budget can afford.

My response to that lesson was what led to my first official 'PC': I decided I would collect the entire set (Base and inserts) of 1 release each year to commemorate all of the players for that particular year of football that I would be watching. Donruss, Score, Classics, Contenders, among others would be affordable enough to make this happen, and all have large enough sets to keep me chasing for a while.

For my next blog, I will discuss my lesson on the difference between Hobby, Blaster, Hanger, Gravity, and every variety of packs that exist in the hobby.


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