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bob_TCC
Is there a steady stream of stamp collectors that proclaim they're quitting the hobby one day and then begin their search for a new stamp the next day? What about coin collectors? Matchbox car collectors?

Or, is our hobby just blessed with such collectors? laugh.gif

-Bob
ffman
I'm LEAVING!

Oh wait....that Sosa card would fit PERFECT into my collection.
Gforce083
NO ONE COLLECTS MATCHBOX!!! Come on Bob it's all about HOTWHEELS BABY! Check out my photobucket about 1/3 of my hotwheels collection is in there!
ronaldinho0003
Haha Cody,
I have thought seriously about collecting cards once or twice..but seeing a nice PC card or some trade bait to mix it up always brings you back.
Good Topic Bob,
Trent
bob_TCC
QUOTE(Gforce083 @ Nov 19 2008, 03:54 PM)
NO ONE COLLECTS MATCHBOX!!! Come on Bob it's all about HOTWHEELS BABY! Check out  my photobucket about 1/3 of my hotwheels collection is in there!
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So, I checked out your Beach Pail and there were indeed images of 38 toy cars. My favorite would probably be this one:

user posted image

-Bob
Tick-Tock-Man
I guess card collectors are a weird bunch.
STLcardinals888
It probably has something to do with steadily rising prices of boxes and less hits per.
bob_TCC
QUOTE(STLcardinals888 @ Nov 19 2008, 04:04 PM)
It probably has something to do with steadily rising prices of boxes and less hits per.
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Possibly, but I'm guessing that's not the primary reason.

-Bob
dualshock
I guess coin collectors just go out on their front porch and yell it out to the neighbourhood tongue.gif
bob_TCC
QUOTE(dualshock @ Nov 19 2008, 04:06 PM)
I guess coin collectors just go out on their front porch and yell it out to the neighbourhood tongue.gif
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Are they throwing pennies, nickels and dimes at passing cars while doing so? unsure.gif

-Bob
ffman
I am not considering quitting, but I am thinking about cutting back. My retail purchases have already been reduced, as I am beginning to concentrate on video gaming once again.
Tick-Tock-Man
It might have to do with the age of some of our collectors. They come
into this hobby with a make money mentality.
Most stamp collectors tend to be older.
bob_TCC
QUOTE(ffman @ Nov 19 2008, 04:08 PM)
I am not considering quitting, but I am thinking about cutting back.
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Having collected trading cards and related items for about 25 years now, it's perfectly natural to have periods of greater activity and periods of lesser activity - for many different reasons.

However, I would never say that I've "quit" the hobby at any point during those 25 years.

-Bob
Tick-Tock-Man
same here I do take breaks, or tell myself I'm only collecting older stuff, because
I don't like the newer stuff. But I never think about leaving.

QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Nov 19 2008, 04:10 PM)
Having collected trading cards and related items for about 25 years now, it's perfectly natural to have periods of greater activity and periods of lesser activity - for many different reasons.

However, I would never say that I've "quit" the hobby at any point during those 25 years.

-Bob
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SinatraKing
Most people who proclaim "I'm Leaving/Quitting/Getting out of the Hobby!" should actually rephrase it to "I am taking a break from the Hobby" If they were actually "Quitting/Getting out" they would just stop coming on and posting up possible trade/sale options.
Tromni
I've put the hobby aside for long stretches of time, but I've never quit. I keep all sorts of stuff without any "value" because of the memories.

Why do people say they're quitting?

One group does it because they like the attention they can receive on the internet by doing so.

The other group does it because they aren't truly viewing this as a hobby, but as a form of gambling, and it's easier to get mad at the Casino when you go broke than it is to understand that you blew through your budget.
Gforce083
QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Nov 19 2008, 03:58 PM)
So, I checked out your Beach Pail and there were indeed images of 38 toy cars.  My favorite would probably be this one:

user posted image

-Bob
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That one is not a hotwheel sad.gif haha but nice none the less. Again that is only 1/3 of my hotwheel/car collection I need to take photos of the rest.
Gforce083
QUOTE(Tromni @ Nov 19 2008, 04:16 PM)
it's easier to get mad at the Casino when you go broke than it is to understand that you blew through your budget.
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NICE!!! Well said
marcus42
I quit cold turkey for three years but hopped right back in...it's fun but it is hard to find how much time/money to put into it.

I realized I do need a hobby though!
miguelcabrera
i was a 90's collector who loved those inserts and stuff, but i legit quit the hobby for 9 years from
august 1999-august 2008
its good to be back though
road_runner_1964
I have quit several times throughout my life and each time completely liquidating everything I had, yet to start over. That was mostly baseball and last time was in 1989 prior to the birth of my daughter when I sold everything I owned from 1972 back to 1952. I owned some extremely nice vintage cards back then and had 12 Mantles, 80% complete 1960 set, etc. etc. I slowly purged most of the baseball at shows, etc...

In 2004 I came back with a vengance with football and eventually 264s. Based upon what I gave up in the past, it would be too hard for me to become a baseball collector again.

Whoa, wait, what was the question again? Oh, yea I still have my stamp collection and a varied collections of coins. Don't seem to be able to move them for anything...sorry no Matchbox though.... biggrin.gif
dodgerblue38501
As others have said, I think those that "quit" were never in our hobby for the enjoyment of it. Trust someone who is trying to keep a small shop afloat in this economy, there is much more money to be made in other things. I think sometimes that folks may also proclaim they are "quitting" as a knee jerk response to a bad hobby experience. As sports fans we are all very passionate about our love of sports/teams/players. That passion also carries over into our precious cardboard as well. That is why many of us "Collect Hard !" as a wise man once said...... wink.gif
aceecards
1968 and still rolling baby!

although I have taken stretches were it was the farthest thing from my mind

lets see from 16-22 there were complete sets thru mail order and girls 1977-1984.. laugh.gif

along about 30 - 36 birthing babies and a few packs 1992-1998..

but then those nasty ole GU came alone and well the bug hasnt stopped biting since!
coltsfan23
The thing with most who post this is that they are just trying to get more views to their thread and more sales done. Most of the time they aren't even thinking of the possibility of quitting, in which case the threads should be reworded to "selling out," "Liquidating," or the like.

It's very funny seeing the same members post their "quitting" threads posting new ones every other day literally. One especially comes to mind.
bob_TCC
QUOTE(coltsfan23 @ Nov 19 2008, 10:41 PM)
One especially comes to mind.
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Imagine my surprise when other aspects of my life permitted me to spend more time here again over the last few days and I found one or more members still actively posting topics in order to "quit" this hobby. tongue.gif laugh.gif

-Bob
chopinalex
QUOTE(coltsfan23 @ Nov 19 2008, 09:41 PM)
The thing with most who post this is that they are just trying to get more views to their thread and more sales done. Most of the time they aren't even thinking of the possibility of quitting, in which case the threads should be reworded to "selling out," "Liquidating," or the like.

It's very funny seeing the same members post their "quitting" threads posting new ones every other day literally. One especially comes to mind.
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lol..everyday when I log on to TCC..I see one members quitting the hobby thread on the top of the list..he has been quitting for months now..
bob_TCC
QUOTE(chopinalex @ Nov 19 2008, 10:53 PM)
lol..everyday when I log on to TCC..I see one members quitting the hobby thread on the top of the list..he has been quitting for months now..
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In fairness though, I sometimes think this hobby is just as much an addiction as it is a hobby. So, it often takes time to deal with an addiction. tongue.gif

-Bob
beanschat
I did quit the hobby for about 12 years...89-01 which I hear was a great time to be out...but boy I wish I would have kept alot of the cards I sold...but honestly..I think I could still get them for what I sold them for. But I agree with Ankesh, I usually equate that to "I need to raise money".
beanschat
and yes, my name is Brian, and I am a cardaholic
Ilovetheheat
QUOTE(Tromni @ Nov 19 2008, 04:16 PM)
I've put the hobby aside for long stretches of time, but I've never quit. I keep all sorts of stuff without any "value" because of the memories.

Why do people say they're quitting?

One group does it because they like the attention they can receive on the internet by doing so.

The other group does it because they aren't truly viewing this as a hobby, but as a form of gambling, and it's easier to get mad at the Casino when you go broke than it is to understand that you blew through your budget.
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Totally agree!

QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Nov 19 2008, 11:01 PM)
In fairness though, I sometimes think this hobby is just as much an addiction as it is a hobby.  So, it often takes time to deal with an addiction.  tongue.gif

-Bob
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Again, I totally agree!

QUOTE(beanschat @ Nov 19 2008, 11:06 PM)
and yes, my name is Brian, and I am a cardaholic
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My name is Jeremy. I am a cardaholic!


Peace
Jeremy
msuwendy
Cardaholics? Nice one!

Quitting is easy....I've done it 100,000 times tongue.gif

Honestly, I can't think of a better hobby!!! Can't wait to be able to share it with my soon-to-be-born son!!! biggrin.gif
urbanmonk
I was "away" from the hobby from '00-'06, but I never quit. But I'm older and more stubborn wink.gif, that and I'm a firm believer in "never say never again" as I hate it when I do something AGAIN after saying that laugh.gif
19th Century Indiana Jones
I admit I quit cold turkey back in 1999. I thought ALL cards would go up in price - especially those early-90's inserts that seem to go from $40 to $120 per card overnight. Now that same set can be had for $30 or less. I was frustrated with two things: declining BV of those once-cherished inserts and the glut of parallels coming out. There was just too much product to keep up with. I really HATED the hobby. I really did.

I was so fed up that I didn't even LOOK at my collection for 5 years, let alone go to a hobby shop. Then one day in January 2005 I took a look to see what crap I could rid myself of to clear some closet and shelf space. Some of the stuff I collected actually brought back memories of joy - joy of trudging through the snow on my way to one of the multiple (at the time) hobby shops or card shows. They joy of getting those long Gameday cards because they were different. They joy of Sundays I was off from work, goint to the hobby shop, and then catching the game at home with cards spread out on the table. Remembering the joy about the different card designs and choosing which was my favorite. And then it came to me - what if I did it right? What if I collected just to collect? I started over again with vintage. My own little museum. Then moved on to my own childhood nostalgia - the 1977 Yankees. Then the Player Collector Fever hit me. It lasted for about a year.

Now I collect for the true enjoyment of "would it look nice if I just displayed that card by itself?". And also now for my own historical enjoyment - the inaugural class of Canton. I am no longer worried whether the future BV of it would go up or down - only that it has a distinguished or eye-catching design.

And if there is a card that I cannot have, I won't sweat it. I'm happy with what I have. I don't need to have the most or the sickest collection. But I would like to have one of the prettiest. smile.gif

I swear I could strangle my nephew. I'm still waiting for him to tell me his favorite team. My sister and her husband try to condition him to like the Yankees. Once he admits it, I have a 1992 SP Jeter RC and a Jeter-autographed baseball waiting for him to display on a shelf I will put up in his room.

I think base from the group breaks is starting to get out of control on my shelves again. No matter. I'll probably spend my Thanksgiving vacation packing them up and then giving them to the Pediatric Dept. at Christmas time so the kids could enjoy them. They would at least be star base this time. These kids have cancer and are unable to be home with their family during the holiday seasons.
aceecards
that is one thing I forgot

the joys of sharing this hobby.

Whether it be neighborhood kids or the Boys and Girls club of america or any other charitable act you can make

The Hobby teaches focus, sorting skills, stats (math), reading , dilligence, responsibility, and obsession laugh.gif its not just about your favorite players or teams. I for one in my youth wanted to understand every stat on the back of my Topps cards so I learned to calclulate them, read boxscores in the paper, etc etc etc! If I did it there has to be a hundred or more youth I could infect with that same desire!

I alway refer to this Doug Rader interview where he ate a baseball card on national TV cause it was "good for you" laugh.gif

cbware88
I'll never actually quit the hobby but, like others in this group, I have taken extended "breaks". In some ways, a break can rejuvenate your interest and remind you why you collected in the first place.............as well as spark new directions in your "obsession" laugh.gif .

dd316
A lot of people who say they're quitting are probably just frustrated over something and don't really think it through before proclaiming they're out.
dd316
I did collect stamps at one point, but I got bored with it and gave it up, never looking back. I've got a pretty good stash of stamps somewhere at my parents' house...
osufan2383
i think its more because people get tired of the newer cards. I have a guy who only collects old cards and only sells stuff from the pre 80's and some current stuff mixed in. But the guys who collect are becoming smaller for him. Its just a personal opinion but it becomes harder to collect with the amount of money things are going up for.
Deltapine
Local shop owner in Statesboro, GA told me this in 1989:

"Collect to collect, not to get rich"

There is no coincidence that those most vocal about "quitting" are the same ones who invested in cards instead of an IRA wink.gif Cards are NOT true commodities and should never be treated as such.
jimmyhazard
QUOTE(bob_TCC @ Nov 19 2008, 04:52 PM)
Is there a steady stream of stamp collectors that proclaim they're quitting the hobby one day and then begin their search for a new stamp the next day?  What about coin collectors?  Matchbox car collectors?

Or, is our hobby just blessed with such collectors?  laugh.gif

-Bob
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I have found that if you quit one "hobby",another sneaks in and it could be more devastating financially.My favorite hobby for almost 30 yrs after card collecting was alcohol.Ruined marriages,family,friendships,jobs and my liver.I can tell you for sure,I'm glad to have my old hobby back!!!And my family supports this hobby wholeheartedly.
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