I often receive email invitations to buy baseball cards. The vast majority of the time I ignore them. One of the reasons I do that is I just don't have a lot of money to spend on cards -- or anything, for that matter.
As a family guy with the usual expenses, card purchases are budgeted like anything else. I look on with envy at the collectors who bust multiple boxes of new cards, and I can't help but think of where that money could have gone.
That's just me coming from the world I know. I'm cursed with a guilty conscience. And I have daily reminders (including a nice stack of bills) of why I need to stay on some sort of card budget.
That definitely includes shopping for cards online, where money can evaporate faster than anywhere else. I restrict my spending to a certain small amount per month, and when the cash is gone the spending be gone, too.
Most monthly online card shopping goes toward CheckOutMyCards. I'm comfortable with it and my cash is too limited to go to multiple sites. As I've said before, ebay barely exists for me if I want to stay serious about a budget.
I'm waiting until June to grab some more online goodies, but I haven't quite shown all of the COMC cards that I bought in May. You saw several of them with the Andre Ethier posts, as well as that awesome Luis Alvarado card from 1973.
But I added a few more of my Dodger favorites, too:
The final two cards that I needed from the Upper Deck five-card set from 1996. One of my favorite insert sets of the 1990s