very well said...and select do deserve praise for lifting there game from what it was a few years ago.Really interesting discussion.
Most will know I’m an Eagles team collector. So far, I haven’t found it TOO bad trying to get every Eagles card from most recent releases. I figure it’s going to be a long-term project so even if I can’t get a few cards straight away, eventually they should hopefully pop up and I’ll be able to work something out to get them.
But I think the balance for team collectors is probably right on a knife’s edge right now, as you guys have touched on. And I reckon the cards that took it to that edge are the Green Parallels. Trying to get the 11 different cards numbered to 60 is both difficult and expensive. Consider that as recently as 2014, the most limited card in Series 2 was limited to 200! And that was Series 2, not a premium version of Series 1.
If I were in the position to give Select advice, I’d say to be wary of continuing too much further down the current path they seem to be on. The Prestige set is probably as hard as you want to make it for team collectors to complete their set. Any harder and, as you guys have mentioned, the team collector will become rarer and rarer. And I think this would have a pretty detrimental effect, given that team collectors make up a decent chunk of collectors.
I should note I’ve been praising Select for where they’ve brought the hobby to compared to where it was a few years ago, so I’m not meaning to be critical. Rather, I just think there are warning signs becoming stronger that I hope are noticed before it’s too late to save the team collector.
After looking back on the way I used to buy boxes n such and the amount of money I was burning, I'm gonna stick to a method of buying a box or two to scratch that itch while buying my PC cards when the market is flooded. It's just a matter of figuring out when exactly that is.
For myself i became more the targeted collector then a full team collector. I target what i consider to be the biggest hitters in the richmond category..why, i believe everyone is on there own journey in this hobby. I would rather spend my hard earned on a "big hitter" then spred it on compleating a team set just to have it.. Its what is great about the hobby - each to there own.
As a Collingwood collector I'm increasingly focusing more on pre-1990 cards and less on numbered non-signature cards. I just don't see the value in paying hundreds for a numbered card that isn't signed or a guernsey.A good point @Jonathon M about team collectors giving up. I collect Hawks, and 5 years ago I could virtually collect all Hawks cards released. Now with 3 releases last year and 3 this year with very low numbered cards it’s impossible for a collector like me to keep up. In just Prestige there’s 39 numbered insert cards for me to try and collect. Then there’s Footy Stars earlier plus a Dominance 2 to come. It’s just too much. My collecting priorities have to change and I need to be comfortable with not collecting them all. And who knows, maybe one day it will all be too much and I’ll give up.
So a bit of card drama
A picture was posted a few weeks back showing someone having both the Stephenson and De Goey #001 Showstoppers
Then this happened last night
After questions were raised, the initial post on Eureka was taken down.