Confessions of a Reluctant Sports Card Collector – Entry #4
I’m not a girly-girl. I don’t think of myself as “high maintenance”.
I like playing sports and I’m not afraid to get dirty or sweaty.
I can’t wear make-up more than once a week because my skin and eyes hate it. And I can’t wear high heels because I have plantar fasciitis. Not that I care anyway.
My house is not perfectly decorated. In fact, it’s kind of a disaster. A disaster that proclaims, “I have kids. I’ve had kids for years. And I’m waiting for all my kids to move out before I even try to make this house look like I want it to.”
But I’m a woman and how things look DOES matter to me, despite the fact that I’m never perfectly coiffed nor do I live in a picture-perfect-house.
But appearance matters when it comes to sports cards.
So when I made the decision to collect, I knew right off the bat that there were some cards I definitely didn’t like the look of, and therefore, would never buy.
[Not sure what I’m talking about? Catch up with past entries of Confessions of a Reluctant Sports Card Collector beginning here.]
For example, I’m personally not a fan of this look. It’s dated and, in my opinion, ugly.
Then there’s these cards. They’re the opposite of dull. They’re too busy, too dark, and some of them, too shiny.
Too shiny, yet also dull. The player tends to blend in with his background. Blah.
Speaking of blah, I also don’t like the brown backs of cards.
I remember them from when I was a kid and I know they’re still out there.
The brown is too dark to read easily. Maybe I’m just old, but I prefer a lighter background that makes the small print easier to see.
Look at the backs of these cards! They’re much easier to read!
My teenagers taught me a new use for the word “brick”. They use it as a noun for old cell phones and clunky laptops.
I use the word brick to describe these chunky cards. And the print on the back of them is so small, you can hardly read what’s on the Sergei Fedorov card!
And I’m not a huge fan of glitzy cards. I’ve seen the new Synergy cards and the typeface and design feel too angular to me.
It’s sharp. Jagged.
I also like rich colors.
I was talking with my son about the Winnipeg Jets’ jerseys and he asked me which jerseys I liked better – the blue ones or the white ones.
Without a doubt, the blue ones. That’s my personal preference.
I laughed when I saw the Toronto Maple Leafs playing the Washington Capitals on March 3rd. They looked like they were wearing pajama’s in their white uniforms.
They practically glowed against the backdrop of the outdoor arena. Imagine wearing that outfit to glow bowling. Ouch!
The blue shorts make a huge difference. Wear them!
Okay, no more making fun of Toronto.
However, when I saw this very white card, I immediately liked everything about it!
It has a nice balance of colour. It’s not too shiny. The background isn’t distracting. It looks clean and modern.
I really like the back of it – easy to read, clear stats, and a nice little personal blurb about Yzerman that makes this story-seeker happy. And Yzerman just happens to be one of the cards in my 100 greatest NHL players list.
And although its a slightly thicker card, its not even close to being a brick.
Had I found the first set I wanted to collect? Maybe…
At the March 4th card show in Oak Bluff, I got my first 3 Winnipeg Jets hockey cards.
My first 3 cards, period!
Shiny can be nice. And although the Mark Scheifele SP Game Used card has a great back to it as far as readability and stats go, it’s too angular for what I like.
And the front of it is…purple.
Purple? Yes, purple. Why?
And since I’m critiquing the card, it’s got the same picture on the back AND the front. Why not switch it up?
So who’s keeping track of my pickiness?
1.No dated white borders. No white picture frames, thank you very much.
2. Clearer backgrounds. Don’t have your player blend in with whatever’s behind him.
3. Not too shiny. But not too dull.
4. Easy to read back of the card, preferably with some colour.
5. Can’t be too thick. No bricks, please.
6. Rich colours. See #1.
7. And for the love of Wayne Gretzky, use a different picture on the back!
Oh my goodness, I sound like Goldilocks!
Have I become “high maintenance”?!
UD Portraits are not my favourite card either.
My third card from the Oak Bluff card show was this one:
I found it!
Canvas Upper Deck.
Each card tells a story…
they’re not shiny…
they’re not ugly…
they’re not angular…
not too much white…
and the variety of the pictures – front AND back, card to card – is very satisfying…
You shall be my first very hockey card set.
And Upper Deck, even though you only gave me 3 Winnipeg Jets players, I know you’ll do better next year, right?
Does Canvas team sets next year sound good? It does to me!
Speaking of the Winnipeg Jets, I would like a current team set. What would you suggest I do?
What’s cool about collecting cards is that there is a variety of designs to choose from.
Some collectors like the Synergy cards. Some like Trilogy. Some like the OPC/Score/Parkhurst look.
Some like the brown card backs. Some collectors don’t care.
Some like shiny cards. Some like a lot of white.
And that’s great!
But for me, I’m now a Canvas collector.
And the beauty about card collecting is that you can change your mind at any time.
Trade away or sell what you don’t like and find what you want.
What’s your favourite card to collect? What do you base your decision on?
I’ll be at the Bronx Card Show on March 24th looking for Canvas Upper Deck and players for my 100 Greatest list. If you’ve got 2016-17 Canvas and want to trade, come find me at the Winnipeg Sports Card table!
The card show at Bronx Park Community Centre has come and gone. Check out the home page of Winnipeg Sports Cards for the most recent calendar of sports card & collectibles shows.
To see what you missed on March 24th, check out this blog post highlighting some of the events and vendors from the show.
You can find the next instalment of Confessions of a Reluctant Sports Card Collector here.