Grand Cards: The Break Up Has Begun

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Break Up Has Begun


I'm not sure if that is exactly the right word, but my feelings have alternated been that and regret. Maybe not regret per se, something a little less strong. How about a nostalgic pang of some sort. I have officially begun the break-up of my Granderson collection.

I joked about this at the start of the month, but I really was serious, to a degree. Recall "The Plan," if you're so inclined. Late last week, I overcame the barrier that was having never sold a card on eBay and listed this little guy for sale:

It sold last night.

I also decided to play around with some things as "BIN/OBO" listings. I put together a complete set of 2008 Triple Threads Autographed Cards. For the moment, it is still listed up there. I also tossed up an Autographed Printing Plate from 2007 UD Black, that I took a shining to at the time despite the fact that it is, in fact, ugly.

That 1/1 sold between the time I went to bed on Saturday and woke up on Sunday.

And with that, the selective dismantling of everything that I've built over the past three years has begun. There goes that nostalgia again. But I do think that it is a good thing. It is nice to see a paypal account with something greater than $0.00 in it, for one. It's nice to feel like I have the freedom to look around eBay and actually buy *gasp* other cards that I might like or could be used to expand the rest of my collection.

So far, I haven't made the leap to list any cards that I really like or have a major attachment to. Maybe I never will. For now, I've just dipped my toe in the pool, but I've got to say, I'm getting used to the temperature.


  1. I feel your pain. I just sold off a bunch of my Grandersons. The way I see it, I had a cool collection of one of my favorite Tigers, and now, I don't have a cool collection of the Yankees centerfielder. Go ahead with the purge and get some other cool stuff. Like a Eddie Bonine chrome/auto/relic/serial numbered card... if there is such a thing.

  2. I had,probbly, 800 Jim Thome cards when he left Cleveland.He was my first and last 'FAVORITE' player. I still collect his Indian cards,about 900 now,but have no interest in his newer cards.I wouldn't part with any of his Tribe cards because I still love the Tribe. Even after the last two games!

  3. I don't get though why you would sell of Granderson Tiger cards. I mean, players go to different teams all of the time. Is it because he became a hated Yankee?

    I would not collect any yankee Granderson, but why jettison the Tigers cards?

  4. I tried to flesh it out my reasons back in December, but no, it doesn't have anything to do with Granderson being a Yankee. I still do, and will always, like Granderson, no matter what team he plays for.

    It was a calculated decision primarily based on the following things:

    1. As a Yankee, the prices of Granderson's cards (new and old) are going to go up, making it more difficult for me to continue collecting him. I'm not one to let my collection stagnate--I like to keep evolving and growing.

    2. With this higher prices, I have the chance to sell my Granderson cards and use the money to buy things that I'd rather have. I am, and have always been, a Tigers fan/collector first and foremost.

    3. I have bought hundreds of Granderson cards--many out of habit and a perverse desire to "have them all." There are some that I have no connection to that I could sell and they wouldn't be missed.

    In all, it came down to me keeping what I like, selling what I don't really care about (mostly the high-end autos--I get the most enjoyment from creating team sets) and using that money to get more enjoyment out of my collecting. I'll be keeping a lot of my Grandersons--and even using some as the centerpieces of new team sets--but I had plenty of fat that I could trim off without much emotional trauma.