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> Here we go again...someone is leaving the hobby

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post Apr 13 2012, 11:17 AM
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Another BIG and difficult move today! My two Curtis Martin jumbo patches! One being a Patriots Logo Patch...something you do not find for sale or even see that often! I did get a pretty penny for both, so that helps a little.

This still isn't any easier. In one sense, I am now in a routine of selling and shipping, selling and shipping, that's make me a little numb to it all... but on the other hand, I know the time, effort, money and passion I've put into my collection and that's what makes this still so difficult to do.

Again, I've clearly laid out the answer to WHY I am doing this, so I don't need to say it all over again. This process has been eye opening for me though. And still, I don't knock this hobby or knock anyone passionately pursuing this hobby...if you love it, AWESOME! I know what that love feels like, because it's still in me. However, I have begun to see a paradigm shift in how I look at it. I think we all can agree, it's just cardboard, fabric and ink...throw in some acetate and hardwood floor from time to time...and in the big picture of life, relationships, humanitarianism, sickness, loss of loved ones, God, and several others, it's virtually not important.

I'm constantly being reminded of the greater good to come of this. How my reasoning behind this is much better than cardboard sitting in my closet. Honestly, I'm excited for the day to come where I sell my very last card and write the check to Amazima Ministries. That will be a good day!

But for today, I will miss these:
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post Apr 15 2012, 03:04 PM
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Sorry to hear you are leaving. But I understand where you are coming from. It's sad to hear that a great collector is leaving but at the same time it's great to hear the plan. Because of that reason I believe you are a much richer person(and not just becase you are selling your cards). Good luck to everything you do.


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Sometimes I think about what you are saying, as my family goes to church every Sunday, I donate to the church, but even if I sold all my cards, my happyness wouldn't change for the love of anything, I have already done this, gave it up! For what's right, God work's in many way's, hears everything, see's everything my friend!

Deep inside there is a awsome person in you, whom God love's, one does not need to prove any more!

I'm gonna get the boot for this one, so be it! SORRY!


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QUOTE(redwing40 @ Apr 15 2012, 04:46 PM)
Sometimes I think about what you are saying, as my family goes to church every Sunday, I donate to the church, but even if I sold all my cards, my happyness wouldn't change for the love of anything, I have already done this, gave it up! For what's right, God work's in many way's, hears everything, see's everything my friend!

Deep inside there is a awsome person in you, whom God love's, one does not need to prove any more!

I'm gonna get the boot for this one, so be it! SORRY!
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So my awesomeness is deeply suppressed because I feel I am obeying what the Lord has told me to do? On the contrary.

I've never said, nor have ever thought through this process that if someone else here is a "Christian", they should be doing what I am doing. That's what I feel you're saying in around about way. This is personal, this is about me and my relationship with God. More so, how I let my card collection gain a higher value in my life than my relationship with God. That my friend is what this is about. If you take personal issue with what I am doing in regards to your faith in Christ, that's something you need to deal with between you and God.

I'm not doing this to prove anything to anyone. I'm doing this out of obedience to the conviction placed on my heart and mind. This isn't a quest to make me feel as if "God loves me", that's a truth that is already known, even before I began to follow through with this process. I simply must continue doing this, as I also continue to put God back in the right place in my life.



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post May 18 2012, 02:46 PM
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Been a while since I've done an update.

I'm still going through with this. I've been able to do a lot of sales on another trading card site, a long with what I'm still doing here. Has it gotten any easier? Perhaps a little. I say that because I've gotten into a grove of just moving things. If there's a day (which is rare) that I don't have at least one shipment to make, it feels strange. It's almost as if selling has become my new hobby so to speak.

Don't get me wrong, it's not easy to drop some of these cards off at the PO, no matter what I got from them. Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook probably know that. I find myself taking "trendy" vintage photos of cards I've become partial too and posting them on my timeline. That's when it hurts, right after that, I have to package them up and ship 'em out.

Also, I feel like I'm sitting on this mound of money (in poor man's terms) and I occasionally think about all the sweet, high end cards I could buy with it. Or I think about the cases of NT I could buy.... how fun would that be?! But again, this isn't about what I could do with the money. It's all about what this money will be used for once it reaches Amazima. As I said before, writing that check and sending it away will be what makes all this worthwhile!


And by the way... I'm down to only 8 autographes left! (Not including Jason Campbell or A&M stuff) This is insane!



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