I know my collection may be somewhat intimidating to fellow collectors looking to trade with me. I've been doing this online thing for a decade and collecting in general for years before that, and I've made hundreds of trades.
But I really don't have every card.
I may be misremembering but I don't recall a single card package that contained at least a dozen cards that didn't include at least one card that I needed.
There are always holes in my collection. If I ever get my want list fully complete you will see there are lots and lots of holes. Craters. It's practically a Grand Canyon of wants and needs.
But just to prove it to you, let's take a selection of Dodgers sent to me by Tom from The Angels In Order. He was very skeptical about the cards he sent:
Well, no, Tom, I didn't.
Sure, I already owned much of what was sent. But the joy in packages like this is unearthing the gems that I still needed -- most of which I had no idea were absent from my collection.
For as long as there are parallels:
And mini parallels:
And yet another Classic set that I didn't know existed:
And cards from the mid-to-late '90s:
And cards from the first five years of the 21st century:
There will always be cards that I didn't already have.
And, of course, if you're going to send me Royals and Mets, then, yeah, those are definitely cards I didn't have.
Tom threw in a few other non-card items.
Tickets from a Dodgers-Diamondbacks game that maybe he didn't go to?
A big, honkin' decal for my monster Chevy truck that I don't have. I assume these are a way of life where Tom is from and they certainly are here. I often wonder how many of these trucks where I live actually haul stuff on the regular. I'm guessing maybe 30 percent. But at least they're blocking my view of traffic!
I also found a cool Kershaw poster from a package on the Dodgers ace in a recent Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine. This would have been taped on my bedroom wall when I was a youngster. I'm not sure what I will do with it now. I have so many items ready to be framed that I'm going to have to spend a small fortune in picture frames.
So that was a pretty good haul from someone who thought I'd have everything that was sent.
Have confidence in your card packages!
I have a lot of wants! I'm never satisfied! I'm needy!
I will never have it all.