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Karine's Thoughts

Player Collecting...Not all that Easy

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As most of you no doubt know by now, I collect Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. Although, to be honest, Martin is the number two guy and my first priority has always been Patrick...Why? Probably because he is the one I grew up idolizing and mimicking (from the butterfly style to the bad temper and even to that wink, I did it all).

I started collecting again two and a half years ago and try as I may, it is far from easy to be a completist when you collect a player who has that many cards. I mean the truth of the matter is, Roy currently has 5,322 cards which include over 500 autographs and over 2000 game used cards. Do I even need to mention how much each of those cards can set you back by?

The other tricky aspect of player collecting for me is that living in England, I do not have access to a hobby shop, a card show or the local card store. All the cards I find and have found in the last 2.5 years have mainly been acquired online. Either here on SCF or on eBay. So after 2.5 years of effort, how many cards do you think I have of Roy?

I could let you guess but I doubt you will, I updated my site with my recent acquisitions lately and I was shocked to find that I only have 700 of his cards. This includes 22 autographs (with 4 more incomining), 3 1/1s, the obligatory OPC rookie and an impressive amount of GU but try as I may, I fear I will never get a shinny little super collector badge below my name...oh well, such is the life of an exiled player collector.

However, I must say that I am getting increasingly pleased with the look of my collection. I am loving the autographs, even though I only have a mere 4.5% of all of the ones he has signed. And the worst thing is, I am happy that he still has cards in pretty much every releases as it means more to chase...but it also make the numbers even more out of reach everytime.

Anyway, enough rambling, I look forward to the 2009-2010 product crop to add new pieces to my forever incomplete collection...

My collection inventory: http://www.careypricecards.com/playe...ivcol.php?id=2

Youtube video base and inserts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKmtj5PQOzM

Youtube video GU and autos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEubnaQbDuU&feature=fvw

Updated 09-16-2009 at 02:46 AM by Pheebs888



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