Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Connecting Collections


    This morning, after reading a few blogs that I follow, I found myself wondering what reasons other collectors have for collecting players that are not based solely on their athletic prowess, but for other obscure connections.

    I know some PCs are chosen because of where or when they were born, or their alma mater etc.. I don't have anyone that I am collecting because of a connection that does not play into their talent. I collect Melky Cabrera because he is a joy to watch play, but it just so happens that he and Zipper share a birthday. That's cool. If I knew of ball players that have earned degrees in anthropology or archaeology, I'd enjoy putting together a collection of them.  Yeah... I would like that very much.

    Then there is Tetsuharu Kawakami the Zen hitter. I don't think I would seek to collect him if he was just another great batter, so his Zen practice plays a role in wanting to collect him.

    I believe Ichiro also possesses a Zen mastery at the plate, but I don't know that to be a fact. I do keep an eye out to add his cards my collection, and I am certainly thankful that his cards are easier to come by than Kawakami's cards.

    Who or what do you collect that has little to do with a team or player skills? If you answer on your blog, please post a link here in the comments. I'd love to read your answers.

Have a great day!


  1. I collect sports more than people or teams. That sometimes leads to collecting cards of people I can't stand, but it's nessecery to fully document the sport's history.

    1. Yeah, that happenS with team cOllecting as well. There waS one fellA on both the White Sox and Cubs that has way too many cards to his name.

  2. I began collecting players named J. Owens. Not many out there but I have a handful. Mark Grace and I share the same birth date.