I Want To Be A Mark Grace Collector. Really, I Do!!!
It has been well documented on ’30-YOC’ that I am a Mark Grace fan and loyalist. Heck, when I first got back into collecting, my first two purchases were bulk lots of his rookie cards that I found on Ebay.
So why not go all out and add him to my list of player collections? Well, to put it bluntly, I am scared.
Let me explain.
When I first entered the hobby of baseball card collecting as an 8-year old kid, there were 3 major brands of cards being issued. And by the end of the 1980’s, 3 became 6. And just a few short years later, 6 turned into too many to count. In fact, it was the rapid expansion and loss of feeling like a complete collector that drove me away from the hobby in the early 1990’s.
But now I am back, and I am focused. I try to stick to my guns when it comes to the cards I want to collect. Chosing to be a player collector and honor the heroes of my youth and the generation prior helps in my efforts as I know and am comfortable with the cards from those times.
And now that leads me to Mark Grace. I have already collected all of his rookie cards issued by major brands in 1988. I want more, I want a lot more. I want to honor him in the same way that I have done for Greg Maddux, and Dave Winfield, and Rickey Henderson. The only problem is that a majority of Grace’s cards were issued during the 1990’s and that means uncharted waters for me.
And yes, I have cards of Paul Molitor, and Orel Hershiser, and Tim Raines from that decade, but they are limited – and certainly not a whole decades worth of issues!!
So, what do I do?? Bite the bullet and dive in? Stay true to my basic rules and avoid the cumbersome number of cards issued during Grace’s career? What would you do?
Maybe I’ll just buy bulk lots of his cards on Ebay. That will definitely quench my appetite for some Grace cards. But will it cure my hunger???